Leaders offer solutions. Wisconsin Congressman and House Budget Chair, Paul Ryan, in today’s Wall St. Journal is offering a way out of this current budget stalemate. Read what he proposes and see if you don’t find it much more reasonable than anything you’ve heard come from the President or Democrats.
In the Halvorsen house we’re seriously exploring homeschooling one of our kids this fall. We’ve always said we’ll evaluate the kids individually and make the best education choice for each child year by year. For one of our daughters homeschooling seems to be the way to go. As we look to go in this direction, I’m finding the advice offered by Mary Pride, author of “Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling,” to be very helpful. If you’re thinking of getting started in homeschooling, see if you don’t find her top ten list for beginners helpful.
Today on my talk shows on WWIB and WOGO I said “it’s time for a new conversation to be initiated by the church toward the LGBT community.” On WOGO, we heard at length from Andrew Marin, author of “Love in an Orientation.” Having lived for ten and a half years in Chicago’s gay Boystown community, Marin is the leading the way on modeling what it looks like for the church to reach out with agape love to the LGBT community.
Similarly, you may be surprised–as I was–to read about the friendship that has developed between Chick-fil-a President and COO, Dan Cathy, and a LGBT leader. People like Cathy are getting it, and in the process showing the rest of us what it means to build bridges of acceptance and friendship even with those with whom you may have strong differences of opinion.
Last Friday night ABC’s “Nightline” did a segment on XXXChurch.com Pastor and founer, Craig Gross, and his friendship and working relationship with adult film star, Ron Jeremy. On Friday’s FP I featured this report, plus the story of a young woman named, Brittni, who has left the adult film industry and gone from porn to Jesus.
As recently as last Friday, when this explosive IRS story first broke, we were told by the IRS official in charge of tax exemptions for organizations that the improper methods employed within her division were executed by “low level workers” in Cincinnati who weren’t motivated by “political bias,” and impacted roughly 75 organizations? Now we already know that is “wrong, wrong and wrong.”
This is a DISASTER that we can only hope and pray they will completely get to the bottom of.
Ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday, I found Jake Tapper’s five-minute interview on CNN with Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, one of the four victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to be one of the most real TV interviews I’ve seen in a long, long time.
The NBA’s Jason Collins created quite a stir this week by becoming the first active player in one of the four major American team sports to admit he’s a homosexual. He also says he’s a Christian, which ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard got into some hot water for questioning.
On the subject of LGBT and Christianity, Mark Hull of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes spoke highly of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield’s article, “My Train Wreck Conversion: As a leftist, lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then somehow I became one.” It is excellent, and put me in tears as I read it on-air Wednesday on WOGO.
With Jim Wallis of Sojourners and Rep. Ron Kind(D-La Crosse) coming out this week in favor of gay marriage, I talked about it Friday both on WWIB and WOGO. On both stations I enjoyed sharing this thought-provoking column from William Mattox from earlier this week in the USA Today, “Sexuality More Like Religion Than Race.”
Packers’ Head Coach Mike Mc Carthy was recognized on vacation recently and asked to photograph a wedding proposal. As you can see, he gladly and successfully pulled off the task, prompting one to ask if after football he’ll be photographing weddings?
There’s a great column today from Dennis Prager, whose heard weekdays from Noon-1pm on WOGO-AM680 and WOGO.com, called, “The Bible vs. Heart,” on how we make our decisions about what’s right and what’s wrong. Do yourself a favor and give it a quick read.