Dr. Robert R. Owens


Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ drrobertowens.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

Most Recent Articles by Dr. Robert R. Owens:

Does God Speak to You?

Jan 19, 2019 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

When people ask me this question, I answer it with another, “Do mean God doesn’t speak to you?”

You can officially mark me down as a crazy person or whatever you like, I don’t care.  But I initially turned from the world to face God because I heard a voice answer my silent plea, the plea of a lost and lonely sinner about to give up on life, “I’ve got to try something.”

What I heard was a voice as real as any I’ve ever heard say right in my ear, “Why don’t you try God.”


Dawn of the Debacle

Dec 28, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Dawn of the Debacle
As my favorite American philosopher, Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  Nevertheless I’m going to take a stab at it.

Are you ready for the night of the long knives?  Pelosi, Schumer, and the rest of the Make America Miserable Again crowd have been trying to destroy President Trump by the death of a thousand cuts.  Every day 24/7 their poodle press in the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR Cartel has been trumpeting the lies and false accusations of their endless stream of fake news.  They follow the teachings of Joseph Goebbels that “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”  They operate on the wisdom contained in an old observation, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  And the Low Information Voters drink it all in and repeat it Ad Nauseam as their own personal opinion.


What is Christmas Without Christ?

Dec 20, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

What is Christmas Without Christ?
What have Frosty the Snowman, roasting chestnuts, hippos, hula hoops, and barking dogs got to do with Christmas? 

They may bring warmth to our hearts.  They may bring a smile to our lips.  Or they may make us groan.  Whatever they do to each of us what they all have in common is that they’re glued to Christmas like barnacles to the hull of the good ship lollipop.  They’re the accumulated cultural baggage that increasingly obscures the real meaning of a revolutionary blessed event under the camouflage of a socially acceptable winter break.


I’m Blessed

Nov 20, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

I’m Blessed When asked by the Barna Group, “Do we have a personal responsibility to share our faith with others?” a majority of Christians answered in the affirmative.

100% of Evangelicals and 73% of born again Christians said yes. When this conviction is put into practice however, the numbers shift downward. Only 69% of Evangelicals and 52% of born again Christians say they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs in the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.


Faith is the Answer and Prayer is the Key

Nov 14, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Faith is the Answer and Prayer is the Key
It’s time for us to grow up, to put away childish things and delve into the deep things of God.

Some may ask, “How do I do that?”

We need to study to show ourselves approved rightly dividing the word of God for it’s sharper than a two edged sword or a surgeon’s scalpel.  It divides soul and spirit and it reveals all things.  We need to speak to God and listen to God.  We need to learn to hear His voice and recognize it.  In other words,  we need to be in a constant conversation with God so that we can be about His business in this world.


Vote For God’s Candidate

Nov 6, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Vote For God’s Candidate
Election Day 2018 and everything is on the line.  At least as far as the direction this country is going to take America First or Globalism, capitalism or socialism.  Tune in to any one of the talking heads that litter the airwaves and this is it.  This is the BIG one.

As a political science teacher, I always tell my students don’t let anyone indoctrinate you.  Don’t let anyone blindly lead you into supporting something you may really disagree with if you know more.  Study the candidates.  Study the issues.  And then make an informed decision.  I also add one more step.  Ask God who you should vote for.


Jump!

Oct 30, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens


Christ came to fulfill the Old Covenant.  He paid the price for Adam’s sin and made a way back into fellowship with God.  Sin was the problem and Jesus is the answer.

When he was offered up by the High Priest as a sinless sacrifice He fulfilled all that had ever been required in the Old Covenant.


Want To Buy A Bridge?

Oct 23, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Want To Buy A Bridge?
From the “You can’t make this stuff up” Department:

It is beyond me how the Communists, I’m sorry I mean the Socialists, oh excuse me,  I mean the Democrats are able to peddle the bilge they’re spewing this election cycle.  But I’m sure that a significant segment of the voting public will swear this bilge is rose water come Election Day.  Now if these Soros-Clinton-Pelosi-Waters supporters were knuckle-dragging, drooling Neanderthal types,  I could understand it.  However, I personally know many very intelligent people who prove they’ve had one too many drinks of Kool-Aid by casting their precious votes for the Party of Obama and the new normal.


We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood

Oct 3, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood
Watching the recent political theater that our ever more divided country serves up as leadership reminds me that the natural man cannot receive the things of God for they’re foolishness to him.  The mockery of the late night political hacks masquerading as comedians or of the not even close to being funny Democrat shills haunting SNL reminds us that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

I wonder if someone came forward and said that Nancy Pelosi sexually abused them when they were a minor but they can’t remember where, or when, how they got there, how they got home, and everyone they said was a witness denied it … do you think the Congressional Ethics Committee would investigate it?  Would the ABCCBSNBCPBSCNNMSNBC Cartel do wall-to-wall panel discussion about the validity of the claims?


How Can A Moral Wrong Be A Civil Right

Sep 6, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

How Can A Moral Wrong Be A Civil Right
As an American Historian my favorite area of study and discussion is the writing and ratification of the Constitution. It isn’t because this is the beginning because the 167-year-long colonial period became the world which birthed the Revolution, and without the Revolution there would be no America. So the colonial period is crucial for identifying many currents and trends in our society, many of which still impact us today. Then why does this short period of one year capture my attention so much? Perhaps, it stands out because this is the cradle, the bedrock of American civil society. It is here that we can find the roots of the issue I wish to discuss today.


Choose This Day Who You Will Serve

Aug 16, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Choose This Day Who You Will Serve

In our current confrontation with Radical Islam the battle lines are portrayed as those between a secular society, us and a religious society, them.  I reject this portrayal as a betrayal of the faith of our Founders and of those patriotic Americans who still hold fast to Jesus as God and Savior, we too are a religious people.

