Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2021 | Week of January 25 | Radio Transcript #1396 School choice. It used to be there was no choice—at least no real choice for the vast majority of Americans—regarding where their children would attend school. The local public school was pretty much it—unless you were very wealthy and could afford elite, private schools. With all that has happened and is happening during the COVID crisis, some qualitative and quantitative data seem...

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2021 | Week of January 18 | Radio Transcript #1395 On January 22, 1973, seven of nine US Supreme Court justices, in a show of raw judicial activism, determined that nationwide a woman deciding to kill her unborn baby was her constitutional right based on a perceived right to privacy provided in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, even though the word privacy, not to mention any explicit right to privacy, cannot be found in that...

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2021 | Week of January 11 | Radio Transcript #1394 I’ve been to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia, a couple of times. Each time I’ve visited, I’ve walked to the family cemetery where I always stand in front of the obelisk monument marking Jefferson’s grave and marveled at what Jefferson himself wrote for his epitaph:  “Here was buried/Thomas Jefferson/Author of the Declaration of American Independence/of...

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2021 | Week of January 4 | Radio Transcript #1393 In 1779, a Marine Captain advertised the need for a “few good men” to enlist in the Marines. Over 200 years later, that phrase became a Marine recruiting slogan. Someone else has said, “Everything rises or falls on leadership.” Thinking about the new legislature that is being sworn in this week in Madison, we might combine and paraphrase those two statements into “We’re looking for a...

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2020 | Week of December 28 | Radio Transcript #1392 Scripture tells us we are to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ. To be faithful to Scripture, we dare not just respond to any thing in life, including cultural happenings emotionally. While emotions are part of God’s good design for us as humans and as His image bearers, Scripture does not direct...

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2020 | Week of December 21 | Radio Transcript #1391 “Daddy, Daddy! More yites! More yites! We need more yites!” That was my child-like and constant comment at Christmas growing up. Dad never could get enough lights on the inside tree, the house and the outside trees, or anywhere else to satisfy me. To this day, I love the lights of Christmas.  Frankly, I really like light in general. The months and weeks leading to and just after the...

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2020 | Week of December 14 | Radio Transcript #1390 At a time of the year when people are generally happier and smiling more often than normal, many are not experiencing that this Christmas season. We’ve struggled for ten months with the virus and related restrictions and guidelines, including how we do church. We can’t see people’s smiling faces very often because they are hidden behind masks or in-person gatherings are cancelled....

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2020 | Week of December 7 | Radio Transcript #1389 I’ve got Georgia on my mind today, and it probably should be on your mind as well. I was born in and lived in Atlanta, Georgia, until I was almost twelve, when we moved to Michigan where my parents were from.  Then after college, I moved to Wisconsin.  All of this, in addition to the work I am currently doing, gives me a very strong interest in what is going on regarding the November...

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2020 | Week of November 30 | Radio Transcript #1388 In general human beings don’t like being lied to. But because unregenerate, unsaved people are, according to Scripture, of their father Satan, who is the father of lies, lying happens all the time. Certainly and sadly, Christians aren’t immune to this sin that destroys trust, shatters relationships, and ensnares us. One of the hardest things to do today is to figure out when someone...

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2020 | Week of November 23 | Radio Transcript #1387 On November 11, 1620, after over 2 months at sea on the Atlantic, the Mayflower landed at what is today Provincetown Harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  In late December, after exploring the area from the Cape southwest and then north, the exploration party determined that Plymouth Bay was the right place for those who had come over on this voyage to establish their colony. And who...

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2020 | Week of November 16 | Radio transcript #1386 A few years ago, I was invited to a widows’ luncheon at my church. Yes, you heard that right. Our church has a great ministry to widows, following the biblical injunction to care for the widows and the orphans. While I’m not a widow, I was asked to join this sweet group of ladies and along with two other people to share my adoption story in honor of and in recognition of National...

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2020 | Week of November 9 | Radio Transcript #1385 Several years ago, I was in Washington, D.C. on business. As I always try to do on such trips, I squeezed in some time to visit places I have either never been to or are very important to me. This time, I had someone with me who had never been to any of the war memorials. So that became a focus for the brief time we had. It was a bright, sunny Saturday in early September. We were...

