Recent Viewpoints

January 4, 2018

Kerby Anderson Although the concept of a free enterprise system developed primarily in Europe, it has become the most successful in the United States. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, has a possible explanation. The founders promoted a free market where Americans were able to truly live their liberty. Thomas Jefferson famously said this in his first inaugural address: “A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to…

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January 3, 2018
climate change?

Kerby Anderson When President Trump set forth his national security strategy, he omitted global climate change as a threat. Two years earlier, President Obama elevated climate change to the top “strategic risk” in his strategy. The ongoing debate about the significance of climate change will continue for years to come. I contend that the debate is really about percentages. Consider people who are often labeled “climate change deniers.” Actually, even these people believe the climate changed in the past (we’ve…

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January 2, 2018
New Years Resolutions

Kerby Anderson As we get into this New Year, I hope you have thought about making a resolution or two. My suggestion would be for all of us to stop believing in the hysterics and hyperbole that surround our political culture. Fortunately, I am noticing that more and more commentators are calling for people to bring reason and common sense into these political discussions. Let me be one more voice to join that chorus. Of course, we can offer lots…

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January 1, 2018
New Year, New beginning on a notepad, vintage style.

Kerby Anderson Let me begin by wishing you a Happy New Year. At the start of this New Year, I wanted to pass on some advice. In previous commentaries, I have talked about the value of using this time of year to change something in your life. There is nothing magical about using January 1 as a start date, but why not use it to improve yourself? First, I would encourage you pick just one thing to change. If you…

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December 29, 2017
Cabinet Prayer

Penna Dexter We are at a moment in our history in which prayer during cabinet meetings is a bit disconcerting to many members of the media who cover the White House. “Unusual” and “striking,” even “creepy” were words reporters used to describe a recent moment of prayer about the passage of historic tax legislation. The president seemed to enjoy taunting reporters a bit when, just as the bill gained final congressional approval, he took time at a cabinet meeting to…

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December 29, 2017
Depressed Farmer

Kerby Anderson If I were to ask you which professions have high suicide rates, you would probably mention military veterans suffering from PTSD. In their latest report, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have found that the suicide rate for young male military veterans is higher than previously thought. But they found that it is lower in some states than the suicide rate for farmers. The high suicide rate for farmers is only just now beginning to get media attention….

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December 28, 2017
Jack Phillips - Ethics2

Kerby Anderson A few months from now we will know how the Supreme Court will rule in the Colorado cake case involving Jack Phillips. In previous commentaries, I have talked about how this case will certainly have some influence on other cases involving bakers, florists, and photographers. Wesley J. Smith in a recent column says it might also affect people in the medical field. He believes it could have an impact on medical conscience rights. He says, “The law generally…

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December 27, 2017
big 4 tech masters3

Kerby Anderson The Big Four Tech Masters are Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google. They dominate the digital world and therefore have a responsibility they have been able to shirk until now. In a recent column, Jim Geraghty says they “were not built to differentiate accurate information from inaccurate information, to dispel and counteract hateful voices, or to sniff out and stop disinformation campaigns by foreign intelligence.” Instead, they were built to make money. They never foresaw how evil people could…

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December 26, 2017
mountain church

Kerby Anderson Sadly, it has become trendy in some circles to say that the world would be a better place without religion in general and Christianity in particular. I really do wonder if professors, commentators, and people on social media really believe this or are just saying it without any serious reflection. As I like to sometimes say to my atheist acquaintances, I see lots of Catholic hospitals, Presbyterian hospitals, and Baptist hospitals. I have never seen a humanist hospital….

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December 25, 2017
Christmas Nativity scene

Kerby Anderson On this Christmas day, I think it would be good to reflect for just a moment on the Incarnation. God became man and took on human flesh. This is a great theological wonder and mystery. Malcolm Muggeridge wrote this to describe the importance of the birth of Christ: “Thanks to the great mercy and marvel of the Incarnation, the cosmic scene is resolved into a human drama. A human drama in which God reached down to relate Himself…

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December 22, 2017
Mandy Moore arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's celebration of power 100 women in entertainment breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision for The Hollywood Reporter/AP Images)

Penna Dexter Hollywood celebrities put on a special Christmas extravaganza last week to raise money. Their cause: Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. I love culture warrior Gary Bauer’s take on this. He says, “If King Herod were alive today, he’d have a photo on his wall signed by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. In an attempt to kill Jesus, Herod ordered all babies two and under to be murdered. Cecile Richards does him one better. She promotes…

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