Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2020 | Week of May 25 | Radio Transcript #1361 To mail or not to mail—ballots? That is the question.  Due in large part to COVID-19, in Wisconsin’s election last month, a record number of absentee ballots were requested. Over 1.3 million absentee ballots were mailed to Wisconsin voters, with nearly 1,160,000 or just about 90 percent of those requested being returned. These absentee ballots represented about 75 percent of the total...

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2020 | Week of May 18 | Radio Transcript #1360 Do you have plans made for next Monday, May 25? I hope you do. It’s Memorial Day. And that should mean some special planning. I realize that in most communities in The Badger State Memorial Day won’t be commemorated as it has been for decades. Already in my community we’ve been told there will be no parade. No special service at the bridge with wreaths being thrown into the river while we...

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2020 | Week of May 11 | Radio Transcript#1359 Are our constitutional rights and freedoms designed just for times of peace and prosperity, when things seem to be going well, or are they also designed to protect us even in times of, say, a statewide emergency, like a declared public health emergency? In times of crises, is it appropriate that our constitutional rights and freedoms be set aside for what some would say is for the “greater...

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2020 | Week of May 4 | Radio Transcript #1358 The Bible, in a myriad of ways, honors mothers.  Stories of Jocabed, Moses’s mother; Hannah, Samuel’s mother; Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother; and certainly, Mary, the mother of Jesus, in addition to the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31, all remind us of the importance of mothers.  These stories span the Old and New Testament and happened thousands of years ago, but the...

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2020 | Week of April 27 | Radio Transcript #1357 Suddenly lots of parents in Wisconsin are doing schooling at home—parents who never intended to do that. For many other parents, little has changed for them as it relates to the education of their children during the COVID-19 situation. They homeschool all the time—by choice—and are thankful for the opportunity to do so. In 1983, after a pretty bitter battle involving the state...

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2020 | Week of April 20 | Radio Transcript #1356 You have to wonder. Does the Bureau of Indian Affairs know we are the midst of a national health crisis? While most of Wisconsin remains suspended in time and activity and people are focused on figuring life out on a day-to-day basis, apparently that’s not true for the federal-level Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Taking advantage of the media paying little to no attention to anything...

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2020 | Week of April 13 | Radio Transcript #1355 As I have observed and lived this coronavirus pandemic like everyone else has, it’s become obvious that fear is very much part of this situation. I have seen fear on the faces of people in stores. I’ve heard it in voices and read it on social media posts and even in emails and phone calls we’ve received in our office. When people are motivated by fear, outside control becomes very easy....

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2020 | Week of April 6 | Radio Transcript #1354 The Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith, in I Timothy 2, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good...

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2020 | Week of March 30 | Radio Transcript #1353 It’s not like we need more controversy and confusion right now, but we definitely have it as it relates to our spring nonpartisan general election that is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 7. So let’s cut to the chase here. First, there will be an election and as far as we know right now there will be in-person voting at the polling places on Tuesday, April 7.  But that’s what we know...

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2020 | Week of March 23 | Radio Transcript #1352 How are you weathering the COVID-19 crisis, with government orders changing very frequently and right now not getting more lenient but rather more restrictive? Dave Lingle, our Church Ambassador, took some time recently to jot down some practical ideas for helping all of us deal with this situation that is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced.  We thought it appropriate to...

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2020 | Week of March 16 | Radio Transcript #1351 These are the times that test our mettle. Better said, these are the times that test our faith. I suspect I’m not much different from maybe millions of Americans in my reaction to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s kind of surreal walking into usually well-stocked stores and finding various aisles absolutely empty. Having church via livestream this past weekend was more than a little...

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2020 | Week of March 9 | Radio Transcript #1350 Earlier this month an 18-year-old senior at Rhinelander High School was arrested for child enticement, indecent exposure and fourth-degree sexual assault.  The assault happened on school property and presumably during the school day or at a minimum during a school-sponsored event. The incident didn’t happen in some seldom-used room in the school or under the gym bleachers or the...

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2020 | Week of March 2 | Radio Transcript #1349 “Where else can you buy hope for a dollar?”  I just kind of stared at the person who said that to me in a conversation about gambling. That’s really what people say about gambling?” I asked in disbelief.  At first I wanted to scoff at the stupidity of the idea, but shortly, I was saddened as I realized how quickly people sell not only their dollars but almost their souls for some hope....

