What Freedom Gives
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Here in my community and communities throughout America, we’ve just celebrated our nation’s independence – the 4th of July. Communities across the country have joined together with parades, fireworks, patriotic flags and family cookouts to celebrate the freedom we as Americans have.     The word ‘freedom’ has a sweet ring to it, doesn’t it? Those who spend their lives guarding it deserve our gratitude. Being Americans means that we can worship, study, and evangelize in peace. This 4th of July, let’s... Read More
Farrah, Jacko, and Ed
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Three of the most well-known people on television in the 1980s all passed away within days of each other this week. Ed McMahon was Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the tonight show, bellering “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” at the start of each show, chuckling on cue to Johnny’s jokes, and serving as his comic foil. Farrah Fawcett starred in the first season of “Charlie’s Angels.” Her massive pile of layered blonde hair is one of the main reasons why so many brides in... Read More
Fatherhood
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OK, class, pay attention. When did Father’s Day officially become a national day of recognition? Post Civil War? 1890’s? First World War era? Wrong to all of the above. Not until 1972 was the legislation signed officially by President Richard Nixon. I guess I’m not surprised. I don’t think Americans really value enough the critical role that fathering plays in youth development.   Here are a few stats to spoil your day: ·         71% of high-school dropouts have no dad at... Read More
Endowments
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Every business and individual in America has been hurt in some way by our sagging economy. People have lost jobs. Many who kept theirs lost pay raises or suffered benefit or salary cuts.   Unfortunately, thrifty savers got pounded. It gave me great pain to tell my teenagers that the money that they had carefully been saving for college was now worth 35% less. There was hardly any place to stash your money that wasn’t severely dented. Stocks, bonds, mutuals, real... Read More
Cussing
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Perhaps you’ve heard of Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill church in Seattle. A prolific author and speaker, he has a considerable national reputation. Some of his detractors, including equally famous Southern California pastor John McArthur,  recently ignited some hoo-ha when they criticized his occasionally salty pulpit language as inappropriate “cussing.” McArthur even called for Driscoll to step down as Mars Hill pastor.   Apparently Driscoll has been heard to say “Damn” not in its Biblical sense but in the more... Read More
Tiller
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Dr. George Tiller was reviled by pro-life advocates in America. He was one of only a very few doctors in America who would perform late-term abortions any more (i.e. after the 21st week). His clinic in Wichita functions only with heavy security. His most vocal critics mocked him as “Tiller the Killer.”   George Tiller was shot and killed on May 31 while serving as an usher in his church, Reformation Lutheran in Wichita. Kansas police have a man in custody,... Read More
Both And
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There was considerable excitement in central Wisconsin recently over the Leilani Neumann trial. Neumann’s 11-year-old daughter, Madeleine Kara Neumann, died in March of 2008 of complications due to untreated diabetes. What has compounded the tragedy is that there was time to seek medical help. Doctors testified at the trial that fluids and insulin would have saved the child’s life. The Neumanns, however, chose to put their trust completely in God and only prayed for their daughter.   It took a jury... Read More
Miss California, Part II
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I guess I feel faintly foolish.   Two weeks ago I wrote about my admiration for Carrie Prejean, Miss California, who may have missed out on being Miss USA because she explicitly declared her support for heterosexual marriage. Have you followed the soap opera since then? It appears that Miss Prejean had done some semi-nude modeling prior to her Miss California crown. Surprise—the photos were rocketing around the internet last week. And as you could imagine the laughter and disdain rolled... Read More
Moses' Mom
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Mothers’ Day is rapidly fading in our collective rear-view, and before it is gone completely from mind I am in the mood to reflect on moms. Motherhood sure takes some unusual forms in our culture, doesn’t it? How will the 14 kids of Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman Gutierrez, a.k.a. the Octomom, turn out? How will Angelina Jolie’s international adoptions turn out? Would Madonna be a good adoptive parent for an African child?   One of my favorite “characters” in the Bible is... Read More
Swine Flu
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It seems to me that 9/11 and the real estate/subprime collapse have left Americans a little paranoid.   The news about flu cases caused by the H1N1 virus, popularly known as “swine flu,” seems to me to be bordering on hysteria. There has been one death in America and as a result schools are being shut down indefinitely. Good grief. The World Health Organization reports that every year 250,000-500,000 people worldwide die of influenza. The Waukesha County health and human services... Read More