2018 House Election Map: How's that Blue Wave Coming?

Are you wondering whether a blue wave is truly coming this election cycle? The Republicans are likely to gain a couple seats in the Senate, but what about the House of Representatives?  It's that time in the election cycle when I get a little nerdy with polling numbers. There are lots of places online that will give you polling numbers and the breakdown: RealClearPolitics , Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com , and 270towin.com .  It's tough, though, to find one that gives you the House race without labeling all the close races as "toss-ups".  I've put together the following charts to give you the House race without tossups . Enjoy!  Disclaimer: I'm no polling expert, but I am pretty nerdy when it comes to watching the numbers.  Here's how it stands. Democrats have about 206 "safe" house seats. Republicans have about 190. That leaves 39 tossup elections, per RCP . Now, let's break down the toss-ups. Here is the pollin Read More September 18, 2018

The Question Protestants Can't Answer: Where did the Bible come from? The Canon of the Bible

If there was ever a zinger to stump Protestants, it is this question. And it's such a simple question! If all Christians truly knew and understood the history of the Church, our divisions would begin to evaporate.  Where did the Bible come from?  That's it. That's the question every Protestant must answer for himself or herself.  After Tradition of the Church is rejected, the Bible necessarily becomes the basis for every Christian denomination. All Protestants, with the exception of Unitarians (who can pretty much believe whatever they want) and perhaps Mormons, believe fundamentally that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. Many Protestants, such as Lutherans, believe sola scriptura . That is, Scripture Alone.  Ok, great. Where did the Bible come from? More specifically, where did the Bible's Table of Contents come from? Why does the Bible include some books and exclude others?  First off, what's the Answer? Where did the Bible come from? I've Read More September 12, 2018

Life Begins at Conception: All the Science Citations

"Human life begins at fertilization."  -Every embryology textbook ever   Ever needed to defend the statement: "life begins at conception"? Just in case, I've created the following list of quotes and citations from embryology textbooks.  "Life begins at conception" is not, is not, IS NOT! a statement of faith. It is a fact. It is a scientific fact. It is a demonstrable fact. This is not *merely* a religious proposition.   To deny that human life begins at fertilization is to deny science. Plain and simple. But now, with all the references to embryology textbooks below, you don't have to take my word for it.  Cite the science. This is one of the best ways to be persuasively pro-life. First off, What's the difference between Fertilization and Conception? Does Life begin at Conception or Fertilization? Conception involves three distinct phases (1) ovulation, (2) fertilization, and (3) implantation. A new, distinctively human Read More September 05, 2018

A Tour of Heaven: The Jerusalem Temple and the Tabernacle of Moses

Ever wanted a tour of Heaven? Did you know thousands and thousands of buildings across the world depict Moses' own view of heaven?  I was recently asked to take a youth group on a tour of the Temple in Jerusalem. This is a really cool youth group idea by Sarah Stoehr (pictures of the event to be uploaded).  The only problem is ... The Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed over 2,500 years ago. No pictures, obviously. No archaeological evidence because excavations of the Temple Mount are highly restricted. No problem, right?  It really isn't a problem, though. You see, every Catholic Church building is based on the Temple in Jerusalem. Not only that, the Temple and so every Catholic church, too, is based on the Tabernacle of Moses.  So, you might be asking, what's the Tabernacle of Moses based on? The short answer is Heaven ...     Ever wondered where the holy water font came from? The red candle above the Tabernacle? Or even the Tabernacle, itself? In this article, Read More August 27, 2018

Who Were Isaac and Ishmael? The Origins of Middle East Turmoil

Who were Isaac and Ishmael? H ow could these half-brothers be the source of tensions in the Middle East?  B orn nearly 3,000 years ago, h ow could they still be affecting the world to this day ? What did Abraham do wrong? Why was God's covenant with Abraham sealed with circumcision ? Ouch! Was circumcision chastisement for having relations with his maidservant?  Why does God refer to Isaac as Abraham's "only son"? Why does God not count Ishmael? All these questions are answered below, plus much more! This is part of an ongoing series I'm writing about Abraham and Isaac, including the following articles:  ○  "The Modern Attack on Abraham,"  for which I was interviewed by  Brother Andre Marie on the Veritas Radio Network  - Listen to it  here !  ○  "Did You Know Isaac (at the time of his sacrifice) was NOT a Little Boy?" " Only  Son Isaac" - WHO was Isaac?? God tells Abraham: "Take your son,  your onl Read More August 11, 2018