Ecumenical Quest for a World Federation by Martin Erdmann

Ecumenical Quest for a World Federation is an excellent work which informs us of the past and gives us much to consider for the future. Erdmann writes of the era when World War I was approaching and a number of influential people gave thought to what could possibly abolish war and solve most of the world’s social ills. Following the Great War it was determined by many that only a “new world order” could accomplish such a feat. With the signing of the Treaty of Versailles many felt the seeds for the next world war were planted and, as the next twenty years demonstrated, they were correct. Something had to be done about war and its lasting devastation. A new world order was urgently needed but standing in its way was the issue of nationalism. John Foster Dulles, the principle mover behind the new world order, believed the “solution...

Starlight and Time, Solving the Puzzle of Distant Starlight in a Young Universe, by D. Russell Humphreys (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1994) 137 pp., paper $5.99

Dr. Humphreys is a young earth physicist who is addressing the question of how the light from stars, many light years away, could be seen from earth if the universe is only a few thousand years old (p. 9). By means of a rather technical discussion of black holes, white holes (pp. 23-28), relativity and gravitational time dilation, among other things, Humphreys believes that clocks tick at different rates in different parts of the universe. “By this effect …God could have made the universe in six ordinary days as measured on earth, while still allowing time for light to travel billions of light-years to reach us by natural means” (p. 54). Using this theory Humphreys is also able to explain from both a biblical and scientific base what happens on each of the six days of creation (pp. 74-80). The book contains three appendices expanding Humphreys’ theories. More recently...

It’s OK to Say God,Prelude to a Constitutional Renaissance,by Tad Armstrong (Bloomington, Indiana: Westbow Press, 2011), 350 pp. + xiii, paper $25.00

Tad Armstrong, an attorney and founder of ELL Constitution Clubs, established to provide a forum for lay people to study the actually pronouncements of the United States Supreme Court, has a deep concern. He believes that most people, including Christians, are ignorant of the actual rulings of the Supreme Court, especially as they touch our freedoms of religion and speech as expressed the First and Fourteenth amendments of the Constitution (p. ix). As a result, many of us not only believe but also spread half-truths and outright lies, causing unnecessary anxiety and distrust of our government. The only solution, Armstrong believes, is to become educated by reading the actual words of the Court’s rulings and correcting those who do not know the truth. The author writes, It is my contention that, once Christians have the facts in tow, most of the unwarranted skirmishes will cease and the real battles...

The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction

Jonathan Cahn’s, The Harbinger, is a warning to America that God’s judgment is imminent unless the country repents and turns to the Lord, and that very soon. The need for repentance and true dedication to Christ in our society is not doubted by most Christians. America, as a whole, has rejected the Lord, ignored His ways, and rebelled against His sovereign rule. That we ultimately reap what we sow is a biblical concept that is not going to be repealed for the United States and Cahn’s basic theme is well worth considering. If the book is read merely as a novel warning our country to wake up spiritually it has value, but the author makes immediately clear that “what is contained within the story is real” (p. 7). In other words Cahn believes that God pronounced exacting judgment on America and that judgment is found in Scripture, specifically Isaiah...

The End of Education by Neil Postman

Postman, author of insightful books such as Amusing Ourselves to Death and The Disappearance of Childhood, stretches our minds again in this volume.  Postman does not really believe that education has ended but he argues for an educational system that asks different questions, and looks for different results than is common today. Due to my assumption that few will read this review I will not elaborate further except to say that anyone involved in education would benefit from working through Postman’s thoughts on the subject....

Y2K: A Reasoned Response to Mass Hysteria by Dave Hunt

Hunt takes a far more moderate approach than many to the computer glitch now referred to as Y2K. He quotes generously from those who foresee great disaster as the world approaches the year 2000, but he firmly disagrees with their scenario. The views of the doomsayers are based, Hunt believes, on misinformation and/or dated reports. If all the facts are gathered, and the many “silver bullets” are factored in, the author believes Y2K would be foreseen as a bump in the road, not a catastrophic cavern looming just ahead waiting to swallow all of civilization. This book is well footnoted and documented, as are all of Hunt’s works. Hunt does tend to go off on tangents, write in circles and repeat the same information throughout the book. But he gets his thesis across, and his judgment is well worth considering. Personally, I believe that Hunt is right on the...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Seven Habits is one of the most successful and widely acclaimed books in the success literature genre. Even in fundamental Christian circles it ha received strong endorsements. So I had to see what all the excitement was about for myself. On the positive side I greatly appreciate Covey’s emphasis on character development as opposed to personality development (pp.18ff). In the past our society was concerned with the development of the inner man but for the last 50 years the superficial, outward appearance has taken center stage. Covey’s book is a call back to a former time in which real success came from within. I found the book to be full of many practical and useful suggestions that would aid anyone in having an effective life. Things like putting first things first, seeking to understand others before being understood, and taking time to “sharpen the saw” (i.e. personal preparation for...

The Pocket University by Several

The Pocket University, first published in 1923, is a collection of some of the finest pieces of literature in the English language. Within its first 22 volumes are 1380 masterpieces just waiting to teach, inspire and give us enjoyment. Volume 23, a classic in itself, emphasizes the joy of reading, and also includes a systematic reading schedule that would guide a reader through all 22 volumes in one year. The concept of The Pocket University is that if a person would devote 15-30 minutes per day reading the very best in literature they would have the equivalent of a liberal arts education (p. 81). The opening words of Volume 23 are, “Here are three services which books may render in the home: They may be ornaments, tools or friends.” The Pocket University offers us an exceptional opportunity to make some friends....

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

There goes another millionaire, that guy in his $2000 suit, driving his BMW to his home in the fanciest part of town. Right? Not likely. According to the authors of this fascinating book the millionaire is probably the guy behind him in his three-year-old Chevy, wearing casual clothing and living in a middle class neighborhood. Why is that true? Because the typical millionaire has learned to live well below his income and is not anxious to impress people with his money, which he has earned through hard work and risk. The first guy is probably a millionaire want-a-be who is in debt up to his $50 tie, leasing a car that he really can’t afford, living in a house that is beyond his means, and generally caught up in a lifestyle that will ensure that he never makes it to millionaire row. These are the kinds of things we...

The Millennium Bug by Michael S. Hyatt

Hyatt is “convinced that Y2K problems presents us with, potentially, the most significant, extensive, and disruptive crisis we have ever faced (p. xix).” He has written this best seller in order “to lay the facts before you, help you understand how they will affect you, and then help you decide what you must do – personally” (p. xviii). Just in case you personally decide to take drastic steps, Hyatt has a web site which sells the “Countdown to Chaos Protection Kit,” a six-audio-tape set plus an accompanying handbook, complete with “recommendations, checklist, and the essential resources and supplies you’ll need to survive this looming crisis” – for $89 (Wall Street Journal 1/21/99). “When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2000, computer systems all over the world will begin spewing out bad data – or stop working altogether! When this happens, it will be similar to a giant hard-disk...