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Last weekend, John Stonestreet interviewed Brian Ivie, the University of Southern California film graduate behind Focus on the Family's new film "The Drop Box," hitting theaters this week. They were joined by Focus' Vice President Kelly Rosati, who unpacked what her organization hopes Ivie's incredible work will accomplish.

But of course, the real star of the show is Lee-Jong rak, a South Korean pastor and creator of the eponymous "drop box." This heated container attached to the side of his home in Seoul has received hundreds of infants from desperate mothers who might otherwise have abandoned them. Together with his wife, Pastor Lee has committed the raising 19 children, many of whom suffer from severe disabilities and are seen by their society as imperfect. He's pledged to God to give his life for these children if necessary, and has devoted his every spare moment to receiving new infants and passing them on to agencies and organizations that can find them homes. Read More >
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Christian History Magazine has a new issue devoted to the "Seven Literary Sages" -- MacDonald, Chesterton, Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers, Williams, and Barfield -- who did so much to influence and shape the church, its beliefs, and its imagination. You can read the whole issue online! (One of those talking about Sayers is Dr. Crystal Downing, my own undergraduate project supervisor at Messiah College.)
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Late February brought the sad news that Josh Hamilton of the Angels may have had a relapse in his fight against alcohol and drug abuse.

Hamilton’s story arc—from first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft, to being out of the game because of drug and alcohol addiction, to recovery and a spectacular comeback—has inspired many people, including many Christians. Hamilton credited his faith in Christ with helping him overcome his demons and finally fulfill his enormous potential.

I don’t know Hamilton, or even anyone who knows Hamilton, but I know a thing or 75 about personal demons and patterns of sin. I suspect that among the many things going through Hamilton’s mind is the idea that he has let a lot of people down, many of whom he has never even met.
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The Christian Post has a nice article up about Chuck Colson's prison legacy, complete with a touching little cartoon.

(H/T David Carlson)
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The Washington Post has an excellent article about Free Minds, a book club for young DC Jail inmates, and how it's helping them break free of the cycle of crime and imprisonment. More information is available here!

(H/T Steve Rempe)
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Most everyone has probably read Jon Ronson's outstanding essay in the New York Times (posted on RE:news recently) about the cyber-flogging of Justine Sacco, a former public relations director at IAC (the company behind OKCupid and Vimeo). Emphasis on "former." Back in 2013, Sacco, who had only 170 followers on Twitter, boarded a plane for an international flight to Cape Town, South Africa, to visit family. Being a snarky sort prone to ill-considered jokes (believe me, I can sympathize), as well as a liberal, she tweeted a quick barb about white privilege: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"

Eleven hours later, as Sacco's plane landed and she turned on her phone, she found out what everyone else in the Twittersphere already knew: Her career and public image were in ashes, burned to the ground by a social media mob tens of thousands strong.

Sacco is just one of many people Ronson interviewed who have experienced this brutal public shaming. What is it about the Internet that causes us to treat each other with such brutality--to take such pleasure in ruining the lives of people we've never met? Read More >
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Eric Metaxas will be hosting a new live radio talk show with Salem Radio Network, airing from 2 to 4 p.m. daily, beginning April 20. (We're happy to say that he will be continuing on with BreakPoint Radio as well.) Congratulations to Eric!
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Click here at 12:40 p.m. Eastern to watch a webcast of Marvin Olasky of WORLD interviewing our own John Stonestreet! The interview is part of Patrick Henry College's Newsmakers Interview Series.
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John Stonestreet and a couple of others had a lively exchange with CNN's Chris Cuomo over yesterday's BreakPoint Radio commentary, in which Eric Metaxas critiqued Cuomo's claim that "Our rights do not come from God." With John's help, I've compiled the tweets here for easy reading!
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Stan Guthrie, who's a columnist with us, is scheduled to appear on the second hour of today's "Chris Fabry Live!" You can listen live at this page.
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There should be a special award for obtuseness, handed out to those who see no difference between those who embrace martyrdom and those who inflict it (especially in the wake of the recent ISIS massacre of 21 Coptic Christians). And this reviewer should be the first recipient.
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I'm guessing that in our current climate, it may be easier to get away with writing "I'm gay and I want my daughter to be gay" than it would be to get away with writing "I'm straight and I want my daughter to be straight."
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With depressing predictability, certain members of the establishment are already going after Gov. Scott Walker, who's gearing up to try to win the Republican presidential nomination, over his lack of a college degree. Thus far, Walker has done just fine standing up for himself, and even some members of the media are coming to his defense as well. 

I'm hoping, though, that as this plays out, conservatives don't go too far in the other direction and start devaluing higher education in general. Read More >
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Mother Teresa is currently trending on Twitter because -- get this -- she's been accused of converting people to Christianity.

Next thing you know, they'll be telling us that the pope is Catholic.
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