Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

ReligionThe Crucifixion of Easter—War Declared!

Easter Sunday Morning 2011.
The most sacred and beloved observance for Christians is Easter. As a child I remember getting dressed on Easter Sunday morning and walking with my parents a block over to the North Park Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana. It was a small brick church and seeing the tulips and irises in full bloom in front of the church was always a mysterious joy as they seemed to have materialized and bloomed that very morning. Those were the days when people had manners and respect. No one would even think of showing disrespect toward the church. This was our heritage and culture. Today, people openly insult the church along with our sincere beliefs, and sadly, Easter itself, which would have been unheard of in earlier years. But today, it is obvious that the world has totally lost its class and any sense of decency that it may have once possessed.

Monday, April 18, 2011

ReligionSpecial Easter Feature—How Jesus Might Look Back At The Cross

(Editor’s Note: This Special Feature, considered an Easter Classic, is republished annually throughout the world. It has inspired several TV and radio programs and is widely quoted by pastors of all denominations.)
The world today is in chaos. There are no restraints in human conduct. Absolute values have long been abolished. Good is considered evil, and evil is considered good. And never has The Cross been more offensive to society than it is today. Sin abounds. Any mention of the name Jesus Christ brings contempt and ridicule. His name is blasphemed and many public displays of Christianity have been declared illegal, while at the same time, pagan religions are readily endorsed and encouraged. Seeing all of this, would Jesus have second thoughts about Calvary? How would He look back on his sacrifice today? Think about it. Prayerfully pondering these questions, this writer speculates what Jesus might say to us today as He looks back to the Cross:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ReligionPastor Plays Hardball With Qu’ran: Jerry Newcombe Steps Up To The Keyboard

Rev. Terry Jones is a gift that keeps on giving. He publicly burned a Koran recently which resulted in riots in the Middle East. Jones next plans something that will gain him even more notoriety. He plans to conduct a ‘trial’ of Mohammed. If the Founder of Islam is found “guilty,” the sentence will be to burn Mohammed in effigy.  Jerry Newcombe, an author, film producer and popular Florida radio host steps up to the keyboard as a guest commentator on a hot issue.

Monday, April 11, 2011

ReligionSmoldering Coals of Brentwood Press—Church Fuss

The purpose of this story is to keep a word given to Rick Lemyre, Editor of The Brentwood Press, who felt that this writer had misrepresented him in a piece in response to the front page stories of his papers regarding the eviction of Mountain View Christian Center and Trinity Christian School from their leased public school property in Oakley, California. I promised that if there were any errors in my story, that I would MAKE IT UP to him. And I WILL, as you will see in this story…..

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ReligionBurning Quran Not So Hot—Another Look

The publicity began full force in September of 2010 when a Florida pastor announced his upcoming, “Burn a Quran Day.” As controversy swelled, the event was on, then it was off, then it was on again. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, a tiny church of 50 members, proclaimed that on September 11, 2010, on the 9th anniversary of the 9-11 sneak attacks on America by Muslims, the “Burn a Quran Day” would take place in the parking lot of his church.

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