Here’s What Football And Sunday’s Super Bowl Teaches Us About The Purpose Of Life

San Francisco’s 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs meet Sunday in the Super Bowl and millions of people around the world will be tuned in to watch what could be one of the most exciting such games ever.

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Nobody on the playing field, in the grandstands, listening on radio or watching the game on TV will have any doubt whatsoever about the purpose of the game — score more points than the other guys and win the Lombardi Trophy, the biggest victory anybody can gain in the great game of football.

But how should the “score” be calculated in the game of life? Depends on what the rules are, according to Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org. As he explains in the following video, it’s a lot like how we know the difference between a touchdown and an interception:


While You’re Here, Have You Read?

The Impeachment Trial Prayers Of Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black

IMPEACHMENT PRAYERS: Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black’s Wise Appeals To The Almighty

Every day of the Senate impeachment trial has been opened with a prayer offered by Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black. Each of Black’s prayers has included admonitions that are particularly applicable in the current tense atmosphere, as well as in the every day functioning of Congress and the nation.

Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black (Photo from Senate website).

On the opening day, for example, the heart of Black’s prayer is his appeal to the Lord to keep all of the trial’s participants mindful that there are men and women of good character and integrity on both sides:

January 22, 2020:

Let us pray.

Sovereign God, author of liberty, we gather in this historic chamber for the solemn responsibility of these impeachment proceedings. Give wisdom to the distinguished Chief Justice John Roberts as he presides. Lord, You are all-powerful and know our thoughts before we form them. Continue reading “IMPEACHMENT PRAYERS: Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black’s Wise Appeals To The Almighty”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who Is Being Promoted On The Hill!

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Katie Earle is the new professional staff member in the office of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Republican staff. Katie comes over to the House side following her tenure as a national security fellow for Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND). She is a 2019 MA graduate in security studies and military operations from Georgetown University, while her 2012 BA from Middlebury College was in Russian studies.

Another significant move on the Republican side of things is that of Erik Kenney to legislative director for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Erik’s 2013 BA in political studies is from Marquette University.

Newlyweds Natalie Knight and Matthew Ellison (Screenshot from Facebook).

New evidence that Hill staffers sometimes meet, work in some proximity, fall in love, then get married: Natalie Smith, legislative counsel for Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA.) and Matthew Ellison, deputy policy counsel for the House Democratic Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC). HillFaith sends blessings and best wishes to the newlyweds.

Ebise Bayisa is the new House Judiciary Committee counsel on the Democratic side. The judiciary slot is Ebise’s first position on a Hill staff, as she formerly worked for the U.S. Sentencing Commission as a senior attorney. Her law degree was earned in 2005 from the American University Washington College of Law. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who Is Being Promoted On The Hill!”

Have You Decided Your Life’s Core Convictions? You Will Go This Far But No Farther?

Being an aide or intern to a senator or representative in Congress is a lot like what it must have been for Daniel, the Old Testament prophet who at a young age found himself among a small group of conquered Judeans being groomed for the court of King Nebuchadnezzar.

Do you or don’t you violate your most cherished convictions? (Photo by niklas_hamann on Unsplash)

Part of the group’s three-year study and preparation for service to the King involved adherence to a royally prescribed nutritional course that conflicted in key respects with the dietary regimen of the Jewish faith of Daniel and three of his friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.

“Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the King’s food or with the wine he drank,” Daniel 1:8 tell us. “So he asked permission from the chief official not to defile himself.” Continue reading “Have You Decided Your Life’s Core Convictions? You Will Go This Far But No Farther?”

MYTHS & MISCHIEF: You’ve Heard About ‘Pay-To-Play;’ Now What About ‘Pay-To-Pray?’

“Pay-to-play” is a phrase one hears from time to time around Capitol Hill and it’s usually not as a preface to good news or a compliment. Now comes a study of whether and how much are people willing to pay for prayers.

Photo by Milada Vigerova, via Unsplash.

