PUEBLA 2019: A Monday Journey Way Out, Including A Taste Of Cactus

Workday one in Puebla, Mexico, for our band from Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) fell on February 3, which also happens to be the national holiday celebrating adoption in 1917 of the country’s current constitution.

Fireworks are a big deal in Mexico and a major battle of the revolution that lasted from 1910 to 1920 was won by the constitution forces here in Puebla. So the celebrations in this region are much like re-enactments in the U.S. of battles from our Civil War. Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: A Monday Journey Way Out, Including A Taste Of Cactus”

PUEBLA 2019: Today We Sing, Tomorrow The Hard Work Begins

Our group of Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) men from Maryland in Puebla for the 19th consecutive year on a construction mission always join the Hananeel congregation in their Sunday service and it is invariably a memorable experience.

These folks love to sing, their band members know their stuff and the congregation lets loose. It’s all in Spanish, of course, and I’ve always had trouble picking up the rhythm of the language. Slowly but surely, I think I am getting it.

Regardless, these people sing to the Lord with joy and adoration and they can carry you along.  Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: Today We Sing, Tomorrow The Hard Work Begins”

PUEBLA 2019: There Was A Time You Couldn’t Pay Me To Do This

It wasn’t that long ago that no amount of money would have been enough to get me to do what I will do for the fourth time in five years, starting early tomorrow morning, February 2.

Me and more than a dozen buddies from Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville, Md., and thereabouts will board a United Airlines flight from Dulles International Airport to Houston. It’s the first leg of a trip that takes us to Puebla, Mexico, arriving late tomorrow evening.

Why are we going there?

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Would You Stake Your Life On A 1-In- 10-To-The-140th-Power Chance Of Surviving?

Mathematics, simple or otherwise,  has never been my forte, but one thing I understand from those who eat, live and sleep numbers is that odds, or chance, can be measured, as in probabilities.

That means the probability of the proper alignment in the right proportion under the correct environmental conditions for the creation of the first living cell can be expressed as numbers. But we aren’t talking about numbers like 2+2.

Above photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash.

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This Guy Says One Big Bang Isn’t Enough, There’s Gotta Be Three More

Pretty much everybody has heard of the Big Bang, the moment an estimated 4.6 billion years ago when the universe appeared out of, literally, nothing.

The Big Bang was followed in recent decades by the Big Debate among theologians, philosophers, scientists and talk show hosts on whether or not the existence of God was thereby proved.

So why does the headline say something about three more Big Bangs?

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Here’s The ‘Big Bang’ Explained In 332 Concise, Plain-English Words

Those who have worked on the Hill for at least five minutes  — especially legislative directors and press secretaries — know the infinite value of “Talking Points” and “Executive Summary” for getting to the essence of an issue because there’s never enough time.

Tim Stratton of Free-Thinking Ministries knows the value of such tools and applies them to the biggest issues, including grasping quickly, accurately and logically the multiple profound implications of the Big Bang.

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NBC’s ‘Cold Case Detective’ Explains Why He Is A Christian

Imagine that you are veteran congressional investigator with years of experience digging into documents, probing witnesses, weighing evidence and sifting claims and counter-claims.

Would that be a good background for evaluating the credibility of the claims of Jesus Christ to be the only way to Heaven and the reliability of the Bible as the word of God? You would certainly have many of the most critical skills required for such an investigation, no?

Meet J. Warner Wallace. No, Wallace is not a former congressional investigator, but he is one of the world’s most respected experts at solving the toughest crime cases, the ones that have gone unsolved for years.

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Iranian Christians Refuse Judges’ Order To Renounce Christ. What Would You Do?

What if you were marked for persecution?

It’s hard to imagine how any of us would react in the instant of a trial,  but two Iranian followers of Jesus Christ know for themselves, as they reportedly refused two judges’ order to renounce their faith earlier this month.

“Iranian Christians Saheb Fadaie and Fatemeh Bakhteri were asked by presiding judges Hassan Babaee and Ahmad Zargar to renounce their faith, but refused to do so” during a January 15 trial, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

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Who Said DNA And Suffering Are Meaningless, Atheist Dawkins or Jesus?