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2020 | Week of February 24 | Radio Transcript #1348 How much do those pushing the LGBTQ agenda want? How much do we give them before they say, “it’s enough”?  The answers are everything, and it’s never enough. That is the reality. And almost every day that reality is proven true. For years, our organization has been trying to tell people that those pushing the agenda to normalize, champion, and fully accept the lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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2020 | Week of February 17 | Radio Transcript #1347 This commentary is dedicated to the proposition that what we don’t know really can hurt us. So what do you know about the Electoral College, the brilliant provision contained in Article 2, Section 1 and in the 12th Amendment to our US Constitution? This means by which we elect a president and vice-president protects federalism, the important concept of sovereign states united by a...

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2020 | Week of February 10 | Radio Transcript #1346 What will you be doing next Tuesday, February 18? I hope your smartphone calendar or the one you keep on your refrigerator or desk has the word vote on it in all capital letters followed by at least one exclamation point! Next Tuesday is the first of the four major elections we will have in Wisconsin this year. This coming Tuesday, February 18, is our Spring nonpartisan primary...

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2020 | Week of February 3 | Radio Transcript #1345 Let’s celebrate marriage this month! Actually, we believe we should celebrate God’s plan for marriage and family every month, but this month we have a formal recognition of marriage with National Marriage Week happening from February 7 through February 14. This is a time to celebrate and promote the good of marriage in the United States and around the world. Back in 2012, when we had...

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2020 | Week of January 27 | Radio Transcript #1344 Since early November, various people have been working hard to stop officials in Appleton from proceeding with an ordinance they euphemistically call the Youth Mental Health Act. However, last Wednesday, fourteen of the fifteen members of the Appleton Common Council bowed to the political pressure of the minority of Appleton citizens and approved this ordinance. The so-called Youth...

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2020 | Week of January 20 | Radio Transcript #1343 Earlier this month Republican Senator André Jacque and Republican Representatives Joe Sanfelippo and Janel Brandtjen began circulating Wisconsin’s Personhood Amendment for co-sponsors. This is a resolution that would amend our state constitution. Part of the beauty of this approach is that unlike the pro-life bills the governor quickly vetoed last spring, this proposal completely...

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2020| Week of January 13 | Radio Transcript #1342 Religious freedom. Two pretty simple words, easy to pronounce, but packed with meaning. Words that represent an idea that has been worth fighting for more than once. We’re not talking about freedom of worship here. That’s what President Obama used frequently when talking about the First Amendment to our US Constitution.  Freedom of worship means that in places where worship would...

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2020 | Week of January 6 | Radio Transcript #1341 My church had one of my favorite services this past Sunday. After an excellent sermon on the Father’s love for us as shown in John 3:16, Pastor Bob Loggans, Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, conducted our annual Parent Dedication. Each year, usually the first Sunday in January, we have this special time after the sermon in the morning service. I love it! Since we...

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2019 | Week of December 30 | Radio Transcript #1340 Welcome to 2020—a brand new year that will be an important year for our state and our nation. This is an election year, not only for the national president, but also for a number of local and state positions as well. And if the past year is any indication of what’s to come, it’s going to be a very busy year. The fate of the family in the nation and the state could be decided by the...

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2019 | Week of December 23 | Radio Transcript #1339 Biographies and autobiographies are very near the top of my list of reading material. The stories of real-life individuals are compelling and mesmerizing, even when I know how the story ends. Perhaps that’s why I took my pastor’s challenge the first Sunday in December to read a chapter a day from the book of Luke during December. Luke tells the story of Jesus, from beginning to end—a...

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2019| Week of December 16 | Radio Transcript #1338 At Christmas most of us would, I think, really like kind of a universal truce, even if for just a few days. I’m thinking a few days where evil doesn’t show up every few minutes, the culture wars take a break, opponents of religious freedom stand down for a bit. Things like that. Oh, I realize I’m asking for the impossible, but wouldn’t it be nice? That sentiment reminds me of the 1914...

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2019 | Week of December 9 | Radio Transcript #1337 I apologize at the beginning for a sobering commentary during this season of the year, but I believe the message I’m delivering is too important to sit on it for the next month. Recently three news articles came to my attention, each dealing with disturbing statistics and trends in our country.  The first report is the number of children and young people committing suicide is...

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