What does a 16-year-old American traveling across Eastern Europe do when she sees young kids begging on the street and learns they are there because of Russian human traffickers?
For Emily Kennedy, co-founder of Pittsburgh-based Marinus Analytics, that experience was her introduction to the horrendous world of human trafficking, which exists everywhere on Earth and encompasses men and women, but especially young girls, who are forced into everything from prostitution to petty street crimes.
And why should anybody working on Capitol Hill know about this millennial?
Continue reading “This Millennial Woman Uses AI To Help Police ID, Track And Prevent Human Trafficking”
Things, including people, tend to change over time and, according to the conventional wisdom of many of the top folks among the scientific and cultural elite, if you combine enough time with the right kind of matter and the phenomenon called “chance,” you get to evolution as an explanation of the origins of life on Earth.
Note that the phrase can either refer to theistic evolution, which God uses, or a-theistic evolution, which puts God entirely out of the picture. There is also an important distinction to be made between macro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of distinct species, and micro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of changes within species.
So why should anybody working on Capitol Hill care about this?
Continue reading “Here’s Why Atheistic Evolution Lacks Logic (Note: That’s Atheistic, Not Theistic, Evolution At Issue Here)”
There is an unfortunately tense debate in America on homosexuality and, thanks to the rise of politically correct intolerance in the public square, it is increasingly difficult to move the discussion in constructive directions.
Congress is one of the major focuses in the debate and congressional staff on every side of the issues are called upon every day by their bosses to make tough and significant decisions and recommendations about legislation, regulation and positioning. Careers can rise and fall on those decisions and recommendations.
Continue reading “Why Did God Make Me A Lesbian?”
One of the most common objections to the New Testament account of crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is that He didn’t actually die, but rather somehow survived.
There are variations in the argument but they essentially go on to claim Jesus was mistakenly assumed by his Roman executioners to be dead, He was buried and then revived in the coolness of the tomb and somehow escaped.
From there, according to the skeptics, Jesus lived an anonymous life in India or Japan or somewhere, anywhere but Heaven at the right hand of God the Father, as claimed by the New Testament (see, for example, the Gospel of John).
Continue reading “Two Guys Who Know Explain Why Jesus Must Have Died On The Cross”
A commonly heard objection to the New Testament account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the alleged absence of archeological evidence for various people, including the Lord Himself.
This piece from Raphael Lataster, author of “There Was No Jesus, There Is No God,” is typical of the genre. Besides Jesus, cases have also been made by skeptics that Pontius Pilate was fictional, or at least there was no archeological evidence of his existence.
Continue reading “New Testament, Archeology Agree, Pontius Pilate Was A Real Person”
It’s Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, and for the first time I am doing something I have eagerly anticipated for a long time. I am sitting in a Dirksen Senate Office Building food shop doing “office hours.”
No, not office hours like college professors keep because I’m not here grading, or judging, anybody. Rather, I will be spending a couple of hours a day several days each week simply working in one of the many places throughout the Capitol complex where folks refuel and refresh.
Continue reading “Just In Case You See A Guy Around Congress With ‘HillFaith’ On His Mac”
Do you recall the story of Goldilocks from your youth? She struggled as she sought the right porridge, chair, and bed, but in the end, her discoveries were “just right.”
The Goldilocks Principle in secular cosmology is a recognition by scientists that the Earth appears to be “just right” for life to exist on it. Leading science magazines routinely run articles updating their audiences on the hunt for other Goldilocks planets with just the right conditions for life to exist upon them as it does on Earth. The Earth appears to be designed for us.
Continue reading “The ‘Goldilocks Principle’ Shows Earth Was Designed For Humans”
Valentines Day is for lovers, especially lovers of chocolate, but here’s a fact that you may not know – Nearly half of the world’s chocolate is produced in the Ivory Coast of Africa, much of it with child labor.
That’s according to The Brookings Institution’s Molly Curtiss and Jenny Perlman Robinson, who write:
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Evolution is accepted as unquestionable fact throughout the popular culture, mainstream media and academic community, but what if more than 1,000 scientists from Harvard, MIT, Princeton and similarly prestigious institutions from around America and the world say they now reject Darwinism, not on the basis of religion but science?
Well, they have. So now what?
Continue reading “Scientists From Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Etc. Sign ‘A Dissent From Darwinism.’ Should Hill Staffers Take Notice?”
Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace gets excited when he talks about the essential connection between human consciousness and the necessary existence of God.
This is a huge problem for atheists because, as Wallace points out, brains and minds aren’t the same thing.
“Is that all we are, material bodies, material beings.” Wallace asks. “The problem is, if atheism is true, we all have brains, but do we really have minds?
Continue reading “Five Ways Your Brain Is Different From Your Mind And Why That Matters”
Hananeel’s new courtyard received its last paver early this morning as the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission completed its work and then took off for the downtown Plaza.
We have to leave very early in the morning to catch our return flight to Houston, then back to Dulles where a church bus will be waiting to haul our very tired selves back to FBC and home.
Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: Our Mission Is Now Completed And We Are Heading Home Tomorrow”
Thursdays in Puebla for the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team are always the last full day we have to complete our week’s work, so it typically becomes the busiest of our time here.
Today was no exception on either our construction work projects or our visitation and evangelism efforts. It was easily the most exciting and productive day of our week. Here’s why:
Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: Three Amigos At The Well And Pavers Corner Reached”
Remember that GEICO commercial with the camel strolling through the office asking everybody what day it is until a lone exasperated employee finally says the magic words? You know, “Hump Day!”
Wednesday is Hump Day because it’s between two sets of two workdays each. It’s the same for the annual Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team to Hananeel Baptist Church. Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: Hump Day At Hananeel Is Always A Tough One”
Tuesday, day three, at Hananeel Baptist Church in Puebla, Mexico, is a beautiful, bright, comfortably warm day and the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team is making good things happen.
Check out, for example, the progress being made in turning that construction staging area seen in Monday’s post into a beautiful, peaceful courtyard that will become a place of serenity and prayer in the midst of the very busy streets of Puebla.
Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: A Beautifully Paved Courtyard Is Taking Shape At Hananeel”
Workday one in Puebla, Mexico, for our band from Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) fell on February 3, which also happens to be the national holiday celebrating adoption in 1917 of the country’s current constitution.
Fireworks are a big deal in Mexico and a major battle of the revolution that lasted from 1910 to 1920 was won by the constitution forces here in Puebla. So the celebrations in this region are much like re-enactments in the U.S. of battles from our Civil War. Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: A Monday Journey Way Out, Including A Taste Of Cactus”