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Shane Vander Hart discusses the results from the Virginia Gubernatorial and State Legislative election, and the New Jersey Gubernatorial election with JD Rucker, the co-founder of the Federalist Party and managing editor at The New Americana. He also explains what he hopes to accomplish through the Federalist Party, as well as, some short and long-term goals. Shane and JD also briefly discuss the hot mess that is the Alabama U.S. Senate Race.

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This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

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Photo Credit: Dwight Burdette (CC-By-3.0)

Is your church safe? Is it secure? Does your church have a security plan? Would your church know how to respond if an active shooter entered the building? These are questions a lot of congregations, church staff, and leaders should consider after last Sunday’s shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX that killed 26 and wounded 20.

Also, is your church prepared for other, more common threats?

Shane Vander Hart discussed this issue with Timothy Miller, the president and founder of LionHeart International Services Group, who is a church security expert. Miller is a 30-year military and law enforcement veteran who has commanded a special Marine Corps group that guarded nuclear facilities, identified and mitigated security threats against U.S. forces worldwide. He also served in the United States Secret Service assigned to the Washington Field Office, Miller coordinated all aspects of security for the President, Vice-President, and foreign heads of state on a regular basis. Regularly assigned to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Protective details, Miller was directly responsible for all aspects of security both domestically and internationally.

Miller is currently the Director of Security at Christ Fellowship in South Florida, a church of 30,000 with 7 campuses in South Florida.

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This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

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Social media and the news has changed a lot over the last few years. How should Christians engage it? How do we discern what news is fake or accurate before we share it? How can we bring civility back to the social media realm?

Shane Vander Hart discussed this with Joe Carter. Carter, who has blogged since 2003, wears several hats. He is the communications specialist with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a senior editor for Acton Institute, an editor with The Gospel Coalition, and adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College.

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

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If statistics are any indicator, may Christian parents will face the heart-rending actions of a wayward child. This child could be living at home or an adult child. They could lead lives inconsistent with the biblical faith they profess or perhaps reject the Christian faith altogether.

What should a parent do? How should they respond? What should they avoid?

Those are questions that Shane Vander Hart discussed with Scott Owen with Crosswalk Ministries in Ames, IA whose ministry offers biblical counseling and conciliation.

Scott provides sound advice to parents facing these difficult circumstances.

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

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Today is Reformation Day and we are marking the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church.

Why is an event that happened over 500 years ago still important today? Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers discuss the theological rediscoveries made during the Reformation, but how it contributed to Western Civilization as we know it today.

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

Also, be sure to check out Travis Risvold of Modern Woodmen of America. Call Travis at 515-883-0029. He can help you find the life insurance YOU need.

Please consider partnering with us by becoming a sponsor of Caffeinated Thoughts.

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What will the current tax reform plan that President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are touting look like? Does it just cut taxes for the rich and hurt the poor?

Shane Vander Hart talks to Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, to learn more about what the tax reform plan will do, what he likes about the plan, and where he would like to see it improved. How will it impact you? How will it impact the self-employed? And will it negatively impact retirement savings with 401Ks?

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

Also, be sure to check out Travis Risvold of Modern Woodmen of America. Call Travis at 515-883-0029. He can help you find the life insurance YOU need.

Please consider partnering with us by becoming a sponsor of Caffeinated Thoughts.

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Shoebox distribution in Zambia

Nicole Sheldon, the Upper Midwest Regional Director of Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, joined Shane Vander Hart to discuss how listeners, their families, and their churches can participate in sharing God’s love in a practical way with children across the world.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has packaged and delivered over 147 million shoebox gifts to over 150 nations and territories. For many of these children, this shoebox gift is the first gift they have received.

Not only that, but Operation Christmas Child partners with local churches in destination countries to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

There are plenty of ways for you to get involved: pack a shoe box at home and drop it off at the closest drop-off location, build a shoebox online, host a packing party, take a trip to volunteer at your region’s processing center, join their prayer network, or cover the cost of shipping for a shoebox (or two or three or 100).

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

Also, be sure to check out Travis Risvold of Modern Woodmen of America. Call Travis at 515-883-0029. He can help you find the life insurance YOU need.

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On today’s Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, host Shane Vander Hart discusses with Chris Jacobs President Donald Trump’s recent healthcare executive order, as well as, the deal that was made between U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to address issues with the individual health insurance market.

Chris Jacobs, the Founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, is a policy writer and analyst based in Washington, DC. He holds over a decade of policy experience in a variety of roles on and off Capitol Hill. Chris previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Heritage Foundation and the Joint Economic Committee’s Senate Republican staff.

Before that, he worked as a Policy Advisor for the House Republican Conference under then-Chairman Mike Pence during the debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and as a Health Policy Analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee during the first two years of the law’s implementation. He has taught part-time on health policy at The American University.

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

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Personalized learning. It sounds like something that would be good for our students, but that is not the case. Our guest today warns that instead of teachers spending more individual time with your student, personalized learning decreases the time teachers spend one-on-one with students.

Jane Robbins, an attorney and senior fellow with American Principles Project, joins Shane Vander Hart to discuss this educational fad that is present in schools throughout the nation. They also consider how educational technology used for personalized learning impacts students and why that should concern parents as well.

She even says that personalized learning conflicts with scientific reality, ignoring what works to help students commit information to their long-term memories. (So much for education reformers advancing evidence-based practices.)

Robbins recently wrote articles at Truth in American Education and The American Spectator on the subject.

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They are a great group.

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Can we turn around climate change? Brian Myers in his interview with Dr. John Christy referencing Bjorn Lomberg said, “We will spend at least a 100 trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature by the end of the century by a grand total of three-tenths of one degree.”

Does this sound very feasible to you?

Caffeinated Thoughts’ senior contributor Brian Myers interviews Dr. John Christy. Christy is a professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is also Alabama’s State Climatologist. His chief interests are satellite remote sensing of global climate and global climate change.

In the second part of a two-part interview, Myers discusses with Christie Climate Change as it relates to public policy, as well as, the economic impact public policy makes. (Be sure to listen to Part I here.)

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The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast can only exist due to the generosity of our sponsors.

This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They’re a great group.

Also, be sure to check out Travis Risvold of Modern Woodmen of America. Call Travis at 515-883-0029. He can help you find the life insurance YOU need.

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