This is no joke. The study was conducted following Hurricane Florence in September 2018, according to Reasons to Believe, which reported that “Linda Thunström, an economist at the University of Wyoming, [who] teamed up with Shiri Noy, an anthropologist-sociologist at Denison University in Ohio.”

The study was designed as “an incentivized experiment on 482 North Carolinians who suffered some kind of hardship as a result of the hurricane. Thunström and Noy preselected the 482 North Carolinians so that they would fall into one of these two groups: Continue reading “MYTHS & MISCHIEF: You’ve Heard About ‘Pay-To-Play;’ Now What About ‘Pay-To-Pray?’”

If God Is Good, Why Does He Allow So Much Evil And Suffering In Our World?

It’s a fundamentally important question that every human being who ever lived has almost certainly asked at least once in their time here on the Earth. Often, it’s preceded by a closely related question – Why me?

The answer isn’t necessarily easy and, as NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace makes clear in the following video, it takes time to digest.

And here’s something to ponder before watching the video: Is the question of why is there evil more properly addressed to those who deny there is a God capable in the ultimate sense of resolving the issue in favor of good? After all, if the universe is nothing more than pitiless matter in motion, the universe really doesn’t, indeed can’t, care that we prefer good over evil.

LIVING ON THE HILL: Eating Meals Together Is An Important Gift To Your Spouse, Kids

It probably seems like a small thing, and working on Capitol Hill can be among the jobs that make doing it on a regular basis extraordinarily tough, but sitting down for meals with your spouse and kids may well be among the most important things you can do for them.

Dr. Patrick Fagan, founder and director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI)

That’s according to a huge 2016 cross-sectional national study highlighted this week by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), headed by its founder, Dr. Patrick Fagan.

“The study of 8,500 adolescents found that 60% of adolescents shared family meals five times a week or more,” Fagan said in an email to HillFaith.

“The greater the frequency of family meals, the fewer were symptoms of depression or emotional difficulties, and the more frequent was emotional well-being.  On the particular measure of being shielded from symptoms of depression girls benefited more from frequent family meals than boys did,” Fagan said.

The abstract of the study, which was based on multiple regression analyses of a variety of factors, described the results as indicating “frequent family meals may have a protective effect on the mental health of adolescents, particularly for depressive symptoms in girls.

“Interventions that aim to increase the frequency of family meals are needed to evaluate whether family meals alone can have an emotional benefit for adolescents.”

So, tempting as it always is to stay at the office another hour or two, consider setting at least one or two nights a week to be home in time for that meal around the family table with the most important people in your life.

The full study is available at the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. For more about the keys to happy, healthy families, check out MARRI. See also the Marripedia.

 

THINK ABOUT THIS: What’s The Purpose Of Your Life And How Can You Know That You Know It?

There really aren’t any more basic questions than this: What is the purpose of life and how do we know that we’ve devoted our lives to something or someone for the right reasons?

There are as many potential answers as there are people. I spent a good part of my life working for Ronald Reagan, to get him elected president and then serving in his administration. I know lots of good people who did the same thing for Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Those were worthy things to do but were they the foundational purpose of life? Presidents come and go, so does that mean our lives are purposeless after our favored chief executive is no longer in the Oval Office?

Of course not, there is something more fundamental, more enduring that explains why we’re here and how we are to live. Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org takes it from here:

MYTHS & MISCHIEF: Can You Trust The New Testament?

Even Bible critic Bart Ehrman doesn’t agree with himself

One of the most frequently heard objections to Christianity is the claim that the Bible is full of errors and contradictions because it was copied and re-copied countless times, making it inevitable that variations in text and meaning would creep into it.

The critics are both right and, profoundly more importantly, wrong, as Dr. Frank Turek — co-author with Dr. Norman Geisler of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” — explains in his answers to questions put to him by a student during a 2016 presentation at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

This video is especially important because Turek also provides “the rest of the story” about famous biblical critic Bart Ehrman, author of the best-seller, “Misquoting Jesus.” Turns out that Ehrman, brilliant though he is, doesn’t agree with himself!


