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January 31, 2011

Premarital sex: The waiting game

WHEN is it the right time to do the deed? If priests had their way, it would be shortly after the wedding ceremony—but recent studies show such advice is rarely heeded. Roughly 85% of the American population, for example, approves of premarital sex. Faced with numbers like that, what hope do the Vatican and its ilk really have? More than they did a week ago. Until now, the argument that couples should wait until they are married before they have sex has rested on mere assertion and anecdote. Dean Busby and his colleagues at Brigham Young University, in Utah, however, have gathered some data which support delay (conveniently for the university, which is owned by the famously abstinent Mormons).

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January 31, 2011

Foreign aid bust

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—To an outsider navigating the crowded streets of the Haitian town of Cabaret, food appears plentiful: Street vendors squat shoulder-to-shoulder, hovering over wooden crates full of mangos, rice, garlic cloves, and corn. Bags of rice lean against the thin walls of makeshift stalls. And bunches of ripening bananas ride atop colorful buses blazing through the town just north of Port-au-Prince. But on a barren patch of land off a Cabaret side street, sustenance is hard to find. Hundreds of earthquake victims live here in rows of temporary shelters that provide shade from the baking heat. A nearby well offers a critical water source, but a reliable food supply is a problem for many without work or money.

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January 31, 2011

Creationism Still Advocated in H.S. Biology Classes, Study Finds

The majority of high-school biology teachers don't take a solid stance on evolution with their students, mostly to avoid conflicts, and fewer than 30 percent of teachers take an adamant pro-evolutionary stance on the topic, a new study finds. And 13 percent of these teachers advocate creationism in their classrooms.

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January 28, 2011

Should Every Pastor Be an Apologist? Yes and No.

In my recent blog, An Apologist in Every Church, I wrote that pastors are often too busy to keep up with things like The Da Vinci Code or The Lost Tomb of Jesus or the Gospel of Judas and that these issues trouble many congregants and so build a wedge between them and complete confidence in Jesus. Thus, I wrote that we need an apologist in every church to help the congregation with these issues.

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January 28, 2011

Turning a Corner on Abortion?

There are indications that the national mood toward abortion is changing. For the first time more Americans oppose legalized abortion than support it. And the new Republican Congress has made it clear that it intends to do everything in its power to bring an end to all government funding of abortion. Still, more than a million children will be sacrificed on the altar of convenience this year, so this is no time to sit back and begin savoring victory.

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January 28, 2011

Too Religious to Home-School?

“These are her math and science books,? she says. Like many parents who home-school, Voydatch believes in the importance of teaching the basics of reading and writing. But she also believes in the importance of a religious education. “I believe it’s a parents fundamental right to teach a child the beliefs within their home,? she says as she looks up at the painting of Jesus holding a child. “I believe that’s every parent’s right.? It was that religious education that led to her ex-husband’s objections. It also led to a New Hampshire judge to order Brenda’s 11 year-old daughter Amanda to attend public school.

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January 28, 2011

Pew Study: 1-in-4 People in the World Will be Muslim by 2030

A new study shows the world's Muslim population will increase by nearly a billion people by 2030.

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January 26, 2011

Answers to Life’s Big Questions: Helping Teens Find their True Identity

Who Am I? Without a doubt, one of the most defining and single-most important issues we must address in understanding and parenting adolescents is identity formation. The reason? It’s the single-most important developmental issue in a teenager’s life. And the place they land now in terms of their own understanding of themselves will in many ways determine who they are for the rest of their lives. In the end, every teenager chooses to find their identity in something. And it’s not just teenagers. . . . it’s the most important issue for all of us.

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January 26, 2011

‘Raunchy’ MTV show on shaky ground

MTV's new show Skins may be violating federal law. Whether it is or not, several advertisers are abandoning ship. Pat Trueman, CEO of Morality in Media, believes the show, which is only two episodes old, may very well violate child pornography laws. "[Federal law] prohibits the visual depiction of 'sexually explicit conduct' -- and it defines that as 'actual or simulated' sexual intercourse or a variety of sexual acts," he explains.

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January 25, 2011

GOP to Push for D.C. Gay Marriage Ban

House conservatives say they will pursue legislation that would ban gay marriage in the nation’s capital.

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January 25, 2011

Medicaid Expands Birth Control Access

As reproductive health advocates brace for a wave of state-level abortion restrictions, they also see a glimmer of hope in a little-noticed health reform provision: increased Medicaid access to family planning and contraceptives.

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January 25, 2011

Nearly 50 Million Abortions Have Been Performed in U.S. Since Roe v. Wade Decision Legalized Abortio

Statistics compiled over the past decade show that the number of abortions in the United States has dropped precipitously since the early 1980s, but the procedure still remains a prevalent form of birth control in this country and around the world.

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January 25, 2011

Women soccer fans in Iran may be banned from live Broadcasts

Iranian authorities have ordered a ban on women from watching live broadcasts of soccer matches at public movie theaters, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

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January 25, 2011

Women Increasingly Drawn to Islam in the U.K.

More than 5,000 people in Britain converted to Islam last year. That's an average of 14 a day, and most of them are women, including Lauren Booth, Tony Blair's sister-in-law. Academic studies in the U.K. have concluded that the idea that these conversions are driven mostly by marriage is a myth, and that most converts are simply attracted by the values of Islam. But there's a paradox here. In a controversial speech this week, Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet minister complained of growing intolerance toward Muslims in the U.K.

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January 25, 2011

God. Black Holes and Stephen Hawking

Until recently Stephen Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and is now Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. He is a renowned scientist and a victim of motor neurone disease — a familiar figure on TV, seated in his motorised wheel-chair and speaking with a synthesized voice. In all, he is a remarkable man — a scientist to be honoured and respected. But that doesn’t mean he is right when he talks about God.

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January 25, 2011

Racial Justice and the Godness of God

On a wall in my study hangs one of my favorite pictures. It’s a photograph of a line of civil rights workers—in the heat of the Jim Crow era. They’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder, all of them bearing a sandwich-board-type sign. The sign reads, simply: “I Am a Man.?

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January 24, 2011

Clarity Not Gadgetry: Pro-Life Apologetics for the Next Generation

Is serious pro-life content dead on arrival in the age of Twitter? Should student ministers sacrifice truth that requires listeners to think? The correct response to Twitter is not surrender, but equipping. Christian leaders must present students with compelling pro-life content that can compete in the marketplace of ideas. It stretches the mind, but kids can take it. In fact, they want it. My own experience confirms this.

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January 24, 2011

God and Man at Wheaton

The pervasiveness of liberalism in higher education is hardly news. But what few seem to realize is that this reality is not confined to big state universities and East Coast elite ones. The preponderance of liberalism throughout the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities would shock and anger the majority of parents who send their kids to these schools.

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January 14, 2011

Abortion: Black Genocide

The high black abortion rate has ominous implications down the road. According to the 2006 U.S. Census, the black fertility rate is 1.9--well below the replacement rate of 2.1. "Within a few decades," Hoy warns, "African Americans may well be an endangered species." This is why he calls abortion the "Darfur of the black community."

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