What Is HillFaith and Why Should You Care?

This guy has been there, done that. And he just might have some useful insights to share about life on the Hill

By Mark Tapscott

If you work on Capitol Hill, you and I likely have a great deal in common. You, like me, love this country and want to make it better. You are passionate about politics, the campaign trail and the legislative process. You worry about the future, of America, and of you and your loved ones. You probably grew up somewhere else, most likely out there in “Flyover Country.”

Doesn’t matter which political party you identify with or where on Capitol Hill you spend your workdays. Your hours are long and odds are good you could be making more money working somewhere else (maybe a whole lot more if you’ve been here for a few years).

Yes, that’s me, a Hill press secretary in 1977. Can you believe the hair? This photo was taken in the Cannon House Office Building.

But you get to rub elbows with many of America’s most important and best-known leaders, and your work affords endless opportunities to meet and work with interesting and amazingly smart, skilled people. Money can’t buy the satisfaction that can come with that, right?

Fact is, for better or worse, the Hill is the center of your world. Maybe not tomorrow, but for now, most of your friends also work here, including people you socialize with, enter into (and out of!) romantic relationships, and compete with to grab that next rung up the success ladder. Continue reading “What Is HillFaith and Why Should You Care?”

NEWS ALERT: Officials Scramble To Deal With Reports Of Empty Tomb

Roman and Judean officials are having a hard time Sunday explaining how or why the body of Jesus, the 33-year-old itinerant Galilean preacher crucified Friday for claiming to be God, has disappeared from a sealed tomb guarded by an elite unit of Legion soldiers.

Reports of an empty tomb began circulating throughout Jerusalem shortly after dawn today when two women who said they were hoping to complete the man’s burial preparations told friends the heavy rock that had been rolled in front of the entrance late Friday was removed a distance away and that his body was nowhere to be found.

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NEWS ALERT: Authorities Execute Man Who Claimed To Be God

In a rare display of political and judicial cooperation between leaders of the occupying Roman Empire and the conquered land of Israel, authorities in Jerusalem today condemned, flogged and crucified a carpenter-turned-itinerant preacher who claimed to be the Messiah.

Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth in Israel’s northern province of Galilee, was pronounced dead Friday following approximately nine hours of in extremis suffering as a result of being whipped and then nailed to a cross in the Golgotha district just outside of Jerusalem’s walls.

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Could Jesus’ Disciples Have Been Fooled By A Con Artist?

Talk to enough colleagues on the Hill about Jesus and sooner or later one of them will tell you they don’t think He was resurrected because somebody came along three days after the crucifixion and conned the disciples by posing as the risen Savior.

In other words, all this died and resurrected on the third day stuff that is the core reality of Christianity is nothing more than the result of a hoax, according to such critics. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows a thing or three about con artists. He begs to differ and here’s why:

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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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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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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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