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2020 | Week of November 2 | Radio Transcript #1384 “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” That’s the opening premise in Dr. Del Tackett’s The Truth Project, a systematic worldview study. This week, as we consider the results of the election we’ve just gone through, that question seems especially appropriate to me.  Am I totally convinced that the belief system I claim is truly real?  Truly reliable? Truly right...

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2020 | Week of October 26 | Radio Transcript #1383 What an election cycle this has been! I can’t imagine anyone hearing this commentary anywhere in America is caught by surprise by the news that we have a national election next week. Each day—and sometimes every hour–seems to bring new controversy and breaking news about the presidential election. That said, this election has presented us with some more-than-usual challenges in...

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2020 | Week October 19 | Radio Transcript #1382 In the space of three days last week, the LGBTQ+ issue was front and center in situations involving two different high-profile Americans. On Tuesday, the second day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court, Democrat California Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Judge Barrett if she would “roll back hard fought freedoms and...

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2020 | Week of October 12 | Radio Transcript #1381 What in the world is the 25th Amendment? Lots of people are asking that question right now, and rightly so. It’s unfortunate that so many people are having to learn about this constitutional provision the hard way, when they should have already known about it from their time in school. But like so many things today, real civics and truthful American history is often absent in our...

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2020 | Week of October 5 | Radio Transcript #1380 “Do you know what they are teaching to kindergarteners in our local public schools?” an irate parent asked me at one of our community events recently.  Sadly, I was pretty sure I did know what that school was teaching in kindergarten, especially when this mother went on to say it was part of the so-called “human growth and development” program. If you’re not aware, in Wisconsin we...

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2020 | Week of September 28 | Radio Transcript #1379 Events in our state and nation are happening at break-neck speed as Election Day 2020 nears. Last week, a federal judge changed the deadline for absentee ballots and online registrations, a ruling that was temporarily stopped by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals late this past Sunday. Then, on Thursday, Governor Evers issued his third COVID-related statewide public health emergency...

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2020 | Week of September 21 | Radio Transcript #1378 God assures us that nothing happens outside His knowledge and control, down to knowing the number of hairs on our head and even when a sparrow falls from a nest. And He even appoints the day of death—and that is why we must trust Him as we deal with and attempt to process yet another unique twist and turn in this wild ride called 2020.  God not only knew Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

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2020 | Week of September 14 | Radio Transcript #1377 WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” What an amazing preamble to the charter document of our...

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2020 | Week of September 7 | Radio Transcript #1376 From the time I was six or seven, I’ve been involved in elections.  Yes, you heard me right.  My mother, while she never ran for office, was always involved with the political scene.  She found it intolerable, for instance, that when she and my dad moved to Georgia in the early 1950s that the state had only one political party.  So, Mom set out to do what she could to help bring in a...

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2020 | Week of August 31 | Radio Transcript #1375 Do public health situations that have at some point been deemed “pandemics” mean that the rule of law is set aside? I’ve been asked that question in one form or another almost every day since March when Governor Evers issued his first statewide public health emergency declaration and stay-at-home order, which meant that all schools, both public and private, were shut down for in-person...

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2020 | Week of August 24 | Radio Transcript #1374 President Trump has repeatedly said he thinks a mail-in election is fraught with the possibility for fraud, would delay the final outcome of the election, and is unnecessary given the current COVID situation in the vast majority of states, a position supported by recently by Dr. Fauci, one of Trump’s leading COVID experts and advisers. Presidential candidate Joe Biden thinks otherwise,...

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2020 | Week of August 17 | Radio Transcript “Abortion is not health care.” That’s the opening sentence in a letter dated August 12, 2020, addressed to Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, and signed by over 100 US senators and representatives. To be exact, 23 US Senators and 80 US Representatives signed this letter.[1] The purpose for the letter is to urge the IRS, which is a part of the Department of the Treasury, to stop...

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2020  Week of August 10 | Radio Transcript #1372  (originally aired July 22, 2019) Author George Orwell opined that “[t]he most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Orwell’s statement should give us serious pause. Are we being effectively destroyed because we have either been denied the truth about our American history or that history has been essentially obliterated by...

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