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Understanding Our Times – Guest Host Keith Kilburn

Join us this week for a special guest host, Keith Kilburn. Keith has served the Lord as a both a missionary and a pastor and currently is a member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Rockford, Il.

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, August 29, at 6:00 pm EST/5:00pm CST

Length – 30 Minutes  

Call-in Number - (347) 945-7171

You can join us live Saturday evening at 6:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/ 3:00 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

Call It Kopechne Care

Death is the great equalizer. It’s the door that we all have to pass through (Heb. 9:27). In life, no one is really equal, not even before the law. Ted Kennedy used the tragedies of others to increase the power of the Federal Government. He has been described as a lion, but we were his prey. It’s easy to be beneficent with other people’s money. Recounting Kennedy’s legislative legacy is little more than a list of ever-growing government programs that have cost tax-payers hundreds of billions of dollars. Now the Democrats want to pass the multi-trillion dollar healthcare bill in honor of the last of the Kennedy brothers by calling it KennedyCare. They learned this trick from the political master himself. Kennedy survived the Chappaquiddick incident because of the sentiment the people had for his two assassinated brothers, and the fact that Ted could bring home a lot of pork.

If you want to pass a healthcare bill, call it “Kopechne Care” as a reminder of how politicians abuse power and use their political clout and connections to impoverish this nation and jeopardize our freedoms.

- Gary DeMar

Read the whole article here – http://www.americanvision.org/the-american-vision-blog/call-it-kopechne-care/

Categories: Health Care

An Interesting Comment from My Pastor

I am a little sad to see my pastor, Bob Bixby of Morning Star Baptist Church, has decided to end his blog.  I have greatly enjoyed reading his thoughts and have been challenged to think a little deeper because of it.  However, I am glad to see that it ending for two reasons – (1) It is good to see someone willing to leave a blog with a rather large following in order to refocus his attention where it is needed most and (2) it good to see someone in “fundamentalism” willing to leave something before absolutely killing it by not knowing when to say good-bye. 

Pastor Bixby’s last posting is well worth your read.  Of course, before he goes, he did leave us with one comment that hit a little close to home…

“I made friends and enemies faster than it takes a PCC grad to sniff out heresy in the NIV.”

Read the whole post here – http://weblog.wordcentered.org/archives/2009/08/26/au_revoir.php

Categories: Uncategorized

Understanding Our Times: Guest Host Randy Melchert

Randy Melchert is a communications consultant, political analyst, and a 2008 candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly. A past intercollegiate debate nation champion and radio station owner, Randy has a Master’s degree in Church History, and a second Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Public Address. A frequent guest on Wisconsin radio and television, Randy speaks to TEA Parties, political organizations, schools, senior citizens, and everyone in between.  Randy is considering giving a counter-argument concerning the need for a third party.

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 pm EST/5:00pm CST

Length – 30 Minutes  

Call-in Number - (347) 945-7171

You can join us live Saturday evening at 6:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/ 3:00 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

My Evening News Appearance and Meeting with Senator Kohl

Once again Kevin Thompson makes the evening news…

Yesterday,  I attempted to attend Senator Herb Kohl’s “listening session” that was actually closed to the public.    While others left after having been turned away, I decided to stand in the lobby and wait for the Senator to come out.  While waiting in the lobby, I got to chat with the channel 3 news team and another gentleman who was also waiting.

This other gentleman was actually there to encourage the senator to vote for government-run healthcare.  As began to chat, our exchange became heated but civil.  When he heard I was with the Constitution Party, he assumed I would be for socialized medicine as well.  Why?  He explained that the Constitutional idea of  “promoting the general welfare” actually means universal healthcare.  He was pretty adamant about that.   So, I asked him to support his proposition.  “Prove it.” I asked.  His basic response was that he could not imagine it meaning anything else.  I asked him to show me any quotation from any of the Founders speaking of healthcare.  If this is what they really meant, they must have said something about it.  He told me he would have to do some more research and get back to me…

So, instead, I took him to another section of the Constitution – Article 1, section 8.  I explained that here, the Constitution lists 18 different areas in which the Congress is allowed to spend money.  Then, according to the tenth amendment, anything not listed there is the responsibility of the states and is prohibited on the federal level.  Therefore, universal healthcare not being mentioned in Article 1, section 8 is unconstitutional for the US Congress to be debating.  He looked a little taken back at that moment.  He asked me to write that down so he can look it up when he got home.  He was silent after that.  Once again I was reminded of the need to educate people as to what the Constitution actually says.

During this time, the channel 3 news crew was filming.  Unfortunately, the audio of this exchange was not aired.

The ironic thing is that this other gentleman was treated with disgust by those running the meeting.  We both were standing just outside the meeting, listening in through a slightly opened door.  While  I walked away for a moment to look at the gift shop, a woman came by, told this man he was rude for listening in and then slammed the door shut.  When this man walked over to this woman’s office, she quickly locked the door on him, refusing to even speak to him.  I later over heard her calling this man a “psycho.”  This is transparent government of the people, by the people and for the people?  This man supported the Senator and his position!

Finally, when the meeting was over, I got a chance to talk to Senator Kohl.  Once I actually got inside the room, I was happy to see some familiar, conservative faces had been there all along.  While waiting in line to speak with Kohl, I observed several people in front me expressing their outrage at even the thought of government-run healthcare.  When it came my turn to speak, I didn’t feel the need to repeat what had already been said.  After all, no matter what his position, a US Senator does deserve some respect and me rehashing what he had just heard didn’t make sense to me.  So, as his constituent, I politely asked him to vote against the bill and expressed my concern over voting for a bill most people have not read.  He assured me that he always knows what he votes for.  He explained that he does not have time to read every bill, but does have members of his staff read the details and then brief him later.  That sounded reasonable, but I then suggested that if these bills did not contain so much government overregulation and were kept to only Constitutional limits, this would not even be a problem.

