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Monday

The Briefing 02-27-17

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  • Are we alone in the universe? Discovery of seven earth-size planets prompts perennial speculation
  • In recently discovered essay, Winston Churchill ponders life on other planets and the "Goldilocks" zone
  • Why does a NY Times article about babies learning language in the womb not use the word "fetus"?
Friday

The Briefing 02-24-17

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  • Should parents be involved when a minor considers abortion? Current IN law says no; new bill says yes.
  • Vermont edges out New Hampshire in new Gallup survey as the least religious state in America
  • Secularization and Secularism in New England: The shape of our future?
Thursday

The Briefing 02-23-17

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  • Theo Hobson says Church of England should remain agnostic on homosexuality. Is that even possible?
  • From 'The Homosexuals' to 'When We Rise': Documenting the LGBT revolution in two shows, 50 years apart
  • The rise of marriage-lite: British court denies heterosexual couple civil union
  • Culture and theology: What's missing in the NY Times story on reincarnation and baby rituals in Bali
Wednesday

The Briefing 02-22-17

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  • Trump administration poised to reverse Obama's transgender bathroom directive, leaving issue to states
  • Economic bullying: Global corporations and NFL threaten Texas over proposed bathroom bill
  • New C-SPAN poll ranking the US presidents says more about the historians involved than the presidents
  • Michael Novak, major conservative intellectual and defender of human dignity, dies at 83
Tuesday

The Briefing 02-21-17

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  • Oregon considering bill that blurs line between physician-assisted suicide and state-sanctioned murder
  • A crime for not much longer? British police are looking the other way on assisted suicide
  • Acceptance is outstripping research on health risks as more pregnant women and retirees use marijuana
  • Learning from children: Are kids bad at paying attention, or are adults not paying enough attention?
Peter-Preaching

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The anemia of evangelical worship—all the music and energy aside—is directly attributable to the absence of genuine expository preaching.

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