Subscribe to


Consider This

in iTunes


iTunes

in Stitcher


Stitcher SmartRadio

on Blubrry


Blubrry.com

on Player.fm


Player.fm

or the "podcatcher"
of your choice


RSS

Episode 93: My Christmas Wishes for You

My gifts to you

My gifts to you

I’m a little under the weather, and my voice sounds like it. But one more episode for 2014.

I celebrate Christmas, and it’s interesting to see how so much of the world also celebrates it, while giving the religion from which it comes such a hard time the rest of the year. But getting beyond all that, I have some specific wishes for you this Christmas, no matter the holiday you do (or don’t) celebrate.

Thanks for listening in 2014, and may 2015 be a good year to consider this!

Mentioned links:

This Guy Cited His Christian Faith in Refusing to Make T-Shirts Advertising a Gay Pride Parade — and Now His Company Is Being Punished

City subpoenas pastors’ sermons in equal rights ordinance case

Houston mayor removes church sermons from subpoena request after outcry

Atlanta’s Fire Chief Suspended For Publicly Professing Christian Beliefs

Gay couple files complaint to challenge Methodist marriage ban

Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: Religion

Stonewalled

Stonewalled

Sharyl Attkisson is the kind of reporter that you would think an adversarial press would love to have and spotlight. She was, in the words of two of her former bosses, CBS Evening News executive producers Jim Murphy and Rick Kaplan, a “pit bull.” But her reporting was sometimes aired based on the politics of the people involved, and she witnessed many biased decisions (and knows others who have experienced it as well). She has written a new book to expose what she saw behind the media curtain, and I discuss some of her allegations.

I end with some personal reflections on a funeral I officiated at recently. Perhaps many of you can relate.

Mentioned links:

Ex-CBS reporter’s book reveals how liberal media protects Obama

Sharyl Attkisson to CNN: Facts Show I Don’t Only Target Democrats

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: InterestingMedia

The Verdict

The Verdict

The 2014 mid-term elections have been called a “wave” for the Republicans by some pundits. Call it what you will, it was certainly a great night for the GOP, and much more so than a typical mid-term. By some measures, the change was historic.

I’ll talk about some of the numbers, in the House, the Senate and the gubernatorial races, but also what I think (and I hope) that the people were saying with this election. President Obama himself was the one that put his policies on the ballot. OK then, what will he do now, now that the voters have sent a strong rejection letter?

Mentioned links:

Democrats Sink to Pre–Great Depression Levels in State Legislatures

Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Walker Wins Re-Election

How Wisconsin Got a Billion Dollar Surplus (“Consider This!”, episode 65)

Republicans sweep to victory in key gubernatorial races

100% of Newly Elected GOP Senators Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare

Other links:

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM CAMPAIGN 2014

GOP takeover: Republicans surge to Senate control

Republicans seize Senate, gaining full control of Congress

Debacle for Obama as Republicans take control of US congress

Joni Ernst Wins Election, First Woman to Represent Iowa in US Senate

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: Elections

The Pope is still Catholic

The Pope is still Catholic

If you think it sounds like this episode is going to delve more into religion that it has up until this point, you have a discerning ear. But when I started this podcast, I promised you a take on these issues that you might not have heard elsewhere. So, depending on the circles you run in, this could very well fit the bill; a Protestant defending Catholic doctrine using Jewish texts.

I posted an article to my social media audience from CNS News headlined, “No Unambiguity: Homosexual Acts Sinful and Disordered”. It’s an opinion piece that explains the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality. I received a comment on the Google+ posting of it, with common misunderstandings that I thought I’d cover in the podcast. But 10 minutes or less is only enough to point you in the right direction, and so the links in the show notes will be very helpful.

Mentioned links:

No Unambiguity: Homosexual Acts Sinful and Disordered

Google+ conversation with Christopher Li-Reid

Bible Verses About Homosexuality

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO INTERPRETING OLD TESTAMENT LAW

Does the Old Testament condone slavery?

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: HomosexualityHuman SexualityReligion

A do-nothing House?

A do-nothing House?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans in the House of Representatives of obstruction by not passing bills. What he’s not saying (and what you’re not hearing, depending on your source of news) is that there are hundreds of bills they’ve passed that are sitting on Reid’s desk waiting for a vote in the Senate. How many and how many pass unanimously? Well, you’ll have to listen in.

Leon Panetta, who was head of the CIA and later the Pentagon, during the time of our fight with an ascendant al Qaeda and with Iraq, has written a book, “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace”. In it, he’s brutally honest as to his assessment of the Obama administration’s war policies. Some of his observations about them coincide with what conservatives have been saying.

And a Name That Quote segment that could be Name That Column (but isn’t; I only have 10 minutes or less).

