The Briefing

Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations

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The Briefing 06-30-15

1) Oklahoma execution method upheld by Supreme Court, despite severe questioning of death penalty Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug, Oklahoman Daily (AP) 2)...

  • Audio
  • Chimpanzees
  • gay marriage
  • Individualized Religion
  • Supreme Court
  • Weddings
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The Briefing 06-29-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Ending of New York prison break reminder sin is never as beautiful as it promises David Sweat shot and captured alive after...

  • Audio
  • gay marriage
  • New York Manhunt
  • Religious Liberty
  • Tax Exemption
  • Terrorism
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The Briefing Special Edition: Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court affirms gay marriage as constitutional right, disregards democratic process  Obergefell, et. al., v Hodges, et. al., Supreme Court Transcript: Obama’s remarks...

  • Audio
  • Religious Liberty
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 06-26-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court affirms Obamacare, exposing serious responsibility of interpreting texts Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies, New York Times (Adam Liptak) The...

  • Audio
  • Euthanasia
  • Obamacare
  • Supreme Court
  • Yoga
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The Briefing 06-25-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Tsarnaev sentencing stark example of difference between mercy in Christianity and Islam Tsarnaev apologizes for Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Globe (Patricia Wen,...

  • Anne Gaylor
  • Audio
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • Marijuana
  • Religious Liberty
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The Briefing 06-24-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court’s leftward trend under Roberts shaped by kinds of questions Court faces The Roberts Court’s Surprising Move Leftward, New York Times...

  • Alger Hiss
  • Allen Weinstein
  • Audio
  • Justice Kennedy
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 06-23-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Netherlands considers extending right to die to children under twelve as culture of death progresses Dutch pediatricians: give terminally ill children under...

  • Audio
  • Elisabeth Elliot
  • Netherlands
  • Religion
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The Briefing 06-22-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Nation shocked by forgiveness given by families of Charleston shoot victims to shooter ‘I forgive you.’ Relatives of Charleston church shooting victims...

  • Audio
  • Charleston Shooting
  • Forgiveness
  • gay marriage
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 06-20-15

1) Is 'redeeming the culture' a biblical concept? 2) Is it normal to be intimidated by the idea of spending eternity in heaven? 3) Are...

  • Audio
  • heaven
  • Isis
  • Redeeming the Culture
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The Briefing 06-19-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Charleston church shooting horrifying picture of evil of racism How black church leaders are responding to the shooting in Charleston, Washington Post...

  • Audio
  • Charleston
  • Pope Francis
  • racism
  • Religious Liberty
  • Supreme Court
  • WHO
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The Briefing 06-18-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Culture no longer asks ‘whether’ but ‘when’ gender reassignment should occur The New Girl in School: Transgender Surgery at 18, New York...

  • Audio
  • race
  • Rachel Dolezal
  • Transgender Teens
  • Waterloo
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The Briefing 06-17-15

Podcast Transcript 1) CA physician-assisted suicide bill passes after medical association drops opposition, redefining physicians’ role Physician-Assisted Death Legislation Moves Forward In California, NPR California...

  • American History
  • Audio
  • Education
  • gay marriage
  • Physician Assisted Suicide
  • Supreme Court
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The Briefing 06-16-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Jeb Bush unsurprisingly announces candidacy, leaving both parties with question of dynasty Jeb Bush announces presidential bid: ‘We will take command of our...

  • Audio
  • Conversion Therapy
  • Evolution
  • Jeb Bush
  • Single Mothers
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The Briefing 06-15-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Number of Americans in prison presents moral quandary of needing secure and humane systems The Dannemora Dilemma, New York Times (Ross Douthat)...

  • Audio
  • Homosexuality
  • Magna Carta
  • Prison Systems
  • Religious Liberty
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 06-13-15

1) Should Christians disengage from the public sphere and take the Benedict option? 2) Do the Gospels contradict the teaching that Jesus rose after 3...

  • Audio
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The Briefing 06-12-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Shared understanding of value of marriage does not equal shared understanding of marriage  Marriage Today: Rich-Poor Gap, Later Vows, Gays Gain Access, Associated...

