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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.
No heckler's veto of the First Amendment
Shane addresses a comment about his newsletter article about the Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
Private prayer by a public official in public view is not 'establishing religion'
The Supreme Court makes much needed course corrections to erroneous Burger Court precedents concerning religious expression.
What I said to my mother's killer
I had the opportunity to provide a victim impact statement at sentencing hearing for the drunk driver who killed my Mom, Linda Vander Hart.
Almost fifty years of prayers answered
Praise God that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey so the people and elected representatives can address the moral stain of abortion.

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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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