Rod D. Martin

This is a big weekend for historic births and essential Americans. On this day in 1807, an American farm boy named Robert Fulton changed the world as thoroughly as the Wright Brothers would a century later by sailing, nay steaming his Clermont (aka North River) from Greenwich Village to Albany and back again. Bystanders were [...]

You read that right:  yet another sci-fi standby becomes reality.  (And if you never thought about it, surely you realize your iPhone is a tricorder, and your iPad is one of the “pads” from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.) This is a huge step in a necessary direction.  Anyone who has [...]

Do we have a culture that embraces young people? In many ways, No — beginning with the legalized killing of babies in the womb. My research director worked as a grocery cashier in high school: she expected a daily parade of irritable and screaming children. But her real surprise came from witnessing their grumpy, snappish, [...]

The subtitle in the original story reads, “The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record.” And it turns out to be true. The high priests of climate change have not only misinterpreted the data, they have actively hidden the truth, putting aside science and the pursuit of real knowledge. [...]

WORLD Magazine

WORLD magazine’s Saturday feature, August 2, 2014. There is a recurring, albeit ill-informed, question in Christian circles regarding Romans 13 (which counsels dutiful subordination to legally established authorities) and the American Revolution:  were the Founding Fathers in sin when they rebelled against King George?  Most recently, my son (a Harvard, Yale and Mayo Clinic doctor [...]

The essentials of our identity lie in whom we serve, our relationships — in our being and not just our doing. It is important for us to know these core aspects of our leaders. The fact that Ronnie Floyd self-consciously and intentionally identifies himself by his relationship to God, his family, and his church is [...]

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which [...]

Do we need a new Great Awakening? How could any believer say other than “Yes!” Is such a thing possible? In the words of my friend and our new SBC President Ronnie Floyd, when “the skeptics doubt and the cynics mock, we need to pray.” Because with man it would be impossible, but with God [...]

One hundred years ago today, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian imperial throne was assassinated with his bride in an open car in Sarajevo.  And the world began to burn. World War I (then called “The Great War”) killed 16 million men and women, but it represented the death of the old world.  That order, born [...]

Earth is getting hit by a lot more stuff with a lot more force than anyone previously thought.  And no one is paying attention. For perspective: The bomb dropped over Hiroshima had 15 kilotons of energy — the asteroid that appeared over Russia last year exploded with almost/up to 600 kilotons of energy. It’s a [...]

Our excellent new Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd is leading from the front, and my only amendment would be that he understates his case.  In the early 20th Century, the proceedings of America’s major denominations were front page news in the New York Times and the country’s other major papers to the same extent [...]

So we are told that ISIS (formerly “Al Qaeda in Iraq”) has just captured a cache of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs. Really??? Just as the left has consistently claimed al Qaeda has or had no presence in Iraq despite the entire insurgency being led by an Islamist terror organization calling itself “Al Qaeda in Iraq” (the [...]

As a lifelong Southern Baptist, it thrills my soul to see our previously exceedingly contentious denomination: 1. Debate theology in a deep and meaningful way, but thoroughly within the bounds of our Lord’s revealed Word. 2. Specifically, debate Calvinism in a serious yet entirely affirming and friendly way. This is an issue many expected to [...]

Last week, my friend Ronnie Floyd was elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in North America (likewise, I was elected to the Committee on Order of Business, which is an humbling responsibility all its own).  Ronnie is a bold leader who thinks big.  We need leaders who think big, as [...]