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July 08, 2014

A Response to ‘God and the Gay Christian’

A Response to ‘God and the Gay Christian’

Matthew Vines’ book "God and the Gay Christian", and the movement it represents, is a direct confrontation to the church’s traditional understanding of marriage. If the book falls into the hands of uninformed Christians, who are liable to succumb to cultural pressures and adopt the sexual standards of a secular world, then the rising generation of evangelicals may lose sight…

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June 30, 2014

Victory for Hobby Lobby in its Refusal to Provide Abortifacient Drugs

Victory for Hobby Lobby in its Refusal to Provide Abortifacient Drugs

Hobby Lobby has received a victory from the Supreme Court today in its refusal to provide abortifacient drugs as it was required to do in the ObamaCare law. Summit was pleased to join 23 other ministries, such as Compassion International, Young Life, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court opposing the contraception…

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June 19, 2014

Islamist Groups Terrorize in the Name of Allah: Is the Misuse of God’s Name the Greatest Sin?

Islamist Groups Terrorize in the Name of Allah: Is the Misuse of God’s Name the Greatest Sin?

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is on the move, threatening to subdue Baghdad after seizing Fallujah, Mosul, and a host of other territories in the region. ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organizations, whose violent exploits have saturated news coverage this week, are fueled by a desire to overthrow governments not based on Sharia law and to establish…

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June 13, 2014

Substantial Revision Strengthens Understanding the Times Curriculum

Substantial Revision Strengthens Understanding the Times Curriculum

Understanding the Times, Summit’s classic invitation to the study of worldviews, is the ultimate guided tour to life’s most important questions. The digital, sequential, discussion-based curriculum introduces compelling and helpful ways to think about the world in which we live. The curriculum, which has just been revised in order to reflect the most up-to-date arguments, is designed to launch discussions…

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June 12, 2014

Swapping Slenderman for Aslan: Why We Must Surround Our Children With Good Stories

Swapping Slenderman for Aslan: Why We Must Surround Our Children With Good Stories

There are stories of valor and there are stories of ghoulish depravity. What kind of story do you think led two 12-year old girls to attack a friend, stab her 19 times, and leave her bloodied - unable to walk - in a nearby park? With ruthless ferocity, the two middle school students set out to kill their friend in…

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June 05, 2014

Reconciling With Reality: How to Bring Healing to the Transgender Community

Reconciling With Reality: How to Bring Healing to the Transgender Community

Time Magazine has placed Laverne Cox, a transgender woman who stars in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, on its June 9 cover with the headline: "The Transgender Tipping Point: America's next civil rights frontier." Transgender advocates are promoting their worldview in media outlets that reach millions of U.S. households. How might Christians be able to respond to…

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June 05, 2014

A Response to ‘God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships’

A Response to ‘God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships’

In God and the Gay Christian, Matthew Vines, a 24-year-old Harvard graduate, uses Scripture as the basis for his assertion that "same-sex orientation is consistent with God's image." His thesis is that "Christians who affirm the authority of Scripture can also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relationships." The mission of the Reformation Project, which Vines launched in 2013, is to change…

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May 29, 2014

Summit Alumna Works to Empower and Inspire Culture-Shapers

Summit Alumna Works to Empower and Inspire Culture-Shapers

Two words come to mind when Kirsten Gillson thinks of her Summit experience: “informative” and “inspiring.” While she was attending her first summer conference, Kirsten realized that she could not remain idle — a passive recipient of the truths being expressed hour after hour by the nation’s top Christian thinkers. So for the next four consecutive summers — which she…

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May 22, 2014

After Another Loss in Court, Christians Must Offer a Rational Defense of Marriage

After Another Loss in Court, Christians Must Offer a Rational Defense of Marriage

This week, federal judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional, making these the 18th and 19th states to legalize gay marriage. In the 14 consecutive legal victories for gay marriage advocates, judges have called traditional marriage irrational and discriminatory. But, contrary to their claims, the government actually does have a legitimate - and entirely rational - interest…

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May 15, 2014

What Should Christians Think About Common Core?

What Should Christians Think About Common Core?

As Christians attempting to raise children who are capable of understanding truth, loving God, and reflecting his goodness, we should acquaint ourselves with the Common Core State Standards Initiative and determine whether such top-down, uniform standards will prove beneficial or detrimental to our nation's youth.

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May 15, 2014

Viral Video Claims to Depict a “Positive” Abortion Story

Viral Video Claims to Depict a “Positive” Abortion Story

Emily Letts documented her surgical abortion in order to diminish the social stigma attached to it and "to show women that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story." In the video, Letts says, "I don't feel like a bad person. I don't feel sad. I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby.…

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May 08, 2014

What You Need to Know About the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Government Prayer

What You Need to Know About the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Government Prayer

"The Supreme Court has again affirmed that Americans are free to pray," said David Cortman, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), after the Court, in a 5-4 ruling, determined that it is constitutional for Christian prayers to be offered at the beginning of legislative meetings.

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May 08, 2014

Should Christians Support the Death Penalty?

Should Christians Support the Death Penalty?

Clayton Lockett, who was sentenced to death after being charged with first-degree murder, rape, kidnapping, and robbery, writhed in pain and convulsed on his gurney for 40 minutes before dying of a heart attack. State officials are blaming an untested three-drug cocktail for an execution that many media voices are calling cruel and unusual - in violation of the Eighth…

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May 01, 2014

Can Darkness Save Us All? Time Features a Preacher’s Path to Endarkenment

Can Darkness Save Us All? Time Features a Preacher’s Path to Endarkenment

Barbara Brown Taylor, a renowned former pastor, has released a memoir, "Learning to Walk in the Dark," in which she explores the spiritual power of darkness. A profile of Taylor is featured in the newest edition of Time Magazine. In the cover story, "Let There Be Night," Taylor, one of Time's 100 most influential people, indicates that darkness "may save…

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May 01, 2014

What Kind of Behavior Leads to a Lifetime Ban From the NBA?

What Kind of Behavior Leads to a Lifetime Ban From the NBA?

If you would like to see a contemporary example of a bad tree bearing bad fruit, then look no further than the man whom the National Basketball Association just banned for life, Donald Sterling, the 80-year-old billionaire who has owned the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981. Although the recently leaked audio file, in which Sterling makes racist comments, sparked outrage,…

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