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

Natural Rights: A Matter of Origins

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Natural Rights: A Matter of Origins Within the general category of “natural rights”, there are two underlying schools of thought. Both believe that human beings posses certain rights and that these rights cannot be infringed, even by legitimate government action. (This is not to say that … Read More

Render Unto Caesar

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Render Unto Caesar: An Exposition of Matthew 22:15-22 As an advocate of limited government and an advocate of government by biblical standards, I am frequently asked about Jesus’ words when He tells us to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Many Christians have difficulty reconciling this … Read More

Symbols, Symbolism, and Flag Burning

An IPS Commentary By Michael R. Winther, President of the Institute for Principle Studies Symbols, Symbolism and Flag Burning I just watched a video clip of baseball player, Rick Monday, saving the American flag from the match of a protestor at a major league baseball game in 1976. As I watched, it occurred to me that there are millions of … Read More