Nick Note: According to conservative commentator Erick Erickson, the more closely aligned a candidate was with Trump, the worse said candidate did. Mr. Ossoff received 48.1 percent of the vote, short of the 50 percent threshold needed to win the seat, and he will face Karen Handel, the top Republican vote-getter, in a June runoff. Siding with Trump may have been problematic in the Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, but being Mr. Trump is pretty advantageous. Yesterday’s announcement that Mr. Trump raised twice as much money for his inauguration festivities than any previous president-elect in history proves this. Disclosures Barack Obama, who raised $53 million for his 2009 inauguration. Speaking of the former president, comparisons are being made between he and the current president relative to North Korea. Last week, it was announced that a flotilla of ships were on the way to North Korea in order to send a powerful deterring message. The problem was that the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force were that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula. WaPo notes: “While officials are eager to signal a break from previous U.S. policy, their strategy appears to be a continuation of the Obama administration’s attempt to use international economic and diplomatic pressure to force results in Pyongyang.” Despite this conclusion, earlier today VP Pence warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an ‘overwhelming and effective’ response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons. Pence said don’t doubt our resolve and Senator Lankford (R-OK) said Mr. Trump should keep his word and release his taxes. “He promised he would,” Lankford said. “He should keep his promise.” For the Christian, our yes should be a yes and no a no (Matthew 5:37). Our words should be true because we are image-bearers and ambassadors of the Truth (John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:20).
“A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said. Mr. O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” has been ensnared in a sexual-harassment scandal related to previously undisclosed settlements he and Fox News paid to women who worked on or appeared on his program.
“Since an April 1 article in the New York Times detailing $13 million in settlements paid to five women, pressure has been growing on Fox News, both internally and from activists, to remove Mr. O’Reilly.”
Nick Note: This news broke last night, along with reports that a former clerical worker at Fox News alleged O’Reilly sexually and racially harassed her. The woman claims O’Reilly used to “leer at her” and “grunt at her like a wild boar.” He also used to call her “hot chocolate,” the alleged victim told The Hollywood Reporter. Would such behavior be tolerated in your household (1 Timothy 5:1-2, Luke 6:31)?
“The Jesuit order that founded Georgetown University formally apologized to the descendants of 272 slaves sold in 1838 to pay off the university’s debts.
“More than 100 descendants of these slaves gathered at ornate Gaston Hall for the Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope, where the apology was delivered by Rev. Tim Kesicki, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.”
Nick Note: C.S. Lewis noted that to be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. In the Scriptures, the one who confesses finds mercy (Proverbs 28:13), the one who whose transgressions are forgiven and sins are covered is blessed (Psalm 32:1).
“Linda Livingstone succeeds Baylor University’s first non-Baptist president, Kenneth Starr, who was fired last year over the Texas institution’s bungled response to ongoing reports of rape on campus…Livingstone, a former faculty member of Baylor and Pepperdine University, leaves her position as business school dean at George Washington University to become the Waco school’s first female president in its 172-year history.”
Nick Note: According to a 2014 study, women make up 16 percent of the top leaders at evangelical colleges and nonprofits. 1 in 10 CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) members are led by a woman. Congrats, Baylor Bears. May she lead in a way that is pleasing to God, good for the school, and for the benefit of the world (Ephesians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:23, Romans 1:11, 2 Corinthians 9:8-11).