Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


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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2019 | Week of January 14 | #1291 On January 13, 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation designating January 22nd as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. January 22, 1984, marked the 10th anniversary since the infamous Roe v Wade decision by the US Supreme Court, a decision that legalized abortion on demand across the country. I’m sure the pro-life movement, who had been extremely important in Reagan’s...

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2019| Week of January 7 | #1290 On Monday, Tony Evers was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor. Whether you like him or not, for the next four years, he is Wisconsin’s chief executive officer. With that comes duties, responsibilities and authority. One of the duties and responsibilities the governor in Wisconsin has is to make appointments to various boards. Under the Scott Walker administration, generally people who held values and...

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2018 | Week of December 31 | #1289 If you watch any TV at all, you’ve likely seen the commercial from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It’s especially run at this time of year. I just saw it again the other day as I was getting my daily treadmill experience. Trust me…news or even a Hallmark movie makes that time MUCH more pleasant! I’m an animal lover. Always have been. But as I listened to...

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2018 | Week of December 24 | #1288 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” If you think that verse sounds out-of-place—you’re right. Usually, I quote Hosea 4:6 at the end of this program. This week of Christmas, I think it’s very appropriate to talk about why that verse is so important to us at Wisconsin Family Council and to families in Wisconsin. Hosea 4 is God’s indictment of Israel for wandering away from the knowledge of...

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2018 | Week of December 17 | #1287 The headline on the press release declares, “Christmas Comes Early for Churches as Court Strikes Down Restrictive Ordinance.” The dateline noted Green Bay, Wisconsin. Needless to say, it all caught my attention. This is a case that began in late 2017. It was just over a year ago that I received a call from friends in De Pere letting me know the City Council there was considering what we call a...

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2018 | Week of December 10 | #1286 I had an early Christmas this year! Recently Dan Miller, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin and I, in our capacity as vice-president and president of Choose Life Wisconsin hand-delivered checks to twelve of Wisconsin’s Pregnancy Care Centers. It’s an incredible experience to give money to these fantastic life-saving organizations! This is the second round of funding from sale of the Choose Life Wisconsin...

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2018 | Week of December 3 | #1285 This past Monday, our staff made our annual early December trek to the state capitol first floor rotunda, laden with bins and easels, tables and signs and, yes, permits from the state giving us permission for our errand.  Unlike some other trips we make to the state capitol from time to time, we make this one very happily because we know we are bringing the truth directly to thousands of people who...

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2018 | Week of November 26 | #1283 Last week, an NBC online news item had this as the headline on a story: “Religious exemption laws exacerbating foster and adoption ‘crisis,’ report finds.” The subtitle continued, “Laws allowing child placement agencies to deny LGBTQ prospective parents are worsening the current ‘child welfare crisis,’ according to a new report.” It’s fair to say NBC is reporting on a report. The problem...

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2018 | Week of November 19 | #1282 In 1906, US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan presented the high court with a Bible, a King James Version of the Bible to be specific, which all the justices at that time signed. Impressively, to this day, all succeeding Supreme Court justices have signed their names to the flyleaf of that Bible. While I haven’t found anything official indicating Brett Kavanaugh has signed it, I have every...

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2018 | Week of November 12 | #1281 Election 2018 is history. Well, it’s almost history.  We might have a couple of recounts, including one for attorney general and one in Assembly District 14. However, as it stands right now, Democrat Tony Evers is governor-elect, joined by Mandela Barnes as lieutenant governor-elect.  Democrat Josh Kaul is currently attorney-general elect.  Two other statewide offices are also now held by...

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2018 | Week of November 5 | #1280 Late last month word came that the Trump administration is likely to issue a transgender policy that is both simple and scientific—the word sex means what a person is born as, in other words, sex means biological sex, not what a person thinks or feels he or she wants to be. In essence what the Trump administration would be doing is respecting the existing language and intent of the current law. ...

