Judges Remove the Crown While the King Laughs in Derision

LaughAt the first meeting of the City Council for the newly formed Zion, Illinois in 1902, the Reverend John Alexander Dowie presented the city with a proposed corporate seal.  Rev. Dowie had created a shield draped by a ribbon reading, “God Reigns” within a circle of the words, “Corporate Seal” and “City of Zion.”  Under the ribbon were four images, one of a cross, the others were of a dove, a sword, and a crown.

As he presented the seal to the newly formed City Council of Zion, he did so with this explanation:

I ask you to accept (this seal) and use it reverently.  Let no hand ever hold this lever and put this seal to anything that God does not approve.  Let the officer who uses this seal feel, as he pulls this lever and makes this impression, “God reigns,” that the document must be such a one as God approves.

Dowie did not leave the chosen symbols to suspect meaning.  Before the City Council unanimously accepted his proposal, he explained the meaning of each: [Read more...]

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Growing Millennials into Political Wisdom, Let’s Keep Politics Uncool Too

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Brett McCracken has written a brilliant article in response to a bad article.  Ok, maybe brilliant overstates it, but it is nevertheless worthwhile and timely.  Here’s the payoff paragraph from McCracken:

Millennials: why don’t we take our pastors, parents, and older Christian brothers and sisters out to coffee and listen to them? Perhaps instead of perpetuating our sense of entitlement and Twitter/blog/Instagram-fueled obsession with hearing ourselves speak, we could just shut up for a minute and listen to the wisdom of those who have gone before?”

Bravo.  McCracken’s rebuke is a good corrective to the church at large today.  It is a good reminder that we are to be driven by the unchanging Truth of the Gospel, not by the whim and fancy of every age, and certainly not by the immature whose self-assessed wisdom exceeds their years.

Interestingly, what is a good message for the Church is also a good message for Christians engaging culture.  The author to whom McCracken was responding is equal parts progressive “Christian” and progressive political ideologue.  Have you ever noticed that the two often go hand-in-hand?  That’s likely because one’s political ideology stems from one’s worldview.  Skew the worldview and you remove the foundation for the whole of life. [Read more...]

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Announcement: FPCWV Hires Director of Operations

NACherry-2012-Black-BlackBr - SmallThe Family Policy Council of WV (FPCWV) is pleased to announce today that Nathan Cherry has joined the organization full-time as the Executive Director. He will be working directly with me and the Board, and we are pleased to have him joining us.

Nathan has been personally involved with the FPCWV since 2008 as a Blogger and then Editor of FPCWV’s blog – EngageFamilyMinute.com. Before joining the FPCWV, he has held leadership roles, including Family Ministry Director and Executive Pastor. Nathan is Christ-centered, detail-orientated, creative and loves people. He has a sincere heart for the mission of FPCWV and brings a plethora of skills and talents to FPCWV as Executive Director. Nathan is an overall good guy to know, and I know he looks forward to talking with all of you.

The addition of Nathan to the FPCWV team is a testament to the continual positive growth of the organization. With the skills and talents Nathan brings, the organization hopes to accomplish even more in the next few months and years. With growth comes need. We ask that you please join us in our future success and growth by supporting FPCWV with a financial gift. Click on this link to make a gift today.

In Faithful Partnership,
Jeremiah G. Dys

Looking for more information about the Family Policy Council of WV or the Illuminate Campaign? Contact  us. Or go to www.familypolicywv.com/Illuminate

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Engaging the Issues: The Social Issues and Conservatives – Gary L. Bauer

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Political parties are helpful, but when politicians and parties refuse to discuss an issue just because it is controversial, how should we respond?  For Bauer, he is speaking out – time against a GOP establishment that does not just ignore the social issues, it’s starting to abandon one of the central planks in its platform.  Is there hope for the social issues in politics today?

Gary Bauer once served in the Reagan administration and has served as the past president of the Family Research Council and a Vice-President at Focus on the Family.  Today, he is still quoted broadly on a range of topics as he provides leadership to American Values, an organization that seeks to unite Americans around the vision of our Founding Fathers.

Click here to listen to Gary Bauer on Engaging the Issues . . .

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Jeremy Dys at CBMW: I Still Believe in Marriage

ring BibleFor two millennia, it has stood at the apex of human relationships. Every culture has witnessed it and added their own cultural significance to how it is conducted. It has been celebrated and lampooned, but it has survived. It has received the blessing of both Church and State. In recent decades, it has staggered. Culturally “enlightening” ideas of radical feminism, the sexual revolution, and even ‘no-fault’ divorce has all but reduced this venerable institution to its knees. Most recently, one judge (with the backing of four others) allowed for its redefinition.

And yet, it stands. It bows to no man, winces from no blow, and walks with head held high as yet the ultimate union of a man and a woman. No matter what happens to it, I still believe in marriage.

I still believe in that union of one man and one woman that has seen my parents weather 46 years together. I believe in their marriage that steadied a wife to her husband when his heart failed and bound the husband to his wife when cancer dared invade their union.

