FAMILY: New Study Finds Gender Wage Gap Fading, Fading, Fading …

It’s been a staple of political, economic and sociological analyses for decades that when a working woman marries and has kids, she suffers a loss of income, compared to unmarried peers. It’s the Gender Wage Gap and, while its calculation varies from year to year, there’s little doubt that it’s real, for whatever reasons.

Now along comes a new study that ought to grab the attention of multiple congressional staffers involved in all kinds of policy-making areas, including taxes, wage and benefits discrimination, and numerous others.

Why? Because the Gender Wage Gap is in some key respects becoming a thing of the past, according to “The Declining Earnings Gap Between Young Women and Men in the United States 1979-2018” by John Iceland of Penn State and Ilana Redstone of the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana. Their study was just published in the journal, Social Science Research.

As Kay Hymowitz, writing for the Institute for Family Studies, puts it: Continue reading “FAMILY: New Study Finds Gender Wage Gap Fading, Fading, Fading …”

Philly Rioters Burn Vietnamese Baptist Church, Pastor Claims A Hard-Drive Miracle

When Vietnam Baptist Church Pastor Philip Pham first learned his congregation’s building was under assault by Philadelphia rioters and that the structure was in flames, his immediate reaction was to ask God to save a hard-drive.

“I prayed right away: ‘God, please protect the hard drives,'” Pham told The Baptist Press (BP). “Other stuff can be recovered. But those files will never be recovered.”

That hard-drive was irreplaceable because it contained years of documents and information from the church’s role as a community resource for immigration issues, taxes and marriage counseling.

“I saw the routers and modems and things surrounding the hard drives all burned, melted,” Pham told The BP. “But that piece of hard drive, no harm. No harm at all. Just two feet above that, all melted. … That is amazing how God knows our needs and answers our prayers. He is an almighty God. He granted our prayer.” Continue reading “Philly Rioters Burn Vietnamese Baptist Church, Pastor Claims A Hard-Drive Miracle”

Sen. Jim DeMint Extols HillFaith

Former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina (Left) with HillFaith’s Mark Tapscott.

“I know just how indispensable congressional aides are. They have tremendous influence on America’s laws and they need to hear what HillFaith has, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Jim DeMint


“Those who had no report of Him will see and those who have not heard will understand.”Isaiah 52:15


THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“What comes out of a person, that defiles him. For from within, out of people’s hearts come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, lewdness, stinginess, blasphemy, pride and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person.” Mark 7:20-23

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.

Coming To HillFaith January 2021

“God’s Crime Scene: Examining The Evidence
He Made The Universe”

WHO: NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace
(Click Here For Video Message From Wallace)

WHAT: Eight 1-hour weekly Zoom video sessions, led by HillFaith’s Mark Tapscott
WHY: The proof of God’s existence isn’t “out there,” it’s right here in “God’s Crime Scene”

WHERE: Stay tuned!

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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Samuel Adepoju is the new District Representative for Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ). Samuel was previously a Building Manager at Rutgers University where he also earned his BA in Urban Studies and Affairs in 2019.

Allison Dong (Screenshot from Facebook).

Taking on new duties as Digital Communications Assistant in Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) office is Allison Dong. This is Allison’s first job on Capitol Hill, after tenure at the Department of Defense (DOD) as a National Security and Innovation Fellow. Allison’s BA in International and Global Studies is from the University of Indiana. She was also a Public Diplomacy intern at the Department of State in 2018.

Julia Prus has saddled up with Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) as a Tax Legislative Assistant, following her tenure at the Department of the Treasury as a Special Adviser for Legislative Affairs. Julia is a 2016 graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a BA in Political Science. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ On Up The Hill This Week”

Meet The B-17 Of The Bug World, The Bombardier Beetle

One thing you don’t want to do if you encounter a Bombardier Beetle is give it the idea that you are threat to it. Why? Because you don’t want to be sprayed by this little beast’s machine guns.

Oops, wrong Beetle. (Photo by Scott Umstattd on Unsplash)

Machine guns on a bug? That’s right, as Apologetics Press’ Eric Lyons explains in the following video, this bug resembles the famous B-17 “Flying Fortress” of WW II in having a swivel turret with double guns that fire a 212 degree chemical mixture at long distance against its enemies with tremendous accuracy.

No, I am not making this up. The bug has only two guns whereas the Fortress had, depending on the model, between 8 and 11 defensive machine guns. But, as Lyons explains, evolution cannot explain how the bug got here with such a fine defensive mechanism:


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Thousands Pray For Nation On Capital Grounds

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) told a crowd estimated to include 35,000 people from across America on Sunday that the American people would “feel the love of Jesus,” according to Christian Headlines Contributor Milton Quintanilla.

