WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: Is Sex A Strictly Private Act?

Conventional wisdom holds that sex between consenting adults is a purely private act of no concern to anybody except those directly involved. But is that really true?

The annual public health costs of STDs in the U.S.

Think about it a bit and a number of factors come to mind that suggest sex is anything but private in terms of its effects on everybody not directly involved. And more than a few of those factors involve all-too-real emotional, physical and societal consequences.

In the following video, the Colson Center’s Brook McIntire offers three factors that demonstrate rather vividly that, while the act of sex itself is surely intended to be private, the consequences of it are quite public and last far into the future:


The annual public health costs of STDs in the U.S.
The annual public health costs of STDs in the U.S.

Tonight Is The Night! HillFaith’s 1st Webinar Debuts With ‘God’s Crime Scene’

Beginning tonight at 7 pm EST a dozen men and women from points across America gather together via Zoom for the first session of an eight-week video-based study called “God’s Crime Scene.”

The course is taught by J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became nationally famous a few years ago with his many appearances on NBC’s “Dateline” news program.

Wallace is the founder of Cold-Case Christianity and one of America’s most effective and challenging apologists for literal resurrection of Jesus Christ and the accuracy and reliability of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Continue reading “Tonight Is The Night! HillFaith’s 1st Webinar Debuts With ‘God’s Crime Scene’”

Are You Prepared For What This Black Woman Can Teach You About White Racism And Privilege?

Fact: The Bible declares, “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.” (Galatians 3:28).

Fact: The Declaration of Independence declares “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Fact: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said this in his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963: “The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.”

So how did Professor Carol Swain, born dirt poor and Black in rural Virginia at a time when segregation was still a fact of life in much of the South, achieve so much success in her life? She explains it all poignantly and candidly in the following video from Prager U.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!


 

SUNDAY SONGS: The God Who Stays (Matthew West)

If you’ve ever discovered somebody you thought was a friend you could depend upon wasn’t, or a spouse who would always be there had left, or that you were hopelessly lost in an addiction, Matthew West wrote and sings this song for you.

Listen to the music below, then read through the lyrics reprint after the video. And think about the friend who never leaves your side, who never lacks the grace you need, who loves you with an eternal love. You’re thinking about Jesus, my friend. He will change you and your life forever if you follow Him as your Lord:

If I were You I would’ve given up on me by now
I would’ve labeled me a lost cause
‘Cause I feel just like a lost cause
If I were You I would’ve turned around and walked away
I would’ve labeled me beyond repair
‘Cause I feel like I’m beyond repair
Oh, but somehow You don’t see me like I do
Somehow You’re still here
You’re the God who stays
You’re the God who stays
You’re the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You’re the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart
From the God who stays
I used to hide
Every time I thought I let You down
I always thought I had to earn my way
But I’m learning You don’t work that way, no
‘Cause somehow You don’t see me like I do
Somehow You’re still here
You’re the God who stays
You’re the God who stays
You’re the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You’re the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart
From the God who stays
My shame can’t separate
My guilt can’t separate
My past can’t separate
I’m Yours forever
My sin can’t separate
My scars can’t separate
My failures can’t separate
I’m Yours forever
No enemy can separate
No power of hell can take away
Your love for me will never change
I’m Yours forever
‘Cause you’re the God who stays
You’re the God who stays
You’re the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You’re the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart
From the God who stays
You’re the God who stays
You’re the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You’re the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart
From the God who stays


WORKING ON THE HILL: Who Talks The Most In Congress?

Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson of Pennsylvania spoke more often on the floor of the House of Representatives than any other congressman during 2020, according to data compiled by C-SPAN.

Screenshot from Thompson’s official web site.

Thompson, a Republican, spoke on 190 days during the year when the House was in session, leading by a substantial margin the second-most prolific congressional speaker, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), who rose to address colleagues 156 times.

Six of the top 10 most frequent speaker were Republicans, including Doug Lamata of California (138), Buddy Carter of Georgia (136), Joe Wilson of South Carolina (111), Ross Spano of Florida (104), and Virginia Foxx of Virginia (99). Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Who Talks The Most In Congress?”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Friday’s Poached Egg

Then Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die, ever.” — John 11:25-26

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.


 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY: About These Claims For Abortion?

How well do you know the pro-life and pro-abortion arguments?

UPDATE: Just a note to say thank you to the commenters who have noted how much they prefer text to video without explanatory text. To be honest, that never occurred to me as an issue, so I apologize for my tone-deafness in this regard. – MT

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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Madison Bau makes the move from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire to Capitol Hill, becoming Field Representative for Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). Madison received her BA in Political Science and Government from Eau Claire in 2020.

