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The Case To Overturn Roe?

2021 | Week of July 26 | Radio Transcript #1422 In May the US Supreme Court agreed to take up a case that some maintain could overturn the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave us abortion on demand in all fifty states. The case comes out of Mississippi which has just one abortion […]

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What’s Wrong with Equality?

2021 | Week of July 19 | Radio Transcript #1421 (re-aired from week of February 15, 2021) The Equality Act. What could possibly be wrong with a law that is all about equality? This question demands a response. We begin with Mary, a single mom, who has hit on hard times. She is now homeless […]

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Selling Out WI Citizens on a Bad Bet

2021 | Week of July 12 | Radio Transcript #1420 Earlier this month Governor Tony Evers and the Oneida tribal officials signed an agreement authorizing for the first time in our state, betting on professional sporting events. The sports gambling would be available at the tribe’s casino in Green Bay, but the agreement also allows […]

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Lies Ensnare; Truth Frees

2021 | Week of July 5 | Radio Transcript #1419 (Re-aired from week of Nov. 30, 2020) 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 […]

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When Autonomy Meets Reality

2021 | Week of June 28 | Radio Transcript #1418 Reality declares that the opening statement of the inerrant, unchanging, eternal Word of God is “In the beginning God…” It’s not “In the beginning, I” or “In the beginning me.” Functionally, however, many people operate today as if this rewrite of Scripture is reality, is […]

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Fighting CRT: The Tin Man, Scarecrow & Lion

2021 | Week of June 21 | Radio Transcript #1417 In the book and film, The Wizard of Oz, we meet a tin man without a heart, a scarecrow without a brain and a lion without courage. Author Frank Baum was onto something in these characters. About a month ago I addressed some basic ideas […]

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Fatherhood & the Heart of God

2021 | Week of June 14 | Radio Transcript #1416 Fatherhood. It’s a concept we don’t hear about all that frequently, at least positively, in our society. And yet it is a paramount theme in Scripture: God the Father, God’s instructions for fathers, admonitions for children to obey their fathers, the joys and pains of […]

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Knowledge Can Be Powerful

2021 | Week of June 7 | Radio Transcript #1415 This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Wait! You didn’t miss this week’s commentary. It’s just really important that before I get into the meat of this commentary that I […]

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Vaccinations, Constitutions, Rule of Law

2021 | Week of May 31 | Radio Transcript #1414 How do six bills dealing exclusively with the COVID-19 vaccination issue land in a state legislative committee on the Constitution and Ethics? Good question. Each of these bills is about the rule of law. And the rule of law in this country and this state […]

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Saving a Daughter

2021 | Week of May 24 | Radio Transcript #1413 The following story isn’t about us. It’s really about how God used us to help parents and their daughter. A couple of weeks ago we got a call from a concerned mother with a young daughter in the Kettle Moraine school district. As the story […]

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Time To Roll Up Our Sleeves

2021 | Week of May 17 | Radio Transcript #1412 It is time to roll up our sleeves! I’ve been saying that all across the state since February. It’s way more than just the title of a presentation I’ve now done fifteen times in fifteen different Wisconsin communities. It’s a declaration that the time has […]

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Critical Race Theory & A Point of Action

2021 | Week of May 10 | Radio Transcript #1411 Critical race theory. That phrase is being bandied about across the country. While the phrase is new, the ideas behind the words aren’t. Christopher Rufo, founder and director of Battlefront6, a public policy research center, in a speech given earlier this year at Hillsdale College, […]

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Honorable Motherhood

2021 | Week of May 3 | Radio Transcript #1410 The late Phyllis Schlafly was one of my heroes. This diminutive in stature but giant in character woman fought battle after battle for our nation’s best natural resource—our nuclear mom-and-dad married families. During her lifetime, Mrs. Schlafly was given nearly every conservative award, honor and […]

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National Day of Prayer – May God Shed His Grace on America

2021 | Week of April 26 | Radio Transcript #1409 For biblical Christians, what is more powerful than prayer lifted up to the Creator God?  What is more necessary than God’s grace?  What is more ennobling than the prayer that beseeches that God’s grace be shed abroad in the hearts of mankind and that our […]

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Organized, Motivated, Mobilized

