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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 PM
With the left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, free speech in America at least has one reliable friend — the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 2:11-15
    In this passage we learn that Moses has grown up. The New Testament comments on this stage of Moses life in Acts 7 and Hebrews 11. We will take those comments into consideration in our study. Moses has grown up in Pharaoh’s house but is aware of his Hebrew relations. He is now 40 years old so he has spent a long time in two households; a privileged Egyptian with Hebrew roots.
  • DUNCAN/Prepare the Passover
    Turn to Luke 22:1-13. In the passage before us today we find ourselves on the day of the preparation for the Passover lamb. Jesus and all His disciples will celebrate what is the last Passover—not just the last Passover of His life but the last Passover, because the sign of Passover is going to be completely fulfilled in Him.  Fourteen hundred and seventy years or so before this night, Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, and they had been literally saved by the Passover lamb. The lamb was prepared and slaughtered, and its blood was spread on the doorposts of the houses in which the children of Israel resided, and when the death angel came to take the lives of the firstborn of Egypt, Israel was spared. The exodus, the miraculous escape from Egypt, was made possible by the blood of the Passover lamb.
  • REYNOLDS/B.A.T. tax no free lunch
    This article appeared on Investor’s Business Daily on June 16, 2017.

    House Republican leaders Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, are still pushing their year-old scheme of a “border adjustable tax” (BAT) to exempt exports from their proposed 20% corporate tax while disallowing firms any deduction for the cost of imported parts, materials or inventories.
  • CATO/The Afghanistan mistake
    This article appeared in the New York Daily News on June 18.

    After President Trump gave Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced it will send an additional 4,000 troops to the embattled nation. Mattis, who has acknowledged that the United States is “not winning in Afghanistan right now,” is believed to favor a more aggressive strategy that would require thousands more troops beyond the 9,800 already deployed.
  • BROOKS/Trump’s right about Russia
    I was the op-ed editor at The Wall Street Journal at the peak of the Whitewater scandal. We ran a series of investigative pieces “raising serious questions” (as we say in the scandal business) about the nefarious things the Clintons were thought to have done back in Arkansas.

    Now I confess I couldn’t follow all the actual allegations made in those essays. They were six jungles deep in the weeds. But I do remember the intense atmosphere that the scandal created. A series of bombshell revelations came out in the media, which seemed monumental at the time. A special prosecutor was appointed and indictments were expected. Speculation became the national sport.
  • DUNCAN/‘Hated by all on account of My name’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 21:5-24. We've come to a section in Luke in which Luke records Jesus’ teaching to His disciples about what is to come. Whenever the Bible begins to talk about prophecy, it is always practical, and you’ll find that that's the case in the passage before us today. We live in a culture that is increasingly antagonistic to the claims of the Gospel. It is going to be an increasingly difficult place for Christians who believe what the Bible says, and I believe that Jesus’ words in this passage contain several important truths that we need to consider regarding issues like this. Let me just point to four of them here.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 2:1-10
    In this passage we have the birth of Moses. Many of us have seen the movie “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston as Moses. The movie got some things wrong, but one thing it got right was the stature of Moses. From Adam to Christ we find none greater than Moses in the Scriptures.

    Moses is a type of Christ, meaning he foreshadowed some of the truths about the Lord Jesus. Moses was essentially prophet, priest, and king to the Israelites; functions that would later be separated to different people before Christ came into the world.
  • DUNCAN/‘My words will not pass away’
    Turn to Luke 21:25-38 as we continue to make our way through a passage in which Jesus has been addressing His disciples about future events. There is a criticism of the Christian teaching on the end times that goes something like this. Because the Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again and that this earth will pass away, this keeps Christians from being involved in this world. Jesus’ teaching shows that that criticism misunderstands what the Bible's teaching on the last things is for. Jesus’ teaching about the last things is designed to equip us for today, and He shows us this specifically in this passage in several ways. Let me just give you four words as we work through the passage together: confidence, trust, watch, and pray.
  • BOURNE/Softer Brexit may be May’s best bet
    This article appeared in City A.M. on June 13, 2017.

    It is unclear whether the Prime Minister’s position is tenable in anything other than the short-term. But the disastrous election result last week has thrown the previous clarity on the government’s approach to Brexit into disarray.
  • MCCARTHY/About Comey’s memos
    The commentary about James Comey’s memoranda has been all over the map. The former FBI director says he made memos contemporaneous to, or immediately after, all nine of the meetings or phone calls he recalls having had with Donald Trump, when the latter was president-elect and, later, president. Comey acknowledges that he orchestrated the leak of at least one memo — or rather, a snippet mined from its contents — to the New York Times. All of the memos, he testified, have now been surrendered to the special counsel, Robert Mueller.
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