 

WORKING ON THE HILL: Why Do So Many Staffers Resign From The Staffs Of These Senators And Representatives?

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) had the highest rate of staff turnover in 2019, according to rankings calculated by Legistorm. But there may be more to their stories than first thought.

Senators and representatives tend to create their own unique staff universes that to some degree reflect themselves, so a lot of attention is paid to those with the highest and lowest turnover rates.

But a high turnover rate is not necessarily an indicator of a “bad boss” job seekers should avoid, especially in the cases of Harris and Granger. Harris made an unsuccessful bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Such campaigns almost always have a big impact on an incumbent’s staff and Harris ranked much lower in prior years. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Why Do So Many Staffers Resign From The Staffs Of These Senators And Representatives?”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

The Problem-Solvers Caucus has added Jessica Gail to its ranks as communications director, working for Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ). Now in her seventh year, this is Jessica’s fourth position on the Hill since first joining the staff of Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) in 2013. She is a 2007 graduate with a BA from the University of Indiana at Bloomington in broadcast journalism and religious studies.

Holly Reagan Hinjosa is now policy adviser for Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), covering environmental protection and public lands issues. Holly is a native Texan but earned her BA in international and global studies from the University of Wyoming in 2015 and her MA in natural resources management from the University of Idaho in 2019. Holly’s Hill career began in 2016 as an intern for Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill”

Is The New Testament A Credible Historical Source? Here Are Four Major Archeological Finds That Confirm It

Critics typically dismiss the Bible as a credible source of history, but the more one knows about textual analysis, philology and archeology, the more the accuracy of Scripture is demonstrated and reinforced.

Dr. Sean McDowell of Summit Ministries and Biola University professor of apologetics looks at four major modern archeological discoveries that confirm key illustrations of the credibility and accuracy.

Why is McDowell’s presentation worth a few minutes of your time? Because, if the New Testament is an accurate account, then all of us should consider closely the claims of Jesus Christ to be the Son of God, the “Way and the Truth and the Light,” and thus the only way to Heaven:


 

To See Tomorrow’s Digital System For National Oppression, Just Take A Look At China Today

China is not ranked on top of the 50 worst nations for persecuting Christians compiled by Open Doors USA, as that dubious distinction belongs to North Korea, followed close behind by Afghanistan.

Great Wall of China. Photo by Bruce Röttgers on Unsplash.

But China is building a pervasive system of digital surveillance-based oppression that is presently aimed at the estimated 125 million Christians there, but which could easily be duplicated in other nations and used to silence anybody who disagrees with the regime in power.

That’s according to Open Doors CEO David Curry, who told a recent news conference unveiling the 2020 list of top 50 anti-Christian nations that China is constructing a “blue print” for a “system of persecution for the future” to be sold on the world market. Continue reading “To See Tomorrow’s Digital System For National Oppression, Just Take A Look At China Today”

This Scientist Says ‘Serious Atheist Thinkers’ Are Re-Thinking Strict Naturalism That Excludes God

It is a commonplace belief among prominent contemporary atheist thinkers that the universe is strictly materialist, with nothing remotely non-material, or “spiritual,” as has been commonly understood for thousands of years.

But John Lennox, the British mathematician, philosopher of science, and Oxford professor emeritus, detects some interesting trends among the atheists he often debates in public forums.

“I think we’re getting to the state now where serious atheist thinkers are beginning to re-examine the kind of naturalism that reduces everything to physics and chemistry,” Lennox said during a recent discussion with Talk Radio’s Dave Rubin on The Big Conversation.

Check out this excerpt in which Lennox explains and includes examples:


Previous Posts Featuring John Lennox:

Who Created God? John Lennox Responds To Richard Dawkins.

Do You Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist? Or How Is Your TOE?

Oxford Mathematician Explains Why He’s A Follower Of Jesus.