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December 2018

December 26, 2018 The Dr. Larry Show

What is the meaning of Christmas in 2018?

Featured Guest: Monsignor Michael D. Murphy                 

Monsignor Michael D. Murphy

A beloved Catholic priest in the Diocese of Lansing Michigan. Ordained in 1966, retired 2011: 45 years active ministry, serving as pastor, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General, Diocese of Lansing. Entered Senior priest status in 2011. Lifetime of outstanding service to the people of Lansing, as counselor, pastor, innovator and member of various diocesan and community boards and committees.

Msgr. Murphy joins Dr. Larry at 7-8 pm, on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 to deliver his Christmas message. Tune in to www.TheBatchelorPadNetwork.com

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Christmas 2018 – What does it mean?

Is Christmas relevant in 2018?                               

by Dr. Larry Fedewa, December 22, 2018

As we look around at the Christmas decorations, programs,
ceremonies, shopping, cards, greetings and the whole
Christmas season, what messages do we get?

What does it all mean?

Clearly, something unusual and good is in the air. People seem friendlier, parties and benefits are everywhere. Charities, soap kitchens, and the Salvation Army are busier than usual.

When we think of the origin of Christmas, we realize that it began as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Today, however, it is possible to go through the entire Christmastime without ever hearing that name. Many children are taught that the central figure of Christmas is Santa Claus on his mission of kindness and goodwill.

So, what about this Jesus Christ? Is he still important, even relevant?  Keep Reading

In defense of Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is taking heat for the Packers’ losing season. Forget 400+ passes without an interception.  IMO, Mark Murphy should be taking a lot of that blame. Rodgers is an extraordinary QB, not only for his arm strength and accuracy, but also because he is a master at extending a play. Many of his “miracle” passes have been caught by the few receivers who understand how to get open during the extra time Aaron manufactures. They have developed a special set of skills to complement Rodgers — skills so unusual that neither they nor Aaron can work those miracles alone. The primary player in this Packer generation has been Jordy Nelson. Murphy traded him to save money. The kids who came in behind him haven’t had time to learn what he knew. The only other Aaron twin is Randall Cobb, who spent most of the year on IR. Adams and the other Rodgers are coming along but they are not there yet. So, management decides to make the Packers a running team. When that doesn’t work, Murphy fires McCarthy. When that doesn’t work, they start blaming Rodgers. IMO, they should start at the top!

Republicans in the secular city: condemned by history?

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (December 15, 2018)

The 2016 update of the 2010 U.S. Census shows the current distribution of the U.S. population at 80.3% urban and 19.7% rural. (Michael Ratcliff, Geography Division, U.S. 2010 Census Report, issued  December 2016)  This simple fact is perhaps the most significant reality in the current political polarization of the United States’ electorate. On its face, it signifies that the current Republican Party is doomed to disappear unless it can make some fundamental changes.

To detail some of the differences between urban and rural realities, let’s look at a few.
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Let’s Talk: Saudis and Immigration

Holier than thou?

By Dr. Larry Fedewa (December 7, 2018)

In all the conversations. interviews, and debates about issues of the day, a few stand out as particularly irksome, on one or both sides. The first issue is the American politicians’ tendency to show a residual streak of puritanism – thought to have worn out over these many years. Apparently not.

There seems to be an underlying missionary zeal which impels American politicians on occasion to judge another nation’s behavior as sinful and then to punish that country and presume to preach to them how they should behave. It is one thing to object strenuously to behavior which directly attacks a stated interest of the United States, as in th e case of North Korea’s nuclear threats to the United States mainland. It is something altogether different to scold and punish another country for an act which has no impact on American interests, such as the Khashoggi assassination.  Keep Reading