Are Christians Selfish With Our Liberties?

An IPS CommentaryBy Mike Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Are Christian Selfish With Our Liberties? As the “stay-at-home” orders and other government restrictions on movement and assembly have continued, many churches have become frustrated at the limitations on their corporate worship.  As a result, many church bodies have made statements or drafted documents that are asking public … Read More

What Happened to Separation of Powers?

An IPS Commentary By Mike Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies What Happened to Separation of Powers? Much of the news over the past six weeks has focused on the efforts of our governors and our President to contain the impact and the spread of the novel coronavirus.  There is considerable debate about whether the anti-virus measures are … Read More

Crisis, Economics and the Compromise of Principle

An IPS Commentary By Mike Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Crisis, Economics and the Compromise of Principle As I write this, the world is in the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic and Congress has just passed an economic relief bill with an advertised price tag of about 2.2 trillion dollars.  This is an amount roughly equal to … Read More

Hope vs. Discouragement

An IPS Commentary By Mike Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Hope vs. Discouragement Are you discouraged by the current state of our nation?  Are you frustrated by the direction of our government and political system?  Are you discouraged by the condition of our culture?  Very few Christians believe that there is any chance to positively transform our … Read More

The Presidential Campaign: Side Show or Main Event?

By Mike Winther, President of Institute for Principle Studies The Presidential Campaign: Side Show or Main Event? In each four-year presidential cycle, much of America becomes completely enamored with the drama of the presidential election. We follow the media as they follow the presidential candidates—we become the paparazzi following the paparazzi. For many Americans, the presidential race is a hybridization … Read More

Relativism and Gay Marriage

By Mike Winther, President of Institute for Principle Studies Relativism and “Gay Marriage” The Obergefell decision and the proper role of civil government In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision on “gay marriage”, there is ample reason to criticize the Court, but there is also ample reason to criticize the criticizers. In the political, moral and academic debates … Read More

Negative Interest Rates and the Impoverishing of America

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Negative Interest Rates and the Impoverishing of America   If you have seen bank advertisements for CD rates, or if you have called your local bank or broker lately, you know that interest rates are abysmal. As I write this, Ally Bank is touting their 2-year … Read More

Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Little Things Can Make A Big Difference Almost every bill that comes into my mailbox contains content designed to promote a political agenda. My city water bill, my electricity bill, my natural gas bill, and even my home and auto insurance bills contain regular content designed … Read More

Reflections on Reading

An IPS Commentary By Jenna R. Hermle Reflections on Reading “The man who will not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” Attributed to Mark Twain, this quotation illustrates an important principle regarding reading: the technical ability to read does a person no good if he does not execute the ability. The capacity to read is an … Read More

A Household Understanding of the Economic Crisis

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies A Household Understanding of the Economic Crisis Despite the “gloom and doom” pronouncement that many commentators are making regarding our current economic situation, the formula for solving our nation’s economic woes is actually very simple. In fact, most average Americans already know the formula—in both a … Read More