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Scott Slayton

Scott Slayton

Jimmy Carter’s Most Infamous Speech was Forty-Four Years Too Early

In the wake of the announcement that former President Jimmy Carter will spend his remaining days at home, political observers have reappraised different aspects of his presidency. By any objective measure, Carter’s Presidency was one of the most difficult in American history. In July 1979, Carter’s administration put him in a pinch by prematurely announcing he would give a televised speech addressing the energy crisis.

Washington panned the speech, accusing Carter of blaming the American people for his administration’s failures. Some Americans received the speech warmly, and his approval rating jumped by eleven points. History, though, has not been kind to the speech, viewing it as a harbinger for the coming beat down he would take in the election of 1980.

As Carter sought to diagnose the problem at the heart of American life, he blamed Washington, but recognized that what happened there was a symptom of the disease in the rest of America. Carter said, “In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption.

The Response to the 'He Gets Us' Ads Reflects our Growing Polarization

If we hear the name of Jesus and start searching for a political agenda, we have made politics into an idol. Political victory has enshrined itself in our hearts as the thing that can save us. We owe our allegiance to our political tribe and must obey the compulsion to crush our enemies.

Politics can't save us. It offers us the world as we wish it was but only leaves us with disillusionment, frustration, and anger. Jesus can and does save us.

After the SOTU's Childish Antics, What Can I Do to Strengthen American Democracy?

If we want our government to change, we have to change. American citizens, particularly those who are followers of Jesus, have an obligation to improve the condition of the American republic so that it better addresses the obstacles we face. We could talk for hours about how we need to change, but here are three suggestions to get us started today...

When America Remembered to Pray

After Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a nationally televised football game last week, slews of people began calling for prayers for his recovery. In one sense, this outpouring was not surprising. In another sense, it pushes back against the growing secularity of America.

New Year's Resolutions for American Politicians

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions for myself a few years ago. I found them to be pointless goals that I was not going to chase just because the calendar flipped. Instead, I use the New Year to examine my weekly rhythms and routines to see what I need to change.

My personal disavowal of New Year’s resolutions does not extend to other people. No public figures are coming to me for advice, but if they were, these are the New Year’s resolutions I would recommend.

Maturity Comes Before the Platform

Celebrity culture is at odds with Christianity. The Christian Gospel goes forward and bears fruit, not when it is espoused by the talented and the beautiful, but when ordinary and faithful men and women commit their lives to Jesus. Celebrities need to hear the Gospel and believe, but the Christian church does not need its large platforms or influence to thrive. The Christian church thrives on weakness and endurance. It bears fruit through faithful witness over the long haul. It is not thrilling or exciting by the world’s standards, but it changes lives and brings glory to God.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski Wins Appeal of Contempt Charge for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions

A Canadian appeals court handed a victory to a pastor charged with contempt of court for holding church services in violation of COVID restrictions.

Church’s Livestream Captures Pastor Being Robbed at Gunpoint Mid Sermon

Masked robbers entered a church and robbed the pastor, who was in the middle of his sermon, at gun point. The entire robbery was caught on the church’s live stream.

Undocumented Immigrant Indicted for the Rape of 10-Year-Old Ohio Girl Who Went to Indiana for an Abortion

An undocumented immigrant who raped and impregnated a 10-year-old Ohio girl has been indicted on rape charges. Columbus Police arrested Gerson Fuentes, 27, after he confessed to raping the victim on at least two occasions.

5 Takeaways from the 8th January 6th Hearing

The Select Congressional Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol held its eighth public hearing on Thursday. They heard testimony about activities in the White House during the attack, discussions among the Vice President’s security detail, and viewed more footage from inside the Capitol.

Here are five takeaways from Thursday’s hearings.

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