  • "Men at Work"
  • Audio
  • Clash of Clans
  • Economy
  • Marriage
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The Briefing 06-11-15

Podcast Transcript 1) As global descent into terrorism continues, al Qaeda is broken by rise of ISIS Isis onslaught has broken al-Qaida, its spiritual leaders...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Job and worldview
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Medicine
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The Briefing 06-10-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Opposition to upheld Texas abortion law reveals entrenched nature of abortion movement Controversial Texas abortion law upheld by federal appeals court, Los Angeles...

  • 2016 Presidential Campaign
  • Audio
  • Homosexuality
  • Texas Abortion Law
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The Briefing 06-09-15

Podcast Transcript 1) New York jailbreak coverage reminder of power entertainment has to confuse moral reality Wide Net Cast for Escaped Killers; They Could Be...

  • Abortion
  • Audio
  • Crime
  • Homosexuality
  • Scripture
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The Briefing 06-08-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Transgender and feminism agendas collide over admission policies at women’s colleges Barnard will admit transgender students. Now all ‘Seven Sisters’ colleges do.,...

  • Audio
  • Barnard College
  • Creflo Dollar
  • Feminisim
  • Prosperity Gospel
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 06-05-15

 Podcast Transcript 1) Accidental shipping of live anthrax by U.S. labs parable of living in fallen modern world Up to 18 labs in U.S. got...

  • 2016 Presidential Campaign
  • Anthrax
  • Audio
  • Lincoln Chafee
  • Motherhood
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The Briefing 06-04-15

Podcast Transcript 1) American exception to secularization no longer true in Pacific northwest 10 percent of Seattle residents identify as atheist, says study, Seattle Sun...

  • Audio
  • Individualism
  • millennials
  • Overpopulation
  • Secularization
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The Briefing 06-03-15

Podcast Transcript 1) OSHA regulations on transgender restroom use keep up with moral insanity of sexual revolution A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers, OSHA...

  • Audio
  • Church of England
  • Feminist Theology
  • FIFA
  • OSHA
  • Sepp Blatter
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 06-02-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Supreme Court ruling on Abercrombie headscarf case religious liberty win for all Americans Muslim Woman Denied Job Over Head Scarf Wins in...

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Audio
  • Bruce Jenner
  • Church of England
  • Transgender
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The Briefing 06-01-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Senate debate over NSA program exposes tension between security and privacy in dangerous world Senate to let NSA spy program lapse, at least...

  • 2016 Presidential Race
  • Audio
  • Dennis Hastert
  • NSA
  • Senate
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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 2015-05-30

1) Were there actually women pastors and bishops in the early church? 2) What is the point of fasting? 3) Should evangelicals attend the weddings...

  • Audio
  • Catholicism
  • complementarianism
  • Divorce
  • Fasting
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The Briefing 05-29-15

Podcast Transcript 1) FIFA corruption charges exposes incompetence of humans to self-police sin Global soccer corruption case deeply rooted in USA, USA Today (Kevin Johnson)...

  • adultery
  • Audio
  • Awe
  • Corruption
  • FIFA
  • Genes
  • naturalism
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The Briefing 05-28-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Chimps’ day in court exposes confusion of human dignity with care for animals Judge Ponders Whether Chimps Should Get Same Rights as...

  • animal rights
  • Assisted Suicide
  • Audio
  • chimps
  • China
  • Polls
  • Religious Liberty
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The Briefing 05-27-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Secularists note Gates’ membership proposal purely seeking survival of corporation Why the Boy Scouts can do no right politically, Washington Post (Sarah...

  • Audio
  • Boy Scouts
  • Cremation
  • Girl Scouts
  • Water Fights
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The Briefing 05-26-15

Podcast Transcript 1) Irish landslide for gay marriage shows breakdown of cultural shaping power of Catholicism Ireland approves gay marriage, talks about a revolution, Associated Press...

  • Audio
  • Boy Scouts
  • gay marriage
  • Homosexuality
  • Ireland
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