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July 01, 2015

‘Just Who Do We Think We Are?’: The Supreme Court Redefines Marriage

‘Just Who Do We Think We Are?’: The Supreme Court Redefines Marriage

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage and invalidating marriage amendments in the constitutions of 31 states. For Christians, the ruling offers a chance to reassert our identity as “aliens and strangers” in this world, to witness to our neighbors while facing social…

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July 01, 2015

Sexual Scandals in the Pulpit: Billy Graham’s Answer

Sexual Scandals in the Pulpit: Billy Graham’s Answer

Scandal after scandal has wrecked the American church in recent days, undermining confidence in pastors and other spiritual leaders, particularly in the largest and highest profile congregations. The credibility of the Church, not to mention the integrity of marriages, is at stake. And though God forgives, it's time we take sin as seriously as He does.

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July 01, 2015

A Crisis of Confidence: Can the Church Recover Trust?

A Crisis of Confidence: Can the Church Recover Trust?

Trust is the glue that holds society together — the way our form of government, our economy, our schools, and even our families remain intact. But in 2015, Americans are losing trust in nearly all of our major institutions. In the case of the church, trust is a two-way street, and teaching Americans how to trust means remembering how to…

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June 24, 2015

Screening Out Blessings: From Down Syndrome to Death Sentence

Screening Out Blessings: From Down Syndrome to Death Sentence

The Christian worldview proposes that human worth is equal and inherent, by virtue of the image of God imprinted on each of us. It's a view that sets Christianity at odds with most other belief systems, which measure individuals value based on social standing, wealth, intelligence, or beauty. But the clash between these two views shows up most clearly in…

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June 24, 2015

Victims in Charleston Respond With Faith and Forgiveness

Victims in Charleston Respond With Faith and Forgiveness

Last Wednesday, the unthinkable happened in Charleston, South Carolina. 21-year-old Dylann Roof stepped into Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, drew his 45-caliber handgun and began firing. Minutes later, nine of the church's members lay dead. Let's pray for all involved. For comfort and justice to the victims' families and fellow church members, for the reeling city of Charleston, for…

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June 24, 2015

Population: The Bomb That Never Went Off

Population: The Bomb That Never Went Off

The doomsday predictions of overpopulation failed to come true. What went right? And what can we learn from the mass hysteria that gripped our grandparents and spawned some of the worst injustices this side of World War II? As Christians we should take Jesus' admonition seriously, concerning ourselves with populating Heaven more than depopulating earth.

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June 17, 2015

‘Trust and Obey’: Saying Goodbye to Elisabeth Elliot

‘Trust and Obey’: Saying Goodbye to Elisabeth Elliot

On June 15, Elisabeth Elliot, widow of the late evangelist Jim Elliot, passed into glory after a 10-year battle with dementia. Her consistent witness to a watching world was one of perseverance in preaching the Gospel, fortitude through trials, and unshakeable love for Jesus.

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June 17, 2015

What Happens After Obergefell?: Remaining Faithful if SCOTUS Redefines Marriage

What Happens After Obergefell?: Remaining Faithful if SCOTUS Redefines Marriage

In the years to come, anyone who refuses to get on board the idea of gay “marriage” will understand what it means to be reviled. They may even lose their reputation, livelihood, or ministry. No one can take from us is our obedience to Christ — a man whom the world hated more than any other.

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June 17, 2015

Abortion Is in Decline, but So Is the Family

Abortion Is in Decline, but So Is the Family

40 years after the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement has sprang up to defend the unborn. But the new "normal" for families has come in the form of single motherhood, being seen as more acceptable than abortion, shotgun weddings, or even adoption.

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June 11, 2015

You’re Joking: Comedians Are America’s ‘New Public Intellectuals’

You’re Joking: Comedians Are America’s ‘New Public Intellectuals’

Comedy is a time-honored tradition in American public life. But seeing TV comedians as serious thinkers should raise eyebrows. With a tendency to oversimplify for laughs, entertainers' seats are looking less and less like those of newscasters and more like those of scoffers.

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June 11, 2015

Becoming People of Virtue by John Stonestreet

Becoming People of Virtue by John Stonestreet

This month, we are featuring a talk by Breakpoint co-host and Summit speaker John Stonestreet, given at a Summit Student Conference in 2014. John discusses why our culture so desperately needs people of virtue and how we can become this sort of person to make a difference.

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June 10, 2015

Facing the Music: Is the Contemporary Christian Genre Dying?

Facing the Music: Is the Contemporary Christian Genre Dying?

It's been decades since Contemporary Christian Music was born, and in that time, it's had quite a career. But if Contemporary Christian Music is to survive, its makers will have to focus far less on being contemporary or even explicitly Christian, and more on doing all they do for the glory of God.

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June 10, 2015

What’s Wrong With Ape Rights: The Unbridgeable Gap Between Us

What’s Wrong With Ape Rights: The Unbridgeable Gap Between Us

Just how close is our relationship to apes? And what, if anything, should do we about it? Equating apes with humans, and bestowing rights and personhood on them isn’t just bad law and bad science. It's an abuse of the image of God, a form of worship directed at the creation rather than the Creator.

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June 09, 2015

Doc’s Clippings

Doc’s Clippings

As you know, our President Emeritus Dr. David Noebel helps us with research by sending 20-30 pages of clippings of each month’s news. Here is a compilation of some impactful articles passed on from Dr. Nobel for June 2015.

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June 09, 2015

5 Starting Points to Making Space for Discipleship in Your life, Now

5 Starting Points to Making Space for Discipleship in Your life, Now

This month's entry features an article by Summit's own David Knopp looking at what the starting points to making space for discipleship in your life. Discipleship isn’t a checklist and it isn’t about adding something to your plate which makes you even busier. It’s about relationship. It’s about walking together, loving and serving each other well, and leading others to…

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