A. Dru Kristenev

Former newspaper publisher, A. Dru Kristenev, grew up in the publishing industry working every angle of a paper, from ad composition and sales, to personnel management, copy writing, and overseeing all editorial content. During her tenure as a news professional, Kristenev traveled internationally as both a representative of the paper and non-profit organizations.Since 2007, Kristenev has authored four fact-filled political suspense novels, the Baron Series, and two non-fiction books, all available on Amazon.ChangingWind (changingwind.org) is a solutions-centered Christian ministry.Donate Here

Most Recent Articles by A. Dru Kristenev:

Corruption of MLK’s legacy

Jan 15, 2018 — A. Dru Kristenev

Corruption of MLK’s legacy
First of all, what is NAACP doing sponsoring a division to address the non-existent concept of environmental and climate justice? Before I go any deeper, it’s important to point out that the environment (earth, its elements and inhabitants) and climate (the atmosphere) are not sentient beings that crave justice from one another, the universe or man. They are components of Creation of which each of the aforementioned are interconnected not adversarial.

For reasoning that counters logic, the civil rights movement that Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. led has been turned on its ear by lumping inanimate objects like stone, as in geologic formations, vegetation, animate creatures and weather together with man as being mistreated by man. Never did Dr. King interchange the natural world and man, made in God’s image, as equivalents. Nor did he equate justice for man among men with the elements of the world.

The Gift of Faith

Dec 25, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit
When we think of faith, how many of us believe that it must rise from our own being? That in order for us to be successful in achieving our dreams, we must have faith in ourselves?

The truth is, faith is a gift and not by the measure of the world that touts the mantra that thinking good thoughts by force of will, good things are then manifested.

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12
8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Reining in federal land ownership—a drop in the bucket

Dec 6, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Reining in federal land ownership--a drop in the bucket
When the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was designated under President Clinton’s purview in 1996, it created real hardship for regional ranchers. New management rules locked up more than one and a half million acres, discontinuing grazing leases that were imperative to sustain cattle growers who’d been using the land responsibly for more than a century.

Part of the impetus for closing off natural resource development at the time was to halt access to one of the best sources of low sulfur coal, including from tribal populations, putting a stranglehold on arid land limited economies. Instituting the monument spelled financial disaster to Four Corners ranch industry as well as the Navajo that has tried to expand their coal industry. One of the reasons Clinton closed off the coal was a backroom deal made to bump up the price of the commodity being mined in Indonesia. It removed U.S. competition at the expense of Native America that, on the other hand, has been tagged to protest pro-growth projects like Dakota Access Pipeline and, now, truncating Bears Ears National Monument.

Hypocrites on the right – convicting without a trial

Nov 17, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Hypocrites on the right – convicting without a trial
There is a problem here. Republican office holders and so-called conservative pundits are all jumping on the bandwagon to convict Judge Roy Moore based on their northeastern customs. Yes, this includes all the Fox personalities televising their holier-than-thou judgments out of New York Central along with the D.C. swamp.

It’s fascinating to see how these same conservatives stood by Donald Trump when women came out of the woodwork at the last minute accusing him of misconduct. In fact, even Sean Hannity had his own problem last year fighting back when women appeared in an attempt to smear him with sleazy accusations. Both these men, and others under attack by the Left, solidly denied the allegations. And guess what? We had their backs because we knew that accusations without proper evidence had no credence.

Christians: armed and willing

Nov 6, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Christians: armed and willing
Motive behind the devastating massacre of the faithful at a small Southern Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas is immaterial. The assumption that Christians are easy targets is not.

There is a perception that Christians are unarmed and unwilling to protect and preserve the lives of the ones they love. It is a misconception. Christians base their faith in love, the all-encompassing love of God that is God, 1John 4:8.

Rinos take leave while Dems double-down on impeachment

Oct 25, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Rinos take leave while Dems double-down on impeachment
Pressure from the base is finally breaking loose the staid RINO watch. Moments before writing this, Senator Jeff Flake announced that he will not seek re-election for his Arizona seat. Following in the footsteps of Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, establishment republicans are vacating the Capitol before they’re tossed out by a Steve Bannon inspired challenge.