America was founded as a Christian country.  Anyone who denies that has not studied enough History or has been sadly misled.


No one gets to live in the world they grew up in

Aug 10, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

No one gets to live in the world they grew up in
If you’re not ready for Christ to return today … You’re not ready.

Bill Clinton – Gave Nukes to North Korea

Barrack Obama – Gave Billions in cash to Iran

Hillary Clinton – Gave uranium to Russia

Trump – Gave tax cuts to America

How can a moral wrong be a civil right?


Here’s a Free Gift

Jul 27, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Here’s a Free Gift
As a retired pastor,  I am still amazed at the number of people who came forward week after week repenting of sins and seeking salvation.  It was often the same people week after week.  No matter how much I preached it, no matter how much I taught it, so many never seemed to grasp the idea that the cleansing of sins, salvation, and righteousness are free gifts given to us by our Father.

People would cry, “I’ve been seeking after God for years.  I’ve laid at the altar and pleaded over and over for God to guide me, to save me, to help me, and nothing happened.  I leave the altar the same poor sinner as when I went up there.”


It Takes Faith to Be an Atheist

Jul 19, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

It Takes Faith to Be an Atheist
I once had enough faith in myself to believe there was no God.  I had enough of that self-centered faith to believe the entire universe sprang from a Big Bang.  I could believe that Big Bang came from an unbelievably dense unbelievably small point that for some unexplained reason suddenly exploded.  I could believe that after the explosion this unbelievably dense unbelievably small point expanded into everything that is.  I could believe that everything that is now expanding would eventually stop expanding and then contract back into that unbelievably dense unbelievably small point that would then eventually explode again and the entire process would happen again over and over from eternity to eternity.  Yes, I had enough self-centered faith to believe all that.


The Meaning of The Book of Revelation

Jul 13, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

The Meaning of The Book of Revelation
A twisted mess of conflicting desires.  We want what we want until we get it,  then we wonder why we wanted it to begin with. So often the wanting is much more fulfilling than the getting because the having is always transitory and the losing is inevitable.

Does that about sum up your experience in the world?  It did mine until I met Jesus and committed my life to Him.  The answer never quite fit the question.  Or was it that the question never quite fit the answer.  Either way I always ended up half way home half of the time standing on a cold corner waiting to die alone.


Why is More Important Than How

Jun 28, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Why is More Important Than How
Does the immensity of creation ever overwhelm you?  Does the fact that when you lay your hand on the cold hard surface of a table there is actually more space than matter in the table numb your mind?  When you’re sitting on a beach letting the sand run through your fingers have you ever reflected on the thought that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on the earth?  Has the image of reality extending as deep through a microscope as it does through a telescope make you grasp for understanding when all you can possibly understand is that you can’t understand this immensity at all?

Science tries to explain it all.


If God is So Good Why is There Evil?

Jun 21, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

If God is So Good Why is There Evil?
This question has confounded philosophers for ages and led countless millions to blame God for all the evil in the world.  We must have faith if we’re going to question whether God is the author of evil since the Bible says of God, “You are good, and the source of good.”

We need faith to doubt God and instead ask the question, “If God is good why is there evil?”

Why do I say that we need faith to question God?


A Childless Father Who Has a Son

Jun 13, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

A Childless Father Who Has a Son
I am blessed.  My wife gave me a son. He was hers before he was mine.  Then he became ours.  In my heart he is always mine and I feel as if I am his Dad.  But it often feels like a homerun record with an asterisk, an almost.  You see, I’m a step-father.  That’s as close as I will ever come to experiencing the life of a father and for that I am forever thankful to God for I am a childless father who has a son.

I know the pride of watching my son play little league.  Together we experienced the joy of victory and the agony of defeat.  I encouraged him to play music.  I helped with homework.  I watched him march in a band.  I raced against the stop lights time after time to make it to events and meetings with teachers, doctor’s appointments, and birthdays.  I watched him graduate grade school after driving him from one town to another so he could remain in the same school with his friends after we moved.  I blessed God when he graduated high school and earned scholarships to college.  I was happy when he chose the girl my wife and I prayed for long before we ever met her, enjoyed being the father of the groom, and I love my grandchildren with all my heart.  I am truly blessed.  My wife gave me a son.


A Soap Opera That Never Ends Will Finally End. Then What?

Jun 7, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

Step out of the darkness and into the light and let this be the first day of the rest of your life
All my life I’ve been in love with History.  I learned at an early age that if you love reading you can live a thousand lifetimes and if you’re wise you have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others.  I’ve certainly experienced the former while unfortunately not doing much of the latter.

My love of History metastasized into a love of Political Science.  These two intellectual “Loves of my Life” have given me countless hours of joy lost in reading, mired in thinking, and entertained by speculation.

Now as I enter what are called the golden years, though I believe they might be made of brass, having spent several decades teaching both subjects, I feel a need to share some insights not on particulars but instead on something that is usually disparaged and often dismissed, generalities.


The Only Way Back to God

May 31, 2018 — Dr. Robert R. Owens

The Only Way Back to God
If Jesus is the Son of God, if God became man and walked among us, if the incarnate deity suffered and died to pay for the sins of the world, if He descended into hell and took the keys of death from the devil, if He rose again from the dead justifying all who become one with Him, if He rose into heaven and anointed the ultimate altar with His blood offering up the payment for the fall of man, what is there that can be of more importance than that?

If out of all the millions of books ever written God wrote one book, one set of writings infused with His Spirit, and alive with His Word, what can compare with that?


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