The Paul Edwards Program for Thursday, February 27th

Guest: Former Congressman Jim Renacci

Former Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH-16)

Jim Renacci is an experienced business owner who created more than 1,500 jobs and employed over 3,000 people across the Buckeye State before running for Congress in 2010. He represented Ohio’s 16th District in the House of Representatives for four terms (2011-2019). He is also the chairman of Ohio’s Future Foundation, a policy and action oriented organization whose goal is to move the state forward. A Republican, he is a former city council president and two-term Mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio.

BOOK: The GOP’s Lost Decade: An Inside Look at Why Washington Doesn’t Work

Attorney General William Barr’s speech to the National Religious Broadcasters

Attorney General William Barr addresses the National Religious Broadcasters

Excerpts from AG Barr’s speech . . .

“It seems to me that the passionate political divisions of today result from a conflict between two fundamentally different visions of the individual and his relationship to the state.  One vision undergirds the political system we call liberal democracy, which limits government and gives priority to preserving personal liberty.  The other vision propels a form of totalitarian democracy, which seeks to submerge the individual in a collectivist agenda.  It subverts individual freedom in favor of elite conceptions about what best serves the collective. 

“In my view, liberal democracy has reached its fullest expression in the Anglo-American political system.  This system is responsible for unprecedented human freedom and progress.  We providentially enjoy its blessings today.

“The wellsprings of this system are found in Augustinian Christianity.  According to St. Augustine, man lives simultaneously in two realms.  Each individual is a unique creation of God with a transcendent end and eternal life in the City of God.  We are created to love our Creator in this world and become united with him in eternity.  As Augustine writes in his Confessions, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” 

“At the same time, while we work toward our eternal destiny, we live in the temporal world – the City of Man.  But this world is a fallen one.  Man is stubbornly imperfect and prone to prey upon his fellow man.  Unless there is a temporal authority capable of restraining the wicked – an authority with power here on earth – the wicked men would overwhelm the good ones and there could be no peace.”

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“Totalitarian democracy is based on the idea that man is naturally good, but has been corrupted by existing societal customs, conventions, and institutions.  The path to perfection is to tear down these artifices and restore human society to its natural condition.  

“This form of democracy is messianic in that it postulates a preordained, perfect scheme of things to which men will be inexorably led.  Its goals are earthly and they are urgent.  Although totalitarian democracy is democratic in form, it requires an all-knowing elite to guide the masses toward their determined end, and that elite relies on whipping up mass enthusiasm to preserve its power and achieve its goals.

“Totalitarian democracy is almost always secular and materialistic, and its adherents tend to treat politics as a substitute for religion.  Their sacred mission is to use the coercive power of the state to remake man and society according to an abstract ideal of perfection.  The virtue of any individual is defined by whether they are aligned with the program.  Whatever means used are justified because, by definition, they will quicken the pace of mankind’s progress toward perfection.”

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“While many factors have contributed to the polarized politics of today, I think one significant reason our politics has become so intense and so ill-tempered is that some in the so-called “progressive” movement have broken away from the fold of liberal democracy to pursue a society more in line with the thinking of Rousseau than that of our nation’s Founders.  That has played a major role in our politics becoming less like a disagreement within a family, and more like a blood feud between two different clans. “

NYT: Barr Criticizes Mainstream Media as ‘Monolithic in Viewpoint’

Detroit News: ‘Rehab Addict’ star to Roseville: Let me help you save old church

Catholic News Agency: ‘Repent and accept the Gospel’ Trumps say in Ash Wednesday statement

The Paul Edwards Program for Wednesday, February 26

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YouTube: 6-year-old girl arrested, handcuffed at Florida charter school for ‘acting out’

A 6-year-old Florida girl is arrested, handcuffed by police for ‘acting out’ in school

AP: Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts in 6:00 pm ET press conference

POLITICO: White House considers appointing coronavirus czar

Media stokes panic . . .

Could the government force your church to stop meeting for worship over Coronavirus fears?

Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : “I had a conversation with my family over breakfast this morning. And I told my children that while I didn’t think that they were at risk right now, we, as a family, need to be preparing for significant disruption of our lives,” she said.

Those measures could include school closings, workplace shutdowns and canceling large gatherings and public events, she warned.

Lent Begins Today. What is it?

Scot McKnight: Lent’s Faux-Fasting

“The Bible urges us to move away from seeing fasting as something done in order to get something, and exhorts us to learn to see it as a response to some grievous or sacred moment/event. “

Michigan church offers ‘drive-thru ashes’ on Ash Wednesday

God & Politics

First Things: A Gay Couple in the White House

“If Christian teaching is wrong to oppose homosexual acts, then so are those who oppose Buttigieg because he is married to a man. If the Christian view is irrational, so are political judgments based upon it. But if Christian teaching is correct to reject homosexual acts, then it is eminently reasonable to oppose a candidate whose election would normalize them.”

Jon Meacham: Why Religion Is the Best Hope Against Trump

“Yes, Christianity has been an instrument of repression, but in the living memory of Americans it has also been deployed as a means of liberation and progress — which feeds the hope that it can become a force for good once more.”

God & Culture

National Review: Democrats Block Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the Senate

Forty-one Democratic senators voted this afternoon to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, successfully filibustering the legislation and preventing it from receiving a final vote. The bill would have required doctors to provide standard medical care to newborn infants who survive abortion procedures.

National Review: Sasse Debunks Democratic and Media Lies about His Born-Alive Bill

“There’s nothing in the bill that’s about abortion. Nothing,” Sasse said today. “It’s about infanticide. That’s the actual legislation. And you’ve got 44 people over there who want to hide from it and talk in euphemisms about abortion because they don’t want to defend the indefensible, because you can’t defend the indefensible.”

Headlines Distort the Nature of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:

First Things: Secular Monks

“For a secular monk, the only knowable pursuits are human pursuits, the only genuine aims human aims. A secular monk is “secular” in the sense that his cares and his projects are delimited by his day and his world. He can conceive of nothing else.”

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I met Jose Altuve. Surprisingly, He’s Human.

Jose Altuve during BP at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL. PHOTO: Paul Edwards

During batting practice on Monday in Lakeland, Florida, I had an unplanned meeting with the man at the center of the MLB cheating scandal: Jose Altuve.

He’s not who I thought he was. I’ll explain on radio today.

First Things: A Gay Couple in the White House

Politico: Senate to vote on Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act

S.311 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

AUDIO: David Kinnaman on Barna’s State of the Church 2020 Report

On Wednesday, February 19, Paul spoke with the President of the Barna Group, David Kinnaman, about some of the findings in their State of the Church 2020 Report. The audio is below:

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Faith For Exiles, Good FaithYou Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.

BARNA: State of the Church 2020

According to the report, three-quarters (72%) of Protestant pastors identify the impact of “watered down gospel teachings” on Christianity in the U.S. as a major concern. That’s especially true for pastors in non-mainline denominations (78%). Mainline pastors (59%) are less concerned.

About two-thirds (66%) of pastors say a major concern for Christianity is “culture’s shift to a secular age,” followed by 63% who identified “poor discipleship models” as a major concern and 58% who named “addressing complex social issues with biblical integrity,” the survey says.

Five Trends Defining American’s Relationship to Churches


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AUDIO: Dr. Robert Gagnon on transgender affirmation and the coercion of speech

Paul spoke with Dr. Robert Gagnon on Tuesday, February 18 about NBA star Dwyane Wade’s affirmation of his 12-year-old son announcing he prefers to be a girl. The audio is below:

Dr. Robert Gagnon speaks with The Paul Edwards Program

Robert A. J. Gagnon is Professor of New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University. Previously he was a tenured Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, teaching there for 23 years (1994-2017). He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also an ordained elder at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001) co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003)


Memo to the Washington Post: The Bible Does Reject ‘Transgender’ Behavior

Dwyane Wade speaks about his 12-year-old child coming out as transgender

CP: A detransitioner in agony recounts how gender doctors manipulated him into castration, hormones

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