Apr 30, 2011

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Joint Survival in the Middle East: Israel and Christianity

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With the resurgence of hard-core Islam, Christians are under intense pressure in Islamic countries. Many anti-Israel Christian denominations don’t seem to realize the fate of their brethren in Islamic countries is tied directly to Israel’s survival. Israel is the only country in the region where the number of Christians is increasing dramatically instead of decreasing. Journalist Giulio Meotti writes on these subjects for /Il Foglio/ and the /Wall Street Journal./ He joins us from his home near Florence, Italy.

As the perfect energy storm approaches, the U.S. continues to paint itself into a crisis by eliminating access to fuel sources we already have while promising the immediate production of fuel sources which will take years to produce. It borders on the insane. Andrew Morris is a law professor at Alabama State university and author of /The False Promise of Green Energy/.

John’s boralogue examines the flying wedge of discrepancy between statements by politicians about the economy versus what is really happening. At the end of the program, we’ll run more clips from John’s class on creative and critical thinking.

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Apr 23, 2011

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Merging Healthcare and Religion

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Happy Easter everyone! Christ is Risen!

Taking time off this weekend. John’s boralogue forms this week’s  Middle East Watch.

Then we’ll air clips from John’s recent worldview class on logic and critical  thinking, emphasizing why truth is an important “commodity” in an  age of relativism.

In the new global governance paradigm, everything has to fit in a  seamless system, including healthcare and religion. Rick Warren’s  new health plan seems to do both. So what’s that all about?  Warren Smith (www.lighthousetrails.com) is author of “False Christ  Coming, Does Anyone Care?”

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Apr 21, 2011

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It seems to me.. April 21, 2011

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90 second news commentary heard on the American Christian Network

 

In the debate over politics sometimes we’ll hear expressions like “Jesus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican.”

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

That’s sort of like saying I’m not a jelly doughnut. Maybe Christians in Germany could have said Jesus wasn’t a Nazi or a Communist either.

It doesn’t really sound as good that way, does it?

You see, your religious worldview does control the political views you have, as well it should. Religion determines how we think we should live, even if we don’t always live up to it.

And that’s the problem facing progressive evangelicals today: that they can’t decide which worldview is driving their train.

Are their biblical values driving their religious ones or are their progressive socialist values being painted to make them look like biblical ones?

Take the social gospel red letter evangelicals love so much. They tell us socialism originates in the gospel because we’re supposed to care about the poor and needy. Well we are supposed to care about the needy but you and I are supposed to do that so that our heavenly Father receives the credit.

But nowhere in the gospel does it tell us to take money forcibly from one person and give it to another person. The Bible prohibits spreading the wealth around that way.

In reality progressive Christians have imported ideas from Karl Marx and other humanist sources while trying to give them a Christian covering. That isn’t going to fly.

So don’t be fooled by the nice Christianese language used to conceal non-Christian ideas and values.

You have to know which worldview is in control, because Jesus said no one can serve two Masters.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

 

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Apr 20, 2011

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It seems to me.. April 20, 2011

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It’s amazing how often Americans keep voting themselves into poverty.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

Better put, it’s funny how Americans allow themselves to be distracted by red herring debates that keep them from identifying the real source of their economic woes.

To listen to the politicos, our economic problems seem to rotate around whether the rich are paying their fair share of taxes, the key being a definition of “fair share.”

But when then dust settles, the tax code always seems to soak the middle class, which is why there are no jobs, because that over-taxed, over-regulated class creates 90% of our jobs in the country. Besides over 35% of the population pays no taxes. This is not sustainable.

The real problem is that we have a government that has spent itself into hideous amounts of debt, has squandered the social security trust fund, can no longer keep the social promises it has made, is promising a gigantic healthcare program it can’t afford, and will not engage the fiscal discipline to keep us out of the next financial crisis, which is just months away.

That’s the problem and no amount of soaking the rich can deal with the onrushing economic storm, which will make the subprime mortgage crisis look small by comparison.

We must hold our politicians’ feet to the fire on the issue and not allow them to wiggle out of it with diversionary issues. If we don’t we’re the ones who will get burned.

I’m John Loeffler at steelonsteel.com and here’s how it seems to me.

 

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