The West doesn’t export freedom – we export porn, casual sex, and the blood of the pre-born

May 9, 2015 by

By Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite: Nations and cultures are fragile things. I was reflecting on this some time ago, reading through the work of that great Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who saw with rare clarity of vision what the nihilist secularism of the Soviet state had done to millions of people. Signs of this fragility are everywhere, especially in the former Eastern Bloc, to which I’ve had the privilege of traveling a number of times. These visits are always deeply...

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Lessons from Daniel – God is sovereign over the rise and fall of nations

Apr 26, 2015 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: When Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in 587 BC, the nation of Judah was taken to Babylon in an exile that would last 70 years. As God’s people in a foreign land that was hostile to their faith and values, they faced the challenge of living and serving as ‘aliens and strangers’. There was great pressure to close ranks or to forget who they were. There was also great hand-wringing and lament. Their emotions are beautifully described in Psalm 137, in words given...

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What the Amish can teach us about modern technology

Apr 6, 2015 by

By Peter Franklin, Conservative Home: Thanks to various films and documentaries we think we know who the Amish are: a bunch of charmingly mad fundamentalists whose lives revolve around a luddite rejection of modern technology. According to Arielle Zibrak’s illuminating essay forAvidly, the truth is more subtle: “…contrary to appearances, not all of this buggy-and-bonnet business is based on hard and fast rules. The seeming ban on technology is surprisingly porous. Though they don’t use...

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The Passion of Jesus seems much more believable these days

Apr 4, 2015 by

by Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph: Human institutions have always found a way to justify evil – they do so today just as they did 2,000 years ago. ‘Dear Charles, How are you?” says the unsolicited publicity email from someone I have never met, “I would love to share this controversial new play with you… you are welcome to talk to the writer… The play discusses Jesus’s exorcism, the atheist prostitute, Mary as a polytheist, a Greek homosexual and Jesus’s involvement in a stoning.”...

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Church Is Facing a Dietrich Bonhoeffer Moment

Mar 31, 2015 by

by Larry Tomczak, Charisma News: To those trying to convince us that these are America’s greatest days and revival is breaking out, I humbly challenge this perspective. Granted, there are “pockets” of some encouraging spiritual activity, but by and large the church is successful numerically but unsuccessful influentially. How we need to take seriously the 2 Chronicles 7:14 promise: “(If) My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face...

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In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

Mar 23, 2015 by

By Judith Shulevitz, New York Times: KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown Universityand a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma. So when she heard last fall that a student group had organized a debate about campus sexual assault between Jessica Valenti, the founder, and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian, and that Ms. McElroy was likely to criticize the term...

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