The Briefing

Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations

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The Briefing 11-24-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Report on Adam Lanza, Newtown shooter, reveals efforts to explain sin through disease New Report on Lanza: Parental Denial, Breakdowns, Missed Opportunities,...

  • Abortion
  • Adam Lanza
  • Alcohol
  • Audio
  • Marvel
  • Oxford
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The Briefing 11-21-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Pres. Obama's executive action on immigration vast overreach of presidential power Obama acts on immigration, announcing decision to defer deportations of 4...

  • Audio
  • Bill Cosby
  • Immigration
  • Obama
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The Briefing 11-20-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Jerusalem synagogue attack reveals seriousness of modern anti-Judaism Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack, Associated Press (Josef Federman) Israel Shaken by...

  • Audio
  • Jerusalem
  • Latin America
  • Moral Therapeutic Deism
  • Roman Catholicism
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The Briefing 11-19-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Pending Ferguson verdict from Grand Jury reminder of important check in American system For Ferguson Grand Jury, Details and Responsibilities Are Abundant,...

  • Anglicanism
  • Audio
  • Ferguson
  • Grand Jury
  • Marijuana
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The Briefing 11-18-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Widespread support for military action against ISIS underlines it as stark image of evil Obama Calls Islamic State’s Killing of Peter Kassig ‘Pure...

  • Audio
  • Church of England
  • Homosexuality
  • Isis
  • Revelation
  • Women
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The Briefing 11-17-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Obama's promise to unilaterally move on immigration a danger to separation of powers White House Considers Timing of Executive Action on Immigration,...

  • Audio
  • Immigration
  • Jonathan Gruber
  • Obama
  • Obamacare
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The Briefing 11-14-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Success of comet landing dependent on science built on a Christian worldview Landing on a Comet, a European Space Agency Mission Aims...

  • Audio
  • Comet Landing
  • Interstellar
  • Public School
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 11-13-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Universal 0utcry over S Korean ferry captain's actions undermines notion of moral relativity  Captain Gets 36 Years for Deserting Korean Ferry, New...

  • American Family
  • Audio
  • Hollywood
  • Parenting
  • South Korean Ferry
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The Briefing 11-12-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Failure of pollsters to predict 2014 elections result of voters not voting Pollsters Missed Their Mark in Many States, Wall Street Journal...

  • 2014 Elections
  • Audio
  • Communism
  • reproductive technology
  • Sex
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The Briefing 11-11-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss hopes for extinction of religion through education of children Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss: Religion could be largely gone in a...

  • Atheism
  • Audio
  • China
  • persecution
  • Sex Education
  • Veterans Day
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The Briefing 11-10-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Nomination of Loretta Lynch as new Attorney General significant political decision  Loretta Lynch, a Nominee for Attorney General, Is Praised for Substance,...

  • Audio
  • Berlin Wall
  • Jerusalem
  • Loretta Lynch
  • North Korea
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 11-07-14

Podcast Transcript 1) 6th Circuit breaks trend of political usurpation by courts, upholds states' gay marriage bans DeBoer v. Snyder, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE...

  • Audio
  • Federal Courts
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Theological Education
  • Theology
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The Briefing 11-06-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Political world re-calibrating from changes due to election  President Obama Left Fighting for His Own Relevance, New York Times (Peter Baker) Transcript: President Obama’s Nov....

  • 2014 Election
  • Audio
  • Climate Change
  • Flavor houses
  • Same-Sex Marriage
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The Briefing 11-05-14

Podcast Transcript 1) 'Wave election' for Republicans points to deepening worldview divide between two major parties A Most Pivotal Election, Wall Street Journal (Fred Barnes) National...

  • 2014 Elections
  • Audio
  • Parenthood
  • Worldview Formation
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The Briefing 11-04-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Election Day looms large on America's political, cultural and moral horizons  Land of the Fearful: A Nervous America Prepares to Vote, USA...

  • Audio
  • Barack Obama
  • Climate Change
  • Election Day
  • Motherhood
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The Briefing 11-03-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Tragedy of Brittany Maynard ending her life reminder humans are not self-defining beings Terminally Ill Woman Brittany Maynard Has Ended Her Own Life,...

