If You Read Nothing Else This Weekend … Why Are Young Americans So Miserable?

It’s rare that an article speaks so directly and precisely to a whole generation but this piece — “Why Are Young Americans So Miserable?” —by Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon does so for the millions of men and women in the Net Generation.

The “Net Generation,” by the way, is how my distant Canadian kinsmen, Don Tapscott, described the first generation in human history to grow up with the Internet in his 2008 book, “Grown-Up Digital.” Written a decade ago, it’s still well worth reading.

Lehman’s analysis points to the extraordinary and growing degree of non-connectedness among the members of the Net Generation, which includes thousands of young men and women working on Capitol Hill.

I understand the “hole of connection” Lehman describes as having been created in millions of young lives by social media, but I would argue that there is such a void in every human heart that only God can fill and that is through His son Jesus Christ.

For a number of reasons Lehman explores, social media makes that hole more intense, more immediate today but people since the dawn of history have at one time or another confronted the feeling that there is something missing, something not quite right, something out of place in themselves.

If you want to know why, I will be happy to send you at no charge a copy of Josh McDowell’s “More Than A Carpenter.” It’s a tremendously persuasive look at the evidence for the literal resurrection of Jesus.

And if He really was resurrected — which means He was speaking the most important words ever spoken when He said “I am the way and the truth and the life — then that changes EVERYTHING for all of us.

Just leave your name, email and snail mail address in the comments and I will ship “More Than A Carpenter” to you.

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Can People In Hell Get Out? Are They Forced To Go There?

This may come as a shock to some working on the Hill but the idea of Hell as a place of eternal torment and punishment for evil acts committed by an individual during their life on Earth has been around as long as human beings have.

From Mesopotamia comes the Gilgamesh epic and from the ancient Greeks the underworld in which Tartarus is the lowest place. The idea has always been that people who do good in life are rewarded, while those who did evil are punished.

Photo above by James & Carol Lee on Unsplash.

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Why Are Christians So Afraid Of Subjective Moral Reasoning?

There are no moral absolutes, it’s all relative, and whatever “works for you is fine for you but what works for me is something completely different” may be as close as contemporary culture gets to what it regards as a “truth” that always and everywhere applies.

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias was asked the question posed in the headline above and it’s one of particular relevance to men and women working on Capitol Hill. Do not miss Zacharias’ opening response to his questioner.

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QUESTION: Do You Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist? Or How Is Your TOE?

Proponents of atheism like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and Sam Harris have become prominent public figures, thanks to their intelligence and debating skills, science knowledge and formidable public presences.

They are helping prompt the renewal of a much-needed public debate in the U.S. and Europe on the Theory of Everything (TOE) questions: Why is there something rather than nothing, why does the universe exist, why are human beings in it, and what happens to us after we die?

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UPDATE: Kneecap Healing, If Not Quite Fast Enough For Yours Truly

A number of folks have inquired about the status of my recovery from the shattered kneecap I suffered back in February, so tonight seems like a good time to provide an update.

Essentially, everything is on schedule as expected. I started physical therapy a couple of weeks ago and have gone from about 50 degrees of motion a few days after surgery to 90 degrees a few days ago. There’s significantly less scar tissue on the healing incision, too.

Lots of exercises to do and a good bit of learning about the amazing anatomy of the human knee as well. Unfortunately, the doc —Dr. Scott Adams of Orthopedic Associates of Central Maryland, a great sports doctor who could also make a fortune doing standup comedy — says I still have to wear the brace that immobilizes the knee for a few more weeks. He was not joking on that one!

Thank you for all the kind notes and, especially, for the prayers.

Here’s The Big Bang Explained In 10 Easy-To-Grasp Steps (Thank You, Denise Chow!)

I have no idea what, if any, spiritual views Denise Chow may hold, but she posted a remarkable post on space.com in 2011 in which she describes the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Now.

No, I’m not making this up. Some of the specific details may have been updated and become better understood since Chow put this piece together but it remains one of the most accessible explanations of the subject I’ve come across anywhere. Definitely worth the read. Go here.

Photo above by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash.

