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March 04, 2015

‘Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth’: The Benefits of Marrying Young

‘Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth’: The Benefits of Marrying Young

What’s the best practical advice a parent, teacher, or pastor can give a 20-something today? According to one researcher, telling him or her not to hold off on marriage is a good place to start. Despite cultural pressure for millennials to put off matrimony and “take advantage” of their 20s, W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, says…

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March 04, 2015

Phoning E.T.: Despite Lack of Evidence, Scientists Continue Search

Phoning E.T.: Despite Lack of Evidence, Scientists Continue Search

Few ideas have arrested imaginations in the last century like the possibility of aliens — extraterrestrial intelligences with civilizations and technology rivaling or excelling our own. Watching those who style themselves as society’s rational class clamoring after aliens without a shred of evidence should leave us asking: Is there more going on here than science? Could it be that secular…

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March 04, 2015

Fabricating Jesus: Salon Treats Gnosticism Like Gospel

Fabricating Jesus: Salon Treats Gnosticism Like Gospel

Militant skeptics often have a way of revealing more about themselves than about the targets of their doubt. That’s the case with a recent piece in Salon titled “9 things you think you know about Jesus that are probably wrong.” But its tone shouldn’t intimidate Christians. Aside from rehearsing well-known trivia about first-century Jewish men, the piece dusts off some…

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March 02, 2015

Watch the Summit Semester Experience Video

Watch the Summit Semester Experience Video

Watch the newest Summit Semester Experience Video for a glimpse into the three months where students ask and work toward answering life's biggest questions with a community of like-minded young adults.

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February 24, 2015

Christopher Brooks’ Summit Adult Conference 2014 Address

Christopher Brooks’ Summit Adult Conference 2014 Address

What you think about God and his creation are the two most important aspects of who you are. You can’t have a corrupt root system and get righteous fruit from it. Throughout scripture, we see that God has a heart for people in cities. Adam had his Eden, Jesus had his Jerusalem, David had his Bethlehem. Paul said, “I have…

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February 24, 2015

Why the Socialist Option for Urban Problems Will Never Work

Why the Socialist Option for Urban Problems Will Never Work

As a pastor who understands the power of God’s justice, Christopher Brooks worked tirelessly to further the biblical worldview in his urban context, building healthy relationships between people of every race, nationality, and socio-economic class. With the growing anger around race relations in the U.S., this excerpt from Pastor Brooks’ recent book would provide thoughtful insight into the issue.

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February 24, 2015

Experience Over Doctrine: Finding Limits of ‘Evangelicalism’

Experience Over Doctrine: Finding Limits of ‘Evangelicalism’

If the Bible never makes you uncomfortable, it’s a safe bet you’re not reading the Bible as it was intended. And as American Christians adapt to a culture that seems to have made up its mind to redefine marriage and sexuality, our approach to the unfashionable doctrines of Scripture is a bellwether of our spiritual health.

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February 24, 2015

For Supporters of Same-Sex Parenting, There’s Only One Answer

For Supporters of Same-Sex Parenting, There’s Only One Answer

Is the point of social science to understand reality, or to win political arguments? In a recent study analyzing over 500 children of same-sex couples from a sample of 207,000 respondents to the National Health Interview Survey, Sullins found marked increases in “the risk of clinical emotional problems, developmental problems, or use of mental health treatment services” among children raised…

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February 24, 2015

Stewardship, not Extermination: Christian Environmentalism is Pro-Human

Stewardship, not Extermination: Christian Environmentalism is Pro-Human

It’s becoming clear that the modern environmentalist movement has few realistic answers to the problems it raises. Instead, its spokespeople peddle misanthropy with worrying consistency, along with a drumbeat of reminders that human beings are the problem, not the solution. How do we as Christians respond to this mentality and how do we steward this earth well?

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February 17, 2015

Sacraments Over Skype? Online Church Isn’t Enough

Sacraments Over Skype? Online Church Isn’t Enough

A recent study from the Barna Group raises a question church leaders and individual Christians will have to grapple with in the coming years: Is it possible to “log on” for church as we so frequently log on for work and school? Can we transmit corporate worship and the preaching of Scripture as we do spreadsheets and academic lectures?

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February 17, 2015

A Time for War: President Obama Asks for Force Against ISIS

A Time for War: President Obama Asks for Force Against ISIS

Concurrent with the release of a video that shows ISIS militants beheading 21 Christians in Libya, Congress is debating whether to authorize the use of force against the violent Islamist group. President Obama sent a letter to lawmakers asking them to approve broad new measures against extremists in the Middle East, including possible boots on the ground. Debate has already…

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February 17, 2015

One Terrible Tweet: An Internet Fantasy Is Ruining Us

One Terrible Tweet: An Internet Fantasy Is Ruining Us

What do mass online tar-and-featherings, rancorous social media quarrels, and Internet pornography addiction have in common? Besides people themselves, it's the Web that facilitates these expressions of contempt and abuse between users. But what is it about cyberspace that turns otherwise civil people against one another in ways rarely seen in public? Why are so many willing to say and…

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February 12, 2015

Taking Fire or Telling Fibs? Brian Williams’ Lies, and Ours

Taking Fire or Telling Fibs? Brian Williams’ Lies, and Ours

Brian Williams has hosted NBC's Nightly News for over a decade now. But shortly before he assumed that role, he covered the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as an embedded journalist with the 101st Airborne Division. Recently, reports have been made that Williams' telling of the story may have been less than truthful. Before we go pointing fingers, what can…

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February 12, 2015

Inconceivable: Making Three-Parent Children Is an Ethical Nightmare

Inconceivable: Making Three-Parent Children Is an Ethical Nightmare

Do children have a right to have a mother and a father? It's a question to which many today would answer “no.” As same-sex marriage advances in the courts and in public opinion, more and more Americans and Europeans seem convinced that natural marriage, with its union of a man and a woman who become father and mother, is optional…

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February 12, 2015

Who Can Tame Twitter? ‘Mean Tweets’ Shows Internet’s Ugly Side

Who Can Tame Twitter? ‘Mean Tweets’ Shows Internet’s Ugly Side

James warns us in his epistle how untamable the tongue is (James 3:1-12). He compares this small organ and its power of speech to a spark that sets forests ablaze, and to a rudder that steers mighty ships into reefs. But these days our fingers are rivaling our tongues in destructive power. And a popular talk show comedian is illustrating…

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