Reassurance, Insight, Hope

How Can I Keep from Singing

“No storm can shake my inmost calm/While to that Rock I’m singing” – a lovely hymn rearranged by 3 New York choirs singing their way through the Pandemic back in May – all the Commentary we need on the power of music.

History and Panic …or a Brief History of Our Panics

I’ve been tracking the subject of the Environment across more than a half-century now. Caring for the environment is a truly worthwhile project, one dear to the heart of Canadians such as myself but has become sadly distorted by the almighty tussle in public debate about the subject.

Neil Earle teaches history for Grace Communion Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He holds Master's degrees from the University of Toronto and Fuller Seminary.

He was awarded a Volunteer of the Year award in Duarte, California, for writing the history of the city.

While living in Duarte he hosted a cable television program on DCTV called "A Second Look" from 2001-2017 and has given public talks at the library in Duarte as well as here in Memphis, Tennessee, at the Cordova Public Library.


Creation: the Signature of God

Theologian Tom Torrance posited that the universe has a double nature: it is alive with spontaneity, pregnant with possibility, an open system – yet possessing an inherent unifying order.

In Death or Depression: Defeat Need Not Be Final

It was back in 1969 that a therapist named Elisabeth Kübler-Ross charted a pattern (now well-known) that often overtakes people suffering from extreme pain and loss. Here’s where a review of Kübler-Ross’ seven stages can be helpful.

Covid in Perspective

This graph from April Discovery magazine lays out some perspective on this crisis. Not trying to minimize the issue but reminding us that in the grace of God, “this too shall pass.” Blessings to all.

Some time back an American President posed the thought that in the swift rush of world events we find ourselves groping to make sense of the times in which we live.

"Are we nearing the light?" Dwight Eisenhower asked, "Or are the shadows of another night closing in on us?"

And then he added: "Science seems ready to confer upon us as its final gift, the power to erase human life from this planet."

Those words have never left me. They seem to address the timelessness of the human predicament, made all the more urgent by the thermonuclear reality that haunted (haunts) us all. Then came the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy's assassination and the overtures to the Vietnam Conflict – shocker events in what historian Michael Beschloss rightly names "The Crisis Years."

By that time I had been listening to a quasi-fundamentalist radio preacher who, I later realized, did not have the whole truth about the Bible by any means, but taught what he knew with uncommon conviction, authority and even optimism.

Those lessons too stayed with me and I proceeded, as best I could, to look for Biblical parallels to the events that seem to come flying out at us like targets in a skeet shoot.

This web site is the latest result of that half-century of investigation and commentary on world affairs. It seeks to connect the events and trends of this complex world with the best of the Biblical revelation. Over the course of nearly 500 books, articles, reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews, scripts and television shows, I have found that there is reassurance, wisdom and hope in a life lived in light of a balanced perspective on Scripture.

Hailing from a family of teachers I have natural bent to share these insights with those who may benefit from them.

Hopefully you are one of them.