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2018 | Week of October 29 | #1279 Election 2018 will be history very soon. All the TV and radio ads, all the campaign literature, all the phone calls and all the door knocking will be done. And after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, our opportunity to have a positive impact on this election will be over. The reality is that while the election will be over in the next week, the impact of the election will last for at least the next two...

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2018 | Week of October 22 | #1278 Are you prepared to honor God in the November 6 election? Maybe you’ve never thought about an election from that perspective. If not, perhaps this commentary will challenge you to do so as you ponder your opportunity to vote in the fast-approaching midterm elections. The groundwork for this approach is laid in understanding that government isn’t man’s idea, but God’s. It’s one of His three social or...

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2018 | Week of October 15 | #1277 With the midterm election now just three weeks away, it’s time to think about what’s at stake. In my opinion, the liberal progressive elected officials in our state legislature made it pretty clear what’s at stake when the legislative session closed early this past spring. Shortly after the floor periods were done, State Representative Chris Taylor, a Democrat from Madison, held a press conference....

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2018 | Week of October 8 | #1276 Frequently I’m asked, “How do bad laws get passed seemingly so easily, even in places where one wouldn’t necessarily think that would happen?”  My answer to this question is the theme for this commentary:  elections have consequences, very real consequences. We are now a month from a major midterm election. In the midst of all the rhetoric it’s sometimes easy to forget the reality of that truth.  Let’s...

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2018 | Week of October 1 | #1275 I confess. I’m not just concerned about the immediate outcome of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process; I’m concerned about the long-term fallout from this debacle. I’m also concerned about how families are dealing with this since it is so very public, and I’m sure kids have lots of questions about what is going on and why. Further, I’m concerned about how Christians in general are thinking about...

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2018 | Week of September 24 | #1274 Are you tired of the political ads running incessantly on TV and radio? We’re still six weeks away from November 6, but the campaigns are definitely in high gear.  Part of this increased campaign pace is Wisconsin’s early in-person voting. Candidates know a growing percentage of voters are taking advantage of being able to cast their ballots early rather than waiting until Election Day, without...

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2018 | Week of September 17 | #1273 September 17 is officially recognized as Constitution Day. All week various events will take place in honor of the day in 1787 when the young congress ratified our Constitution. So here’s a quiz to see what you know about this unique founding document. Here we go.  First question, True or False. The US Constitution expressly gives America a democratic form of government.  If you said False, you are...

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2018 | Week of September 10 | #1272 So did you know this week is officially declared as “Christian Heritage Week” in Wisconsin? If you have school-aged kids in your life, ask them if they have heard about this designated week at school. I’m pretty sure the answer you’ll get is no, which is most unfortunate. As it turns out, Governor Walker’s office knows this is Christian Heritage Week. In fact, according to what I could find, this is...

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2018 | Week of September 3 | #1271 I didn’t want to do this commentary. I wanted to do something completely positive, but everyone, parents especially, needs to hear this message. But before I bring the bad news, I do have some very encouraging news to share, coming out of California, of all places. Earlier this year, a liberal California state legislator introduced a dastardly bill that at a minimum banned paid conversion therapy in...

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2018 | Week of August 27 | #1270 In which branch of our government have those pushing a leftist, secular, humanistic, socialistic, ungodly agenda been most successful? You are right if you answered the judicial branch. Powerful people with seemingly unlimited resources have found courts at every level of our system of government to be very friendly to their beliefs and desires, regardless of the long-term, and sometimes even...

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2018 | Week of August 20 | #1269 Several years ago I served as President of our local public library’s board of trustees. In fact, I had that honor for three years, the entirety of my second term on that board. While on that board, it was my privilege to serve with several other Christians.  During that time, I learned a lot about libraries and about the impact Christians can have in the public arena. One thing I learned was that it...

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2018 | Week of July 30 | #1266 Slippery slopes. For all the 20-plus years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve warned about them.  Many times in response I’m told even by well-intentioned people, I’m just fear-mongering when I warn people that some law or some cultural acceptance is a slippery slope that will take us farther and faster than we’ve ever imagined.  I’m saying it again, however. Slippery slopes are real. They should be avoided...

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