Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:00 AM
C.S. Lewis and the Power of Imagination
Peter Wehner, Commentary
The English literary critic and poet William Empson said Lewis was the best-read man of his generation, one who read everything and remembered everything he read. “He seemed constitutionally incapable of allowing an assumption, or premise, to pass undissected,” is how one writer, James Como, put it.
The Christian Intellectual
R.R. Reno, First Things
How should the Christian intellectual proceed? What should be our approach to higher education and academic work?
Clash of absolute truths in WPost coverage of Schaefer trial
Terry Mattingly, Get Religion
Once again, the Post team does a fine job of showing that there is little or no unity in the United Methodist Church on issues linked to marriage and sex, although — for several decades — liberals in the church have fallen short in their efforts to change the denomination’s doctrines.
Raising Christian Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture
Marlena Graves, Christianity Today
We can’t isolate our kids from sin, but we can teach them to recognize it and learn from it.
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 10:00 AM
Methodist pastor found guilty at church trial for officiating at gay son’s wedding
Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post
After weeks of cross-examination, witness lists and wrangling over admissible evidence, the Rev. Frank Schaefer stood in the gymnasium of a rural Methodist retreat center to answer a charge: Did he violate his faith when he officiated at his son’s same-sex wedding?
Giving Thanks in Hitler’s Reich
Timothy George, First Things
Paul Robert Schneider (1897-1939) was the first Protestant pastor to die in a concentration camp at the hands of the Nazis. His story is one of unmitigated courage, self-sacrifice, and martyrdom.
Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Strike Down State Abortion Laws
John McCormack, The Weekly Standard
Far-reaching measure would invalidate law used to convict late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Embarrassed husbands will have to discuss plans to watch online porn with their wives, says David Cameron
Georgia Graham, The Telegraph
The Prime Minister says adults who want to watch porn online will have to ‘discuss’ it with their partner after mandatory filters are imposed by internet providers
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 10:00 AM
Russell D. Moore, First Things
A transformed American culture calls for a new and different Evangelical engagement of politics.
Common Core’s Substandard Writing Standards
Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine
The authors of the curriculum read and write by formula. It is deadly. For writing is an art, not a science. It cannot be taught by rule.
Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Theater
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
The Tribune video and accompanying story are a fascinating look at media coverage of abortion.
Where Did All These Pentecostals and Charismatics Come From?
Mark Devine, The Gospel Coalition
In the explosive growth and geographical extension of Pentecostal and charismatic groups, we are witnessing one of the most if not the most stunning episodes of Christian expansion ever.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 10:00 AM
An Anesthetized Culture: Further Reflections on Drugs
R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine
What are the implications of legalizing marijuana? As a culture we are normalizing the kind of experience described above, allowing people to temporally “check out.”
Hurdles Seen for Change to China’s One-Child Rule
Chris Buckley, New York Times
The Chinese government’s decision to relax a decades-old one-child limit on couples has already encountered two problems likely to test dozens of social and economic changes promised by President Xi Jinping — vagaries about implementation and magnified public expectations of even bigger changes ahead.
Falling Short Of Honest Dialogue On The Abortion Pill
Leslie Loftis, The Federalist
Last week, New York Magazine published a post which covered mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the abortion pill, and how it has not revolutionized abortion as once expected.
Love and Unity: Sexual Ethics in the Modern World
Christopher Kaczor, Public Discourse
One Body, by Alexander Pruss, melds rigorous philosophical analysis and insightful moral theology to advance a clearly-articulated system of sexual ethics based on the call to love.
Monday, November 18, 2013, 10:00 AM
When Government Keeps Teens from Seeing the Therapist
Robert Carle, Public Discourse
California and New Jersey’s new laws banning talk therapy to address same-sex attraction in minors violate the rights of parents and children to seek counseling that conforms to their values. They also endanger First Amendment rights.
How to Read Pope Francis
John Goerke, Juicy Ecumenism
To understand the Pope you must sift through all the noise to the best commentary available. I applaud those who wish to “dig deep” into what the Pope is actually saying.
