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From Crux

"Yet unlike other tales of aging curmudgeons redeemed, from 'As Good as it Gets' to 'Gran Torino' to 'Get Low,' writer–director Theodore Melfi’s debut film doesn’t ask its protagonist to confront his demons. What young Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) offers Vincent is not so much a moral impetus to change as an understanding heart."

Read more: Steven D. Greydanus, Crux
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From Reformedish

"All too often in these discussions of troubling texts, we collapse the cultural distance between us and the biblical characters. Human nature is, in many ways, constant. Conscience is one of those basic human features. Across cultures, everybody has a clear sense of right and wrong, norms against which we must not cross, and an internal compass about these sorts of things. That said, any student of culture knows there are some significant variations across cultures as well."

Read more: Derek Rishmawy, Reformedish
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From The Christian Science Monitor

"In Houston, a city prepping against any Ebola threat and making news for a battle between the mayor and the evangelical community over LGBT rights, is a former atheist English professor who now defends the Christian faith."

Read more: Lisa Suhay, The Christian Science Monitor
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From Mere Orthodoxy

"Many of us labor under the illusion that the progressive package, the party line, doesn’t exist. Some of those within the camp take its putative diversity and ideological inclusiveness as a point of pride. I suppose for them my aim is to pop their balloon. For others floating within progressivism’s orbit but not yet diving in head-first, I’m hoping to provide some smelling salts. Those looking in with interest would do well to consider the real intellectual and communal pressure there is to conform to the package and examine whether they find the underlying premises convincing and consistent with the gospel."

Read more: Derek Rishmawy, Mere Orthodoxy
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From Christ & Pop Culture

"The role of Christians in the lives of people struggling with sin is highlighted in a way that’s both deeply convicting and motivating. It was Christian after Christian after Christian that — through words and deeds — kept Jernigan closeted and in fear for so long. He felt that, more than anyone else, it was people in the Church who must not find out about his struggle. But it was also Christians who showed him the true Gospel and worked as powerful players in directing him toward healing."

Read more: Amber Stamper, Christ & Pop Culture
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From PARSE

"The day people around me stop questioning my character is the day my character begins to grow vulnerable. With visible 'success' in any profession (including church) comes power and reputation, which are always character dangers." 

Read more: John Ortberg, PARSE, Leadership Journal
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From First Things

"In my experience, evangelical schools are particularly deft at self-loathing. I say this as someone who has been in the academy for twenty years, as an undergraduate, graduate, and faculty member. In that time, I have learned or taught at an evangelical college, state university, and two Catholic universities (a Holy Cross institution and a Jesuit one). In two decades and four schools—ranging from conservative to liberal, private to public, pious to secular—I have never encountered the sheer volume of self-loathing that I experienced as a student (and professor) at an evangelical college. While my experience is anecdotal, I doubt if it’s unique. Why do so many students at evangelical colleges look with disdain upon their own institution—and, in a sense, upon themselves?"

Read more: Stephen Dilley, First Things
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From Forbes

"Facebook and Apple have both announced an uncommon program to help their women employees lean all the way in. The tech giants will now cover the cost of egg-freezing treatments for women (and their male partners) who want to delay their family plans in favor of advancing their careers."

Read more: Chanelle Bessette, Forbes

From Religion News Service

"The divisive Seattle pastor had announced his plan to step aside for at least six weeks in August while his church investigated the charges against him. Driscoll’s resignation came shortly after the church concluded its investigation."

Read more: Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service
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From New York Magazine

"[Ezra Klein] is not merely arguing that, to make an omelette, one must break some eggs. He is arguing for false convictions as a conscious strategy in order to strike fear into the innocent. This is a conception of justice totally removed from the liberal tradition."

Read more: Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, New York Magazine

(H/T Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review Online)
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From Moore to the Point

"Reports coming out of Houston today indicate that city attorneys have issued subpoenas to pastors who have been vocal in opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure which deals with gender identity and sexuality in public accommodations. The subpoenas, issued to several pastors, seek 'all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.'"

Read more: Russell Moore, Moore to the Point
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From I Have to Sit Down

"There was only one perfect Man. The other great men of the world — Washington, King, John Paul II, and any hero you can name — are only mirrors, who catch and show to us a little bit of His radiant light. The world is dark enough already. Let’s not become so enlightened that we spend our time setting up boxes around the brilliance of great men."

Read more: Simcha Fisher, I Have to Sit Down, Patheos

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