  • Audio
  • Brittany Maynard
  • Climate Change
  • Election Day
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The Briefing 10-31-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Apple CEO proclaims his homosexuality a divine gift, revealing extent of cultural shift on issue Tim Cook Speaks Up, Bloomberg Businessweek (Tim Cook)...

  • Audio
  • Halloween
  • Homosexuality
  • Marijuana
  • Tim Cook
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The Briefing 10-30-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Houston withdrawal of sermon subpoenas does not negate danger subpoenas represented  Pastors speak up on city's decision to drop subpoenas, Houston Chronicle (Mike...

  • Audio
  • Hell
  • Houston Subpoenas
  • population control
  • Population shift
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The Briefing 10-29-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Reinstatement of Rev. Frank Schaefer a failure of United Methodists to maintain own doctrine Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination, Associated...

  • Audio
  • Frank Schaefer
  • Pope Francis
  • secularism
  • United Methodist Church
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The Briefing 10-28-14

Podcast Transcript 1) New Jersey nurse reveals conflict between personal human rights and public health concerns Unapologetic, Christie Frees Nurse From Ebola Quarantine, New York...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Human Rights
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Sex Week
  • Tennessee
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The Briefing 10-27-2014

Podcast Transcript 1)Washington high school shooting reminder of tragic unpredictability of evil Tangled Portrait of a Student Emerges in Washington Shooting, New York Times (Kirk...

  • Audio
  • Embryo Screening
  • Evil
  • Reagan
  • Shooting
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The Briefing 10-24-2014

Podcast Transcript 1) As Ebola persists in America, important to remember and pray for the many afflicted in Africa Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital...

  • Audio
  • Ebola
  • Movies
  • Ottawa
  • Terrorism
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The Briefing 10-23-2014

Podcast Transcript 1) Ottawa shooting example of terrorism's purpose; to undo civilization Suspected killer in Ottawa shootings had a disturbing side, Toronto Globe and Mail...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Ben Bradlee
  • California
  • Marijuana
  • Ottawa
  • Terrorism
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The Briefing 10-22-2014

Podcast Transcript 1) Pres. Obama's public shifts on same-sex marriage reflect moral shifts in larger society The Obama Brief, New Yorker (Jeffrey Toobin) Obama Broadens...

  • Divorce
  • Immigration
  • Obama
  • Same-Sex Marriage
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The Briefing 10-21-2014

Podcast Transcript 1) Political shift on same sex marriage result of moral and underlying theological revolution So far, so fast, The Economist 2) Supreme Court's...

  • Audio
  • Hillsong
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 10-20-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Houston subpoena threat to religious liberty persists despite revision of subpoena language Mayor Parker revises, narrows sermon subpoena request, Houston Chronicle (Mike Morris)...

  • Assisted Suicide
  • Audio
  • Cultural Christianity
  • Houston
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The Briefing 10-17-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Houston mayor and attorney clearly threaten religious liberty in responses to subpoena controversy City officials try to distance themselves from sermon subpoenas,...

  • Audio
  • Houston
  • Parenting
  • Religious Freedom
  • Roman Catholicism
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The Briefing 10-16-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Second Ebola infection in US humbling reminder of fallibility of humans Ebola-Infected Health Worker Took Flight From Cleveland to Dallas, New York...

  • Abortion
  • Artificial Fertilization
  • Audio
  • Ebola
  • Houston
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The Briefing 10-15-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Same sex marriage supporters limit religious liberty to worship service context only Marriage equality in America: So far, so fast, The Economist...

  • Audio
  • Conditionalism
  • Isis
  • Religious Liberty
  • Same-Sex Marriage
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The Briefing 10-14-14

Podcast Transcript 1) Vatican synod on family a major transformation of Roman Catholicism Vatican Signals More Tolerance Toward Gays and Remarriage, New York Times (Elisabetta Povoledo)...

  • Atheism
  • Audio
  • Family
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Worldview
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