You can see the footage from channel 3 news here –

You can see some of the footage I shot with my digital camera here -

Categories: Health Care, Video

Understanding Our Times: Where is the Birth Certificate?

Is President Barack Obama constitutionally qualified to hold the office of President of the United States? How legitimate is the whole “birther” controversy? Are folks like Lou Dobbs unreasonable for asking the President to produce his actual birth certificate? We will be asking these questions and more to WorldNetDaily’s Joe Kovacs.  

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, August 15, at 6:00 pm EST/5:00pm CST

Length – 30 Minutes  

Call-in Number - (347) 945-7171

You can join us live Saturday evening at 6:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/ 3:00 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.

Charles Spurgeon was Not King James Only

Every fundamentalist I know has a high regard for Charles Spurgeon.  Of course, if he were alive today, many fundamentalists would label him as a compromiser or even a heretic.  He would be treated like John MacArthur is today, loved by some and abhored by others. 

This morning I found a link on Sharper Iron to a piece written by Phil Johnson at the Pyromaniac blog.  The blog contained this quote from Spurgeon concerning the KJV:

Concerning the fact of difference between the Revised and Authorised Versions, I would say that no Baptist should ever fear any honest attempt to produce the correct text, and an accurate interpretation of the Old and New Testaments. For many years Baptists have insisted upon it that we ought to have the Word of God translated in the best possible manner . . .. By the best and most honest scholarship that can be found we desire that the common version [KJV] may be purged of every blunder of transcribers, or addition of human ignorance, or human knowledge, so that the Word of God may come to us as it came from His own hand.   Read the whole article here – http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2009/08/was-spurgeon-kjvo.html

While some of my fellow fundamentalists have separated from me because I read the ESV and espouse calvinist views, I am more than happy to align myself with the like of Charles Spurgeon.  By the way, I’ll be happily associated with John MacArthur as well.

Healthcare and the Consitution

Yesterday, I visited the Madison office of Senator Herb Kohl.  I wanted to speak to someone, in person, as to why I am staunchly against the President’s healthcare reform bill.  Of course, I have to make a quick point here.  I am NOT against healthcare reform.  I am against the President’s plan for healthcare reform.  Believe it or not, you don’t have to be for the socialized medicine in order to reform the healthcare industry.

Anyway, as I approached the office, I noticed that I was following a man who was carrying a note for Senator Kohl signifying that he was for the President’s plan.  I recognized this form because it was the same one sent to me by the White House.  They typed up everything nicely and left a place for you to sign your name.  Wasn’t that nice of them?  I thought the President opposed organizing people to together and writing out scripts for people to say.  But then again, he was a community organizer.  It’s hard now-a-days to figure out just what the President is for or against…

This gentleman and I rode up the elevator and carried simple chit-chat.  He was a nice enough fellow.  He had no idea where I stood on this issue.  We walked to the office together and allowed him to go in first.  He spoke with the staff at the window (almost like a teller window – this was just a constituents service office) and told her that he wants the Senator to vote for the bill and left her with his White House form letter.

As I approached the window, I informed the staffer that I was there for just the opposite reason.  I vehemently opposed the bill and any government attempt to socialize medicine or anything else!  I left her with the ten page report put out by the Liberty Counsel.  (It’s a must read – check it out here

Walking back to the elevator, I found that this other gentleman had decided to wait for me.  He just had to ask, why would I oppose healthcare reform?  Well, I decided not to go on a long rant about socialism.  Instead,  I proceeded to inform him that I oppose the plan because it is unconstitutional.  He seemed interested and asked why I thought that.  It was my pleasure to inform him that Article One, Section 8 of the US Constitution lays out about 18 different categories in which the Congress is allowed to spend money.  Nowhere is universal healthcare mentioned.  This is not a federal issue, but should be debated here in Madison among our state officials. 

This man was shocked.  He confessed that he was not familiar with the US Constitution.  He also said that he could see that this may be better handled on a state-by-state basis.  Now, let the record show that I also oppose universal healthcare on a state level as well, but at least on the state level it is a legitimate debate. 

My point is, this man went away thinking about the issue.  He was confronted with the Constitution.  This shows me that we need to focus more on educating people, not merely shouting our opponents down with trite phrases or overly emotional tirades.  Emotional outbursts at town meetings may just kill a bill, but it does not kill the bad philosophy that created the bill in the first place.

Categories: Health Care

A Call from Joe the Plumber

On August 8, 2009, the American Majority and Americans for Prosperity held a candidate/activist training seminar (which I attended) in Pewaukee, WI. During the seminar, Joe the Plumber called in to discuss issues of the day, included the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Categories: Video

Yes, the Press Loves Me

I just wanted to let everyone know that I was featured in an article concerning the TEA Party in Janesville this Saturday.  The article is in today’s edition of the Beloit Daily News.  Also features is a quote from Nigel Brown, another member of the Constitution Party. 

The article was posted online here – http://www.beloitdailynews.com/articles/2009/08/11/news/local_news/news1104.txt.

 The print version also included a picture of me holding my Constitution Party sign.  This was not on the website, but I will try to see if I can get a copy of the pictures taken for the article and post them here a later time.

Categories: Uncategorized
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