The post-truth, pre-truth society

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By Rob Slane

As we enter a new year, one thing we can say for certain about the old year is that, in terms of unexpected political and geopolitical changes, it was truly breathtaking. Here in England, there was the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. The British government and much of the media did just about everything they could to prevent it and then were genuinely shocked by the result. Then there was the defeat of Hillary Clinton at the hands of Donald Trump, and again the elites neither saw it coming, nor seemed to know how to react once reality set in.

But behind these seismic shifts in the political landscape, an even bigger story has been brewing. For the mainstream media, 2016 was an Emperor’s New Clothes year—a year when many of the biggest newspapers and TV outlets were exposed as being not only completely wrong, but in many cases simply mouthpieces for the global elite. However, rather than learning anything from the experience, it seems that their response has been to double down on the same strategy, as if doubling down on failed practices would produce anything but more failure.

So in the wake of Mr. Trump’s victory, those same organizations who had been so biased in their pre-election coverage hit back by creating the notion of “fake news” and “fake news sites” with the assertion that we are now in a “post-truth” society.

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By Alyssa Klaus

Member Spotlight Jule' Colvin photoHelping nonprofit organizations succeed has been a 30-plus-year mission for Julé Colvin. Her company, Pathways to Growth, sees nonprofits flourish under its leadership training, as well as its grant-readiness assessment, grant writing program, and other services geared toward making organizations both financially and structurally sound.

Julé’s love for nonprofits and the people they serve started early in life.

“I like to say it started when I was 10,” she says. “I can remember always having a heart for it, even though I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. I had good parents, but we weren’t churchgoing folks then.”

Despite this, she felt the desire to help the less fortunate.

Her first job out of college was working for a nonprofit. From there, she never looked back. She has worked every position at these organizations, “from chief cook and bottle washer, to running a program for high school dropouts, helping to build affordable housing in the inner city, working with senior citizens, and the list goes on and on.” She has also served as a board member, executive director, and developmental director to various nonprofits. However, she really found her niche in grant writing.

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By Michael Miller

God is in the details and, in Paul Perryman’s case, in the ruts.

The Samaritan Ministries member hit one of those ruts during the bicycling portion of an Ironman Triathlon in Oklahoma City on September 26, 2015. An Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride, and a full marathon. Paul, who lives in Flint, Texas, hit the unmarked rut in the road around the 100-mile mark of the bike ride.

He now sports five plates and 20 screws, all unnoticeable, in his face.

In the accident, his bike’s front tire wedged solidly in the asphalt gap, stopping the whole bike suddenly. Paul flew forward off the bike and landed on his face and head, with the rest of his body following. He sustained six broken bones and five cracked bones (if you’re not squeamish, you can read about them in detail at his blog) in his face and other parts of his head, as well as several broken teeth. A photo of his sunglasses shows distinct scrape marks where they met asphalt; the padding in his protective helmet was shredded. But God was already busy working things for His glory.

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Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent of hidden faults. Keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Psalm 19:12-13

We can be in the wrong without realizing it. At the very time we are the most confident, we may be in the greatest danger. What can we do?

Earlier in Psalm 19 we are reminded that God speaks to all people through His creation. But He didn’t stop there. He has given us His Word. God’s law is perfect, His testimony is sure, His precepts are right, His commandment is pure, and His rules are true. The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever.

God has provided everything needed for us to know Him and be cleansed, even of our hidden faults and presumptuous sins, when we seek Him. We need to be truly seeking God, with our hearts crying out to Him.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

For the Kingdom,

Ray King

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The way to national greatness

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By Rob Slane

I am writing this piece a couple of days after the confirmation of Donald J. Trump’s election to the office of president of the United States of America. Unlike the mainstream media, I was not surprised by this result. Having already witnessed firsthand the quiet but determined revolt against the cultural leaders in the Brexit vote, and seeing many of the same sorts of issues present in the United States, I expected that there would be another major shock. If Brexit was the First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Global Elites, the U.S. presidential election was the Second.

One of my favorite tweets on election night came from Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman:

“A terrifying night, and not just because Trump might win. It turns out that there is a deeper rage in white, rural America than I knew.”

Krugman had no clue of the frustration many ordinary people throughout the country have with the whole political system and with the direction the country is moving. Why didn’t he know? Because he, along with the rest of the cultural commentators, is out of touch with ordinary citizens.

Will these cultural elites learn a lesson? Yes, but it may well be a wrong one, amply demonstrated by Mr. Krugman again in a couple of later tweets on the same evening:

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