Oxford Professor Emeritus Fellow Richard Dawkins is among the world’s most famous atheists, thanks largely to his prolific pen, which produced such well-read books as “The God Delusion” and “The Blind Watchmaker.”

Less appreciated perhaps is the unmitigated bluntness with which Dawkins so forthrightly discusses the implications of his conclusions about the origin of man and the universe for the rest of us.

Writing on the Moral Apologetics blog last year, Theologian Tom Thomas pointed to the stark difference between Dawkins’ view of suffering and tragedy in human existence that of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Who Said DNA And Suffering Are Meaningless, Atheist Dawkins or Jesus?”

How To Deal With What Or Who You Fear Most On The Hill. Or Anywhere Else, For That Matter

If you’ve worked for any length of time on Capitol Hill, odds are you’ve run up against something or somebody that makes you feel uncomfortable, inferior, “dumber,” insecure, or maybe even fearful.

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and you are not even remotely alone in having such feelings, whether you are a disciple of Jesus Christ or not. Believers are just as susceptible as anybody else, but they have two unique resources for dealing with such challenges.

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What If Jesus Is The Only Way To Heaven?

It’s a truism heard often these days that “all roads lead to God, whether you believe in Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Confucius, the Hindu pantheon, Bahai or …” on and on it goes.

As it happens, Jesus is the only one of this all-star lineup of claimants to deity who claimed absolute exclusivity, as He did at John 14:6, saying “I am the way and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.”

What if Jesus is right? Professor Sean McDowell has the answer to that question. (Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash)

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Does Christian Hypocrisy Prove Christianity Is False?

Perhaps you’ve heard it before: “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites!” Or maybe this version: “Christianity can’t be true because so many Christians are fakes.”

It’s a popular claim, one that has led many people to close their minds to even considering the growing mountains of credible evidence for the reality of the empty tomb of Jesus and His Resurrection.

The issue has special significance for men and women working at all levels on the Hill because of the high value placed on authenticity and shame attached to hypocrisy. Continue reading “Does Christian Hypocrisy Prove Christianity Is False?”

So You Think That Neat ‘Multiverse’ Theory Explains It All …

No, when people talk about the “Multiverse” theory, they aren’t talking about music with a lot of stanzas or choruses. Odds are, they are talking about more basic issues like “how did the universe get here” and “why are there human beings.”

You can’t talk about those kinds of issues on Capitol Hill or anywhere else these days without somebody, sooner rather than later, confidently pronouncing something like “our universe is just one of many universes that are constantly evolving and forever changing.”

And hey, if Neil deGrasse Tyson believes in the multiverse theory, it must be true, right? I mean, right? Well, no, as a matter of fact, allow me to introduce Regis Nicoll and a fascinating analysis of the countless problems with the multiverse theory. Continue reading “So You Think That Neat ‘Multiverse’ Theory Explains It All …”

Panel To Discuss ‘The Trials And Tribulations Of Living An Ethical Life On Capitol Hill’

This may come as a shock to some but there are times working on Capitol Hill when people don’t tell the whole truth about actions of their boss, or conceal facts about their own role in questionable practices or even tell lots of little white lies that taken together create a huge dark falsehood.

Yes, it happens. So how to navigate the Hill working environment while maintaining the ethical standards and beliefs you brought with you when you got your first job working for a congressman, senator or committee can be a huge dilemma.

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‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Has No Qualms About Expressing Her Faith

If you have followed the “This Is Us” tv series, you will recognize Chrissy Metz as “Kate,” daughter of Jack and Rebecca Pearson and sister to brothers Kevin and Randall.

What you may not recognize is Metz boldly declaring her Christian faith despite that often being a ticket to professional oblivion in tinsel town.

“It is hard I think, now, to just be really vocal about your faith, or what you believe in because people want to think ‘it’s not cool,’ but I’m like, I don’t care!” Metz recently told Faithwire’s Lindsey Elizabeth.

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