Eight VIP Things You Should Know About Working On The Hill

Patricia Murphy covers national politics for the Daily Beast and is a former Hill staffer, most recently working as communications director for then-Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) from 2001 to 2003.

Murphy also writes a column for Roll Call and has a great piece today there based on her interviews with a number of present and former Hill staffers responding to the question of things they wish they had known when they worked on the Senate or House side.

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Is The Human Brain Just A Fallible Machine?

Dr. Rosalind Picard is founder and director of MIT’s Affective Computing Research Group. She is also a professing Christian who was raised in a secular home.

Dr. Shahram Koshbin is a Harvard neurology professor from Iran whose mother was Jewish and whose father was of the Bahai faith. He wonders  whether religiosity is the same thing as faith.

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Who Created God? Oxford’s John Lennox Responds To Richard Dawkins

What are the most difficult questions to answer? Solid candidates are those which by virtue of how they are posed eliminate the only logical and correct answers.

Who created God is one such question that is invariably heard when two or more intelligent people begin talking about the most important issues in life.

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Think Like A Detective: What About The Contradictions In The Four Gospels?

There is likely no greater mistake when working on Capitol Hill than including a contradiction of logic or fact in a one-pager making the case for a legislative proposal, composing a position paper on a bill scheduled for a vote on the floor, or drafting remarks for your boss when she speaks to an important group this weekend back home in the district.

There are people working for Congress who eat, sleep and live detecting, exposing and criticizing contradictions among political opponents, as well as journalists, lobbyists and talking heads doing the same, so it’s no wonder aides to senators and representatives tend to be hyper-sensitive about consistency.

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What About The Evidence For Other Religions Besides Christianity? Or Is There Any?

With the explosion of scientific, historical, logical and archeological based apologetics on behalf of the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the question must be asked about the evidence for other religions besides Christianity.

What about the evidence for the validity of Judaism, Hinduism or Islam? Isn’t it logically necessary to do a thorough investigation of the evidence for each of the world’s major faiths before deciding which one is right for you? That is a great question, according to Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org.

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Did You Hear The News? ‘Discovery Of Intron Functionality Interrupts Evolutionary Paradigm.’ You Gotta Read This!

For folks who aren’t biochemists, the headline above likely makes no sense, but Reasons To Believe’s Fazale Rana, who is a biochemist, is also a solid write who knows how to make complexity understandable.

That’s fortunate for the rest of us because there is huge news on the biochemistry front that sounds like a potential paradigm shifter for our understanding of DNA.

It all has to do with interruptions. You know, that irritating legislative director in Rayburn or the haughty communications director over on the Senate side who won’t let you finish a sentence without interrupting you. And that has immense implications for the evolution vs. creation debate.

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She Asked If She’s Going To Hell When She Dies. How Would You Answer?

For all of our knowledge, there remains no definitive, testable, repeatable scientific answer to the question every person who ever lived asked themselves at least once: What happens to me after I die?

Science deals with the material world, cause and effect, the repeatedly demonstrable. But death, at least as far as we know from common human experience, is always and everywhere a one-way ticket (yes, I know there are folks who claim to have died and come back with vivid – but unverifiable- reports of what Heaven is like).

(The photo above is courtesy of Madison Grooms of Unsplash.)

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Kneecaps Are Fragile! Where I’ve Been For The Past Week

Did you miss me? Probably not, but that’s okay. Just thought I would let you know why I’ve not been posting for the past week.  While shoveling snow February 20, I suddenly fell and landed directly on my left kneecap.

The kneecap was broken into four discreet pieces and required surgery to repair. The surgery was this past Monday, March 4, and went well. But I’ve been dealing with the usual pain and disruption of normal routines that come with a serious injury, surgery and recovery.

Busted kneecaps are not an easy recovery, apparently. I don’t know how long I will have to wear the leg brace you see in the accompanying photo, but I hope it’s not too long because, of course, now that I can’t, it’s driving me crazy not being able to bend my leg!

But starting Monday, I will be back posting. Hope you are having a great weekend. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour tonight!

This Millennial Woman Uses AI To Help Police ID, Track And Prevent Human Trafficking

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?

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