Mentioned links:

 ‘Do Nothing Congress?’ House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk, Says Congresswoman

A slapdash Secret Service detail isn’t what’s wrong with the White House – the real scandal is a President who is so complacent about protecting Americans

Panetta: ’30-year war’ and a leadership test for Obama

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: GovernmentPartisanshipWar

Episode 88: Conservatives, Pick Your Battles!

Bigger battles

Bigger battles

This time around, I spend a little time chiding those who are my ideological compatriots. So often I see in blogs, on Twitter and Facebook, such petty attacks against liberal targets that I think it diminishes our impact. In this episode, I note a couple of those that I’ve seen a lot of lately, and hopefully demonstrate that we have much bigger fish to fry.

Mentioned links:

Why You Need to Read and Care About the Name of the Al-Qaeda Group That Just Gained Strength in Iraq

Why Obama’s use of the term ISIL instead of ISIS is actually really important

Levant [Wikipedia]

Conservative Media Freaks Out Over Obama’s ‘Latte Salute’

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: Partisanship

Episode 87: Going Back to Iraq

Back to Iraq

Back to Iraq

The President has, in the past, said some things about the situation in Iraq and some of the players that he’s had to take back recently (or at least ignore). Now, we all know that Presidents can’t be perfect prognosticators. They have aids that specialize in different areas who try to anticipate issues before they get out of hand. But there is someone that perhaps President Obama should’ve hired who made a prediction back in 2007.

Obama has proclaimed over and over, over the course of years, about how he promised to end the war in Iraq, and he did. The question is, was it a good promise to make?

And I ask the question again; where’s the anti-war crowd? They’ve been conspicuously absent while a Democrat has been in the White House. What do they think about this new “surge”, so to speak? Their silence speaks volumes.

Mentioned links:

Podcast Shoutout

A President Whose Assurances Have Come Back to Haunt Him

President George W. Bush’s chilling warning on Iraq in 2007

Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants

Another Obama lie. I ended the war in Iraq – I didn’t end the war in Iraq.

Carr: Anti-war crowd stunningly silent on ISIS plan

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: IraqMiddle EastWar

One would think

One would think

Once again, a change in gun policy, relaxing regulations rather than restricting them, has a positive benefit on gun violence. And they’re not handing them out free with the purchase of breakfast cereal. An individual permit costs about $600 and requires at least 16 hours of classes. You have to know what you’re doing.

And this is in Chicago, where they could use some relief from gun violence.

Ever wonder why the “IRS targeting conservatives” investigation has taken so long? Well, more stonewalling by the administration has been discovered. Remember the Lois Lerner e-mails that were lost in a hard drive failure? And there were no backup copies? Yeah, well, you’ve been lied to.

Mentioned links:

Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge

American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015

DOJ Attorneys: Lerner’s Emails Exist, But Here’s Why We Aren’t Turning Them Over

Obama says his is ‘most transparent administration’ ever

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: GovernmentGovernment CorruptionGun Control

Crossroads; politics and religion

Crossroads; politics and religion

Gordon College has petitioned the government based on its religious beliefs, but the Mayor of Salem, Mass. wants to punish them for it. Religious tolerance isn’t what it used to be. Maybe this is payback for the Witch Trials.

Can you pray in a mall? Well, it depends on whether the mall owners will get called out on their decision in public.

Mentioned links:

GUILTY: For Just Being Christian

Understanding the Issues: Gordon College, Religious Liberty and Executive Order 13672

Are Christian Colleges free to be Christian?

Georgia mall not buying into group’s spiritual health, prayer

Hundreds Rally in Support of Right to Pray at Georgia Mall

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: EducationFree SpeechGovernmentReligion

New Hamas recruit

New Hamas recruit

The state of the conflict between Hamas and Israel was well-described over half a century ago, and it still rings true. Rather than being simplistic descriptions of what might be a complex problem, I think that it’s tough to deny the truth of those sayings. It’s worth considering.

The US now has the best calculation of how many people in its borders are gay, and the number might surprise you. What the result of this may be on leglation and funding is anybody’s guess, but perhaps it bears reconsideration.

Mentioned links:

Golda Meir [WikiQuote]

Benjamin Netanyahu [WikiQuote]

20 missiles found in UN-run school in Gaza

Wanting-To-Hand-Out-Sweets 16

Health survey gives government its first large-scale data on gay, bisexual population

The FAIR Foundation (Fair Allocations in Research), NIH Statistics

CDC: HIV DOWN IN GENERAL POPULATION BUT SURGING WITH GAY, BISEXUAL MALES

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: HomosexualityHuman SexualityIsraelMiddle East

 Page 1 of 10  1  2  3  4  5 » ...  Last »