Monday, November 8, 2010

400-408 – Nancy Pearcey, editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report (, is on the short list of the best evangelical minds in America.  She's written several books, including her wonderful The Soul of Science, her How Now Shall We Live?, and her Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity which won the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion award.  Nancy was the founding editor of Chuck Colson's "Breakpoint," and for nine years was executive editor of the program, authoring more than 1,000 commentaries herself.  She's out with her latest Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault in Mind, Morals, & Meaning. 

Nancy exposes the stealth secularism we've all been immersed in, and teaches us how to spot it, resist it, and overcome it.  She exposes how secular strategies are used by ruling elites to override the will of the American people.  How art, literature, movies, and media are used to channel secular worldviews deep into our minds and emotions through stories and images.  How moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, and the hook-up culture are shaped by secular worldviews that denigrate and disrespect the human body.  And she explains how two major forces within secularism have created a pincer movement to crush human dignity and liberty.

Politically correct secular doctrines have penetrated every area of our lives. They are in our schools where children are taught that moral standards are matters of personal preference. They are in our politics where marketing and manipulation substitute for rational persuasion. They are in our art, media—even churches—where sheer entertainment outweighs real-world truth.

413-423 – Nancy Pearcey

428-437 – Nancy Pearcey

443-452 – Nancy Pearcey

458-508 – Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries in Washington DC (, where he leads the congressional Members Bible Study.  As a 7'1" basketball player under John Wooden at UCLA, he was blessed to become the first player to ever go to four NCAA Final-Four Tournaments.  He was an Academic All-American, earning a degree in Ecosystems, and years later, would go on to earn an M.Div. at The Master's Seminary.  After college, Ralph bypassed the NBA and chose to play for Athletes in Action, touring the world preaching the gospel during halftime.  Four years later, he'd leave AIA and sign with the Dallas Mavericks as the first player they signed in the NBA expansion draft in 1980.  After basketball, Ralph has been in a number of sports ministry leadership roles, including Director of Sports Outreach America.  He and his wife Danielle, founded Capitol Ministries in 1997, and they've been able to start dozens of ministries in capitols across the country, and even one internationally.  Their goal is to plant 200 ministries in 200 capitols throughout the world.  They have three grown children:  John, Susan and Scott.

• Ralph will send you the notes to his weekly Bible studies if you ask – these are the same notes the members of Congress get at his Members Bible Study.  Just email him at  Or, just download them at

• Here are the two pdf's we talked about today, "Understanding God's Five Ordained Institutions" Part 1, and Part 2.

512-523 – Ralph Drollinger

528-539 – Ralph Drollinger

544-554 – Ralph Drollinger

558-608 – Doug Mazza, President of Joni and Friends (, reacts to the story of the Indiana family who were incorrectly told to drop off their disabled son at a homeless shelter due to financial pressures.  Doug shares out of his own life, caring for his severely disabled son Ryan, now 33.  If you just need to talk with someone about the disability your family is dealing with, call Joni & Friends at (818) 707-5664.

• AP (10/27/2010) Indiana parents told drop disabled kids at shelters. 

612-623 – Doug Mazza,

628-639 – What's been the hardest thing for you during this recession?

644-655 – What's been the hardest thing for you during this recession?

• USA Today (11/3/2010) Justices challenge ban on violent video games.

• Patrick Goldstein, LAT Blog (11/4/2010) Join the Supreme Court debate: Would you ban ultra-violent video games? Your thoughts?

• Fox News (11/4/2010) Mom Upset Over Son's Assignment to Recite Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.  How about only reading the Bible in Hebrew and Greek?  Or Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas only in their native languages?  Isn't it about the ideas being communicated?

• Statepress (10/28/2010) One-way ticket makes Mars mission possible, says professor.  Would you volunteer?  Who would you want to volunteer? :)

• SF Gate (11/7/2010) Calif borrows $40M a day to pay unemployment.

With one in every eight workers unemployed and empty state coffers, California is borrowing billions of dollars from the federal government to pay unemployment insurance.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the state owes $8.6 billion already, and will have to come up with a $362-million payment to Washington by the end of next September.

The continued borrowing means federal unemployment insurance taxes are going to increase, upping the annual payroll costs $21 a year per worker.

California tops the list of 32 states that have borrowed a total of $41 billion to pay claims.

The state took out its first loan from the federal government early last year, to deal with rising payment of benefits and number of claims.

• AP (11/8/2010) Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate.