DID YOU KNOW that we will be voting on judicial candidates in the upcoming election? The Constitution gives the president the responsibility for nominating federal judges and justices and the Senate the responsibility of confirmation (ADVICE AND CONSENT). The Constitution does not spell out judicial qualifications. More than 600 judges sit on district courts, almost 200 judges sit on courts of appeals, and 9 justices make up the Supreme Court. All federal judges have life terms, so a president’s nomination decisions are in many ways his or her most important legacy. Recommendations to fill these positions often come from the Dept. of Justice, the FBI, members of Congress, sitting judges and justices, and the American Bar Assoc. Some judicial hopefuls even nominate themselves. Experience: Most nominees have had substantial judicial or government experience, either on the state or federal level. Many have law degrees or some other form of higher education. State level judges are elected, an important responsibility of the voter since these judges could move up to the appointed federal level where they may have an impact for generations to come.
It’s a question we have all asked. We see the magnitude of need and feel the minimal nature of our abilities and resources, and wonder, “What’s the point? What difference can I make?” Here’s an example to encourage you to do all the good you can.
Did you know that President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by swing voter Justice Kennedy’s retirement? The court is now divided with four conservative and four liberal judges. Kavanaugh is a longtime Washington insider, having served as a law clerk to Kennedy and then as a key member of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team that produced the report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton's impeachment. In October, Kavanaugh dissented when his court ruled that a teenage migrant in federal custody should be able to obtain an abortion immediately, arousing the disapproval of the pro-choice community. Kennedy has mainly supported abortion rights in his time on the court. Overturning the landmark abortion rights case of Roe v. Wade may not be immediately likely, but a more conservative court might be more willing to sustain abortion restrictions. Interest groups across the political spectrum are mobilizing to support or fight the nomination because it is so likely to push the court to the right. Republicans currently hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, where a majority vote is required. A tie vote could be broken by Vice President Pense.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13)
July is almost upon us and we are reminded of a special birthday – The United States. The Constitutional Convention had completed its work and the question was asked of Dr. Ben Franklin: “Well, Dr. Franklin, what have you given us?” DID YOU KNOW that he responded: “You have a republic, madame. If you can keep it.”
Thank you Pole Creek Family, you have once again shown your heart for missions, this time local missions. Jeremy and Robin Canipe express their thanks to Pole Creek Baptist Church for all donations of sporting equipment, yard games, bicycles, and cash given for Broyhill Children's Home. The cash was used to purchase additional items and everything was delivered on Saturday, June 16. Below you will find several emails from Jeremy along with a link to the list of items delivered to Broyhill and the receipts supporting the use of the cash donations.
Southern Baptists came to Texas 10,000 strong. It was the largest convention in several years—and the most contentious of late. It has been a number of years since I have attended, as the waters were basically tranquil and the ship was sailing along, if not speedily, at least safely. Steady hands were at the helm—then someone rocked the boat. Tensions rose as two strong candidates for President would be nominated, both with a constituency that represented a widening chasm between traditionalists who tend to be older and more establishment minded, and the more contemporary-minded who tend to be younger and more entrepreneurial methodologically. Then, the bombshell, as Paige Patterson, one of the architects of the conservative resurgence that had helped turn the SBC back to sound doctrine, was ultimately fired from his post as first President and then President Emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The “me too” movement in the culture, which has brought to the fore the abuse of women at the hands of powerful men, certainly impacted the perceived attitudes and actions (or lack thereof) in Dr. Patterson’s leadership. It was a growing scandal that along with the firing of Frank Page from heading the Executive Committee of the SBC and Alvin Reid from being Professor of Evangelism at Southeastern Seminary, for unnamed “improper relationships” brought in the national news to stain us with reports of scandal, sexism, and strife. So, it was this that drove me to ask Pole Creek to send me and our Director of Missions, Perry Brindley, to this convention, which you graciously did.