WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL: These Are The Top 10 Best, Worst Paying Offices For Staff

Senators traditionally pay their staffs somewhat more on average than House members, but the latest comprehensive salary data from Legistorm makes clear that is not necessarily always the case.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) pays the highest average staff salary in Congress.

Scan through the top 10 highest average staff salary offices and you find seven senators, two House members and one non-voting House member.

At the other end of the database, all 10 of the lowest-paying members are in the House. Continue reading “WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL: These Are The Top 10 Best, Worst Paying Offices For Staff”

MYTH BUSTERS: Why The Stolen Body Theory Fails

Critics of the Bible and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead three days after His death on a Roman cross of crucifixion have often tried to argue the stolen body theory.

No, critics argue, Jesus was not resurrected from the dead, His body was stolen, either by the disciples, who then made up the resurrection story to “prove” His pre-crucifixion predictions about His death were “true,” or perhaps by grave robbers, who hid the body and then disappeared, fearful of the consequences of being discovered.

Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org addresses this claim in the following video and presents a compelling case for the impossibility of Jesus’ body being stolen. Disproving the stolen body theory doesn’t thereby prove the resurrection happened, but it removes one of the commonly asserted alternative explanations for the empty tomb:


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THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him and We will make come to him and make Our home with him … The word that you hear is not from Me, but is from the Father who sent Me.” — John 14:23

Photo by Melanie Sosa on Unsplash.

 

And C.S. Lewis said:

“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 the 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.

Once I Was Among The ‘Pro-Choice’ (Unthinkingly). But Then I Became Firmly Pro-Life. This Is Why

It comes back to me at the most unexpected moments, as it did a couple of days ago, but always as an uncomfortable recollection from a brief, regretted moment in a college classroom long past.

“It” is the memory of something I said as a sophomore or junior at Oklahoma State University in 1970 or 1971 (yes, I am that old!). Odd how certain scenes in your life stay with you, isn’t it? I have since come to believe that such memories are not coincidental.

Anyway, it was during an Economics 101 course and somehow the class discussion had turned to the issue of abortion. A couple of my fellow students were making the case that life begins at conception and is sacred, therefore abortion is wrong.

It’s what I said in response to them that haunts me to this day: “But it’s just a glob of cells.” So, it was understood, it’s ok to “kill” it because it’s not yet a baby, a living human being. That phrase, “a glob of cells,” has stuck with me, not unlike those “damned spots” that plagued Lady MacBeth. Continue reading “Once I Was Among The ‘Pro-Choice’ (Unthinkingly). But Then I Became Firmly Pro-Life. This Is Why”

STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ On Up The Hill This Week

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Ryan Bentz is making the move from Intern to Staff Assistant to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). Ryan expects to complete his BS in political science and government in 2021 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Ryan Bentz at Mount Vernon (Screen shot from Facebook).

Also making the jump from Intern is Nathan Chael, who was promoted to Legislative Correspondent on the staff of Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

And yet another congressional Intern making the move to the regular staff is Max Lurie, as a Staff Assistant to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Max received his BA in government and Middle Eastern studies from Dartmouth in 2019. Max’s internship were with Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and for Rep. Elliot Engel (D-NY) on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Diane Adamson is the new Special Projects and Policy Coordinator for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), following a year as a Legislative Correspondent. Adamson previously worked for Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Rep. Fredericka Wilson (D-FL). Diane earned her BA in anthropology from Tufts University in 2015. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ On Up The Hill This Week”

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: When Someone Claims The Crusades Prove Christianity Is Just As Violent As Islam

Listen to a conversation on the Hill among congressional staffers about the Crusades and it’s a near certainty that somebody will claim these Middle Ages wars between Christians and Muslims prove Christianity is just as violent as Islam.

There is some truth behind that statement, but it’s not what you might be expecting. What it shows is that Original Sin is a problem every human being who has ever lived (except one, Jesus Christ!) must come to grips with one way or the other.

The Colson Center’s Brook McIntyre lays out the historical facts on three points that make clear the inaccuracy of the argument about what the Crusades “prove” about Christianity:


 

Why Are All My Friends Becoming Marxists (Most Don’t Realize That’s What They’re Doing)?

Jon Harris is the author/thinker/critic behind “Conversations That Matter” on Patreon and elsewhere on the Internet. He is a born-again Christian of the Reformed persuasion and a traditional American conservative.

Three steps to Critical Theory’s “salvation.”

But don’t let that description put you off because Harris is also a very perceptive, observant and articulate critic of all sides of contemporary culture and politics in America. His discussion of the origins and significance of Critical (especially Race) Theory and Intersectionality is trenchant and thought-provoking.

I say this because he prefaces his discussion with an observation that is not original in terms of the substance, but he puts it in a context that ought to drive home to all thinking persons, regardless of their religious or political positions, the profound seriousness of what is happening all around us these days: Continue reading “Why Are All My Friends Becoming Marxists (Most Don’t Realize That’s What They’re Doing)?”

