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Julian Simon’s name does not mean much to many Christians today, but it should.

Since his death on Feb. 8, 1998, 19 years ago this week, those who follow “the dismal science” of economics continue to study him, but most of the rest of us . . . well, not so much. He is, though, something of a model for how to promote unpopular ideas in the public square in ways that attract not just attention, but adherents.

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Where is culture headed for the next decade? And what does this mean for our relationships, jobs, and task as apologists and influencers of the next generation? I recently read the excellent book "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future" and want to highlight the twelve trends that the author, Kevin Kelly, believes will shape the future. It’s hard to disagree with his insights.

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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Is the decline of the family coming to an end? Allan Carlson says it is, or at least it could be, in a new book called “Family Cycles: Strength, Decline, and Renewal in American Domestic Life, 1630-2000.”

I interviewed Carlson in 2015 at the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City, Utah, about his provocative theory that the health of the family rises and falls in cycles. Carlson says we have seen “four distinct cycles” of strength and weakness in the family in American history. Each cycle lasts about 100 years, and he believes we have just passed through the trough of one of these cycles and that the health of the family is on the upswing again.

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On the new edition of "CAPC Digest," I discuss my article about the Oscar-nominated film and its worldview, especially on the issue of calling. Go here to listen!
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Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father, my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth.

Jesus also asked dozens of questions even though he knew the answers. Why? While there could be other reasons, it seems to me that he wanted to elicit faith in people and to help them arrive at a personal knowledge of the truth. When it comes to helping people arrive at a biblical worldview, Jesus knew questions were often far more powerful than statements. In fact, he knew the most important question of all is, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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Three hospitals in Boulder County, Colorado, are opting out of a new state "medically assisted death" law. The Daily Camera reports: Read More >
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At the Colson Center we often talk about something we call “local shalom.” When we use the expression, we are talking about the notion that we Christians should care about the "big ideas" of the Christian worldview, but we should also care about people, about “loving God and loving our neighbor. We are called not just to declare the Gospel (as important as that is) but also to demonstrate the Gospel by being peacemakers in our local communities.

That’s why it’s painful for me to write about the loss of a person who personified this idea of “local shalom” more fully than any other person I have known.
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The Hill has video and will soon have a full transcript of Pence's speech from today.
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Brandi Swindell of Boise, Idaho, was horrified at the effect of abortion on women, and upset that her city had no alternative to Planned Parenthood. "So I went, 'OK, I guess I better roll up my shirt sleeves and start it,'" she says.

Swindell now runs Stanton Healthcare of Boise. Cosmopolitan magazine reports, "For patients like Brandy [one of Swindell's clients] -- pregnant, uninsured, and without medical care -- Stanton Healthcare provides a lifeline for getting health services that they may otherwise be unable to access in the state, and Swindell has an ambitious goal for her network: She hopes it will become the pro-life movement’s replacement for the entire Planned Parenthood organization."  Read More >
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Remember that piece from Moira Weigel at The Atlantic that tried to argue that there's little that's real or scientific about what we see on ultrasound images of the unborn? Remember how they had to issue a correction?

They're now up to four corrections. Below is the complete list:
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In conjunction with today's March for Life, the Evangelicals for Life conference is taking place right now, and you can watch live by registering here! (Registration is free.) Among the speakers is the Colson Center's own John Stonestreet.
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According to PP staffers' own words in this new video from Live Action, prenatal care is very hard to get there. As one staffer acknowledged: “I mean, it’s called Planned Parenthood, I know that’s kind of deceiving.”

No pro-life activist could have put it better.
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Although I first heard of Greg Koukl as an undergrad at Biola University in the mid 90s, we became good friends in the early 2000s as students in the M.A. Philosophy program at Talbot. Greg is one of the leading apologists of our day and has had a huge impact on my personal and professional life.

He gave me the honor of endorsing his recent book "The Story of Reality," and I can honestly say that it’s fantastic.

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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At The Atlantic, Moira Weigel twists herself into a pretzel trying to argue that ultrasound images of the unborn have nothing to do with reality: "[Informed consent] measures are based on two assumptions: First, that an ultrasound image has an obvious meaning. Second, that any pregnant woman who sees an ultrasound will recognize this meaning. Science does not bear either assumption out."

Unfortunately, science was not on Weigel's side, as The Atlantic before long had to issue a correction to her contention that "there is no heart to speak of" at six weeks. Science is a funny thing: You can try to divorce it from reality, but it refuses to stay that way.
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Congratulations to "La La Land" on its record-tying 14 Oscar nominations! I wrote for Christ & Pop Culture about how this film -- like the film that helped inspire it, "Singin' in the Rain" -- offers a view of calling and creativity that can be inspiring and helpful to Christians. (Also, I may be discussing the film on a C&PC podcast in the near future. I'll let you know when and if that happens.)
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