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Oscars 2016 | Understanding the culture through film

There are few movies as beloved as Gene Kelly’s classic musical, “Singing in the Rain.” It’s a story about Hollywood’s awkward transition from silent pictures to—as they called them in the 1920s—“Talkies.” During one scene in which the characters watch …

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Fatherhood and childhood obesity

childhood obesity

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, not having Dad at home leads to a host of problems, and the list is getting longer. In 2011, 44 percent of kids in mother-only families were living in poverty, compared with only 12 …

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Are Christian hymns too warlike?

hymns

Brian McLaren, the liberal “emergent” evangelical activist, re-emerged last week to announce that he is rewriting the hymn “Onward, Christian Soldiers.” The hymn is too warlike, he writes, as is much of evangelical hymnody, in his view. Our hymnody should …

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Why assisted suicide is a poison pill

Are there ever times when deliberately taking an innocent human life is okay? What if our intentions are merciful? What if we’re trying to relieve the suffering of one we love? My home state of Colorado is asking these questions …

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Christian colleges and gender identity

You’ve probably heard of Title IX, the federal law signed by President Nixon in 1972 “that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.” Title IX is probably best known for its effect …

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Political correctness is destroying America

political correctness

Sorry, but no this is not an endorsement of the extremely blunt, some would say crude, Donald Trump or of plain-talking Senator Ted Cruz, for that matter. While this upcoming presidential election is critically important, especially after Justice Antonin Scalia’s …

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Who’s scared of babies?

Who's scared of babies?

Abortion is supposed to be about “planning parenthood,” but recent outbursts from some pro-choicers makes it seem they find the very idea of human life appalling. Take the kerfuffle over last Sunday’s Super Bowl commercials. The Doritos commercial featured a …

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Zika and abortion, a tale of two viruses

Zika

On February 1, the World Health Organization declared a “global emergency” over the spread of the Zika virus. The WHO estimates there could be as many as 4 million cases of Zika in the Americas over the next twelve months. …

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Does Hollywood have an anti-Christian bias?

hollywood anti-christian bias

I get asked (usually from Christian media) if I believe Hollywood is anti-Christian. I understand the question, because it’s pretty easy to see that Judeo-Christian values aren’t exactly the hot button these days in the movie and television industries. And …

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