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March 30, 2011

Now More Than Ever

Our worldview determines how we live -- as individuals, as a nation, as a culture. And the Christian worldview, which created the most humane and advanced civilization in human history, is under attack from all sides. Back in 1999, Nancy Pearcey and I wrote How Now Shall We Live?, a best-selling book about the Christian worldview, why it matters, and how crucial it is that the Church learn how to defend it. The ideas contained in the book became the foundation of my ministry with BreakPoint and the

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March 30, 2011

Good News: Federal Court Allows Student to Hand Out Christian Fliers

An elementary student and her mother can distribute church-related fliers at an elementary school in Sherwood, Ark., while their court case proceeds.

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March 30, 2011

PETA Now Pushing to Neuter Humans

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has long advocated for dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered. Now, it's extending the campaign to humans.

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March 28, 2011

But They Come Back?

I was just with this group of ministry leaders and we were talking through the challenges of discipling children in today’s culture. And one participant said, “I’ve watched students walk away from the faith and I’ve watched them come back for years. It’s just not a big deal.? I’ve actually heard this type of thinking before, even from parents. Not a big deal? Who are we kidding?

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March 28, 2011

I Discovered a Gold Mine!

Occasionally I'm asked if I know of resources for biblical worldview development for pre-teens. Until recently, I knew of little to recommend. But then I found a new series on biblical worldview development targeted to pre-teens, and I can't say enough about it! I discovered a gold mine!

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March 28, 2011

Good-Bye California How The ‘Progressives’ Ruined The State

The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption.

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March 25, 2011

A Rediscovered Life: Can Natural Selection Explain Creativity?

Giving God the credit for creation can ruin a scientist’s career these days. But the co-discoverer of natural selection felt differently.

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March 25, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

In the February issue of GQ, Mark Harris tells the story of “The Day the Movies Died.? By “died,? Harris doesn’t mean that Hollywood is going out of business. Instead, he means that “the majority of studio movies are aimed? at men under 25, whom, evidence suggests, will watch anything “as long as it’s spiked with the proper set of stimulants.? If you’re not an immature male, there’s increasingly little for you to see at the movies.

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March 25, 2011

Compassion cuts

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives was on the verge of passing a spending bill Thursday that covers the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, until September, and includes $61 billion in cuts. The House snipped $783 million from the State Department’s budget for global health—about a 10 percent reduction from the 2010 budget. A large chunk of that budget includes the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President George W. Bush’s 2003 initiative to fight the disease in Africa—it will lose $363 million.

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March 24, 2011

Moral Believing Animals: What Motivates Us to Act

What really motivates us to act? Is it money, is it culture, or is it what we believe?

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March 24, 2011

Apple Yanks Another Christian App from Online Store

Apple has pulled another Christian application from its online store, from which the owners of iPhones and iPads have downloaded more than 10 billion apps (as they are called). This time, the “offender? was Exodus International, which was trying to share the hope of Jesus Christ with those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction. In October, Apple approved and posted a Manhattan Declaration app on its online store — giving it a 4+ rating for “no objectionable content.? The 4,732-word statement affirms the sanctity of human life, marriage as defined by the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Nearly 500,000 people have signed the declaration.

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March 24, 2011

iPhone App Attack

The greatest threat to religious liberty and free speech in the United States is on the attack again. I’m not talking about Islamic extremism or the New Atheists. No, as dangerous as these anti-Christian ideologies are to our freedoms, they take a back seat right now to the ruthless, methodical attacks by gay-rights groups on anyone who disagrees with them. Let me explain. Last year, you’ll recall that we created an iPhone app for the Manhattan Declaration. The app would allow users to read, sign, and share the Manhattan Declaration and its defense of human life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. Apple said the app was “free from objectionable material.?

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March 24, 2011

Good News: Indiana Marriage Amendment Moves Forward

For the past week — and really, for the last six years — family advocates in Indiana have maintained a laser-like focus on one piece of legislation. Today, they are smiling. A constitutional amendment to protect the definition of marriage as the union of one man and woman was approved by the state House and Senate in 2005. But it failed to receive the necessary approval in the subsequent legislative session, and didn’t move again. Until last month, when the House voted 70-26 in favor of protecting marriage — just before Democrats fled the state to avoid a vote on labor union legislation. The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on the marriage bill on March 16.

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March 23, 2011

Eugenics: It’s Back

The fantasy of a perfect human race – if you thought we were over that, you’re wrong…

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March 23, 2011

China’s Christianity Conundrum

China has all but caught up with the United States in terms of economic and geopolitical power. All but. For China to take full advantage of its enormous resources and labor force, China has to take a step that does not come naturally to Communist dictatorships. China must begin to embrace human rights and freedom, especially religious freedom. And that has placed the Chinese leadership on the horns of a dilemma, one that the United States ought to exploit not only for our own national interests but especially for the cause of freedom.

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March 23, 2011

Social Leveling: Socialism and Secularism

Social leveling is something that we typically associate with the destruction of material differences between human beings. It is the socialist dream of a classless society in which distinctions, usually the result of economic variation, are made irrelevant. The state, empowered by the political action of the masses (or at least a group claiming to speak for the masses), works to gain control of the wealth and property of a society and then to redistribute it in such a way as to make people equal. It should be obvious that this type of action vastly increases the power of the state because it becomes the effective owner of all property. Although socialism aims to wipe out material inequality, it may merely present a new opportunity for sin. James Madison noted that taking control of the property in a state will not make people equal for more than a very short time. They have different talents, abilities, and levels of energy. A new elite will assert itself, just as it has in every nation with a communist revolution.

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March 22, 2011

Helping or Hurting: The Challenge of Doing Compassion

ABC's Extreme Makeover is remodeling their strategy. And maybe this should inspire us to do the same. When it comes to helping others, what matters most: intentions or results?

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March 22, 2011

Bridging the Gap Between Generations: The Point with John Stonestreet

From Facebook to Twitter, from college professors who mock the Christian faith to feel-good Christianity, from premarital relations to finding a job, let’s face it: it’s a tough, confusing world for Christian young people. It’s hardly a wonder that George Barna has found that six out of ten 20-somethings who were involved in church during their teen years are no longer spiritually active as young adults.

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March 17, 2011

Freedom from Religion goes after senior citizens

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is threatening a lawsuit over praying before meals at a Cheboygan, Michigan, senior citizen center. But the center already has strong legal counsel. Matt Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University's Law School, says it is absurd that the Foundation is issuing the threat because of prayers before meals.

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March 17, 2011

Integrity Under Fire

Back in the 1990s, a joke about a prominent politician went, “His religion is so private, he won’t even impose it on himself.? Recent events have me wondering if we’re heading to a time when the joke no longer makes sense because people seem to expect people not to live by their convictions. The source of my misgivings is, of all places, the sports pages. The past few weeks have seen two examples of integrity that are increasingly rare in our win-at-all-costs sports scene.

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