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From The Washington Post

". . . Judging from two new books on the policing debate, even agreeing on the problem — let alone the necessary changes -- is daunting, the obstacles as stark as riot gear. I can’t recall ever reading works that purported to examine the same reality but reached such contrasting conclusions as 'To Protect and Serve,' by former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper, and 'The War on Cops,' by Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald. These authors don’t just present conflicting worldviews; they inhabit different worlds. Their only overlap is in their call to heed the needs of 'the community,' that most elastic of American political abstractions."

Read more: Carlos Lozada, Book Party, The Washington Post
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From Christianity Today

"On AiG’s website Ham described the opening of Ark Encounter as 'a historic moment in Christendom.' I knew I had to see it for myself, and I was pleased when CT asked me to report on the opening. That is how, in the 24th year of my life, in the 7th month, on the 7th day of the month, I set out on a journey to visit Ark Encounter with one question in mind: What are we, evangelical Christians, to make of this?"

Read more: Cort Gatliff, Christianity Today
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From Acculturated

"Conservatives talk a lot about reclaiming the culture from nihilism, libertinism, and profanity, about bringing virtue and character back into the mainstream. Self-conscious efforts to jump-start that movement sometimes bear fruit, but more often than not are heavy-handed and awkward.

"But what conservative projects frequently fail to do, Garry Marshall did effortlessly and guilelessly. You would never classify Happy Days or The Princess Diaries, Pretty Woman or Mork & Mindy, as 'conservative' entertainments—they were just entertainment, period. Yet the worldview behind them is one of decency, kindness, and love. They tell stories about people who are trying to make their way in the world and learning that character counts—but with lots of laughs and never a hint of moralizing."

Read more: Jonathan V. Last, Acculturated
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The Wichita Eagle/The Charlotte Observer

"Black Lives Matter protesters had planned to march on Sunday, but after organizers met with Chief Ramsay for hours, according to the protesters, they agreed to break bread together instead.

"The goal was to open communication and build trust between police and the communities they serve. The crowd at the cookout included people who were white, black and Hispanic."

Read more: The Wichita Eagle/The Charlotte Observer

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From The New York Times

"As 'Chariots of Fire' recounted, Liddell made headlines during the 1924 Games in Paris after refusing to compete in the 100-meter dash because his heat was scheduled for the Sabbath. Later, though, he won a gold medal in another event, cementing his reputation as both an extraordinary athlete and a man of unshakable religious convictions -- the convictions that sustained him in his difficult last years.

"'It means a lot to me to be able to tell this story of an Olympic champion who came to China and sacrificed so much to help others,' Mr. Shin, who is also a Christian, said in a recent interview."

Read more: Amy Qin, The New York Times
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From Facts & Trends/Gleanings

"Excluding evangelical believers, three-quarters of Americans cite no moral qualms about changing gender identification.

"That’s because Americans don’t see moral significance in being born male or female, said LifeWay Research executive director Scott McConnell."

Read more: Lisa Cannon Green, Facts & Trends/Gleanings, Christianity Today
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From Religion News Service

"According to a recent analysis in the journal SAGE Open of responses from 1973 to 2014 to the General Social Survey, the general trend over the past few decades is broadly toward less religiosity (both public and private). However, the one indicator that seems to buck this trend is belief in the afterlife, where a slight increase was recorded in recent years. A 2013 survey by the conservative Christian Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture found that even 32 percent of the group comprising atheists, agnostics, and people of no religion claim to believe that there is life after death. Why this seeming contradiction?"

Read more: Simon Davis, Religion News Service
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From CNN

"The moves were praised by the two groups that had sought the change."

Read more: Chris Isidore, CNNMoney, CNN
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From The Federalist

"A pro-abortion group just released a video that tries (and fails) to make abortion seem funny."

Read more: Bre Payton, The Federalist
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From The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

"I didn’t need to be told that my music wasn’t Christian enough or that demons were oppressing my spirit.

"I needed to be told that God loved me and that whatever 'authentic self' I was so desperately trying to piece together and display for all my peers to approve of, I would never really find it and I didn’t need to try to. I needed—and still need—a church that has space for sadness, fears and anxiety, depression and mental illness. I also need a church that doesn’t let me continue to believe the lie that my life is meaningless until I achieve something, or am loved by someone, or I craft some impressive identity."

Read more: Alan Noble, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
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From The Washington Post

"Dauphin, 33, a former high school English teacher, had decided to relax last week with a few books at Stonehaven Wharf, a parking lot for fishing boats that’s frequented by tourists to the Canadian province of New Brunswick. He sat inside his Volkswagen Golf hatchback watching the waves and poring over 'Mere Christianity' by C.S. Lewis and another book by theologian Timothy Keller."

Read more: Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., Morning Mix, The Washington Post
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From First Things

"Another time, I’m just standing at the front gate and the militia were passing. They opened fire. They shot me, they hit the door, the wall, the church wall. I thought, Are you serious? Why are they doing that? Just after a couple seconds I realized that I had been shot.

"Another time, I was kidnapped by the militia. It was after the Sunday Mass, when I was going to visit friends and I was by myself. They put me in my car trunk. I don’t know why they took me."

Read more: Fr. Douglas Bazi, interviewed by Jonathan Coppage, First Things
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