The following is not mine. It’s an article written by a friend–Dr. Daniel Dreisbach. It’s brilliant.
It’s also available at http://www.libertylawsite.org/2013/11/19/the-sacred-sounds-of-lincolns-gettysburg-address/
The Sacred Sounds of Gettysburg
On the afternoon of November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief address at the dedication of a national cemetery on Gettysburg’s battlefield. The solemn ceremony took place four and a half months after Union forces turned back the army of the Confederate States on July 1-3 in the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War. The battle claimed the lives of nearly eight thousand soldiers. Lincoln’s carefully crafted address was barely 272 words… Continue reading
I sat down at my desk with the intention of adding a few words to my next novel, Approach The Bench. And then I saw a note to myself that I need to finish the family Christmas letter. While in the process of closing the file to my book and looking through my documents folder for the unfinished Christmas letter my eyes locked onto a book lying next to the keyboard. A.W. Tozer’s words were calling.
“What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us,” author A.W. Tozer once wrote. “The… Continue reading
Contagion: the spreading of an attitude or emotion from person to person.
Notions pertaining to healthcare are contagious. And like a contagion, the notions deal more with emotion than fact. The following are a few principals surrounding healthcare for all to consider when advancing the contagion.
Most economic factors are related and dependent on the economy. Healthcare is not. The demand for and cost of healthcare grows irrespective of the economy. People age, become ill, have accidents, and need healthcare regardless of the growth or contraction of America’s GDP.
GDP is the value of goods and services produced. It’s essentially… Continue reading
I haven’t heard much about this in the news—everyone needs to know!
The US Supreme Court is hearing a case Wednesday that examines whether a town board in upstate New York violated the separation of church and state when it authorized the delivery of a prayer prior to board meetings. The case is Town of Greece v. Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens (12-696). A decision is expected by June.
Traditionally, Greece town board meetings opened after a moment of silence. But in 1999, members of the board decided to have a prayer instead. They established a procedure to allow… Continue reading
I was recently asked if when deciding on a healthcare plan for our company do I first consider what’s best for the company or the employee. It dawned on me that some think company owners consider healthcare an obligation. I explained. Companies provide healthcare plans as part of the compensation/benefit package. Employees migrate from one job to another based on the total package, which usually includes a healthcare component. Companies can provide healthcare to employees at a lower cost than an employee can purchase for themselves. And then the answer—we determine what we think is the best plan for anyone,… Continue reading
“Who were the greatest men in baseball to make the hall of fame?” Pop that question to a testosterone-laden group while watching the World Series. If the answers first given include only a bevy of stats, repeat the question and emphasize the word ‘man.’ If that doesn’t get their attention, and it usually doesn’t, you’ll have to be more obvious by saying that the question wasn’t the best player, but the best man. You may need to explain, and that’s the problem.
Ty Cobb, with a lifetime batting average of .376 and over 4000 hits is arguably the greatest player… Continue reading
While watching John Jay and Carlos Beltran dropping routine fly balls last night the theme for today’s blog popped into the interstice between my ears. No, this isn’t a blog about baseball; it’s about distractions. “You think the crowd distracted them?” My wife asked after watching the first ball drop. “I can’t watch this anymore,” she said after the second fly ball hit the turf while two men, paid millions of dollars to catch a baseball, stood within arm’s length of each other and stared incredulously at their gloves.
Polls show that everyone realizes our government is spending too much… Continue reading
I recently came across an aphorism of which Bob Costas should be made aware —“Those who stir the crap should be made to lick the spoon.”
During the football game between the Cowboys and Redskins, Bob Costas used his halftime segment to espouse his opinion of the mascot chosen by the team that calls Washington home. Bob claims the use of Redskins as a mascot is a slur and insult.
Sports teams choose a mascot in an effort to create a competitive identity for the team. Chicago has the Bears, Oakland has the Raiders, Kansas City has the Chiefs. There… Continue reading
Deciding on the title to a blog is more difficult than writing it. Is post-modern a future self-defeating statement? Who knows? What the heck is Post-Modern? By definition post-modern is something that is perpetually happening the following day or year. And, it’s always advancing just beyond reach. It’s one of those concepts that’s perfect for professor types to pontificate. And it’s a futile fundamental process today in Washington DC.
Post-Modern generally refers to a way of thinking that suspends or completely abandons traditional mores. In order to be completely in compliance with post-modern thinking, all rules must be abandoned so… Continue reading
Name a problem and the root cause can too often be found in apathy. The problem with education isn’t the teachers or the curriculum; it’s the lack of parent involvement at home, at school, and at the ballot box. The problem with healthcare isn’t that we need more money for treatment; it’s society’s apathetic view on health. Want to cure diabetes? Stop filling up the 44oz cup after filling up the car. Eat vegetables and fruit instead of calling out for Pizza. Want to stop the government from continuing the deficit spending? Support those congressmen who will stop government growth… Continue reading