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Rick Warren and the Church in America

Tuesday, April 7, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
Rick Warren was my guest in hour three of today’s program, and he generously agreed to stay after the broadcast and tape another long interview which will air this Friday –Good Friday– which focuses on the Church in America. The transcript of today’s show will be posted later tonight here, and the podcast here. Friday’s conversation is centered on the mission of the American Church. Rick’s new magazine, The Purpose Driven Connection, is intended to serve the Church both at home through its small group ministry, and in inspiring it to go abroad with a reformed and revitalized sense of mission.

Speaking of mission, here’s an e-mail in response to yesterday’s conversation with two leaders from Amor Ministries, which has seen a huge drop-off in students willing to spend spring break in Mexico building houses for the poor:

Hugh, Thank you for your “plug” for Amor and for the safety of those who labor on behalf of their housing ministry. The youth and adults from my congregation here in Hawaii have built three homes with Amor (we try to go every other year). With Amor’s help I was able to dispel the fears and concerns that some of the youth’s parents had about their children’s safety when we took out trip last summer. That concern almost scuttled the trip. But we went, a house was built and lives in Mexico and lives in Hawaii were changed for the better. I can think of few transformational mission opportunities that carry more “bang for the buck” than working with Amor Ministries. The security they provide is more than sufficient but it is hardly necessary in the areas served by Amor. Much of Mexico is corrupt, yes. But most of Mexico is safe and full of honest, good and hard-working people . . . including the neighborhoods served by Amor. There are, of course, places to avoid but Amor is not in close proximity to any of them. I plead with church groups everywhere: Take a stand! Don’t instil unnecessary fear into the hearts of our youth who are eager and ready to serve and to love their neighbors in an impoverished country next door to our own. Go to Mexico with Amor. Build a house so that a family waiting for your love can turn it into a home.
Aloha In Jesus, Jim Tweedie, Pastor, Mililani Presbyterian Church, Oahu, Hawaii
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Saving The F-22

Tuesday, April 7, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The big news out of Secretary Gates’ proposed DoD budget was the announcement that F-22 production was going to be shut down. (The Washington Post story is here , the New York Times here, and the Wall Street Journal story here.)

As recently as December, the Times ran a story reporting that the Air Force wanted 60 more F-22s, and though the cost of the additional planes was estimated at $9 billion, in the era of trillion dollar deficits, that seems hardly the sort of expenditure that would cause a blink of an eye, especially given the number of jobs that will be lost if the plane’s production lines are shuttered.

Against the backdrop of wild spending and massive deficits, the Pentagon cuts are startling. The first mission of the federal government is the nation’s defense, and the president’s budget spends billions on unnecessary and wasted spending while taking the knife to the country’s weapons’ systems.

President Obama’s visit to Iraq is a welcome symbol of his commitment to preserving the hard-won peace there, but the military he is meeting with needs the weapons of the next generation to remain capable of winning on the battlefields where it fights. Americans are right to worry that a hollowing-out of the military has begun.

Will The Youth Vote Turn-Out?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

In the U.S. this past November, there wasn’t a surge in youth voting, though there was a decisive shift towards Obama among those who did turn out to vote.

Today the Washington Post reports on an expected surge in the youth vote in India after the Mumbai attacks. Key graph:

In past elections, India’s middle-class youths blew off voting as a waste of time. The country’s often-Kafkaesque bureaucracy exasperated them, as did politicians’ well-earned reputations for corruption and criminal behavior. But now, the same high-tech tools and toys of youth culture that help teenagers engage with one another are being used to expose the misdeeds of political leaders. In the past, police harassed young people when they massed for street demonstrations, but Indian youths now gather on Facebook or organize over text messaging, a powerful medium in India, where 385 million people own cellphones, according to the Cellular Operators Association of India.

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