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What About Josh Harris, Take II: The ‘Dreadfully Misguided’ Purity Culture Didn’t Steal Her Faith
Author Ericka Andersen (Screen shot from her blog)

Ericka Andersen was one of thousands of teens who read “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Josh Harris in the 1990s. Now he’s left the faith, but Ericka hasn’t. Here’s why. Friday, August 2, 2019.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Great Things Christianity Actually Has Done For The World

Dr. Sean McDowell

Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University takes on the radical historians who claim Christianity’s sole legacy is intolerance, the slaughter of the Crusades and moral hypocrisy. Thursday, August 1, 2019.

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

HillFaith’s weekly look at some of the people working on Capitol Hill for senators, representatives and committees who are movin’ on up! Thursday, August 1, 2019.

What About Josh Harris?

Joshua Harris during media interview. (Screen shot from Youtube).

It’s sad any time a well-known Christian gives up his or her faith. Here’s my take on the hard lessons to be taken from the Josh Harris reversal. Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

LET’S LAUGH! Comedian Jeff Allen Looks At How So Many Couples Deal With Resentments

Comedian Jeff Allen. (Screen shot from YouTube)

Who says Christians never laugh. Not comedian Jeff Allen. Here’s his hilarious take on how couples should and should not deal with those inevitable resentments in marriage. Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

7 Tests That Show The Gospels Are Trustworthy Accounts of Jesus’ Life, Death And Resurrection

Cold-Case expert J. Warner Wallace.

NBC “Dateline” Cold-Case Expert J. Warner Wallace explains why those apparent variations in how each of the Gospels reported the Resurrection are evidence of their strengths as eyewitnesses. Monday, July 29, 2019.

 


Here on HillFaith for the first time?

Go to the homepage and check out some of the recent posts. And if that makes you curious about how such an unusual blog came about, take a look at “About Hill Faith. Been There. Done That. Let’s Talk.”

You might even want to know “What Time Is Purple” and how to get a free copy of a remarkable little book. Or a free copy of “More Than A Carpenter,” the classic description of evidence for the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ.

THINK ABOUT THIS: You Are A ‘Poiema’ (That’s A Great Thing To Be, By The Way!)

There is a passage in the New Testament that is among my favorite in the entire Bible and that’s saying something, considering that the most widely read literature in all history is more than 1,000 pages in length and includes 66 discrete books written by about 40 people over a period of thousands of years.

The passage is Ephesians 2:8-10. Ephesians was written by Paul to a church in Ephesus, in present-day Turkey, where he had invested three years of his life leading and teaching the church he planted there:

Pages in the New Testament book of Ephesians.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: You Are A ‘Poiema’ (That’s A Great Thing To Be, By The Way!)”

HARD FACTS: Americans, And Most Everybody Else, Too, Are Becoming More Religious Today, Not Less

Two books every congressional aide should read, closely.

It is a commonplace in many of the most influential public policy precincts in the nation’s capitol these days — including among congressional aides working for senators, representatives and committees — that Christianity is in steep decline in America, that the country is fast becoming more secularized with every passing day.

That certainly appears to be the case, judging by many aspects of the elite culture and the intellectual, social media and political rhetoric it sanctions, but a totally opposite picture is easily seen once you get outside of Amtrak’s Acela Corridor and the LA-San Francisco-Seattle axis to examine the data that reveals the real America.

There we find a nation whose people are becoming more, not less, involved in their churches, small groups, Bible studies and caring ministries reaching out in their communities. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that the same thing is true in their own ways of most of the rest of the people with whom we share this Earth.

This reality is made crystal clear by the data and analyses found in the two remarkable recently published books seen in the photo above. Continue reading “HARD FACTS: Americans, And Most Everybody Else, Too, Are Becoming More Religious Today, Not Less”

APOLOGETICS: Why Christianity Is A ‘Forensic Faith’

There are folks who think that having both Christian faith and a logical mind capable of critically evaluating competing truth claims is impossible, but not so, contends NBC “Dateline” Cold-Case Detective  J. Warner Wallace.

After all, Jesus said “you should love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your mind(Matthew 22:37), so those who say becoming a Christian requires leaving your brain at the door aren’t considering all of the evidence.

Wallace, author of “Cold-Case Christianity: A homicide detect investigates the claims of the Gospel,” points to three kinds of faith, including blind faith, faith held despite the evidence, and faith based on evidence, aka “forensic faith.”

Check out the three-minute video in which Wallace explains why “the Christian tradition calls us not to hold to its truth claims blindly …”

 

Kristina Baum Is Running The Race Of Her Life

Imagine yourself fielding calls from journalists on your job while receiving cancer treatment in the hospital.

Spend a little time on Capitol Hill and odds are good that sooner or later you will see Kristina Baum running, either literally on one of her regular jogs or professionally as the Republican staff communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee.

To look at her striding along, you would not know she is battling cancer. And I don’t choose that term “battling” by chance. You will quickly see why in this superb interview with Baum by Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons.

What Would You Give To Know This Kind Of Freedom?

We talk often about freedom on Capitol Hill and there is no more defining  value for this country than liberty, beginning with our Declaration of Independence that proclaimed it for the nation and for every individual American.

But freedom from political tyranny is only one aspect of the whole meaning of the word and, when fully understood, it reaches into every corner of our lives; body, mind and soul. Jesus said “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) What would it be like to experience that kind of freedom?

“No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music gives us a great taste of what true freedom means.  Listen to the song here, then read the lyrics that are reproduced below after the video. Trust me, it can make you think more deeply than you ever have about what it means to be genuinely free:

Continue reading “What Would You Give To Know This Kind Of Freedom?”

What Is HillFaith and Why Should You Care?

This guy has been there, done that. And he just might have some useful insights to share about life on the Hill

By Mark Tapscott

If you work on Capitol Hill, you and I likely have a great deal in common. You, like me, love this country and want to make it better. You are passionate about politics, the campaign trail and the legislative process. You worry about the future, of America, and of you and your loved ones. You probably grew up somewhere else, most likely out there in “Flyover Country.”

Doesn’t matter which political party you identify with or where on Capitol Hill you spend your workdays. Your hours are long and odds are good you could be making more money working somewhere else (maybe a whole lot more if you’ve been here for a few years).

Yes, that’s me, a Hill press secretary in 1977. Can you believe the hair? This photo was taken in the Cannon House Office Building.

But you get to rub elbows with many of America’s most important and best-known leaders, and your work affords endless opportunities to meet and work with interesting and amazingly smart, skilled people. Money can’t buy the satisfaction that can come with that, right?

Fact is, for better or worse, the Hill is the center of your world. Maybe not tomorrow, but for now, most of your friends also work here, including people you socialize with, enter into (and out of!) romantic relationships, and compete with to grab that next rung up the success ladder. Continue reading “What Is HillFaith and Why Should You Care?”