I still believe in the marriage of a grandfather who mourns his wife who has preceded him in death these dozen years. I believe in a marriage that, when one is taken to heaven leaves one of the “Greatest Generation” in tears at her absence when he holds the great-grandson she never saw. I believe in marriage because he has shown that, “’til death us do part” is not a momentary phrase on the lips, but a conviction of the heart. [Read more...]

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Keep Laughing, Abortion Activists Chants of ‘Hail Satan’ Drown Out ‘Amazing Grace’

As reported by that crazy, wide-eyed, right-wing newspaper The Washington Times:

Pro-choice protesters shouted, “Hail Satan!” as an attempt to drown out pro-lifers’ rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

A Texas blogger, Adam Cahm, captured the scene on video: “It’s been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol. … LetTexasSpeak has been doing a live broadcast from the rotunda where women have been sharing their abortion related testimonies. The pro-abortion crowd has responded with repeated chants of ‘hail Satan.’ It’s taken us all day to get a video recording,” The Blaze reported.

It calls to mind that which was said by the reformer and author of another hymn, Martin Luther, some centuries ago:

“I often laugh at Satan, and there is nothing that makes him so angry as when I attack him to his face, and tell him that through God I am more than a match for him.”

In the face of such evil as abortion on demand, at any time, for any reason, and without apology . . . keep laughing.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

PRESS RELEASE: Statement Regarding Attorney General, Letter From Women’s Health Center of West Virginia

For Immediate Release – July 2, 2013

Contact:
Jeremiah Dys,
304-553-7616
info@familypolicywv.com

 

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – Today, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that only one of two abortion clinics in West Virginia have responded to his letters last month.  The Attorney General’s letters were sent, following a medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by attorneys with the Family Policy Council of West Virginia and Alliance Defending Freedom, as part of an effort by the Attorney General to discern the adequacy of oversight of the abortion industry in West Virginia.

The following statement can be attributed to Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq., president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia:

“We are grateful that the Attorney General continues to be concerned about the safety of women.  It is clearly more important than the abortionists’ bottom line profits.  No matter the outcome of Itai Gravely’s medical negligence lawsuit, the Attorney General is right to make sure that what Dr. Stephens and Women’s Health Center of West Virginia did to Itai is not swept under the rug.

“It is shocking to see that – despite the serious allegations against them – Women’s Health Center of West Virginia believes that what they did to Itai could possibly be called, ‘quality medical care services!’

“Whatever ‘regulations’ Women’s Health Center of West Virginia thinks are ‘currently on the books’ – and we believe there are none – Dr. Stephens and Women’s Health Center of West Virginia exposed Itai to extraordinary pain and suffering and placed her life in danger.

“We continue to urge the governor to end his silence on this issue and join with the Attorney General in leading this state’s implementation of sensible abortion regulations.”

 

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The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Holding the Abortion Industry Accountable – Casey Mattox on Engaging the Issues

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The abortion industry in the United States is big business. And, when states like West Virginia fund over $300,000 (over $500 billion Federally) of its business each year, it’s fair to ask a few questions. That is especially true when, as we have seen recently in Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, and now West Virginia, women are being gravely injured at the hands of an unchecked abortion industry.

Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, Casey Mattox explains what they are doing to hold the abortion industry accountable.

Click here to listen now . . .

 

 

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Something New to Listen to from the FPCWV

Consider the Question Logo - Blue.001Today, the Family Policy Council of WV and I launch a new podcast that we have given the title, Consider the Question.   It is a weekly program that invites you to thoughtfully consider the questions raised by the world around us from a Christian worldview.

It is my hope to give you 3-4 minutes of analysis each Thursday to help you think Christianly about a story that has been . . . well . . . raised by the world around us.  Most of the time, that will take the form of reacting to a story in the media.  At other times, it may simply be my thinking out loud from an experience in my day-to-day work.  Whatever it is, I hope you’ll consider joining me each week to think through these important issues.

Each of these podcasts will be published on my website, jeremydys.com and I’ll soon give you some information on how you can subscribe to this podcast through iTunes so you can have it automatically downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, or to your PC via iTunes.

First up, we consider the question: Why make a gift registry for a baby destined for abortion?  If you would like to read the article referenced in the podcast, click here.

Once you’re able to listen to it, I’d appreciate you leaving me a note about how you like it or sharing it with your friends on Facebook.  Thanks!

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Podcast: Religious Freedom and American Exceptionalism

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What makes America exceptional?  According to Dr. Chris Seiple, one of the reasons America is exceptional is its dedication to religious freedom.  Listen to Dr. Seiple explain how religious freedom in America impacts religious freedom across the globe.

Dr. Chris Seiple is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement, a research, education, and diplomatic institution that builds sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships.  He has served in a variety of advisory positions, including as a member of the board of directors for Wycliffe Bible Translators and as an advisor to the United States Secretary of State as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Click here to listen now . . .

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.