There is, however, one problem. These two, and others, still have months in office to continue Trump-trashing to promote the establishment (otherwise known as the Swamp) agenda. Even as Flake stands on the Senate floor declaring that he is standing down from office at the end of his term, he is doubling-down on his ill advised, liberal-based attacks on the president. Be assured that his quoting Madison’s Federalist 51, et al, wishing to lay the problems within Congress at the feet of President Trump, it is a projection of his own actions, his divisive rhetoric that is foundering implementation of the president’s campaign promises.

Coffee klatch to SCOTUS – LGBT bashes Christians

Oct 12, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Marginalizing Christianity is reaching epic proportions as LGBT, in particular, threatens believers in business and in church. Taking the discrimination to new levels beyond targeting businesses to provide service that force owners to defy the tenets of their faith, when the shoe is on the other foot LGBT business owners flatly refuse all service. For clarification – these two responses to providing service are not equal.

Anti-discrimination laws, such as the one to be argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, have supposedly been enacted to protect individuals from being refused service based on their sexual preferences, ethnic or racial make-up. Evidently, the laws seem to be exclusionary of protecting persons with religious convictions. Hence the Masterpiece Bakery, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.

Rationalization versus Justification

Oct 8, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

One after another, the left continues to stand firm encouraging bad behavior by making excuses for it. Problem? Not only is it coming from the Hollywood elite as in Harvey Weinstein’s inconsistent attorney backpedaling for his abhorrent sexual harassment but even the FBI is lending cover to violence.


Violence of undermining the family

Sep 24, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Removing a child’s chance to enjoy childhood, the one time in life where there’s no responsibility to be shouldered for the woes of the world, is ever the agenda of the left. Children are targets of indoctrination from the time they enter preschool.

Immediately they are bombarded by climate change theory, making them believe they are accountable for the earth’s mean temperature, and, among other programming, imposed confusion about what was once the simple difference between boys’ and girls’ plumbing.

Left illogic: man caused Irma so fire-up electricity for cars

Sep 14, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Every day the left comes up with another mind-bending theory to throw against the wall and there’s always someone who buys into it without checking manufacturer instructions. For 72 hours it’d been that President Trump is the cause of the horrific hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plus José that still pummeled the Caribbean. Not that this is a new concept. President George W. Bush was blamed for Katrina and the fact that it was a racist hurricane.

Okay, so we’ve heard it all. But have we?

Seven years in transit(ion)

Sep 10, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Today is the seventh anniversary of surrendering to an unanticipated call on my life – that of selling off most everything, packing what was left into the back of the truck and leaving what had become my home… for?

That was the question. I really didn’t know to what or where I was beckoned but I was certain that it was necessary to be obedient to God’s prompting. For anyone who thinks it’s a relatively simple operation to pull up roots and drop your life in the Lord’s hands, turning you at will, His will, to travel where you’ve been invited to minister, the short answer is: it isn’t.

Limiting access to language, water and air in Harvey’s aftermath

Aug 31, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

As much as these issues may appear to be unrelated, it’s time the parallel was examined.

When we look at the devastation of Harvey, blowing in and out, up and down the Gulf Coast, water is not just overwhelming neighborhoods, it is an abundant commodity (that’s how government views this essential of life). The storm, in all its configurations, has pounded the Texas shore with over a trillion gallons of water (3.06 million acre feet) according to some sources. Mind numbing as that appears, the amount is hard to comprehend for those of us not in the throes of dealing with the water and the loss it has caused.

From eclipse to the apocalyptic

Aug 20, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

The following may be a shock to urban centrists who think everything revolves around large population centers.

For some reason beyond my ken, I seem to end up in the epicenter of cultural change and, in some instances, chaos.

This is my third cycle in Northeast Oregon where landowners fight a pitched battle with environmentalists and their allies, state and federal government entities hiding behind protected wildlife to steal property rights and real estate.

Violence erupts when misguided youth swallow rewritten history

Aug 14, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

As much as the usual suspects—left-leaning press, politicians and professors—are quick to blame every ill in society on all people with light-toned skin, the irrational head-bashing that occurred in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday will continue.

This nation was established on free speech, the concept of which has been twisted by progressive ideologues to mean “approved speech,” destroying the purpose of this most important aspect of the First Amendment. And on this day, someone died amid the havoc wrought by the arrival of counter protesters who believe that free speech means closing it down, and in attempting to do just that, they created an environment where the only thing heard were hurled epithets and thuds of delivered blows.

