Recent Viewpoints

November 3, 2014

Should I go to work or should I go on welfare? If you run the numbers, the decision isn’t as easy as you might think. A new study by the Cato Institute discovered that welfare pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states. Welfare in 13 of those states pays more than $15 an hour. There isn’t a much incentive for Americans to take an entry-level job when welfare pays more than work. The Federal government funds 126 separate…

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October 30, 2014

The youth scene is changing before our eyes. Sometimes it is hard for parents and pastors to understand what is taking place. Dr. Tim Elmore was on my radio program recently to talk about his new book “12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid.” In the midst of the interview, he explained the cultural situation parents and children are facing in this 21s century world. What is happening can be summarized with the world SCENE. The letter “S” stands for speed….

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October 29, 2014

A discussion of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq has surfaced once again due to a New York Times report that the Bush administration covered up American troops’ chemically induced wounds. That lead to a story in The Daily Beast about how Karl Rove showed no interest in pursuing and publicizing the growing evidence of WMDs in Iraq. Former senator Rick Santorum lost his seat in 2006 but remembers how he tried to bring the evidence of WMDs to…

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October 28, 2014

No doubt you have heard about the Houston pastors who were told by the mayor that they had to send their speeches and sermons to the city for inspection. After lots of publicity, the city backed down a little, but the intimidation remains. The controversy began because Mayor Annise Parker worked to pass an anti-discrimination law that would allow a transgendered person to file complaints if they were denied access to a bathroom. The citizens in Houston mounted a petition…

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October 27, 2014

Whenever the proponents of same-sex marriage have talked about its legalization, they have usually said that ministers would still have the freedom to decline to do a marriage ceremony for a gay or lesbian couple. After all, pastors sometimes refuse to officiate at a wedding for theological reasons. It would stand to reason they could also decline to participate in a same-sex marriage for theological reasons. Earlier this month a case arose in Idaho, where city officials told two ordained…

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October 24, 2014

More and more people are getting their news from social media. While there is nothing wrong with that, some people are getting fooled by what could be called “fake news sites.” I get emails from people asking me if a particular story is true. Sometimes people who call my radio program quote from a fake news site and don’t understand the satire used in the story. This commentary is a public service to help you and your friends know which…

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October 23, 2014

America’s stated military policy has always been to minimize civilian casualties. Last year, the Obama administration even went further by establishing a policy that required “near certainty” that there would be no civilian casualties before an air strike takes place. Over the last few months, the U.S. has called upon Israel to follow the same policy. That is why you heard comments from the administration that the Israeli army was “not doing enough.” As someone traveling to Israel, I appreciate…

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October 22, 2014

Christians have a civic responsibility since we are both citizens of heaven and citizens of earth. Unfortunately, many Christians do not seem to understand that good citizenship involves voting intelligently in each election. Last week, I had Ralph Reed on my radio program to talk about some of the important races around the country. Then I asked him to give us the bad news about how many Christians actually voted. No doubt you have heard the statistics in the past….

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October 21, 2014

Christians depend on their pastors for spiritual guidance. But if they are looking for guidance in how to think about cultural and political issues, most of them will be disappointed. That is what George Barna has found in his latest surveys. Through the American Culture and Faith Institute, he has focused on what pastors believe and what they have been teaching. When it comes to cultural, social, and political issues there is often a significant disconnect. He found that an…

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October 20, 2014

As we are getting closer to the open enrollment period for Obamacare, it might be good to go back and evaluate the claims made during the debate on the Affordable Care Act. We were told that the costs would go down, competition would increase, millions would enroll, and policies wouldn’t be cancelled. Robert Moffit, writing in The Daily Signal, says that health care costs have increased significantly. “Huge increases in deductibles in policies sold through the exchanges were a big…

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October 17, 2014

The influence William Shakespeare has had on the English language is well known. In a previous commentary, I talked about the number of words he created or coined. He also is responsible for so many everyday phrases we use. Christina Sterbenz provides the context for these phrases we often use and forget were from Shakespeare. When we use the phrase “catch a cold,” we mean that we are getting sick. In one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays someone says that should…

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