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Iowa's big abortion case and Blaine is a Zombie
Shane Vander Hart discusses the Iowa Supreme Court's decision in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Reynolds and the Supreme Court's decision in Carson v. Makin.
Jesus, Lauren Boebert, and AR-15s
Congresswoman Boebert's joke about Jesus not having enough AR-15s to prevent his death represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the Gospel message.
Monday Musings: Top Gun 2, primary pondering, a primetime hearing, & civic-minded bears
Shane Vander Hart offers his thoughts about Top Gun: Maverick, Iowa's primary results, the Jan. 6th Committee's primetime hearing, and a conscientious bear.
How I now approach Pride Month
I used to complain about it, but now every rainbow-colored meme is a reminder to pray for those who take pride in their LGBTQ lifestyle.
There are no easy answers to mass shootings
Mass shootings are complex and there is no silver bullet solution, but we are scoffed at when we engage in the most powerful response.
We need the whole counsel of God
Pastors should preach and teach the whole counsel of God, and we should be ready to receive it.
A question that left an abortion activist speechless.
Congressman Mike Johnson of Louisiana provided a moment of moral clarity during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on abortion access.
Picketing homes is toxic to our politics
Legal or illegal, protesting and picketing outside someone's home has no place in civil discourse.

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About Shane

Shane is an Iowa native, a follower of Jesus, a husband to Cheryl, and a father of three grown children.  Shane and his family live in the Des Moines, IA area having moved back in 2002 after living in Illinois, Florida, Ohio, and Indiana.

Shane is the founder and President of 4:15 Communications, a social media and communications consulting and management firm, specializing in social media account creation, social media strategy audits, blog creation and management, social media account management, online written content for websites, blog content, public relations, and press release distribution.

Shane has 20 years of working in non-profit organizations, and ten years of experience with public relations, community networking, social media marketing, and blogging. He is also an experienced public speaker and trainer.

Shane also founded in 2006 Caffeinated Thoughts, a multi-contributor site that provides “stimulating Christian & conservative commentary” on culture, current events, faith, and politics where he writes on a daily basis and serves as editor-in-chief. He also launched in 2020 The Iowa Torch, a news site focused on Iowa politics. Shane has also contributed to The Des Moines Register, POLITICO, The Hill, Daily Caller, and Fox News. Campaigns & Elections Magazine has recognized Shane as one of the top political influencers in Iowa.

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