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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM
“We have ended an unfortunate fourteen year experiment with partisan judicial filibusters,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker told the Stennis Press Forum last week in Jackson.  He said the 2003 filibusters against Miguel Estrada of Texas and Charles Pickering of Mississippi “was the first time a partisan filibuster had ever stopped a federal judge of any kind from being elevated to the court to which they were nominated.”
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Matthew 27:32-56
    In this passage Matthew gives us an account of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to see Christ’s glory in this. The foundation of the Christian religion, the ground of all our hopes in salvation, is the revelation of God by Christ. We must not forget Jesus on the cross did not cease to be God when he became man. By taking upon himself human nature, Christ reveals infinite humility and love.
  • DUNCAN/‘Kingdom investments’
     Turn in your Bible to Luke 19:11-27. In my old New American Standard Version this parable is called “The Parable of Money Usage,” but it's not a sermon about stewardship. It's set in a specific context. At the end of this chapter, Jesus will be entering into Jerusalem, so He has now come to the culmination of His earthly ministry and the final week of His life before the crucifixion. His disciples, we're told in the very first verse that we're going to read, are misguided in their expectations about what is going to happen in Jerusalem. So Jesus pauses to explain to them what their attitude ought to be to the events that are about to happen in Jerusalem, and especially how they are to conduct themselves after those events happen.
  • LYNCH/Reforming indigent defense
    This article appeared on National Review (Online) on April 19, 2017:

    America’s criminal courts are in terrible shape. New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Idaho, Missouri, and many other states are mired in litigation over their festering crises in indigent legal defense. Public defenders want to do a good job for their clients but are often stretched so thin by enormous caseloads that they feel as though they are being forced to commit malpractice, like a doctor with way too many patients.
  • LOWRY/No, Trump is not a neocon
    With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy?

    His most fervent supporters shouldn’t get overly exercised, and his interventionist critics shouldn’t get too excited. What has been on offer so far is broadly consistent with the Jacksonian worldview that is the core of Trump’s posture toward the world.
  • BROOKS/How to leave a mark
    Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of five and a fireman in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joe was a community-building guy — serving his town, organizing events like fishing derbies for bevies of kids, radiating infectious and neighborly joy.

    Joe collapsed and died while fighting a two-alarm fire last month. When Joe died, the Incarnation community reached out with a fierce urgency to support his family and each other. One of our number served as a eulogist at the funeral. Everybody started posting old photos of Joe on Facebook. Somebody posted a picture of 250 Incarnation alumni at a reunion, with the caption, “My Family.”
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Matthew 27:11-31
    Christians commemorate the resurrection of Christ from the grave this week. Every Lord’s Day is a celebration of our Lord’s victory over death, but we especially have the death and resurrection of Christ in view this week. Someone once said that the fact of the resurrection is the “center of the center, the real heart of Christianity.” The truth of it stands or falls with the resurrection.  The principles we find in this passage about Jesus on trial before his death are weighty because the resurrection proves their verity.
  • Turn in your Bible to Luke chapter 19:1-10. We are coming to a passage that is very familiar. It's a very simple but profound story of conversion. Remember, in Luke 18 we encountered a rich young synagogue elder who loved money, and, when Jesus told him to give his money away to the poor and come follow Him, he couldn't do it because he loved stuff. You’ll see a very different reaction from the man in this story. I'd like to look at four things with you in this great story.
  • SHAPIRO/No leverage after Gorsuch
    This was an eventful week for two government institutions, the Supreme Court and Senate. More than a year after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, the high court will on Monday finally return to a full complement of nine justices. But the confirmation of the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, happened only after the Senate decided, on a party-line vote, to exercise the “nuclear option” and remove filibusters for Supreme Court nominations.
  • LOWRY/The Russian stooge
    The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. government at the highest levels.  

    How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other way after an act of Russian aggression? Agreeing to a farcically one-sided nuclear deal? Mercilessly mocking the idea that Russia represents our foremost geopolitical foe? Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian ally? Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East? Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by Russia? Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels?
  • BROOKS/This age of wonkery
    If you were a certain sort of ideas-oriented young person coming of age in the 20th century, it was very likely you would give yourself a label and join some movement. You would call yourself a Marxist, a neoconservative, a Freudian, an existentialist or a New Deal liberal.

    There would be certain sacred writers who would explain the world to you — from Jung to Camus, Dewey or Chesterton. There would probably be a small magazine where the doctrines of your sect would be hammered out.
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