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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:00 PM
At the Neshoba County Fair, Republican State Treasurer Lynn Fitch called for the legislature to pass a fair pay act to ensure equal pay for women. Representative Becky Currie (R-Brookhaven) heeded the call and introduced HB818 – an act to provide equal pay for equal work. Representatives Carolyn Crawford (R-Pass Christian) and David Baria (D-Bay St. Louis) cosponsor the bill.  Baria introduced his own bill as well: HB9 – the Evelyn Gandy Fair Pay Act.
  • BROOKS/The carnival culture
    King David was most compelling when he danced. Overcome by gratitude to God, he stripped down to his linens and whirled about before the ark of the covenant — his love and joy spilling beyond the boundaries of normal decorum.

    His wife, Michal, the daughter of King Saul, was repulsed by his behavior, especially because he was doing it in front of the commoners. She snarked at him when he got home for exposing himself in front of the servants’ slave girls like some scurrilous fellow.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Luke 2: 21-40
    Isaiah 9:6 says “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” These words speak of the Lord Jesus Christ, who came into the world to save us from our sins. The more facts and details we know about Christ the better and safer we will be.  Let’s look together at some truths about him from this passage.

    First, he was born “under the law.” That is one of the themes of this passage. The law is mentioned 5 times. We see Mary and Joseph bringing the baby Jesus to the temple (verses 22-24) to do for him what the “custom of the law required (verse 27).” At the end of the passage we read that they did “everything required by the law of the Lord,” before they left Jerusalem (verse 39).
  • LOWRY/Why the media lose to Trump
    The best thing that happened to Donald Trump all week is that BuzzFeed published the raw Russia dossier about him.

    It can’t be pleasant for anyone to see his name associated with prostitutes and a bizarre sex act in print — the principle that all publicity is good publicity can be taken too far even for Donald Trump. But in the media’s ongoing fight with Trump, BuzzFeed’s incredible act of journalistic irresponsibility represented the press leading with its chin.
  • CANNON/Obamacare’s legacy in GOP hands
    On health reform, President Barack Obama achieved that which eluded the Democratic Party for a century. The Affordable Care Act created a government guarantee of access to health care for all Americans. In this, Obama bested presidents Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson and William J. Clinton. Americans have not exactly embraced “Obamacare,” though official estimates do indicate the uninsured rate fell from 14.5 percent in 2013 to 9.4 percent in 2015.
  • DUNCAN/‘The Poor Man (Who Thought He Was Rich)’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 16:19-31 as we continue our way through this gospel. Remember that Jesus told us in verse 14 that the Pharisees, lay religious leaders who were famous for their opposition to Him, were “lovers of money.” He told the story of the unrighteous steward in order to uncover the hearts of the Pharisees and convict them of that sin. This story of Lazarus and the rich man is aimed in the same direction.
  • BROOKS/Bannon vs. Trump
    It’s becoming clear that for the next few years U.S. foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by President-elect Donald Trump’s attention span.

    The Republican regulars build their grand strategies upon the post-World War II international order — the U.S.-led alliances, norms and organizations that bind democracies and preserve global peace. The regulars seek to preserve and extend this order, and see President Vladimir Putin of Russia as a wolf who tears away at it.
  • HARPER/Obamacare on life support
    “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” President Obama made those promises on multiple occasions while trying to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. We now know that neither of these statements turned out to be true. Obamacare has done the opposite of what the president promised when he said, “You’ll find more choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices.” What we are seeing across the country is fewer choices, less competition, and skyrocketing premiums. But the full story of Obamacare is more than a string of broken promises - the onerous rules and regulations are causing the law to collapse under its own weight. The simple truth is that it is hurting more people than it is helping. Just two months ago, 8 in 10 Americans told Gallup they want Obamacare either significantly changed or replaced altogether.
  • DUNCAN/‘What the law shows about our hearts’
    Open your Bible to Luke 16:14-18 as we continue our way through this gospel. Remember that the last thing Jesus was saying to His disciples and to the Pharisees around them had to do with faithfulness regarding money. You’ll also notice that the next thing that Jesus says has to do with the story of a rich man and a poor man. So the focus on the love of money is a topic that surrounds this passage.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/2nd Timothy 4:6-8
    Our Lord came into this world in order to give men new life with God. The apostle Paul is the model of this new life. We see here Paul’s summary of his Christian life as death approaches. He says: “I am already being poured out like a drink offering and the time has come for my departure.”

    Paul uses the language of sacrifice to refer to the end of his life. A drink offering in the Old Testament was the final act of a sacrificial ceremony. An animal such as a bull or lamb would be offered on the altar signifying the need to be cleansed of sin and holy before the Lord, and then the drink offering would be poured next to the altar as a sign of complete dedication to serve the Lord.
  • LOWRY/Obama’s ‘Russian reset’ failure
    President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin.

    Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George Stephanopoulos on Sunday if he underestimated Vladimir Putin, Obama said no, he had only missed how cyberhacking could be used to meddle in our electoral system — in other words, it was a technical mistake, rather than a fundamental misassessment of a foreign adversary.
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