At The Beach For Labor Day … Hope You Are, Too

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Back Tuesday, September 3. Enjoy The End Of Summer 2019.

HILL STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Justin Weiss motors into the communications director slot for Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.). Previously, Justin was a senior associate at the Rational 360 lobbying firm. He’s a 2014 Denison University graduate, earning a B.A. in french language and literature, and communications and sociology.


Sara Garcia has saddled up as scheduler for Rep. Van Taylor (R-Texas). She is a 2019 graduate of the University of California at San Diego, with a B.A. in political science and international relations. This is Sara’s first job on the Hill. Continue reading “HILL STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!”

What Does It Mean To ‘Believe’ In ‘God?’ Well, That Depends On ….

“Do you believe in God?” is a question everybody is asked sooner or later and, as Stand To Reason’s Alan Shlemon notes, the answer is not always as simple as a “yes, I do, don’t you?” or “why no, why do you ask?” response.

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Schlemon observes that, if by “believe” they mean: Blind Faith, Wishful Thinking, Accepting Something Contrary to Logic or Reason, Hope, or Mustering Sheer Will …

Then his answer would be a resounding no because “believe” has a completely different meaning to him. Same goes with the term “God” for Shlemon. How about you? Go here, then perhaps you might like to share your own thoughts in the comments below.

Can Millennials Really Be The Loneliest Generation Ever, Or Gen Zers The Least Spiritual?

Two new surveys highlight findings that, if accurate and durable, provide some potentially distressing insights about millions of Americans born after 1980, the year Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States.

These findings should be of great interest in the nation’s capital because most of the people now working on Capitol Hill for individual senators or representatives, or for congressional committees, are members of either the Millennial Generation (people born between the years 1981-1996) or its successor generation, Gen Z. (those born in 1997 and forward).

The YouGov survey made public just as Congress began its August recess revealed that “Millennials report feeling lonely much more often than their Gen X and Baby Boomer counterparts. Continue reading “Can Millennials Really Be The Loneliest Generation Ever, Or Gen Zers The Least Spiritual?”

Yes, Unlike Buddha Or Mohammed, Jesus Actually Did Claim To Be God

Mention the names of great religious leaders in history like “Mohammed” or “Buddha” in conversation at a Capitol Hill reception or over drinks at Bullfeathers and hardly anybody raises an eyebrow. Reactions are often quite different when “Jesus” is mentioned.

Those reactions can range all the way from worshipful reverence or respectful nods to outright laughter, derision, anger or even bitter cynicism. Whatever they are, they won’t be boring. Jesus is different. Unlike the other great religious leaders in history, Jesus claimed to be God.

But it’s not uncommon to hear the objection that He really never claimed to be God, that was actually a later invention by the disciples or early church leaders, or Dan Brown or somebody. So what does the evidence say?

NBC “Dateline’s” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, a former atheist, explains:

THINK ABOUT THIS: Lord, Liar Or Lunatic?

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’

“That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

“You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

So what say you?

Life Is Simply Impossible Without This ‘Irreducibly Complex’ ATP Generator, So How Did It Get Here?

“Irreducible Complexity” (IR) is a term coined by Lehigh University biochemist and Intelligent Design advocate Michael J. Behe. The Department of Defense (DOD) organizational chart may seem irreducibly complex, as do congressional parliamentary procedures at times.

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But beginning with his 1996 book, “Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution,” Behe has been talking about incredibly complex machines at the nano level that must be assembled in a certain order before they can perform functions that are essential to the continuation of a living organism’s existence.

Whether you think Behe is right or wrong, there is again new evidence that points to IR as a reasonable explanation of some of the most basic and vital questions about the origins of life. As the following video vividly explains, that evidence concerns the ATP Synthase, an amazing motor that manufactures a chemical, ATP, every cell in your body must have. Continue reading “Life Is Simply Impossible Without This ‘Irreducibly Complex’ ATP Generator, So How Did It Get Here?”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Jesus Espinoza is a Hill veteran, having previously worked for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as an intern and more recently as deputy press secretary for Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) and press secretary for Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.). Now he’s taking the reins as communications director for Rep. Susan Lee (D-Nev.). Espinoza is a 2016 graduate from Williams College in political science and Spanish.


Andrea Porwoll is another Hill veteran making a move up, this time to be communications director for Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.). Porwoll previously worked as a public affairs officer for the Department of Homeland Security and before that was press secretary for Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). She also worked as a communications coordinator at Heritage Action for America and as an intern for Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.). She is a 2016 graduate in public relations, political science and government from Florida State University. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!”

WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL: Your August Recess Resolution – Finding Community on the Hill

By Bret Bernhardt

You’ve just returned from a week or two out of the office. During that time you’ve been on a vacation, participating in a codel, or working in the state or district.

Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for senators Don Nickles and Jim DeMint.

Now you’re back in DC in your normal work routine with your familiar surroundings, including your staff colleagues and the people you hang with outside of your job.

For some, it may be a happy and fulfilling return. For others, it might be a reminder that the break from the routine was a needed respite from life in Washington. If it’s the latter, that merits evaluating whether or not you have a healthy community around you in which to live and thrive.

What Does Real Community Look Like? Continue reading “WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL: Your August Recess Resolution – Finding Community on the Hill”

New England Dominates Top 10 ‘Post-Christian Cities’

Six of the top 10 most “post-Christian” cities in America, as calculated by The Barna Group, are located in what was once the bright “City on a Hill” of New England Puritanism.

Two of the top 10 cities are in New York, while the remaining two are on the West Coast, according to Barna.

In order to qualify as “post-Christian,” respondents had to meet at least nine of the following 16 characteristics. To be “highly post-Christian” required meeting 13 or more: Continue reading “New England Dominates Top 10 ‘Post-Christian Cities’”

Noted Physicist Says Multiverse Theory Of Creation Is Religion, Not Science

Strike up a conversation with folks around Capitol Hill about their view of how and why the universe came into existence and odds are very good you will sooner or later hear the theory ours is just one of many universes.

Theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder. (Screen shot from YouTube.)

This is the “multiverse” explanation for why there is something rather than nothing, and it is a concept that in recent years has gained numerous advocates within the scientific community and disciples in the popular press.

I’m also quite certain that more than a few knowing nods of the head would be seen in any gathering of congressional aides who could be asked if they are aware of the multiverse concept. And some of them could explain it, at least in basic terms. Continue reading “Noted Physicist Says Multiverse Theory Of Creation Is Religion, Not Science”

Could The Older You Convince The Younger You? About VIP Stuff?

It’s been said that maturity is being able to admit that you didn’t really know it all when you were younger and then changing your ways of doing and thinking as a consequence.

“Cold-Case Christianity” author J. Warner Wallace (screen shot from video).

But does that process also occur when it comes to issues concerning God, your eternal destiny, what are your priorities for your time, talent and treasure. and how to live your life on a daily basis as an individual and with others?

It can be immensely difficult, the getting to the point of realizing your views on those issues often are unthinking,  unstated assumptions or presuppositions that are products of habits, emotions, erroneous ideas we picked up from others or faulty logic that reflects our inexperience or lack of consistent thought. Continue reading “Could The Older You Convince The Younger You? About VIP Stuff?”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Are ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ Appropriate When A Gunman Kills And Maims?

It seems to happen every time now when there is a mass shooting incident like those that just days ago killed and injured dozens of innocent people in an El Paso Wal-Mart and a Dayton night spot.

Dr. Frank Turek (left), Fox News’ Lauren Green (center), Michael Wear (right). Screen shot from Fox News video.

Democrats demand new gun controls and Republicans offer their “thoughts and prayers for the tragic victims of this latest horrible nonsense.” There is a growing chorus on each side that the other’s response is not appropriate, but the Democrats’ criticism of “thoughts and prayers” as inadequate seems especially strong in the wake of the most recent tragedies.

Who is right? Fox News’ religion correspondent Lauren Green hosted an August 15 discussion of the issue between cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek, and Michael Wear of Public Square Strategies. Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: Are ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ Appropriate When A Gunman Kills And Maims?”

One-Third Of Americans Attend Church Regularly; More Than Half Pray Often

Fifty-four percent of Americans say they pray at least a couple of times a week and a third of them go to church at least once or twice a month, according to a national survey conducted by YouGov for The Economist.

People worship in song. (Photo by William White on Unsplash)

The survey asked 125 questions and was primarily focused on presidential politics and produced a major campaign development with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) surging to a dead-heat with former Vice-President Joe Biden in the contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The final five questions concerned religious views and practices.

The survey told 1,500 people that “people practice their religion in different ways,” then asked them “outside of attending religious services, how often do you pray?” Continue reading “One-Third Of Americans Attend Church Regularly; More Than Half Pray Often”