STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Anne Gordon returns to the Hill as tax counsel to Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) after a long absence. Gordon was previously an intern in 2002 to Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ). In between, Gordon was most recently with Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP. She received her LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and her JD from Boston College Law School in 2011.

Dan Lindner and friend (Screen shot from Facebook).

Got a question for Rep. Norman Torres (D-Calif.)? New communications director Dan Lindner is who to call. He was previously in the same slot for Rep. Raúl Manuel Grijalva (D-Az.). Dan’s MA in political science came in 2011 from American University and his BA from San Diego State University in the same major was earned in 2006. And no, that is not a journalist Dan is cuddling in the accompanying photo. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On The Hill”

THINK ABOUT THIS: Who And What Did Jesus Say He Was?

He’s the most famous person who ever lived, so all kinds of people have expressed opinions through the centuries since His death and resurrection about who Jesus Christ was, ranging from “great teacher” and “unique moral leader,” to “deluded fanatic,” “Jewish Messiah,” and “religious ascetic.”

Jesus triumphantly entering Jerusalem (Screen shot from Reasonable Faith video)

But who did Jesus think and claim He was? When He entered Jerusalem a few days before His crucifixion, the crowd spread palm branches before Him, a sign of their expectation that He would liberate them from Roman domination and oppression.

But they were mistaken, as were so many others since then and even today.  The far more important question is who did Jesus say and think He was? The following video produced by Reasonable Faith is an impressive, enjoyable presentation of the answers:


 

Meet The Christian Philosopher Who Created The First Syringe, The First Hydraulic Press And The First Digital Calculator

If you work on Capitol Hill, you likely heard of Blaise Pascal somewhere along the way, most likely in a college course where he was dismissed as one of those “old white guys” who created the oppressive monster better known as “Western Civilization.”

But, as philosopher Kenneth Samples explains on Reflections, Pascal was not only a philosopher and a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, he was also a technological genius and a “Renaissance Man” of the first order.

“His creative technological experimentation resulted in the invention of the syringe and the hydraulic press, and in the development of the first public transportation system in Europe,” Samples writes. Continue reading “Meet The Christian Philosopher Who Created The First Syringe, The First Hydraulic Press And The First Digital Calculator”

Kanye West’s ‘Closed On Sunday’ Has Laser Focus On Traditional Faith, Protecting Families

Kanye West’s latest video is a little more than two minutes long and it features the hip-hop star, his wife Kim Kardashian, the couple’s four young kids, Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and her kids, and Kanye West’s father.

A couple of lines in the lyrics are sure to prompt sharp criticism from those seeking to transform traditional family structures or end them entirely:

When you got daughters, always keep ’em safe
Watch out for vipers, don’t let them indoctrinate …

Raise our sons, train them in the faith
Through temptations, make sure they’re wide awake …

And so will this line:

Follow Jesus, listen and obey
No more livin’ for the culture, we nobody’s slave.

So before the critical onslaught begins, watch the video here and make up your own mind:


 

Drink Too Much, Then Joke About China’s Police. See What Happens

The Chinese Communist regime in Beijing has launched a massive campaign against the growing movement of Christians and their churches across China.

People are forced to leave services, pastors are arrested and sent to prison, and church buildings are demolished by bulldozers. All for the crime of professing an unapproved religious faith.

But what happens in China if you merely drink too much and say something critical of the police in a “private” chat room? Watch this leaked video of the interrogation of a man whose only crime was doing just that. Notice the shackle chair in which he is held, defenseless:

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What A Beautiful Name It Is

The name of Jesus Christ, before whom someday every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is God. Hillsong’s Brooke Ligertwood puts this in a song that is itself as lovely as an infant’s smile.

VERSE 1:

You were the Word at the beginning.  One with God the Lord Most High. Your hidden glory in creation. Now revealed in You our Christ. Continue reading “What A Beautiful Name It Is”

**Why I Don’t Have Enough Faith, Science Or Logic To Not Believe God Exists

Science and logic are wonderful pursuits, they have been the means for countless blessings to all of us, and I cannot imagine what civilization would be like without them.

No, Mr. Hume, there is more to knowing than what I can sense of the material world.

And, while I don’t even remotely claim to be particularly proficient in any of those three pursuits, there are facts about which I become more convinced with every passing day, thanks to what I do know about science, philosophy and logic, and common sense (in the usual sense of that term, not the Scots’ School of Common Sense Philosophy).

The most basic of these facts is that God exists. Here’s why I say that: I can’t explain why there is something rather than nothing, but I know that there is something, so I seek the most reasonable inference from what I know, learn and see.

There are only three possible answers to the basic question: There is something rather than nothing because: A. God exists and He created it for His purposes; B. God doesn’t exist but something has always been here and always will be, or C. something exists because a chance combination of elements produced it in the inconceivably distant past.

God and creation can’t be put in a lab experiment and then be repeatedly shown to exist, but He can and has given us faculties that enable us to know quite a lot about Him and His creation. The “Big Bang” theory and supporting evidence goes here.

If there is something rather than nothing because the something has always been and will always be, science can’t, by definition, demonstrate eternal existence because it would be the endless experiment. This possibility requires a truly blind leap of faith.

Which leaves us with that chance combination of elements producing the beginnings of life some time in the far distant past. Evolution offers an explanation for how that life developed once begun, but it assumes the chance combination, or ignores the most fundamental question entirely. I don’t have enough faith to rely upon chance or simply not thinking about these issues.

And one more thing: This is no more “God of the Gaps” rationalization than it would be to believe science will ultimately explain everything, even though it can only explain some of it now — i.e. “Science of the Gaps” thinking.

Happy Thanksgiving!

** See “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” by Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek.


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