Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2019 | Week of July 8 | #1316 “Ok. Let’s pray. Fold your hands and bow your head. Ready? ‘Come Lord Jesus and be our Guest and let these gifts to us be blest.’ Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this good food you have provided and for taking care of us today. Be with Daddy while he’s at work and bring him home safely to us tonight. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” That’s what I overheard recently at a restaurant when a mom with a toddler and...

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2019 | Week of July 1 | Radio Transcript #1315 This week we have the incredible privilege of commemorating Independence Day, and it is certainly appropriate that we do so, complete with, as John Adams said in a letter to his wife Abigail, “solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty….[and] solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from...

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2019 | Week of June 24 | Radio Transcript #1314 What a week it’s been!  Maybe better said, what a month it’s been! Governor Evers raises for the first time ever in Wisconsin’s history the so-called “Rainbow Pride” flag over the state capitol and shortly after making the announcement, sends out an email letting people know he’s started his own petition drive seeking support for his decision. Seriously? Who has ever heard of a sitting...

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2019 | Week of June 17 | #1313 The last couple of weeks have been a bit topsy-turvy in Wisconsin, what with Governor Evers abusing his power and raising the so-called “Rainbow Pride Flag” over our State Capitol. Unless you have zero access to the news, I’m sure you’ve heard about this issue. We responded organizationally by immediately issuing a press release denouncing the governor’s action and encouraging people to call his office...

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2019 | Week of June 10 | #1312 This year our Director of Church Relations, Dave Lingle, wrote a great piece on being a Christian dad. I think it’s worth sharing here. At a time when fatherlessness is truly epidemic in our society and is playing a major role in so many of the ills we are experiencing, encouraging Christian fathers is time well spent. With that, here’s what Dave writes, “On Fathers’ Day last year a friend remarked that...

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2019 | Week of June 3 | Radio Transcript #1311 If wedding bells aren’t ringing in your ears then you haven’t been watching Hallmark movies recently. While jokes about Hallmark movies abound, I assure you Hallmark and all the actors associated with that company are laughing all the way to the bank! They are making a handsome profit and a pretty penny (excuse the puns, please) off what many would say are formulaic, predictable, and even...

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2019 | Week of May 27 | #1310 Joining the ever-growing bandwagon of those pushing to ensure 100% of children are fully vaccinated, Democrat State Representative Gordon Hintz and Democrat State Senator Tim Carpenter, joined by Republican Representative Tyler Vorpagel, are introducing a bill that removes the personal conviction option as an exemption from vaccination. Currently, Wisconsin is one of seventeen states that has three...

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2019 | Week of May 20 | #1309 Next Monday, May 27, will be my fifteenth Memorial Day without my dad, who was a World War II veteran. I always think of him as we prepare to commemorate this special day. Dad very rarely talked about his war experience because it was unbelievably horrific. Consequently, as a family, we did little to recognize Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it was called in Georgia where I grew up.  Unfortunately, I...

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2019 | Week of May 13 | Radio Transcript #1308 If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it hundreds of times—and generally from well-meaning people: “You can’t legislate morality.”  Every time I hear this, I take vigorous exception. First let’s clarify what morality is. Morality is someone’s view of what’s right and wrong. Those views can be based on anything or nothing. Morality can and does shift with time and people. A great example would...

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2019 | Week of May 6 | #1307 A Family Circus comic strip back a number of years ago pictured a Census employee interviewing the mom surrounded by her four children. He’s filling out the form for her and answers his own question as to her occupation with, “just a housewife.” The mom is frowning, and we see her thoughts as she fills in the job description for “just a housewife:” teacher, cook, gardener, nurse, veterinarian, accountant,...

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2019 | Week of April 29 | #1306 For biblical Christians, what is more powerful than prayer lifted up to the Creator God? As Christians, we are instructed to pray without ceasing, to pray faithfully for those in leadership in our country, to pray about everything.  Praying should be second nature to us, as should be praying for our nation.  Often, National Day of Prayer goes unnoticed and rather “untouched” by Bible-believing...

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2019 | Week of April 22 | #1305 In 2015, I saw “The Drop Box,” a powerful film telling the story of South Korean Pastor Lee who one day found an abandoned infant on his church steps. He and his wife took the baby in. Pastor Lee knew there were thousands of babies in Seoul just like this one he had rescued; and he determined to do something about it. So he built a drop box outside his church where people needing a safe place to do so...

