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Jul 29, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Cognitive Dissonance with Life and Death: Thoughts on Planned Parenthood

Kelly Rosati, Vice President at Focus on the Family, writes about our callousness to the life and death of the preborn.
Cognitive Dissonance with Life and Death: Thoughts on Planned Parenthood

[NOTE: Since I wrote this piece last week, a third Planned Parenthood video has been released. It is even more grotesque than its predecessors, if that’s possible.]

“Modern ultrasound technology produces a more-detailed image of an unborn baby’s features,” ...

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Jul 20, 2015
Islam

3 Things Christians Should Consider in Light of Radical Islam

We must grieve for lives lost at the hands of radical Islam, but we must pray for the Islamists, too.
3 Things Christians Should Consider in Light of Radical Islam
Lillian Wagdy / Wikipedia

The West is at the front end of what will almost certainly be a multi-decadal war against radical Islamism. We saw so again this week, as violence marred Chattanooga, TN.

Others, better informed than I, can report on the details and debates around that tragedy. However, ...

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Jul 16, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Want Some Fetal Liver Cells? Add Some to Your StemExpress Wish List.

Got a couple thousand dollars? Add a fetal liver to your virtual shopping cart.
Want Some Fetal Liver Cells? Add Some to Your StemExpress Wish List.

Earlier this afternoon, Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood released an apology of sorts, responding to the secretly-recorded video of a conversation about the process of extracting a human fetus carefully for the compensated donation (or what Reuters called ...

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Jul 16, 2015
Abortion

Where are the Mainline and Progressive Evangelical Voices Speaking Up after that Planned Parenthood Tragedy?

Progressive Christians promised us they would be prophetic voices among the Democratic party. Where are you?
Where are the Mainline and Progressive Evangelical Voices Speaking Up after that Planned Parenthood Tragedy?

The Planned Parenthood video has received (and deserved) wide coverage. It should been seen by all who can handle watching it. Actually, if you care about justice, I think you should take the time to watch the whole video. The entire unedited version is available, despite ...

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Jul 15, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, Selling Body Parts, and Appropriate Outrage

Try dancing around the reality all you want, exchanging human tissue for money is a "sale."
Planned Parenthood, Selling Body Parts, and Appropriate Outrage

There are things not to be outraged about, and there are things to be outraged about.

Watching people have discussions about how best to kill and dismember an unborn baby would be one of the things to be outraged about.

Yesterday, much news was made in the conservative ...

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Jul 13, 2015
Social Media

An Embarrassing Week for Christians Sharing Fake News

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. You embarrass us all when you do.
An Embarrassing Week for Christians Sharing Fake News

So, here is the deal.

We are too gullible.

I've done a bit of a series on the "Faux Christian Controversy of the Week" and it just keeps happening.

This week, two “news” stories made the rounds.

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Jun 26, 2015
Culture

Same-Sex Marriage is now the Law of the (U.S.) Land: What Now for Christians?

The Supreme Court has taken action on same-sex marriage, and now the church needs to take its own action.
Same-Sex Marriage is now the Law of the (U.S.) Land: What Now for Christians?
Jeff Belamonte / Wikipedia

Just now, by a vote of five to four the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples may now marry in all 50 states, striking down the bans of states who have attempted do so. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jim Obergefell in Obergefell v. Hodges, a ...

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Jun 23, 2015
Race

Downplaying Race Again, Even in Charleston?

Helpful thoughts about the issues with sidestepping the "race" problem from my friend Elizabeth Drury.
Downplaying Race Again, Even in Charleston?
eyeliam / flickr

Once again, a public tragedy presents a peacemaking moment, and many of us miss it out of fear of the race conversation.

Just five days ago, on the day after the Charleston massacre, I was stunned to hear white news commentators, passers-by interviewed on the street, and ...

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May 25, 2015
Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2015: Remembering the Sacrifices Others Have Made

Remember the lives people have given to maintain the freedom we have to worship in this country.
Memorial Day 2015: Remembering the Sacrifices Others Have Made
Brian Gaines / Wikipedia

Although I am in Brazil, I think that patriotic days like this are important—and as a dual citizen, of the United States and the Kingdom of God, I celebrate these days even when I am far away.

So, today, my family and I will take a moment, thank God for the freedom ...

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May 22, 2015
Science

3 Reasons for Christians to Engage in Science

A lot of Christians are nervous about engaging science, but should we be?
3 Reasons for Christians to Engage in Science
PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay

I’ve always been a bit of a science nerd, and it appears I have passed that attribute on to my children. As I start this essay, my daughter has just shown me her clay model of the surface of the skin, complete with labels of the various layers.

Obviously, your first ...

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May 20, 2015
Culture

Evangelicals, Culture, and Post-Christian America

American culture is becoming less conducive to Christian values—it's a reality. The question is: what will the church do?
Evangelicals, Culture, and Post-Christian America

Whether we admit it or not, many evangelicals in America believe, deep down, that the church in America is the hope for Christianity and the spread of the gospel worldwide.

In some ways that's an unhelpful impulse, particularly when you consider how well the Global ...

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May 18, 2015
American Christianity

American Christianity Is Dead? Not So Fast. My article at CNN

In an article for CNN over the weekend, I explain the differences between Cultural, Congregational, and Convictional Christians.
American Christianity Is Dead? Not So Fast. My article at CNN

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Below is an excerpt from my CNN article called "No, American Christianity is not dead."

There is much talk about Christianity dying, which is just bad math (or another agenda). In this article, I used some brand-new General Social Survey (GSS) analysis. (The ...

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May 15, 2015
American Christianity

The Evangelicalization of American Christianity: My Piece for The Washington Post

Christianity's share of the population may be decreasing, but the evangelicals' share of Christianity is growing.
The Evangelicalization of American Christianity: My Piece for The Washington Post

Since Pew Research Center released its religion survey data on Tuesday, my team and I have been hard at work analyzing the data and writing articles for this blog, USA Today, The Washington Post, and more to come.

We’ve gone from a time when nobody know what Jimmy ...

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May 13, 2015
American Christianity

The 'Christian Sky is (Not) Falling'— My Piece for USA Today

American Christianity is not dying; but it's slowly being clarified.
The 'Christian Sky is (Not) Falling'— My Piece for USA Today

Here's my article from USA Today this morning.

Keep in mind that authors don't pick titles, and the "survey fail" here is referring to how it is often reported. The survey is fine—but many are failing to report to see what it actually said.

In ...

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May 12, 2015
American Christianity

Nominals to Nones: 3 Key Takeaways from Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey

How are Christians to understand the data from the newest Pew study on Christianity in America?
Nominals to Nones: 3 Key Takeaways from Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey
Curtis Palmer / Wikipedia

As I've said before, Christianity is not dying; nominal Christianity is.

Today, Pew Research Center released a report drawing a variety of headlines—everything from “Christianity faces sharp decline as Americans are becoming even less affiliated with religion” ...

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