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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The rabid reaction to Tony Dungy’s innocuous comment is instructive. People increasingly will be afraid to speak their minds if their opinions depart the slightest bit from the prevailing aggressive liberal orthodoxy. I imagine in a few years that calling people to repent of homosexual practice will be considered a hate crime.

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Callings

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Regarding the Central American children spilling over our border illegally, we need to remember–as so many others are keen to remind us–that church and state are not the same. We have different callings and responsibilities. Christians ought to respond to these visitors with all compassion. Government, however, needs to respond by enforcing the law. There is a difference between mercy and justice.

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The Literary Theorists Are Wrong

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

By BARTON SWAIM

Professors will tell you Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ isn’t about moral anarchy but Western racism. That doesn’t seem right.

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By Ruth Moon

An executive order President Obama signed Monday prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in federal hiring does not exempt faith-based organizations.

I love this part: “In response to announcements about the pending executive order, faith leaders sent two letters to the President asking him to include language that exempts faith-based organizations from the regulations he will impose.

“Neither letter requested new protections; rather, signatories asked that they be allowed to continue using the hiring practices they have since Obama took office, said Michael Wear, a faith policy strategist, former director of faith outreach for Obama’s 2012 campaign, and organizer of one letter. The letter he helped coordinate includes 14 signatures from people sympathetic to the Obama administration who ‘love the president and pray for the president,’ he said.”

Dupes.

See also this perspective.

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Demands

Monday, July 21st, 2014

President Obama, with his reflexive moral equivalence, is missing an opportunity to demand that Vladimir Putin and Russia stop funding and supporting the so-called “Russian separatists” in Ukraine. The shootdown of the Malaysian jetliner, though an outrage and a horror, presents the president with a perfect opportunity to take the moral high ground and demand that Putin cease and desist from his illegal and deadly land grab. Instead, all he can demand is that the thugs stop messing with the crash scene. Unbelievable.

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Podcast: The Girl Next Door

Monday, July 21st, 2014

John Wilson gives us a look at Coming Attractions for 2014, Part 5, previewing
The Girl Next Door.

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Rory

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The key question in golf is no longer “Can Tiger catch Jack?” Tiger’s best days clearly are behind him. With all his injuries, he’s an older golfer than he is a man, with lots of fairway mileage on him. Tiger reminds me of an old, formerly great golfer who can put a good round or two together but can no longer sustain it in the clutch. Tiger needs to worry more about Rory than he does Jack. The key question, it seems to me, is this: “Is Jack’s record of 18 major victories under more threat now from Tiger, who has 14, or Rory, who has three?” The eye test tells me that Rory now is more likely to catch Jack than Tiger is.

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Goal

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

If your ultimate goal in life is (as it was for Jonathan Edwards) seeking God’s glory, and your circumstances change, then nothing really has changed. You can equally seek His glory in good times and in bad.

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Inaction

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Barack Obama apparently doesn’t realize this elementary fact–that even if the United States stops acting around the globe, the world doesn’t stop. The costs to the photo-op president’s inaction continue to rise in Ukraine, Israel, the border with Mexico, Benghazi, Iraq, Syria, and so on. Whether the president realizes it or not, the world is a safer place when the U.S. takes a leading role, a more dangerous and bloody place when it doesn’t.

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Last night at the College Church book study on Eric Metaxas’s book, 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness, we heard from Lee Pfund, a contemporary and teammate of Jackie Robinson, who was the subject of this week’s chapter. Here is a recent video by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College on the spiritual side of Robinson.

What I Learned from Jackie Robinson: An Exclusive Interview with Lee Pfund from Billy Graham Center at Wheaton on Vimeo.

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