”Jack”: Convert, “Mere” Christian, and Near Catholic
Michael Coren, Catholic World Report
The books and stories of C.S. Lewis, who died fifty years ago this month, continue to engage minds and capture hearts.
The Evolution of Conscience in the Western World
Howard P. Kainz, First Things
People don’t always act according to their conscience, but ameliorations in conscience are a sine qua non for moral betterment—necessary, although not sufficient.
Friday, November 15, 2013, 10:00 AM
New US Catholic bishops leader pledges to carry pope’s message of mercy amid culture wars
The newly elected leader of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops says he will draw on his years as a pastor while seeking to reconcile Pope Francis’ message of a welcoming church with the conservative ideology of American bishops.
Why Are Progressives Comfortable Decoupling Childrearing from Marriage?
David Wilezol, Values & Capitalism
The evidence for a social norm of childbearing within marriage seems overwhelming. But many progressives wrongly frame conservative insistence on a two-parent home as discrimination against single mothers.
Christians in Syria face mounting horrors
John Evans, Baptist Press
For Hanna, a Syrian Christian mother living in Damascus, the country’s civil war is more than just statistics and news articles.
The FAQs: ENDA
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
What Christians should know about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 10:00 AM
Hawaii Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday legalizing gay marriage, putting Hawaii a signature away from becoming a same-sex wedding destination.
Promoting Gender Confusion in the Young
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine
Do liberal parents really not appreciate the insecurity they will introduce by opening a rift between “sex” and “gender”?
Multiple Parents in a “Brave New World”
James V. Schall, S.J., The Catholic World Report
This new world began not in the scientific laboratory, but in the minds and desires of men.
The Surprise Inside Church Bankruptcies
Interview by Ken Walker, Christianity Today
It’s not that they owe more than they own, says Pamela Foohey. It’s a leadership failure.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Secular Warrior and the Kingdom of God
Dylan Pahman, Acton Institute
Taking seriously that the Apostle Peter did not leave anything out when he told Cornelius everything he needed to begin the Christian life, the omission of any command to renounce military service is a significant silence.
At Least Two Cheers for American Protestants!
John Mark Reynolds, Eidos
As a happy member of an Orthodox Church, I might be able to escape this wrath, but I have always chosen (and still choose) to group myself with Evangelicalism: partly this is out of solidarity, partly because it is true!
Are there really 100,000 new Christian martyrs every year?
Ruth Alexander, BBC
It’s often claimed that 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their religion. Earlier this year, the Vatican called it a credible number. But is it?
5 Reasons Not to Give Up on the Marriage Debate
Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition
Are there any reasons to think traditional marriage can make a comeback? Let me suggest five.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 10:00 AM
Acceptance of Drugs: A Challenge to Culture and Evangelization
R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine
In response to this growing acceptance, I want to argue very clearly that drugs intrinsically undermine culture. They are not simply a fun relief from the stresses of life, but rather an escape that removes one from reality in an escalating fashion. I
The Church Must Respond to Religious Persecution
Eric Teetsel, Manhattan Project
To understand how the church must respond, we must first understand what is taking place in the broader culture.
The Two Wings of Evangelicalism
Dale M. Coulter, First Things
You’ve heard of Bonaventure’s famous image of faith and reason as two wings by which the soul flies toward God? Well, evangelicals have two wings, one devoted to that mystical ascent of faith and the other toward the rational exposition of the faith.
Beleagured Syrian Christians fear fall of Assad
Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press
Christians believe they are being targeted – in part because of the anti-Christian sentiment among extremists and in part as punishment for what is seen as their support for Assad.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
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What a Veteran Knows
Joe Carter, ERLC
There are some things only a veteran knows.
Senate passes ENDA; House stands in way
Tom Strode, Baptist Press
The U.S. Senate has approved for the first time legislation to grant workplace civil rights on the basis of homosexual, bisexual or transgender status, leaving the House of Representatives as the lone potential barrier to enactment of the controversial proposal.
How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan
Jamie Aten, Christianity Today
Rule #1: Don’t jump into action before you know the needs on the ground.
How Billy Graham became an American icon
Molly Worthen, CNN
Now that Billy is 95, I wonder: is there anyone who can fill his shoes?
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