Nick Clemens (Screenshot from Facebook)

Nick Clemens is now Communications Director for newly sworn-in Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-OR). Nick was previously a Legislative Correspondent for Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV). He is a 2013 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a BA in Political Science, Business Administration and International Studies.  

Moving into the Deputy Chief of Staff slot is Nicole Renee Rapanos, working for newly sworn-in Rep. Carlos Antonio Giménez (R-FL). Nicole is a 2010 University of Miami graduate with a BA in Political Science, Public Relations and Communications.
Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Moving Up On The Hill This Week”

HillFaith’s First Zoom Class Starts Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:00 PM

Beginning at 7 pm Tuesday, January 19, a dozen men and women from points across America will convene together via Zoom for the first session of an eight-week study called “God’s Crime Scene.”

The course is taught by J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became nationally famous a few years ago with his many appearances on NBC’s “Dateline” news program.

Wallace was a gifted detective with extraordinary investigative skills that enabled him to solve murder cases that had eluded being solved for decades.

J. Warner Wallace.

Go here for a special message from Wallace about the course.

Along the way, he also applied those skills to the evidence for and against Christianity, with the result that he came to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Now he teaches others how to learn and apply the same skills.

Each of the eight sessions will be an hour long, with a 10-15 minute video presentation by Wallace, followed by questions and discussion led by HillFaith founder and editor Mark Tapscott.

This Zoom class is full, but it will be repeated in the near future for congressional employees, and other classes will also be offered, in 2021, including Dr. Frank Turek’s “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.”

If you would like to receive scheduling and content information on future HillFaith class offerings, send your name and email address to: mt.hillfaith@gmail.com


 

Astronomer And Astrophysicist Talk About Why The Bible, Science And Faith Go Together

Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe is the astronomer referenced in the headline of the post, while Jeff Zweerink is the astrophysicist. Both of these men are followers of Jesus Christ.

Ross and Zweerink discuss in the following video why they find the biblical account of the creation of the universe consistent with the best science in their respective fields.

“What was really unusual, because I looked at the other holy books first, and reading Genesis 1 the scientific method leapt off the page and that really impressed me,” Ross explains at one point. The video is 7:19 in length and will introduce you to some fresh perspectives on the Bible, creation, science and faith.


 

Trying To Work Your Way Up To Heaven? Here’s The Greatest News You Will Ever Hear

It’s the natural urge that all of us have, trying to be good enough to earn our way into Heaven to be with God forever. Tragically, it invariably leads either to moral hypocrisy or utter frustration, despair or hopelessness.

But that’s not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The simple truth is this: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”(Ephesians 2:8).

The gift of God’s grace comes only through belief in the resurrected Christ: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

Want to know more? Check out the following video from American Gospel TV. It’s the best news you will ever receive. Yes, it’s lengthy, but well-worth the time:


Want to talk face-to-face? Got more questions? Skeptical but curious? Let’s talk. No judgement. No sermons. Just honest answers to important questions. Email me at mt.hillfaith@gmail.com. Mark Tapscott

THINK ABOUT THIS: What If The Appearance Of Fine-Tuning In The Universe Is Simply A Matter Of Physical Necessity??

There are dozens of measures of the Earth and throughout the universe that are so precisely calibrated that even the tiniest deviation would render life as we know it impossible.

But what if what appears to us as precisely calibrated is in actual fact no more than the way the Earth and indeed the universe came into existence from the beginning?

Here’s how J. Warner Wallace of Cold-Case Christianity puts it: “At both the foundational level, at the regional level and at the local level of our planet, things appear to have been tampered with, set up perfectly, not so that a death would occur, but so that life would occur.”

But what if it “just happened that way?” Is that a reasonable conclusion based on the available evidence. Wallace answers that question in the following video:


 

January 6, 2021 – A Day Never To Forget

For those who expressed concern about why no new HillFaith posts have appeared since before January 6, I am fine after covering the events of that day as a journalist until late into the night. Yesterday was a day of recovery and refreshment, as I was physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted when I arrived home late in the night.

Today I am back. Thank you to all who prayed on my behalf Wednesday and who pray every day for all of those who work on Capitol Hill and who pray without ceasing for America.

The news was confirmed last night that Capitol Hill Police (CHP) Officer Brian Sicknick died of injuries he sustained while confronting rioters on Wednesday. May God give him rest and his family and friends comfort. Continue reading “January 6, 2021 – A Day Never To Forget”

First Official Prayer Opening The First Continental Congress in 1774

“O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee.

“To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!

“Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.”

Amen.

Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.

Source: Office of the House Chaplin, Prayer Archives of the House of Representatives.

Illustration of the 1774 prayer above also from the Chaplin.