“America needs that love,” Hawley said, Quintanilla reported. “They need to feel the love of Jesus Christ. They need that hope and joy that we have.” Hawley was addressing attendees at the Let Us Worship event organized by Sean Feucht, who is worship leader at Bethel Church in California.

The Missouri Republican also asked believers to pray for Judge Barrett, who was sworn-in late Monday as the nation’s newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Barrett, a devout charismatic Catholic, is a pro-life advocate of reading the Constitution as it was written, not as today’s politicians would like it to be.

For the rest of Quintanilla’s news story, go here.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Are You A ‘White Supremacist?’

Are all white folks bigots? Advocates of Critical Race Theory would have us believe the answer to that question is a resounding yes. But the Declaration of Independence, written and adopted by a bunch of “old white guys,” declares that “all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Did they mean it?

And before you say “yes, but,” can you name any other society in the entire recorded history of mankind that has done more to make that declaration a reality in the lives of the American people? We didn’t fight that bloody civil war for nothing.

One Minute Apologist Bobby Conway points to a vital prerequisite to a healthy discussion of these and related issues that is especially relevant for people working on Capitol Hill — let’s agree on how we define terms, then we can commence the verbal fisticuffs, er discussion:


Now The Chinese Communist Party Is Rewriting The Bible

There is virtually no religious freedom in China as the dictatorship in Beijing is steadily increasing its oppressive measures against all forms of religious practice and expression not approved by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Federalist reporter Arielle Del Turco describes the CCP’s latest gambit:

When a Chinese Christian, Chen Yu, was caught boldly selling religious publications not authorized by the government, his punishment was a seven-year prison sentence and an approximately $30,000 USD fine, handed down by a court last month.

Such steep punishment for promoting and adhering to a religion is all too common in China today. Faith is increasingly under attack in President Xi Jinping’s China. As religious expression becomes more dangerous there, people around the world should be speaking up in defense of China’s persecuted believers.

In addition to Chen’s fine and imprisonment, the court ordered local police in the Zhejiang province to destroy 12,864 religious books from his online bookstore. Make no mistake—this is a regime that is deeply afraid of the growth of Christianity.

Go here at The Federalist for the rest of Del Turco’s story.


Another Genetic Study Affirms Cambrian Explosion Required New Genes

Don’t remember the “Cambrian Explosion,” that sudden eruption in distant Earth history during which hundreds of new species suddenly appeared on the scene?

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Intelligent Design advocates have for years argued that the Cambrian Explosion required the creation of original genes, but Neo-Darwinians retorted that a variety of environmental factors could account for the sudden emergence.

Now comes a new genetic study — “The Genetic Factors of Bilaterian Evolution” — that concludes at least 157 new genes were required to produce new animals with bilateral symmetry. “Evolution News & Science Today” has the fascinating details.


FAMILY: This Is Why We Have Such Material Success And Relational Failure On A Global Scale

Summary: Love is a choice to put another’s needs before my own, rather than simply a warm feeling about another. “True love” is the commitment of a married man and woman to each other and the children they have (natural and adopted) as a family. The family is the basic unit of civilization. When the family fails, civilization fails. – Mark Tapscott, HillFaith Editor

By Dr. Patrick Fagan

Materially, as a society, we thrive as never before in history while relationally, we are failing as never before.  As these opposites become more visible and disturbing, some people seek solutions in violence, others, in sex, booze, and drugs, all of which harm the relational even more.

When I was an undergraduate in the social sciences, the statement “Grace builds on nature” was common but regarded as theological and of no concern for social scientists.

Today, however, this phrase has a major place in the social sciences, as they play their part in building the new civilization the world now needs. They illustrate with data the way man thrives and fails.

Go here for the rest of Dr. Fagan’s analysis on MARRI.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. What is a man benefitted if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:24-25

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.

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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Meredith Pohl (Screenshot from Facebook).

There’s a new Texan on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, namely, Meredith Pohl, who joins the staff as Counsel. Meredith was previously clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Mississippi Law School and earned her BA in Political Science and Government from Purdue University in 2015.

Coming on board as Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, working for Ranking Minority Member Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is David Mapp. Serving as Special Counsel is David’s first position in Congress.

Tameka Barber comes on board the staff of Rep. David Scott (D-GA) as a Constituent Services Representative. Tameka earned her MS in Leadership/Project Management in 2011 from Walden University and her BS in Psychology in 1997 from Howard University.

Andrea Jones has saddled up with Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) as a Policy Adviser for the Values Action Team. Previously, Andrea was a Research Assistant in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation. She earned her BA in Political Science and Government in 2017 from Liberty University where her tenure also included a project abroad at Oxford University.


Check out this five-part HillFaith series by Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for Senators Don Nickle (R-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Bernhardt has a wealth of experience, insider insight, how-tos and obscure terms (know what a “golden reference” is on the Hill?), plus lots of helpful links.

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