This ‘Dime’s Worth’ Truly Makes All The Difference Between A Human Existence And Extinction

Sometimes the biggest variances result from the smallest details, even life or death, creation or destruction

You’ve probably heard somebody dismissively say something along the lines of “that doesn’t make a dime’s worth of difference to anybody or anything.”

Astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe.

And after all, a dime is worth only 10 cents. Or is it?

What if the weight of one single dime (created from nothing) was added to the universe? Guess what, it’s so finely adjusted to sustain life on this planet (and, who knows, maybe others as well) that such a dime would … what?

It would literally make all the difference in the world for you and I. Astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross explains why:

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HILL SURVIVAL TIP: Your Job Is What You Do, Not Who You Are

Eating, living and sleeping the next promotion, title, victory or conquest at the office eventually becomes the loneliest place

There may be more Type-A men and women working on Capitol Hill than anywhere else in the world, except perhaps in Silicon Valley in California and on Wall Street in Manhattan.

But the identification of self-worth with one’s job is especially common among those working for senators, representatives and congressional committees.

Cold-Case expert J. Warner Wallace.

For one thing, virtually all those senators and representatives are ego-driven Type-A’s, otherwise, how did they ever get elected in the first place and then keep getting re-elected?

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Listen To This Next Time You Doubt Why You’re Working On The Hill (Or Anywhere Else)

It’s when you are down that it’s most important to know you aren’t in charge of your life, He is

Something awesome happened earlier this week at the Billboard Awards when evangelical Christian cross-over artist Lauren Daigle performed her hit, “You Say,” before an audience that clearly loved it.

Screen shot of Lauren Daigle performing “You Say” at the 2019 Billboard Awards.

Not only the audience in the hall but those watching around the world as well, according to the music recognition service Shazam, Will Maule of Faithwire reports.

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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?”

Working On Capitol Hill Is The World’s Best Job (Or At Least My Best Ever)

By Bret Bernhardt

More often than not, a great job seems to be defined as one that pays generously for something you love doing each and every day. On Capitol Hill, it’s not always that way. So why is it the greatest job I’ve ever had?

Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for senators Don Nickles and Jim DeMint.

Simply put, there are few jobs that compare to Capitol Hill for meaning, purpose, and community.

Most people come to the Hill with a passion and purpose for what they do for a living. Not that this doesn’t happen in other lines of work, but it seems to be more prevalent among those who work on the Hill.

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$15-An-Hour Minimum Wage May Be Coming For Hill Interns

At $31,200 annually, the new rate would make the first experience working for Congress much more affordable

Forty House Democrats are sponsoring Rep. Adam Smith’s reintroduced House Intern Pay Act that would require a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the young employees.

Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state.

“Paid internships help to bring a diversity of ideas and backgrounds to both the Washington, D.C. and local district offices, and expand equality of opportunity for all to participate in our democracy,” Smith said in a statement Tuesday.

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Will You Help Me Double HillFaith’s Followers? It’s Easy, Just Ask One Person To Join You Here

Taking the Good News to the ends of the Earth includes sharing the Gospel with people working for Congress

God has already blessed HillFaith in countless ways that I never expected and one of most important of them is the number of readers like you who have chosen to follow this humble blog.

Clicking on the Follow link in the right-hand column of the homepage is all a person has to do in order to receive an alert whenever a new post appears on HillFaith. If you haven’t also followed HillFaith on its Facebook page, you can do so by going here.

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I’m ‘Only’ An Intern … On Life In The Trenches On Capitol Hill

Here are some smart suggestions for making the most of that first post working for Congress

By Bret Bernhardt

In the overall scheme of things on Capitol Hill, interns, and junior staffers for that matter, seem to be a relatively inconsequential part of the process. However, in my experience, it is quite the opposite.

The Farmers Insurance commercial on TV says “we know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” That would pretty much describe my experience of 30 years working on Capitol Hill. This is particularly true about working with interns.

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No, America Is NOT Becoming A Secularized Nation Of ‘Nones’

If you’ve been paying even casual attention to the news in recent months, you have undoubtedly heard that authoritative research surveys show an accelerating pace of growth in the “Nones.”

These are people who check the “None” box when asked what is their religious affiliation. News articles on this theme have become a familiar part of the journalism landscape, thanks in great part to, just to cite one source, the Pew Research Center.

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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: Controversy Erupts Amid Insistent Claims Jesus Survived Crucifixion

Roman and Jewish authorities on Saturday face persistent but unverified reports that the crucified 33-year-old man from Galilee who claimed to be God actually survived the brutal experience and escaped late Friday.

“What I heard was that the man didn’t die, what really happened was he swooned, or passed out, and was thought to be dead but he really wasn’t,” Andrew the Mason, a Bethlehem resident visiting in Jerusalem for the Passover Festival this weekend, told HillFaith.

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There’s More To Keeping Talent On The Hill Than Pay

Pay is low on the Hill but there’s more to the issue of whether to stay or go.

By Bret Bernhardt

This may sound like an esoteric and idyllic response to retaining good talent on Capitol Hill, because that is what it is. But all worthy efforts start with big ideas and lofty aspirations.

So is the remedy for what ails congressional talent retention.  

In all the important decisions we make in life, including those of aspiring Hill staffers, we consciously or unconsciously keep two factors in mind:

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Are The Only Truths Those That Sense And Science ‘Verify’?

Some famous figure whose name escapes me at the moment once remarked on how many people go through life as slaves of long-dead philosophers, an observation that likely applies to all of us at one time or another.

But if you consider the only truth to be those claims that are detected via the five senses and which can be verified scientifically, you might want to become familiar with an 18th Century philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume.

Dr. Frank Turek, the noted Christian apologist and co-author of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist,” explains why in this brief video that gets right to the point:

 

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Committee Staff, Courtesy of R Street Institute’s Casey Burgat

There are basically two classes of congressional aides — those who work for individual senators and representatives make up one while those known as committee staff are the other.

Casey Burgat is a senior fellow of the R Street Institute, which does a bang-up job of tracking Hill staffing trends. He recently completed a comprehensive look at where things stand on committee staffing that should be of interest to anybody hoping now or in the future to occupy such a position. What did Casey find? Continue reading “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Committee Staff, Courtesy of R Street Institute’s Casey Burgat”

Think Legislative Language Is Complicated? Check Out ‘Irreducible Complexity’ And Flagellum Motors

Biochemist Michael Behe introduced the concept of “irreducible complexity” with his 1996 book, “Darwin’s Black Box,” which made the case for the idea that there exists at the cellular level “a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.”

To put it more simply, irreducible complexity means there are things like the Flagellum motor that consists of multiple parts that must all come together simultaneously if it is to perform its intended function. Assemble it sequentially and it doesn’t work. Yes, that’s an argument for intelligent design.

Before you close your mind and move on, you might want to take a little more than three minutes to watch this amazing video from the aptly named Discovery Institute.