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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
President Trump’s speech in Poland last week is one of the single most important things he’ll ever do because his words were a rousing defense of Western civilization, which the liberals have been trying to demonize and destroy here for decades.

America is a product of Western civilization, our history, our language, art, science, law, our entire culture.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 3:1-6
    Our text this week is one of the most famous narratives in the Bible; Moses and the burning bush.  Israel is in Egypt in the midst of great suffering.  It has been 40 years since Moses left Egypt. Moses is tending sheep on the far side of the desert (a remote place). He is tending the sheep of his father-in-law. He was once prince of Egypt, now he doesn’t even own his own sheep. He has to range to lonely places just to find pasture for them.
  • CANNON/Coming together on healthcare
    Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is struggling to line up the 50 Republican votes he needs behind his health-care bill. Conservatives complain that it does not fulfill the GOP’s seven-year pledge to repeal Obamacare, while the caucus’s more moderate members complain that it goes too far. McConnell cannot afford to have more than two of the 52 Republican senators vote no. If he is going to pull the bill out of the fire, he will need ideas that make it more appealing to both factions of the Senate GOP.
  • BROOKS/Getting radical about inequality
    I’m not in the habit of recommending left-wing French intellectuals, but I’m beginning to think that Pierre Bourdieu is helpful reading in the age of Donald Trump. He was born in 1930, the son of a small-town postal worker. By the time he died in 2002, he had become perhaps the world’s most influential sociologist within the academy, and largely unknown outside of it.
  • LOWRY/The party of bad faith?
    If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith.

      The current path of the Senate bill has plenty of obstacles, including the sheer inertia of the Obamacare status quo and the fact that no one has made the public case for the Republican legislation. But the effort also suffers from a mismatch between the longtime public posture
  • EDITORIAL/No to the UAW at Nissan
    Paperwork has been submitted and on Aug. 3-4, several thousand employees at the Canton Nissan plant will cast their vote to decide whether or not to unionize.

    A decades-long battle for a stronghold in the Deep South will finally come to head and the UAW is pulling no punches as it continues its war of manipulating facts in order to garner support among the workforce.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Psalm 32
    At the end of Exodus chapter 2 we observed that the groaning of Israel and their crying out to God because of their bondage was connected to the deliverance God promised for Israel. This foreshadows the misery of a sinner under guilt who can find true relief in the deliverance God only can provide.

    It isn’t pleasant to face sin within ourselves, but if we deny the truth of the bondage and misery of sin we will not embrace the provision God has graciously provided. The sinfulness of sin is no barrier to deliverance; the denial of it is. In this psalm, David guides us through his own experience from the weight of guilt and his stubbornness in not confessing his sin, to the blessedness of forgiveness.
  • DUNCAN/I am among you as the one who serves
    Turn to Luke 22:24-27 as we continue looking at the events of the last night before Jesus’ crucifixion. In this passage we find the disciples arguing about who is the greatest, and Jesus rebukes them for it. This is a pretty humiliating story about the disciples, but Luke doesn’t tell it to shame them. He tells it to teach us a lesson. You see, Jesus is getting at one main thing in his rebuke: our attitude, our ambition. He’s exhorting us to a life of other-centered, Gospel-motivated service. As we look at what Jesus says, I want you to see four ways Luke gets this point across: the blindness of the disciples, the blindness of the world, the nature of the kingdom, and the motivation for our service.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 2:23-25
    This short passage is the conclusion of the backdrop of the exodus event. The exodus is the main story but in chapters one and two (and the book of Genesis) we are told how Israel ended up in Egypt, the drastic change in the relationship between Israel and Egypt, and the subsequent bitter oppression Israel suffered.
  • DUNCAN/‘The new covenant in my blood’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 22:20-23. The Gospels are designed to highlight the cross-work of Jesus and the meaning of that work. In the passage we looked at last week, Jesus explained His death as a substitutionary sacrifice in His word about the bread. He has identified Himself as the bruised and crushed servant of Isaiah 53, and He has called on His disciples to ritually remember His death and the fullness of its meaning perpetually, as Paul says, “Until He comes.” But Jesus has yet more staggering announcements to make. I want to direct your attention to 5 things here.
  • TANNER/GOP’s healthcare fairy tale
    Once upon a time in the far-off land of Washington, Republicans swore a mighty oath that, if they ever had the power, they would repeal Obamacare. Sometimes they added the word “replace,” but mostly, every Republican running for anything from president to the Tupelo school board vowed to rip the health-care law out by the roots, drive a stake through its heart, and shred it. Republicans in Congress even voted some 58 times to repeal all or part of the law. Sure, they knew that either Senate Democrats or President Obama would block their repeal attempts, but it was important to show everyone that they really, really, really hated this law. This was, after all, a very bad law that was driving up health-care costs, destabilizing health markets, and depriving Americans of their choice of insurance plan and sometimes their doctor
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