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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Why Did God Make Me A Lesbian?

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.

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Two Guys Who Know Explain Why Jesus Must Have Died On The Cross

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).

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Just In Case You See A Guy Around Congress With ‘HillFaith’ On His Mac

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.

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The ‘Goldilocks Principle’ Shows Earth Was Designed For Humans

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.

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Thoughts On Valentine’s Day, Chocolate And Child Labor

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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Scientists From Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Etc. Sign ‘A Dissent From Darwinism.’ Should Hill Staffers Take Notice?

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?

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Five Ways Your Brain Is Different From Your Mind And Why That Matters

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?

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PUEBLA 2019: Our Mission Is Now Completed And We Are Heading Home Tomorrow

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.

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PUEBLA 2019: Three Amigos At The Well And Pavers Corner Reached

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:

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