Dr. Francis Collins Explains What Led Him From Atheism To Jesus (Yes, THAT Francis Collins!)

Dr. Francis Collins is probably best known as the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993 to 2008. But there is another distinction in his biography that is equally unusual.

That distinction is the fact Collins was appointed to head the National Institutes for Health (NIH) by President Barack Obama in 2009 and then re-appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017. How many people in the public eye these days can say they drew such solid support from politicians as opposite one another as Obama and Trump?!!

What is less known about Collins is that he is a man of deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It was not always so because for much of his early adulthood, Collins was a convinced atheist.

But that all began to change, as he explains in the following video from Biologos, when a woman dying of heart disease asked “what do you believe, doctor?”


But Wait! There’s More!!

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What If ‘That Hideous Strength’ — The Magician’s Twin — Has Already Arrived Among Us?

Daniel Bell, the great American sociologist of the 20th century, once declared that “the essence of modernity is that nothing is sacred.” Dostoevsky put it a little more precisely: “If God is dead, then everything is permitted.”

Just how right the sociologist and novelist were was foreshadowed by a brilliant and prophetic novel written in 1945 ago by C.S. Lewis that, unfortunately, never achieved the same level of popularity as the author’s monumental apologetical work, “Mere Christianity.”

Lewis’ obscure masterpiece is “That Hideous Strength,” a fictional vision of what happens when science is abused: Think racism, eugenics, and the devaluation of human life. Yes, it is a close relative to his “The Abolition of Man.”

This Discovery Science video reminds us that Lewis was not merely a supremely imaginative writer and deeply perceptive thinker, he was also gifted with a prophetic vision of where Western civilization appeared to be headed (which, by the way, my Capitol Hill friends, is where we are rapidly arriving today, it seems):


 

Life’s Origin: Lab + Information = Mind

No, that headline isn’t some sort of mysterious lost formula gifted to Earthlings eons ago by incredibly advanced interplanetary visitors, it expresses the complex, sequenced information required for life’s function and origin.

It’s also at the heart of the fascinating conversation that results when two guys who happen to both highly accomplished scientists and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ get together to talk shop. Who better to discuss the relationship of faith and science?

The video is a bit long, but, trust me, it’s more than worth the hour and 13 minutes you will spend listening, reacting to, and thinking about “the fine-tuning about life itself.”


 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Polyamory, The Next Step Down The Slippery Slope

Hundreds of congressional staffers are in positions of influence regarding family and social policy in the U.S., so developments like the growing acceptance of polyamory in elite media like the New York Times should be of interest.

Glenn Stanton (Photo courtesy of Focus on the Family).

Not sure what polyamory is? What it’s not is polygamy  — one husband, many wives — nor is it polyandry — one wife, many husbands.

What polyamory is is pretty much what any group of two or more sexually involved individuals say it is. Continue reading “MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Polyamory, The Next Step Down The Slippery Slope”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said (to Nicodemus):

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.— John 3:16-17

Photo by Melanie Sosa on Unsplash.

 

And C.S. Lewis said:

“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 the 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.

Researchers Making Tremendous Progress, Finding ‘Junk DNA’ Is Anything But Useless

It’s been all but axiomatic for some time that 80 percent of DNA is “junk DNA,” but things are happening at an increasingly rapid pace as researchers are uncovering more and more evidence that that junk is in fact quite purposeful.

Check this out from Evolution News (EN):

“The first publications from the ENCODE project (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) made a big splash at Evolution News in 2013, and around the world, because it undermined the ‘junk DNA’ myth and simultaneously fulfilled an Intelligent Design prediction: that non-coding parts of the genome would prove functional. Junk-DNA proponents like Dan Graur were upset at the time, admitting as Jonathan Wells reported, “If ENCODE is right, evolution is wrong.”

“Well, ModENCODE (ENCODE for model organisms) found ‘unprecedented complexity’ in the fruit fly genome in 2014, then ‘ENCODE 2’ followed up with more discoveries of function. Now, ENCODE 3 has just finished submitting its reports, with record numbers of DNA annotations listed, and ENCODE 4 is gearing up. Nothing like a little overkill to drive the point home: “… then evolution is wrong.” Look at how much constructive science is being done with the assumption that DNA elements are there for a purpose.”

This is exciting stuff, even for those of us who aren’t scientists. Go here for the balance of the EN post. If you work for one of the Senate or House committees that has a voice in the allocation of federal research support, this information could be extremely important.


 

Why I Signed The 2018 Statement On Social Justice And The Gospel

The Bible at Galatians 3:28 declares that, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

There is no more clear a statement of the fundamental equality of all men and women in all of human literature, whether ancient or modern. As a follower of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I affirm Galatians 3:28 with all of my heart and seek to live that reality every day.

Sadly, despite our Declaration of Independence’s affirmation in its Preamble that “all men are created equal,” America has too often failed to a greater or lesser degree to live up to its founding ideals. Continue reading “Why I Signed The 2018 Statement On Social Justice And The Gospel”