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My dear friend Evelyn Bence has written a moving remembrance at Christianity Today of her visits to a dying friend.

I wanted to share it just as much for the poetry of her prose as for her thoughtful reflections. It's entitled "Watch and Wait: Tarrying with Christ and the fearful dying."

I do hope you read it, and that you have a holy, blessed Easter.
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On the way home last night, I saw a highway sign that stated that it was illegal to text and drive. Google might have circumnavigated that problem with its new wearable computer. The miniaturized screen, in case you're not already familiar with it, is set into the frame of eyeglasses and provides users with access to e-mail, navigation, social networks, and more.

While he's on the snarky side, Tim Teeman in The Daily Beast sums up the problem of Google Glass being increasingly invasive.
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The movie "Heaven Is for Real" opens today, and Anne Morse got to interview Todd Burpo, author of the bestselling book on which it's based. Go here to read the interview, and check our features page next week for our review of the movie!
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. . . I'm pretty sure that's not how it works.
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In this article that's making the rounds online, a Christian man with same-sex attraction explains why he chooses to be married to a woman. Part 2 of his article is scheduled to go up Thursday.

(H/T Shane Morris)
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While 2 billion Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter, millions of public school children in America won’t be learning about the religious aspects of this holiday.

However, contrary to what many educators think, a new report released this week documents that state academic standards not only allow, but in some cases, expect public schools to teach about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. Gateways to Better Education has published this online report, titled “The Bible in State Academic Standards.” The 230-page report highlights state-by-state academic standards indicating ample opportunity for educators to teach about the Bible, Christian beliefs, and Christians who were influential in history.
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A Dutch teenager was arrested Monday for tweeting a bomb threat at American Airlines. For some reason, this caused many others to think that tweeting bomb threats at American Airlines was a really great idea. 

Apparently, bored and spoiled young people plus social media plus the copycat mentality equals a perfect storm of asininity.
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All four parts of the podcast I did with William O'Flaherty and Dr. Crystal Hurd are now available for $3.
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I've often wondered what God was thinking when he created some of the living things present in the world -- you know, things like ticks, roaches, and viruses. Recently I found a pretty scary new icky thing called a entamoeba histolytica.

It's an amoeba, and unlike most other amoeba that are around us and in us, entamoeba histolytics is very toxic. The entamoeba histolytica have very bad table manners. The microscopic "nibblers" lodge in the intestines to feed and and spit to their heart's content. Microbiologists have provided us with a stunning and beautiful picture of this toxic amoeba eating human blood cells.
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As a Christian, I have many unanswered questions. The more I study the Christian worldview, the larger my list seems to grow. While essential truths are easier to identify from Scripture, there are many non-essential (and more ambiguous) features of Christianity. The unfathomable aspects of God’s nature typically leave us in awe and without adequate explanation. To make matters worse, the ancient claims and historical details described in the New Testament are sometimes too remote to verify accurately.

As a result, I’m often left with questions in places where I would rather have clarity and evidential certainty. How can we trust Christianity is true when there are so many unanswered questions?
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A public figure has committed a thoughtcrime!
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The folks at Harvard Divinity School, and the rest of Elaine Pagels's "children," need this fragment to be "real." That's because, in large measure, what all the talk about "Christianities" and "family and marriage and sexuality and Jesus," is about is not what people in, say, the third century believed to be true but what people in the 21st century want to be true: instead of a tradition dating back to the apostles, a pluralistic free-for-all in which their take is just as worthy of the name "Christianity" as the orthodox faith.

If the fragment had been written with a Sharpie, they'd probably still insist it was legit.
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A few weeks ago, a smashing piece from Michael W. Hannon in "First Things" made waves. It was titled "Against Heterosexuality," and made the case that sexual orientation is a recent invention of Western psychology. The pathologizing of homosexual behavior following the decline of Christian moral norms, Hannon says, led to a shift in emphasis from behavior to identity. What he argued wasn't particularly new, but it sent a few in the LGBT blogging and editorial community into fits. Read More >
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All other considerations aside, a Christianity shorn of miracles, the resurrection, and the Second Coming -- the kind of "Christianity" that the Jesus Seminar is still promoting -- is a Christianity without excitement, beauty, or mystery.

(Where's G. K. Chesterton when you need him? He could have argued this point a lot better than I can!)
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My new piece on this subject is up at On Faith.
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