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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 03-15-14

1) Should Christians shelter young children from homosexual friends and relatives? 2) What are your thoughts about J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings and who is your favorite…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-22-13

50 years after JFK assassination, American memory remains vivid, tragic, and intense; A man of conviction and ideas – Has C.S. Lewis had greater and…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-14-13

Has the Nobel Peace Prize’s prestige been tarnished by politicization?; When you read Alice Monro, you don’t just read the story of people, but civilization;…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-07-13

Washington DC legalizes gender change on birth certificate without surgery; Print media in US in trouble as several major publications sold; “Civil Religion” sociologist Robert…Read this essay →

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Books for a Summer Season — Some Recommended Reading

Serious readers tend to read by season. A worthy book is ripe for the reading in any season, but winter seems to privilege the weightier...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-16-13

1. Controversies embroil President Obama and threaten his agenda Controversies Threaten President's Agenda, Wall Street Journal (Peter Nicholas and Janet Hook) A Brief History of...Read this essay →

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Rest in Print, Britannica: An Elegy for an Encyclopedia

And then they were no more. Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. announced Tuesday that it would no longer offer its venerable reference set in a printed edition....Read this essay →

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Total Capitulation: The Evangelical Surrender of Truth

Evangelical Christians will either stand upon the authority and total truthfulness of the Bible, or we will inevitably capitulate to the secular worldview.Read this essay →

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A New Third Way? Reformist Evangelicals and the Evangelical Future

Who is and is not an evangelical? With whom should evangelicals cooperate in gospel efforts, and with whom not? Which theological expressions are truly evangelical,...Read this essay →

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What Makes Evangelicalism Evangelical? A New Book Joins the Argument

The evangelical movement in America emerged in the twentieth century as conservative Protestants sought to perpetuate an intentional continuity with biblical Christianity. While the roots...Read this essay →

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The Trial that Still Must Come — The Death of Osama bin Laden and the Limits of Human Justice

As is always the case, we are left with a sense that a higher court is still needed. Christians know that Osama bin Laden escaped…Read this essay →

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The Only Game in Town? Richard Dawkins and the Limits of Reason

Dawkins really believes (or at least really claims) that those who disagree with him are insane, deluded, intellectually perverse, and unintelligent.Read this essay →

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The Marketplace of Ideas — Why Bookstores Matter

Being in a bookstore helps me to think. I find that my mind makes connections between authors and books and ideas as I walk along…Read this essay →

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The Knowledge of the Self-Revealing God: Starting Point for the Christian Worldview

The Christian worldview is structured, first of all, by the revealed knowledge of God. There is no other starting point for an authentic Christian worldview—and…Read this essay →

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Bankruptcy in the Cathedral

It turns out that Robert Schuller offers the best analysis of this crisis with his own words. “No church has a money problem; churches only…Read this essay →

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On Getting Boys to Read

There is ample documentation to prove that boys are falling behind in reading skills at virtually every age level. In many cases, boys are semi-literate...Read this essay →

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The Survival of the Book — A Word from James Billington

James H. Billington, the nation's Librarian of Congress, writes in today's edition of The Washington Post about the survival of books. The occasion is the...Read this essay →

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No Need for God? Stephen Hawking Defies Divine Creation

Professor Stephen Hawking is a remarkable human being. His courage and tenacity are an inspiration to all. His work on the theory of gravity has…Read this essay →

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The Case Against Marriage, Courtesy of Newsweek

One essential task for the Christian Church is to rebuild and maintain a marriage culture — even when marriage itself no longer makes sense to…Read this essay →

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Summer Reading — Books Fit for the Season

Readers are a hopeful lot. Ask most serious readers what they intend to read over the next month, and you are likely to hear a...Read this essay →

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The Death of a (Former) Atheist — Antony Flew, 1923-2010

Antony Flew’s rejection of atheism is an encouragement, but his rejection of Christianity is a warning. Rejecting atheism is simply not enough.Read this essay →

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The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

The publishing world sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young's The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published...Read this essay →

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Winston Churchill — Paul Johnson’s Worthy Biography

This past Sunday marked the 45th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, the man widely regarded as the greatest leader of the twentieth...Read this essay →

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Empire of Liberty — When America Became American

Gordon S. Wood is one of the most influential historians writing in the field of American history today. His reputation will only be enhanced with...Read this essay →

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Giving the Nook a Good Look

Just before Christmas I took delivery of a new Nook, the dedicated e-reader recently released by Barnes & Noble. Just having a Nook was something...Read this essay →

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NewsNote: The Death of a Feminist

Radical theologian Mary Daly died Sunday at age 81, ending one of the most interesting and tragic careers in contemporary theology. Known for her exaggerated...Read this essay →

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The Kindle Experience — A Personal Report

Books are a major part of my daily life. As I write this, I am surrounded by many thousands of books, each with its own...Read this essay →

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“Tear Down This Wall” — A Book for Leaders

Communication is one of the central tasks of leadership. No one seemed to know this like Ronald Reagan. Much like Winston Churchill, President Reagan understood...Read this essay →

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Should Christians Follow Buddha Too?

Paul Knitter has written a book titled Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian.  The title is more than revealing.  He argues that where...Read this essay →

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Banned Book Week – Parenting at the Mercy of the Local Librarian

Banned Books Week is this week in America, trying to draw attention to the dangers of limiting access to all types of information.  But are...Read this essay →

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