Monday

The Briefing 11-23-15

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  • Mali and Paris attacks show developing rivalry between ISIS and al Qaeda, exposing same deadly worldview
  • Favored candidate loses Louisiana governorship overwhelmingly, exposing importance of character
  • Vocabulary debate over bathrooms and bathroom access adds to moral confusion of society
Friday

The Briefing 11-20-15

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  • Jewish prayer at shared holy site sparks controversy due to theology of prayer of Judaism, Islam
  • Significance of sibling-relationships to later life underlines tragedy of one-child China
  • Sociologists argue next step in sexual revolution for men to take up more feminine roles
Thursday

The Briefing 11-19-15

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  • Generic view of religion undermines ability to respond to theological significance of Paris attacks
  • Abortionist physician for South asserts concern for pregnant woman, neglects baby
  • Atlanta considers billion dollar casino, fails to consider fallout of casino economies
Wednesday

The Briefing 11-18-15

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  • In aftermath of Paris, Western nations confronted with inability to predict evil
  • In light of attacks, refugee crisis causes conflicted conscience in Western nations
  • China persists in using organs from executed prisoners, undermining human dignity
  • Challenge Boy Scouts face after concessions to moral revolution exposes loss of 'boyhood' from public consciousness
Tuesday

The Briefing 11-17-15

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  • Failure to recognize theological will of ISIS raises question of future of Western civilization
  • Supreme Court to take up most significant abortion case in decades
  • US gives designation of genocide to Yazidis, but not Middle East Christians
Monday

The Briefing 11-16-15

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  • Horror of Paris attacks reflect theological identity and ambition of ISIS
  • Bernie Sanders blames ideologically motivated violence on climate change, not beliefs
  • Attack on Paris attack on symbol of secularism, European ideal
Friday

The Briefing 11-13-15

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  • Utah judge separates child from lesbian foster parents affirming importance of father and mother
  • Child murder of younger sibling raises horrifying reality of sin, human nature
  • Effectiveness of crisis pregnancy centers alarming abortion supporters
Thursday

The Briefing 11-12-15

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  • Mexico Supreme Court strikes down marijuana laws on basis of individualism
  • Marijuana start-up companies aim to profit off of expansion of weed market
  • Russian athlete doping scandal reminder sin prevents humans from ever policing self
  • Helmut Schmidt, significant leader of 20th century, dead after seeing rise and fall of Nazism and Soviet Union
  • Diplomatic impasse over wine at dinner between France and Iran exposes inescapable nature of theology
Wednesday

The Briefing 11-11-15

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  • Obama administration exercises cultural power of presidency in support revision to Civil Rights Act
  • Collision between erotic and religious liberty evidenced in Atlanta fire chief lawsuit
  • Secularization of America shown in diminishing size of Christian groups on college campuses
  • Supposed Starbucks furor reminder not to confuse church's business with that of corporate America
  • Veterans Day reminder to give honor to whom honor is due
Tuesday

The Briefing 11-10-15

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  • Obama immigration executive order blocked by court, sets up Supreme Court ruling
  • University of Missouri system president resigns in midst of racial concerns
  • Concern about trajectory of nation shared by both partisan groups, with problem differing
  • Study finds journalists, interpreters of news overwhelmingly identify as politically liberal
  • Authoritative view of science overlooks role of politics in scientific formulation
  • Morality looms large even in article on demand for 'natural' food for dogs
Monday

The Briefing 11-09-15

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  • Supreme Court takes up yet another religious liberty case against Obamacare
  • Media's fixation on same sex marriage evidenced in one edition of New York Times
  • Mormonism and Reformed Judaism illustrate different religious responses to cultural pressure
  • Study on children's self esteem reveals little parents don't already know
Thursday

The Briefing 11-05-15

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  • Dramatic conservative victories reveal 2015 elections to be a bellwether election
  • Election results exposes major error in liberal narrative of American culture
  • 'Suffragettes' movie avoids early suffragette and feminist opposition to abortion
  • View of modern parenting as more difficult than parenting in past reflects historical naiveté
  • Russian plane crash possibly downed by ISIS, despite previous Western denial
Tuesday

The Briefing 11-03-15

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  • Refugee flood threatens to overwhelm Germany, with displacement that rivals World Wars
  • German church says no need to evangelize Muslims, redefining gospel and missions
  • Bernie Sanders' embarrassment over past positions on gay marriage illustrates moral revolution
  • American parents tending to outsource parenting to library, mobile devices
Monday

The Briefing 11-02-15

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  • Kentucky governorship election's significance elevated by conflicts over gay marriage, Kim Davis
  • Amendments to legalize marijuana in Ohio sow confusion as big business co-opts industry
  • Possible overturn of Houston 'bathroom ordinance' threatens city's progressive reputation, economic status
  • Discussion of dying sun reveals secular worldview expectation of end of world
Friday

The Briefing 10-30-15

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  • Infamous China one-child policy changed to two-child policy due to demographic, not moral, shift
  • Paul Ryan election to Speaker reveals significance of pageantry of American politics
  • Historical and theological context of Halloween must be remembered, understood
Thursday

The Briefing 10-29-15

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  • Secular Britain sees future for churches, but not religion, in its society
  • Church buildings less popular wedding venue due to America's growing unbelief
  • Despite opposition of Americans to most abortions, laws remain unaltered
Wednesday

The Briefing 10-28-15

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  • Influence of parenting in indicating and determining worldview evident in millennials
  • Recognition of importance of fathers for boys in New York Times evidence of common grace
  • Objections to national slogan reflect understanding of its inherent theological sense
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