2021 | Week of April 19 | Radio Transcript #1408 Oh, the difference some organization, motivation and mobilization can make! For at least the last decade in our state, liberal progressives have made significant inroads into school boards, city councils, town and village boards and county boards across our state. Usually just didn’t see it […]

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A Tale of Three Governors

2021 | Week of April 12 | Radio Transcript #1407 Charles Dickens wrote a timeless work entitled A Tale of Two Cities. What follows is most likely not a timeless tale, but rather a very timely tale of two governors—with a sequel involving a third governor. Last month, Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican governor from […]

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Church Makes a Difference

2021 | Week of April 5 | Radio Transcript #1406 A sobering recent Gallup poll found that church membership is declining pretty significantly in the United States, with fewer than 50 percent of Americans now saying they are members of a local church. That’s an historic low.[1] Of course, that’s an aggregate number. If you […]

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Local Government: You & Your Vote Can Make a Difference

2021 | Week of March 29 | Radio Transcript #1405 A friend of mine ran for county board here in Wisconsin a couple of years ago. He lost by fewer than 10 votes in a county with over 100,000 eligible voters. Another friend went to the polls in our spring election a few years back […]

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Building Up or Tearing Down?

2021 | Week of March 22 | Radio Transcript #1404 In a recent conversation with a Wisconsin youth pastor, one of our team members asked what kinds of questions teens are asking today. This youth pastor said, “They are questioning whether God is real—and if He is real, is He really a good God and […]

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Liberty Guarding the Ballot Box

2021 | Week of March 15 | Radio Transcript #1403 Elections are a sore point right now for many in our state and in other states across the country—and I get that. After this past fall’s election, the temptation is very real to just throw in the towel, wave the white flag, walk away in […]

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Divorce Today, Remarry Tomorrow

2021 | Week of March 8 | Radio Transcript #1402 Doug and Sally have decided their ten-year marriage isn’t working, and they want out. They just aren’t happy anymore; the love they once felt is gone—and working it out just isn’t going to happen. They agree to divorce—as amicably as possible—and take the legal steps […]

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Beloit Casino—A Bad Idea

2021 | Week of March 1 | Radio Transcript #1401 A 1996 survey revealed that less than 1% of Wisconsin citizens, or about 32,425 residents were problem gamblers and that the annual 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 […]

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Leaving a Legacy

2021 | Week of February 22 | Radio Transcript #1400 At least two notable Americans died this month—but, oh, the difference in the impact they had on our nation and the legacy they left. Larry Flynt died on February 10 at age 78. Flynt made millions on pornography.  He saw himself—and others often agreed—as a […]

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What’s Wrong with Equality?

2021 | Week of February 15 | Radio Transcript #1399 The Equality Act. What could possibly be wrong with a law that is all about equality? This question demands a response. We begin with Mary, a single mom, who has hit on hard times. She is now homeless and is looking to the local shelter […]

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Be Prepared, Not Suprised

2021 | Week of February 8 | Radio Transcript #1398 You, yes, you, have an opportunity to be a difference-maker next Tuesday! Are you prepared to do that? Are you ready to vote knowledgeably, responsibly and prayerfully? Next Tuesday, February 16, Wisconsin has its spring non-partisan primary election. This election narrows the field of candidates […]

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Vaccines & Our Rights

2021 | Week of February 1 | Radio Transcript #1397 Universal vaccine talk sounds like something out of George Orwell’s 1984.  Calling the development of the COVID-19 vaccine Operation Warp Speed doesn’t help, in my opinion.  It’s all surreal, but it’s the reality in which we live as we continue to deal with this virus. […]

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We’re All About Choice–School Choice, That Is

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 […]

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Life—In the Beginning God

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 […]

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Religious Freedom – More Than an Epitaph

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 […]

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Looking for a Few Good Legislative Leaders

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 […]

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Taking Every Thought Captive (re-aired from June 15, 2020)

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. […]

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December 21 & December 25: The Light of the World

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 […]

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We Can’t Give Up

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 […]

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Georgia on Our Minds

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 […]

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Lies Ensnare; Truth Frees

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, […]

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Thanksgiving: Our Heritage

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 […]

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Adoption – Making a Difference for Time & Eternity

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 […]

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Honoring Those Who Have Paid a Price

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 […]

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Do I Really Believe?

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 […]

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Duty Calls Us to the Polls

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 […]

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