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2019 | Week of April 15 | #1304 All of life makes sense in light of what we commemorate this Friday and celebrate this Sunday.  Do your children know that?  Are you taking advantage of what this week offers to not only build and honor your family’s traditions but also to build your family’s faith?  Are you purposefully using this week to help your children share their faith? As we pause this week to reflect on the final week of Jesus...

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2019 | Week of April 8 | #1303 We shouldn’t be surprised given our sex-crazed society, but I confess I blanched when I read recently that human sex-trafficking is in all 72 counties, from major population centers like Milwaukee County to decidedly rural counties like Rusk or Taylor.  No area of our state is safe from this insidious business. What’s making this preying on, in particular young women and even girls, so widespread in our...

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2019 | Week of April 1 | #1301 It’s budget time in Madison—the time when our elected officials are looking at how to spend our money over the next two years. Governor Evers introduced his executive budget, his dreams and plans for spending your hard-earned tax dollars—and now the Republican-controlled state legislature is now determining what it wants to do with the governor’s ideas: scrap them entirely and start over or use his with...

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2019 | Week of March 25 | Radio Transcript #1301 Let’s start off with some good news this week—and it comes to us from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago which has jurisdiction over Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. A number of years ago, Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the long-time Congressionally approved ministerial housing tax exemption that thousands of ministers across the country,...

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2019 | Week of March 18 | Radio Transcript #1300 On April 2, Wisconsin voters will be asked to decide who will be the next justice on our state supreme court. Other important local races will be on ballots, but the supreme court race is the only statewide race. In my opinion, electing a justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court is one of the most important duties I have as a citizen. While it’s often challenging to get reliable and clear...

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2019 | Week of March 11 | #1299 March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. So let’s talk about gambling in Wisconsin. A 1996 survey revealed that less than 1% of Wisconsin citizens, or about 32,425 residents were problem gamblers and that the social costs related to those problem gamblers was over $300 million, or $9,469 per problem gambler in general and over $10,000 per casino problem gambler. Those numbers clearly should...

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2019 | Week of March 4 | #1298 An AP headline in Wisconsin media statewide this week says, “Wisconsin births decline to lowest point in 40 years.”[1] The report notes that the number of babies born in The Badger State in 2017, which is the most recent available data, is the lowest since 1973. Part of me wants to shout, “Hallelujah! Finally someone other than our organization is figuring out we have a birth-rate problem in this state!”...

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2019 | Week of February 25 | #1297 I’m not sure what people expected when the former State Superintendent of Public Instruction was elected governor of Wisconsin this past November. Tony Evers earned all his college degrees from UW-Madison. He spent years teaching and being an administrator in public schools in our state. In 2001, he was appointed by deputy state superintendent of public instruction and in 2009 was elected...

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2019 | Week of February 18 | #1296 In an attempt to discredit Brian Hagedorn, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, One Wisconsin Now last week declared Hagedorn “unfit to hold public office” because he co-founded a Christian school that seeks to follow orthodox Christian beliefs and standards. One Wisconsin Now owes Judge Hagedorn an apology for smearing his character and discriminating against him based on his religion. The...

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2019 | Week of February 11 | #1295 Do you have anything highlighted on your calendar for Tuesday, February 19? Do you know that Tuesday, February 19 is Spring Primary Election day in Wisconsin?  Do you know that low-voter-turnout elections mean every vote is especially important and can make a huge difference in the results of any given race? Whether you could answer yes to any or all of these questions, the truth is next Tuesday,...

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2019 | Week of February 4 | #1294 As harsh as it may sound, I believe those who advocate for and push children to question their biological sex are guilty of child abuse. Fifteen years ago, we were in the throes here in Wisconsin of getting an amendment to our state constitution passed—an amendment that clearly declares that marriage in this state is one man and one woman.  During that 2-year debate and work, I recall saying that the...

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2019 | Week of January 28 | #1293 Do you celebrate God’s plan for marriage? Does your family? Does your church? I certainly hope the answer to all three of those questions is a resounding, enthusiastic, “Yes!” because every marriage that reflects God’s design of one man and one woman should be celebrated because God’s plan for marriage is universally good and well worth celebrating. Because we have so much biblical illiteracy both...

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2019 | Week of January 21 | #1292 My last assignment as a school board member in Wisconsin was to represent the school board at an exploratory meeting regarding whether the district should add a four-year-old kindergarten program. In the room were stakeholders of all sorts. I mostly listened for the first part of the program. But then one of the county workers began making the argument that parents don’t really know how to take care...

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