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  • NBA Pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2

    In North Carolina, the state legislature enacted sensible legislation to protect women and children from sexual predators. The law, called HB2, would prevent men from using women’s bathrooms and locker room facilities.

    The law seems reasonable enough to most people: Twenty-nine states and more than 10,000 municipalities have some version of it.

    But the National Basketball Association (NBA) is trying to make a political point, so it announced on Thursday that it was moving its All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans.
  • A God-Given Distraction?

    Earlier this week on BreakPoint, I tackled the topic of Pokémon Go. I was pleasantly surprised that my take on the game was similar to that of Karen Swallow Prior, who wrote about it in Christianity Today. In fact, we had a nice little Twitter exchange about great minds thinking alike, etc.

    Today, among the articles about Donald Trump and the Ark Encounter, this podcast on CT’s website caught my eye. In it, one of the hosts actually says that she thinks God gave us Pokémon Go as a distraction from all the bad stuff that’s been happening lately. I guess we see this one quite differently. I’ve never even considered that distraction is a virtue.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Religious Liberty Under Fire -- and What You Can Do about It

    Religious liberty is in serious jeopardy. There is a recent bill in California, Senate Bill 1146, which jeopardizes the future of faith-based institutions. In the words of Biola president Barry Corey, “Never has there been proposed law in the history of our nation that would be as restrictive on the religious rights of faith-based colleges and universities. We believe this is just the beginning of an erosion of religious freedom which is not only a constitutional right but also necessary for the flourishing of our democracy.”

    This bill should come as no surprise. In their opinion for the 2015 SCOTUS ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage, the majority judges claimed that expanding marriage to include same-sex couples would “pose no risk of harm to themselves or third parties.” However, the minority judges noted that the new ruling would help portray dissenters as “bigots” and also raise serious concerns for religious liberty.

    [For more, go to Sean's blog!]READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • 'Ghostbusters' and Social Media Insanity

    [Note: Several of the links in this piece contain bad language.]

    Let me begin this post by saying that I don't care about "Ghostbusters." At all. I didn't see the old one and I don't plan to see the new one. But even for someone who doesn't care about "Ghostbusters," it was hard to miss the social media insanity that surrounded the new film's release. It peaked yesterday when professional provocateur Milo Yiannopolous got banned from Twitter (not for the first time) for being the ringleader of a group of trolls who went after actress Leslie Jones.

    The Spectator (H/T Reason) has a summary of what happened: READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Unrecognizable Austen

    I have an article up at Christ & Pop Culture about how the new novel "Eligible," an update of "Pride and Prejudice," takes Jane Austen's belief system and flips it on its head.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Summer Diversions

    I had the privilege of contributing to Her.meneutics' list of "10 Books Worth Reading This Summer" and Christ and Pop Culture's list of "What's Getting Us through This Summer." Enjoy, and feel free to add ideas of your own in the comments sectino below!READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Slain Police Officer: 'I Got You'

    Four days after the shooting death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Baton Rogue police officer Montrell Jackson -- an African-American who recounted experiencing prejudice both in and out of uniform -- wrote on Facebook: "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. . . . These are trying times. Please don't let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I'm working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer, I got you."

    Yesterday Jackson and two of his fellow officers were gunned down by a shooter enraged over the Sterling killing. Shortly afterwards, Jackson's plea for peace and respect went viral. May his words comfort and guide a confused and grieving nation.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Is Media Bias Real?

    I wrote an article for the July/August issue of Decision, the magazine of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in which I answer the question above with an emphatic “yes.”

    Here’s an excerpt, in which I highlight the various ways in which media bias shows up:

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    What’s the smart phone doing to your child? For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, this is John Stonestreet with The Point.

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  • Nehemiah 9:38

    “Because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; on the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.”

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