Again, libs have it wrong on low skill immigrants

Aug 4, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

As soon as President Trump and Senators Cotton and Perdue finished their brief introduction of the RAISE Act, the blowback from liberals reached gale force. Immediately, the cry became how the proposed bill discriminates against non-English speaking and low skilled workers who might seek to come to the United States. As to the preference for admitting English-speakers, White House aide, Stephen Miller, handled the issue with aplomb, setting aside any need to revisit it here.

Who is raising the next generation?

Jul 13, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

In light of President Trump’s advocacy of Western values at the G-20, hard questions must be asked of our current would-be parents, those of childbearing age.

More and more young people in Western cultures are opting to avoid procreation and sidestep the responsibility of raising a family. The justifications for choosing to remain single or create a relationship consisting of a married (or ‘committed’) couple and pets is burgeoning among the millennial and following generation—for the life of me, I can’t keep straight the ‘X’, ‘Y’, ‘Z’ nomenclature.

Thus the query stands—who will raise the next generation of teachers and preachers, let alone skilled labor, professionals and elected officials? Looks like it’s not going to be American, Canadian, European or other ‘first world’ citizens adhering to their native culture. They’re too busy with other endeavors, of which grooming youngsters to continue the West’s legacy is not among their priorities.

UK NHS wants “equality enshrined in law” for transgender, but not Charlie Gard?

Jul 7, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Disavowing God’s handiwork in order to remake Mankind (irony intended), United Kingdom’s National Health Service is well on its way to transplanting wombs into men so they may have the blessed experience of giving birth.

The obvious question is ‘why?’ Especially when the NHS does everything in its power to curtail the life of an infant whose natural parents are scouring every avenue to find medical answers to his maladies. The European Court of Human Rights refused to challenge the decision to shut down the baby’s life support. Is Charlie Gard not human that he has rights? Misnomers abound in our upside-down world with the NHS calling for “equality enshrined in law” to supply transgender females with wombs but staunchly deny breath to defenseless infants. With more than a million dollars raised to bring the child to the United States to undergo experimental treatment that even President Trump has encouraged, still the UK courts side with the hospital to pull the plug.

Facebook the ‘new church?’ Social media can never replace true community

Jul 6, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

We have a real problem when a virtual social order imagines itself to be able to take the place of human contact. The embodiment of living in a fantasy world, social media promotes existence on a level of reality that is fanciful.

Modern culture has come to a crisis stage where individuals are taught that it is enough to reach out via the internet or text to establish personal contact with another person. It isn’t. And Mark Zuckerberg’s assertion that social media is the “new church” brings home just how dysfunctional is the concept: “If we can do this, it will not only turn around the whole decline in community membership we’ve seen for decades, it will start to strengthen our social fabric and bring the world closer together…”

Terror rocks Britain but State deports Christians, EU sanctions East Europe

Jun 21, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

Depending on who happens to wield the weapon of choice (be it gun, knife, bomb or motor vehicle) there seems to be a real dispute regarding the label’s application. Officials sit on their hands before calling it terrorism when it comes to dozens and hundreds (Paris 11/13/15) of Christians, conservatives, concert-goers or baseball fans losing life and limb.

Monday morning’s incident of a van driver mowing down individuals outside of a Finsbury Park mosque in North London was a different story. Politically correct officials had no compunction applying the term terrorist to the vehicle’s operator that was described as “white” which, by the way, also applies to the majority of the world’s muslims, whether they are of Arab, Persian, Pakistani or European descent—all are white or Caucasian. Whereas any of the previous terror attacks in Britain (London Bridge, Westminster and Manchester) were tardily tagged as such, including the Lord Mayor Sadiq Khan’s telling Londoners that terror is now an accepted risk of living in a big city, it demonstrates an obvious prejudice in favor of the muslim community at the expense of other Britons.

Russian honeymoon connection—Sanders-inspired Capitol ‘baseball shooter’

Jun 15, 2017 — A. Dru Kristenev

There may be another definition of ‘Sandinista,’ members of the socialist Nicaraguan party who deposed Anastasio Somoza in the 1979 coup—that is, a follower of Vermont’s favorite son, Bernie Sanders. Tongue-in-cheek as this may sound in light of the devastating Alexandria, VA shooting that has left Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana in critical condition, the contact was real. Sanders went out of his way to attend the Sandinista regime’s sixth anniversary in the architypal banana republic.

Yet, as Congressional democrats scramble to find any link to Russia, they conveniently overlook the one that smacks of credibility—Bernie Sanders.1