Things, including people, tend to change over time and, according to the conventional wisdom of many of the top folks among the scientific and cultural elite, if you combine enough time with the right kind of matter and the phenomenon called “chance,” you get to evolution as an explanation of the origins of life on Earth.
Note that the phrase can either refer to theistic evolution, which God uses, or a-theistic evolution, which puts God entirely out of the picture. There is also an important distinction to be made between macro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of distinct species, and micro-evolution, which concerns the appearance of changes within species.
So why should anybody working on Capitol Hill care about this?
Continue reading “Here’s Why Atheistic Evolution Lacks Logic (Note: That’s Atheistic, Not Theistic, Evolution At Issue Here)”
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.
Continue reading “Why Did God Make Me A Lesbian?”
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.
Continue reading “Just In Case You See A Guy Around Congress With ‘HillFaith’ On His Mac”
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?
Continue reading “Scientists From Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Etc. Sign ‘A Dissent From Darwinism.’ Should Hill Staffers Take Notice?”
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?
Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: There Was A Time You Couldn’t Pay Me To Do This”
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.
Continue reading “NBC’s ‘Cold Case Detective’ Explains Why He Is A Christian”
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.
Continue reading “How To Deal With What Or Who You Fear Most On The Hill. Or Anywhere Else, For That Matter”
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.
Continue reading “Panel To Discuss ‘The Trials And Tribulations Of Living An Ethical Life On Capitol Hill’”
Just before Christmas, it was my pleasure to share a celebratory hour or so with members of the Faith & Law Society in the Longworth HOB, hosted by the group’s extraordinary executive director, Lauren Noyes.
Among the highlights of the gathering was hearing a brief address by Bill Reidel, Lead Pastor of the Redemption Hill congregation that meets at 400 D Street, S.E. in the District of Columbia.
Continue reading “Four Advent Questions To Start Your New Year (And Maybe Change Your Life)”
Not sure of the answer to the question of what are you living your life for? Check your bank account and time sheets. Whatever you think you live for, the truth is your heart is wherever your money and your time are.
If you work on the Hill, maybe it’s status or recognition of some kind. Or becoming influential, an “insider.” Could be having a certain title linked to your name. Or perhaps having as much fun as humanly possible.
Continue reading “What Are You Living For?”
“Religious Nones” are among the fastest growing groups whenever survey research organizations like the Pew Research Center do polls concerning religious issues.
The results of the latest Pew survey of a representative sample of the Nones – which includes those who identify themselves as “atheist,” “agnostic” and “nothing” – finds an important reason (60 percent) these folks give for their views is they “question a lot of religious teachings.”
Continue reading “Big Challenges For Christians In Pew’s Latest ‘Nones’ Survey Results”
Check it out. My first job on Capitol Hill was as press secretary for Rep. Robert Bauman (R-MD), who represented the Eastern Shore of Maryland, working from 118 Cannon HOB.
Odds are, this shot was snapped as I was on the telephone talking to Don Baker of the Washington Post Metro Section staff, who covered Bauman during my nearly two-year tenure there. He remains to this day one of the journalists for whom I have the most respect.
Continue reading “Working On The Hill: Seems Like Just Yesterday But It Was 1977”
There are hundreds of men and women working in Congress who came to town a year ago or maybe a few years ago professing to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, but then the realities of life on Capitol Hill hit them square in the face.
Challenges to their faith — intellectual and otherwise — are everywhere on the Hill and doubts can become a huge problem. Some choose to leave their faith behind, others retreat into spiritual ghettos.
Photo by Mishal Ibrahim on Unsplash
Continue reading “Alisa Childers’ Rescue Boat For Hill Aides Adrift In a Sea Of Doubt”
Christians everywhere face the question of whether their faith has anything to do with their jobs, but it’s an especially acute issue for those on a congressional payroll.
Here’s why: The law in America is made through the competitive political process, but culture is upstream from politics and faith in turn is upstream from culture. Your faith shapes your work ethos.
Continue reading “Can Christians Be Faithful AND Work With Integrity On ‘The Hill?’”
Tuesday’s 2018 midterm election is followed by a grim morning for hundreds of congressional aides. They work on the personal staffs of losing Democrat and Republican senators and representatives and, on the House side, on the outgoing Republican majority’s committee staffs.
Come the first week of January when the new Congress is seated, with Republicans in the majority in the Senate and Democrats controlling the House of Representatives, these aides will be out of work. It’s part of the rhythm of Congress as every two years, the seats of one-third of the senators and all 435 representatives are open. Many are re-elected, more than a few are not.
Continue reading “Today’s Question For Hundreds Of Hill Staffers — What Now?”