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Newsweek: Bottom line on Candidates

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Newsweek published thoughts on the “win – ability” of each candidate for the Presidency, followed by one-line summaries. Here are the one-liners on the leaders from both parties – click thru on the link for details. (Hint: I found the link to this article in an Obama email)

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Rudy Giuliani
Bottom Line
Unless the United States is attacked again by terrorists close to the election, a risky choice for Republicans.

Mitt Romney
Bottom Line
If anti-Mormon Republicans stay home, it’s hard to see how he makes it in November.

Mike Huckabee
Bottom Line
A big risk, but he’s got potential appeal to Reagan Democrats, which might be the only way for the GOP to hold the White House.

John McCain
Bottom Line
If there’s major news from abroad in 2008, he’s the GOP’s best shot. If not, he’s not.

John Edwards
Bottom Line
Looks safer, but at least as big a risk in general election as Clinton or Obama.

Hillary Clinton
Bottom Line
She can win, but she’ll need to run a near-flawless fall campaign.

Barack Obama
Bottom Line
A roll of the dice, but the only one with a decent chance for a landslide.
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You buying it?

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Written by Monte

December 31, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Posted in Politics

Let’s chill. We’re both partly wrong. (Sermon of 1 Feb 09)

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In the aftermath of  World War II, many European intellectuals (later joined by Americans and many others) were forced to ask this question:  how could this have happened? This referred to two world wars, and especially the Holocaust. […] They diagnosed the sickness that had befallen Western civilization in general and “Christian” Germany in particular to be excessive confidence.

Brian McLaren in Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope

Mark 1:21-28 (NIV*)

Arguing over a sales commission (Chicago Theater Blog)

Arguing over a sales commission (Chicago Theater Blog)

21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.

Strange thing to say, isn’t it?  Rabbis certainly did have authority to teach the Scriptures. But when Jesus spoke, something else happened.

And as if to prove it:

23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24″What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

Remember, we’re in Chapter 1 here.  Who else in the room would have even thought this? Virtually no one but Jesus himself. How shocked they must have been to hear it. What a statement!

And what a source! Jesus reacts immediately. First:

25″Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly.

Why would he shush, if it’s true? Why would an evil spirit say it, anyway? Read the rest of this entry »

Pro-life, Pro-Obama

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Where can you find the lowest abortion rate in the whole world? See if this answer surprises you:
Western Europe

Douglas Kmiec

Douglas Kmiec

I found that figure on a website called Prolife ProObama, where I was greeted by a letter from Douglas Kmiec. And there a strong case is made that – well, obviously – pro-life voters may accomplish more for their cause by voting for Barack Obama rather than John McCain.

Douglas Kmiec is no fuzzy-headed liberal. He was Ronald Reagan’s legal counsel in the White House, also serving that role George H.W. Bush. Kmiec, a committed Roman Catholic, was dean and professor of law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and at Notre Dame. And he’s now a professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University.

And he writes:

  • The most frequent reasons given by women seeking an abortion are that a child would limit ability to meet current responsibilities and that they cannot afford a child at this point in their lives.
  • Unintended pregnancy has increased by 29% among poor women while decreasing 20% among higher-income women.
  • Women below the federal poverty level have abortion rates almost four times those of higher-income women.

Strange, eh? Abortion generally is slowing in the USA. So why would it be soaring among poor women?

Over at  God’s Politics, I came across Tony Campolo on the same subject:

More than 60 percent of all abortions are economically driven.  The reality is that without provisions for hospital coverage; pre- and post-natal care; maternity leave so that a woman giving birth will not lose her job; and nursing assistance to help single mothers transition into parenthood, millions of women who want to carry their pregnancies to term will not do so.

There you go.  Most women who have abortions do so because Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

October 31, 2008 at 12:04 pm

No one in this election is a true “leftist”

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UPDATE:  With election hoopla at full frenzy, I hear scare-words (like “socialist”) being thrown around.  Truth is, almost no one in American politics is genuinely left of center; nearly all fall into the center-right regions, including both of the remaining presidential candidates.

It seemed like a good idea to re-post this graph from the primary days. As you’ll see, this being America, we’re pretty much all capitalists.  Our “left” and “right” are merely debates about how much leash we give our capitalism.

Meanwhile, pooh-pooh the idea that Obama’s palling around over there next to Karl Marx. That’s a long, long ways from true. -M

Notice the old labels don’t work any more? Political Compass politicians Used to be that a fire-breathing politician could cry “LIBBRAL!” and everyone in the room would look shocked as linebackers near a penalty flag. Nowadays, no one looks up. Must be disappointing.

As The Political Compass points out, the old terms don’t express much helpful information:

The old one-dimensional categories of ‘right’ and ‘left’, established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly of 1789, are overly simplistic for today’s complex political landscape. For example, who are the ‘conservatives’ in today’s Russia? Are they the unreconstructed Stalinists, or the reformers who have adopted the right-wing views of conservatives like Margaret Thatcher ?

On the standard left-right scale, how do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi? It’s not sufficient to say that Stalin was simply more left than Gandhi. There are fundamental political differences between them that the old categories on their own can’t explain. Similarly, we generally describe social reactionaries as ‘right-wingers’, yet that leaves left-wing reactionaries like Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot off the hook.
So, Political Compass stirred in a couple more ingredients, then made a test to sample views. Try it—it only takes a few minutes, and I’ll guarantee it will give you something to think about—at their web page.
And, if you’re curious, my results are after the break: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

October 14, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Posted in Politics

2008 Ministerial Credentials Interviews

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Hello, Iowa District ministers and candidates!

Our Credentials and Studies Boards will meet on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Eastside Church of the Nazarene, 1541 E. 25th St., Des Moines, IA. Applications are due May 1.

Please request your meeting time by leaving a comment below. I will confirm your time by return email and write your name on the chart.

If you are:

  • an applicant for your first Iowa District License, please request two 20-minute white blocks, making a single 40-minute appointment.
  • an applicant for renewal of your Iowa District License, please request one 20-minute white block.
  • an applicant for ordination, please request one of the 60-minute blocks so marked.







Board Members Convene


Ordination candidate: Jeff Jewett


Adam Jantz

Celeste Norman

Tammy Gauer

James Gauer

Dick Allen


Victoria Hagedorn

Scott Landon

Josh Vance

Ben DeLong

Zach Pogemiller


Elizabeth Messamer

Chapain B. Tosingilo

Jose Segura

Brandon Shotten

Zach Pogemiller


Paul Gabbard

Chapain B. Tosingilo

Jose Segura

Kyle Haafke


Paul Gabbard

Dan Hardcastle

Kyle Haafke


Ordination candidate: Dana Jurgens


Ordination candidate: James Leatherwood


Credentials Board meets

Please note that the 2008 info letter is also online: click here to see it. If you did not receive it, please contact me right away.

It’s an honor to serve you, and we’re looking forward to sharing in your journey.

Rev. Monte Asbury, Secretary
Iowa District Board of Ministerial Credentials
Church of the Nazarene

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Written by Monte

April 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Posted in Politics