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  • Visiting the 'Real' Bedford Falls

    I just attended the "It's a Wonderful Life" festival in Seneca Falls, New York, which locals believe is the town on which Frank Capra based his fictional Bedford Falls. Frank Capra is known to have visited the town shortly before beginning work on the film. The town's bridge (see picture 1 below) is identical to the one in the film. And the town--actually a village--bears a striking resemblance to Bedford Falls.
  • Cradle of Life and Love: A Mother and Father for the World's Children

    In the debate about same-sex marriage, we must inevitably come to same-sex parenting. By now many of us are familiar with the research wars over whether children fare as well in same-sex homes as in opposite-sex families. While same-sex parenting proponents tend to focus their arguments on personal stories and claims of justice, proponents of maintaining the traditional family tend to rely on comprehensive research, human biology, and the simple question, “What is in the best interest of the child?”

    The second video in the six-part Humanum series combines elements of both approaches, exploring what is best for children, not with scientific or statistical arguments, but through beautiful stories of people and their profound, poetic, and spiritual experiences of the necessity of mother and father.
  • Seasonal Pet Peeve

    It would make me very, very happy if people all over social media could stop referring to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as "the date rape song." If we can't have a little playful romantic banter in a song without detecting rape at the bottom of it, I think there's something wrong somewhere. Not only is it a sign of massive cultural hypersensitivity, but I'd argue it's disrespectful to actual date rape victims.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • What's Good for the Goose . . .

    When a Colorado cake baker declined, on religious grounds, to make a cake for a homosexual "marriage," a gay couple sued him and a judge ordered him to make cakes for same-sex "weddings." He was also viciously attacked in the press for being a homophobe.

    But when THIS man called bakeries asking them to bake him a cake celebrating traditional marriage, THIRTEEN of them refused to do so. Waiting for the press, the courts, and all fair-minded people everywhere to go after them. . . .READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Pathological Altruism

    James Taranto borrows this very useful term from scholar Barbara Oakley to describe the aftermath of the terrorist killings in Sydney. We're being exhorted to remember that the killer "must have loved ones, too" -- despite his alleged murder of his ex-wife. Unfortunate choice of words.

    On Facebook, E. Stephen Burnett points out that it's not just the secular world that has a dangerous tendency to exercise pathological altruism: "For the first time I think I recognized that this kind of enablement/pacifistic/false 'forgiveness' response to others' abuse of power is just an extreme version of many evangelicals' response to emotional, spiritual or even sexual abusers."

    Food for thought.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Anatomy of a Religion Story

    Did Pope Francis say that pets go to heaven? In a word, no. David Gibson at Religion News Service provides a comprehensive (and somewhat disturbing) analysis of how the New York Times and other outlets got the story so completely wrong.READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Move Over, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    We'd like to congratulate BreakPoint feature writer Rachel McMillan, who just signed her first book contract with Harvest House Publishers! Look for "The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder" next winter!READ FULL ARTICLE »
  • Ordinary Service

    In a December 1987 Christianity Today column, Chuck Colson described a well-publicized and staged event for Prison Fellowship supporters. Chuck himself had preached the crowd to tears. But in a follow-up session the next day, a prisoner said he’d been most touched not by the celebrities but by the more common volunteers who had subsequently eaten lunch with the inmates.

    That was Chuck’s story. Here’s mine.

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  • Science vs. the Virgin Birth

    These “science writers” can really miss the point. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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