The shortest sermon I ever heard was delivered whimsically. On a Sunday night, many years ago, an associate pastor of a popular mega-church got up to preach. He said that the topic of his sermon was, “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?” Then he said, “The answer to that question is very simple: There are no good people.” Then he pivoted and began to walk away. A half […]

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Now that the dust has settled from last week’s VP debate, we have a better chance to assess the long term effect of the performances. Many comments have been made about the number of times Vice President Biden interrupted either his opponent, Congressman Paul Ryan, or the moderator (more than 80 times total). I believe that the long-term effect of the debate—regardless of what either said about policy or statistics—may […]

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We can see what America could become if we go down a path toward more big government, and it’s not a pretty picture. Detroit, Michigan, formerly one of our finest cities, is a stark reminder of what can happen when big government programs are taken to the nth degree. The nanny state has made life dangerous. The police in that city are now warning that visitors enter there at their […]

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The Mormon issue is rearing its head again in this campaign. An online article in the latest issue of US News (9/27/2012) notes that some political phone calls have raised the Mormon issue. The article refers to Deal Hudson, “the president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and an expert on Catholic outreach,” and says that he is alarmed after finding out “that a group calling itself Catholics for Obama had […]

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When George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004, someone I know who lives in the greater Los Angeles area put a bumper sticker with the president’s name on his vehicle. When he returned to his car one day, someone who didn’t share his enthusiasm for Bush had smashed the bumper where the sticker was with a hammer, causing lots of damage. I knew Bush was unpopular in some […]

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America is going bankrupt because our entitlements are out of control. As of this writing, the national debt has now surpassed the $18* trillion mark. As the President’s own bipartisan Bowles and Simpson Commission of 2010 noted, “Our nation is on an unsustainable fiscal path.” Outlays in health care (Medicare and Medicaid) are the single largest expenses of our entitlement spending. Meanwhile, Bloomberg News reports, “A record 46.7 million Americans received […]

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Just this week, a politician got in trouble for his unfortunate remarks about rape and abortion. While the media has been piling on, enjoying a feeding frenzy over that which he himself has apologized for, there’s another story (also out of St. Louis) I want to draw attention to. If abortion were made illegal—except in the cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother—that would reduce the rate […]

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Has a new threshold in the culture wars been crossed? On August 15th, 2012, reports indicate that a man entered the lobby of the Family Research Council building in Washington, DC, declaring, “I don’t like your politics.” In his attempt to go further into the building, he shot the security guard in the arm. The guard was able to pin him down. Certainly, the security guard, Leo Johnson, is a […]

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Poll after poll finds that millions of Americans feel that we are headed in the wrong direction as a nation. We are in serious need of serious change. In fact, a poll from just this month shows: “Twenty-seven percent (27%) of Likely U.S. Voters now say the country is heading in the right direction” (Rasmussen Reports, August 8, 2012). We see killing among strangers and even within families. As of […]

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Last week, on Wednesday, August 1, several of us from Truth in Action Ministries showed our support for Chick-fil-A, by having lunch there. The place was packed. It was like an extension of fellowship hall at church, representing several different churches. I saw lots of old friends or acquaintances I hadn’t seen in a while. Two days later, the manager told me that August 1 had been their best day […]

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