Recent Viewpoints

May 28, 2015

When you see a particular poll mentioned in the media, it is always good to take that poll with a grain of salt. All sorts of bias can result from the way the question was asked to the way in which the poll was conducted. A new study provides another reason to question some of the percentages that are collected in nationwide polls. It also helps explain why many polls do not match the final results in various elections. Pew…

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May 27, 2015

Constitutional attorney John Whitehead expressed his concern about government intervention and the militarization of the police in his previous book, A Government of Wolves. He continues his investigation and expands his focus in his new book, Battlefield America. In some ways, he believes we have come full circle. In the 18th century, the colonists were held captive by the British. Now in the 21st century, we are being held captive to the American police state. It is time, past time…

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May 26, 2015

The church in general, and evangelical Christians in particular, has been helping people in poverty. But you wouldn’t know that if you attended a roundtable discussion of poverty at Georgetown University. President Obama made lots of critical comments, but I wanted to focus on just one of his statements. The president was critical of churches focusing so much time on social issues and so little time on poverty. He wanted “faith-based organizations to speak out on” the issue of poverty…

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May 22, 2015

Most of the presidential candidates and hopefuls have figured out by now that they need to have an answer to the question:  ‘What will you do if the U.S. Supreme Court comes down with a ruling in which it discovers a constitutional right to same-sex marriage?’ The very worst scenario coming from the Court would be a decision that, not only strikes down state laws that define marriage as it’s always been, but also fails to contain protections for the…

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May 22, 2015

Americans are overwhelmingly pessimistic about their chances of achieving and sustaining the American dream. That is the only conclusion you could draw from a recent Marist-McClatchy Poll. Americans “see an economic system in which they have to work harder than ever to get ahead, and a political system that’s unresponsive to their needs.” Americans also feel that the wealthy play by a different set of rules from everyone else. That actually connects the two conclusions together. Recently I heard that…

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May 21, 2015

Jim Denison recently found a “15-step strategy for converting Christians to atheism” and wrote about it in the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture. Although the article is supposed to help atheists convert Christians, I think that Christians can learn some valuable lessons about how to approach and dialogue with non-Christians. The article tells atheists to think about building relationships before trying to convert them to atheism. That is certainly good advice for Christians. Jim Denison reminds us that we…

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May 20, 2015

On my radio program the other day, my guest made the point that you could fit the entire population of the world into Los Angeles. Since some people questioned that statistic, I thought I would provide some documentation. Actually, the National Geographic website has already done the math. They have a quiz with the question: “Population 7 Billion—Could We All Fit in One City?” The quick answer is yes. “If all seven billion people on Earth stood shoulder-to-shoulder, we would…

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May 19, 2015

Welcome to utopia. Speaking a few years ago at a technology convention in San Francisco, Google CEO Eric Schmidt described this new world of utopia. “It’s a future where you don’t forget anything . . .. In this new future you’re never lost . . .. We will know your position down to the foot and down to the inch over time . . .. Your car will drive itself, it’s a bug that cars were invented before computers ….

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May 18, 2015

When the president raised the minimum wage for federal workers, lots of editorials appeared in newspapers. Jason Riley dug out an old editorial to illustrate how perceptions have changed in the media elite. Back in 1987 the New York Times editorial read: “The idea of using a minimum wage to overcome poverty is old, honorable—and fundamentally flawed. It’s time to put this hoary debate behind us, and find a better way to improve the lives of people who work very…

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May 15, 2015

When a bill has the word non-discrimination as part of its title, it’s wise to dig deeper. A measure that requires non-discrimination against one group usually ends up allowing, even encouraging, discrimination against another. Proponents of the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act — RHNDA — said it is needed to prevent employees in Washington D.C. from being discriminated against based upon their decisions regarding reproductive health. The bill requires that the pro-life organizations and schools run by faith-based…

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May 15, 2015

Scott Sauls was on my radio program recently to discuss his book, Jesus Outside the Lines. In his book, he tells a story of what happened in his church (Christ Presbyterian Church) when R.C. Sproul gave a talk on how God and people come into a relationship with one another. Dr. Sproul emphasizes the sovereign, electing grace of God. Other Christians, like Billy Graham emphasize human free will. During the question-and-answer session after Dr. Sproul’s talk, someone in the audience…

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