March 31, 2020

BONUS: Equal Pay Day 2020

Yes, this is a bonus episode: two episodes for the price of one week here on Truthspresso!

Today, March 31, 2020 is officially "Equal Pay Day." This is the date selected for the year when women allegedly have to work extra to match the wages that their male counterparts earned through December last year. So, the average woman working "full time" earns about 80% of what the average man working "full time" earns.

We've dealt with this topic months ago on Truthspresso, but let's celebrate the day by giving this topic a fresh look.

Disaggregating the statistics, we note that differences in total hours worked, career choices, and the roles involved in pregnancy and caring for children contribute to this "gender wage gap."

What happens if the government forces some form of "equality" with these aggregate statistics of averages? Would women gain or would they and the economy lose?

 

Sources cited:

"Column: Close gender pay gap — especially now during the coronavirus crisis"

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/03/29/editorial/island-voices/close-gender-pay-gap-especially-now/

 

"Which Majors Have the Highest Concentrations of Men versus Women?"

https://www.goodcall.com/news/recent-georgetown-study-shows-which-college-majors-are-dominated-by-men-and-women-02108/

 

"Details in new BLS report suggest that most of the gender earnings gap is explained by age, marital status, children, hours worked"

https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/details-in-new-bls-report-suggest-that-most-of-the-gender-earnings-gap-is-explained-by-age-marital-status-children-hours-worked/

We continue our series on understanding money by looking at how the Bible defines money. We see how God's plan for the nation of Israel was to have a sound money based on weights of gold and silver. God pronounced harsh judgment on those who deceived and robbed people through false balances.

We outline four steps from the Bible that reveal God's money vs. the manipulators

  1. God created the money
  2. God measured the money
  3. God stabilized the money
  4. God punishes those who manipulate the money

Why can't we spend paper money from a Monopoly game? It's not very different from the paper money we use every day.

This episode is basic look at economics by taking a magnifying glass to something we take for granted: money. To do this, we answer these three questions:

  1. What is money?
  2. What has been used as money?
  3. What makes a good money?

We explore some rather strange things that have been used as money in the past and even today from two online articles.

We begin the groundwork for putting conventional economic wisdom to the test as we test our paper money against the qualities that make a good money.

 

Sources Cited:

25 Strangest Things Used As Currency

https://list25.com/25-strangest-things-used-as-currency/

 

11 Crazy Things Used As Currency Around the World

https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/11-unusual-things-that-have-been-used-as-currency-around-the-world-462010/

March 16, 2020

Embracing Coronanomics

We are all sick of hearing about the COVID-19 coronavirus!

Let's tackle this topic from a different angle. Let's look at the economics!

We look at this current event through these four "currents":

  1. The current civilian reactions
  2. The current government reactions
  3. The current misunderstandings of economics
  4. The current 10 silver linings

Be prepared to be challenged not to trust the mainstream wisdom of the human powers that be.

Be prepared to be encouraged to trust the God Who is more powerful than any virus.

 

Sources Cited:

Federal Reserve announces first emergency rate cut since the financial crisis

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/03/economy/federal-reserve-rate-cut/index.html

 

Social media allows us to keep in touch with long lost childhood friends from anywhere in the world. We can see their lives unfold day by day without even asking.

But this technology has it's dark side. Many find themselves facing depression as they see all their problems while their friends seem to be living the dream. Ana from Forbes describes this plight.

We take apart the misconceptions we infer from the lives of our friends on social media.

Let the truth set you free as we use some tips to take control of social media addictions that cause depression and envy.

 

Sources Cited:

How ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ On Social Media Is Damaging Everyone’s Mental Health

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2019/11/25/how-keeping-up-with-the-joneses-on-social-media-is-damaging-everyones-mental-health/amp/

This is another throwback episode to my overly ambitious efforts to create a podcast in 2015.

I wanted to have a funny infomercial for a fake product during a "commercial break" in the middle of each episode I recorded. This ultimately led me not to record episodes every often. The Truth Hub Podcast just fizzled out after a handful of episodes.

But, for your listening enjoyment, I have resurrected three goofy fake infomercials that I created in 2015.

  1. The Robo Pastor 3000
  2. The Kitchen Sink Interlinear Bible
  3. The Kitchen Sink WaveSave Smartphone

This episode comes from a Sunday School lesson that I taught on Superbowl Sunday.

I had short notice and only about five minutes to prepare. I whipped up this outline:

Four Proofs from the Testaments that Jesus is God

  1. Jesus is the unchanging, immortal creator (Psa 102:24-27 cf. Heb 1:8-12)
  2. Jesus is the God Who descended and ascended to lead captivity captive (Psa 68:17-19 cf. Eph 4:8-10)
  3. Jesus receives the worship due only to God (Isa 45:22-23 cf. Phi 2:9-11)
  4. Jesus is the judge of all souls (Ecc 12:13-14 cf. Joh 5:22-23)

Enjoy! :)

I am resurrecting the third episode of the defunct Truth Hub Podcast. I recorded this one in June of 2015.

I explored how the Old Testament says that no one can see God while also saying that people did see God. These apparent contradictions are resolved in the revelation of Jesus Christ as the One Who is the image of the invisible God and is the One Who exegetes the Father. I then demonstrated that Isaiah actually saw Jesus Christ in his glorious temple vision.

By the way, get my new FREE eBook Jesus:God Among Us.

I am resurrecting the second episode of the defunct Truth Hub Podcast. I recorded it in May of 2015.

I presented powerful arguments from the Bible for why Jesus is God because He is worshiped. Those who try to make Jesus only a creature have to explain this without painting themselves into a corner.

By the way, get my new FREE eBook Jesus:God Among Us.

I am resurrecting episode 1 of the defunct Truth Hub Podcast. I recorded this back in March of 2015.

I discussed the foundations of knowing the true Jesus Christ and monotheism in Christianity. I concluded with a brief introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity.

By the way, get my new FREE eBook Jesus:God Among Us.

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