Here’s The Science Behind Paul The Apostle On Positive Thinking (And Working On The Hill)

Capitol Hill work is often stressful and insecure because in great part so much of one’s ability to succeed depends on others, many of whom either see only their own interests or are actively working against yours.

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So, consider what Paul the Apostle in his letter to the Philippians said in giving them — and us — some timely advice about what we focus our minds on. It probably sounds to many today like something Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Voltaire’s Dr. Pangloss would say.

It comes as Paul concludes his letter with this admonition: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Continue reading “Here’s The Science Behind Paul The Apostle On Positive Thinking (And Working On The Hill)”

How Are Your Telomeres Today? Can Faith Actually Help You Live Longer, Healthier?

Unless you are deep into the study of cellular biology, odds are you have no idea that your body is so dependent on telomeres because they are essential to the quality and length of your life.

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So what on earth is a telomere? TA Sciences begins by noting that they are “an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age,” then continues by explaining:

“Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.”

In other words, when your telomeres can’t do their job, your life is adversely affected, and ultimately ended prematurely. Continue reading “How Are Your Telomeres Today? Can Faith Actually Help You Live Longer, Healthier?”

How To Know That The Life And Miracles Of Jesus Aren’t Just A Legend

If you’ve ever been involved in a debate on campus or in a typical Washington discussion group about religion, odds are good you’ve heard somebody claim the following:

“You can’t trust the Bible because Jesus was a man who was a great teacher but still no more than a man, and besides, in the decades after his death, his followers  invented Christianity by embellishing his words and actions to turn him into this mythical God-man figure.”

It may sound sophisticated and smart, but the reality, as NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace explains in the following video, is the Gospels are solid and credible testimony that you could stake your life on in court:


 

New Data Shows The ‘Nones’ Have Peaked, May Even Be Dropping Among Gen Zs

Experts didn’t expect such a development but it appears the ranks of the “Nones” — people who identify with no religious denomination or following — are no longer increasing and a decline may even be ahead.

Washington College Political Science Professor Melissa Deckman (Screen shot from Facebook).

That’s the news from two recently completed massive studies, both of which are reported today by the Religion in Public (RIP) blog. In the first, Washington College Political Science Professor Melissa Deckman notes:

“A truism of the American religious landscape is that Americans are becoming more religiously unaffiliated and that this tendency is especially pronounced among the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1996). Continue reading “New Data Shows The ‘Nones’ Have Peaked, May Even Be Dropping Among Gen Zs”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Molly Carpenter moves up from military legislative assistant to legislative director for Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Molly is a Hill veteran, having served in various positions since 2002, including stints with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). She is a 2014 MA graduate of Johns Hopkins University in government and political communication, and a 2008 BA graduate in political science and government from the University of Indiana at Bloomington.

Rosalyn Hollingsworth (Screen shot from Facebook).

Got a scheduling question involving Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)? Then you need to talk to Rosalyn Hollingsworth, the new scheduler in the office. Rosalyn previously worked as an intern for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). She is a 2019 political science graduate from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Another Hill veteran, Meagan Foster, moves over from the Senate to legislative director for Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), after two-and-a-half years as senior policy adviser to Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). Her Hill career began in January 2009 as a legislative correspondent for Rep. Mark Begich (D-AK).

DeLainey Boyd (Screen shot from Facebook).

DeLainey Boyd takes on the duties of scheduler for Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas). DeLainey, who previously served as an intern in the office of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), is a 2019 BA graduate in education studies, Spanish, history and political science from the Dominican University of California.

There’s a new digital director working for the House Appropriations Committee and Chairwoman Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), and her name is Gloria Nlewedim. Previously, Gloria was press secretary for Rep. David Price (D-NC). She is a 2017 political science and government graduate from Davidson College.

Campaign Trail Moves On The Hill, As Reported By LegiStorm:

Ken Farnaso goes from being press secretary for Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to deputy press secretary for the Donald Trump for President Committee. Ken’s Hill career began in 2014 as a special adviser to then-National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

Moving over from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) to the Democratic National Convention as a special assistant to the senior director of hall management is Candace Johnson. Candace is a 2017 MS graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in public relations.

To The Other End Of Penn. Ave., As Reported By Legistorm:

Sean Riley heads to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to serve President Donald Trump as an attorney in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Sean previously worked in various key slots for Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) for nearly five years.


LOOKING FOR A HILL JOB?

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.

The Best Resources for Finding a Job On the Hill

Where Your Best Job Lead is on Capitol Hill May Surprise You

Getting in the Door on Capitol Hill

Here’s Nine Valuable Tips for Interviewing Well on Capitol Hill

Working on Capitol Hill is the World’s Best Job (Or at Least My Best Ever)


 

THINK ABOUT THIS: The Problem Of What Happens To Those Who Have Never Heard Of Jesus

It’s not a new problem, this question about all the people on earth and down through the centuries since Jesus — before He was crucified dead, buried and then resurrected on the third day — told everybody who would listen that He is the only way to eternal salvation.

A man who received a tract in the market near Hananeel Baptist Church sits down to read about Jesus.

Well, what about all those millions of men and women who never got the word about Jesus? How many millions of people died before the Christian church began sending missionaries carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world?

There have been a variety of possible answers to this problem. Some have argued that such people didn’t hear about Jesus because God chose for them not to hear about Him. This video from Reasonable Faith offers another take:


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WORKING ON THE HILL: Data Shows Dramatic Declines Since 1981; Kosar Tells Committee The Congress Needs Bigger Staff

Congress is the “first branch” because the Founders intended the Republic’s national legislature to be “the fountain of all lawmaking authority and governmental action,” according to Kevin Kosar, vice-president for research partnerships of the R Street Institute.

Kosar’s comment came in his mid-January testimony before a hearing of the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress concerning the growing inability of the First Branch to fulfill its constitutional roles.

The cause of that growing inability is clear: Congress is starving itself of the most critical resources, especially experienced staff, to do its many jobs, according to Kosar. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Data Shows Dramatic Declines Since 1981; Kosar Tells Committee The Congress Needs Bigger Staff”