Reassurance, Insight, Hope

It Is No Secret, What God Can Do…

One day “Bret” rode up on a motorcycle, walked in to Starbucks and stood in line. He was wearing a black leather jacket with chains hanging down, iPod in his ear, spiked hair and a stone face! He glanced around the shop not seeing any chairs and meeting some unfriendly “don’t sit here” glances.

‘Why, Oh Why?’

The simple fact is this: apart from God there is no adequate answer to the ultimate philosophical question.

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.


Transitions on the Journey to God’s Rest Land

Transitions can be stimulating and exciting. They can also be disorienting and somewhat bewildering. At such times we are forced to refocus, rethink our commitments, and prepare to shift gears one more time. All of this of course can lead us to ponder once again on the importance of faith in the Christian life.

Best of A Second Look: The Plane People

Video archives: Journalists Neil Earle and Alan Doshna discuss 9/11 and the role of Gander, Newfoundland in welcoming stranded airline passengers in the wake of the terrorist attacks 20 years ago.

Yom Kippur 1973: The War That Led to Peace

Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli president Menachem Begin of Israel showed at Camp David in 1978 that old enemies can unite, can see that the common interests pursued in peace gain much more than perpetual conflict.

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.