My Latest Newsletter Articles

Stacy Abrams gives voice to pseudoscience of abortion advocacy
Stacy Abrams, the Democratic nominee in Georgia's gubernatorial race, is just wrong on the science behind fetal heartbeat monitoring.
Iowa Democrats' silence over Franken's ex-campaign manager's accusation is deafening.
Apparently "believe all women" doesn't apply when the accused is Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken.
Queen Elizabeth, a federal 15-week abortion ban, and Americans abandoning democratic norms.
After a writing hiatus, Shane Vander Hart looks at three recent stories in the news.
The Iowa State Fair Straw Poll is a pretty good indicator for statewide races
The Iowa Secretary of State's Iowa State Fair Straw Poll accurately predicted the winner of the statewide races it polled in 2016 and 2018.
Attack Ideas, Not Opponents
Christians are commanded to love our enemies and there is no exemption for politics or social media.
About the pro-life setback in Kansas
Kansas voters rejected a poorly worded constitutional amendment that clarified the state's constitution does not include a right to abortion access.
Reject political idolatry
For many Christians on both the right and the left, political parties, elected officials, or political candidates have become idols.
The 'Respect for Marriage Act' doesn't respect marriage
Even though it's unlikely that Obergefell v. Hodges will ever be overturned, Senate Republicans should not vote to codify same-sex marriage.

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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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