The Briefing 08-25-16

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  • God and the natural order: How should Christians process the deadly earthquake in Italy?
  • ISIS turns to kids for its future, recruiting new suicide bombers with toys and ice cream
  • New federal transgender rule threatens backbone of the American health care system—religious hospitals

The Briefing 08-16-16

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  • Is more information always better? Parenting in the age of prenatal screening and the designer baby
  • The microscopic matters: House passes measure protecting frozen embryos of veterans
  • "Having a baby" doesn't mean what it used to: Four lesbians sue New Jersey over fertility treatment
  • The difference between "burkinis" and bikinis—other than the amount of fabric—is one of worldview

The Briefing 02-04-16

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  • In historic mosque visit, Obama attempts to reduce teaching of Islam to moralism
  • In influential mosques across the globe, demise of the West a common theme preached
  • Statement for religious freedom signed in country that does not recognize Christian faith
  • Death of militarized fourth-grader in Afghanistan exposes horror story of child combatants
  • Proponent of forcing bakers to bake gay cakes changes mind, champions freedom of conscience

The Briefing 01-13-16

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  • Secular worldview unable to cope with irreducibly theological challenges presented by Islam
  • Record low attendance in Church of England indicative of lack in theological substance
  • German publication of annotated 'Mein Kampf' a testament to the tenacity of evil ideas

The Briefing 01-04-16

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  • Upheaval in Middle East reminds of theological rift in Islam between Shiite and Sunni sects
  • Leftward moral and political trajectory points to more fundamental American secularization
  • Absence of religious affiliation lends to politics becoming religion, basis for moral life

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Hard times come with hard questions, and our cultural context exerts enormous pressure on Christians to affirm common ground at the expense of theological differences. But the cost of getting this question wrong is the loss of the Gospel.

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The Briefing 12-18-15

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  • Wheaton controversy irreducibly theological: one cannot know the living God and deny his Son
  • Pro-abortion movement laments pro-life direction of country, denies real effects of Roe
  • Liberal agenda to move the American conscience on abortion is on display in Hollywood
  • Kentucky school cuts Bible passage from Charlie Brown program, loses meaning of Christmas

The Briefing 12-14-15

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  • Paris climate agreement falls short of biblical teaching on dominion and stewardship
  • National debate reveals irreducible difference between Classical Islam and Modernity

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

The Briefing 09-22-15

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  • Pope's caution in Cuba exposes tension between roles as religious leader and head of state
  • Pope sets pattern of liberalizing Catholicism's effect without formally adjusting teaching
  • Tennnessean schools instruct students on Islam, separating religious facts from beliefs

The Briefing 08-19-15

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  • Oregon's right-to-die laws destroying trust between patients and doctors
  • Power of theology and worldview to ISIS appeal to even teens recognized by New York Times
  • Chattanooga gunman discovered to have been motivated by need to have sin forgiven
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