Perspectives

  • If you were Drew Brees, what would you say?

    “Controversy erupts around Drew Brees,” proclaimed news outlets on Friday, the very same news outlets who erupted the controversy engulfing one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. Here’s the story: In a short video, Brees encouraged students to participate in Focus…

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  • The search for the ‘gay gene’ | A new study, predictable reactions

    Nothing in our culture so clearly demonstrates the controlling power of one’s settled presuppositions like how we think and talk about sexuality. This time the topic is a new study, the largest ever done, on the relationship between genetic makeup…

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  • Millennials and the Bible | “Not what you think”

    There’s so much talk these days about so-called “Millennials.” Millennials are the generation born between 1980 and 2000. They are “digital natives,” and the defining events of their lives include the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, the War on Terror, Harry…

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  • Archaeology, the Philistines, and the Old Testament

    Between 1997 and 2016, researchers at an excavation near Ashkelon in Israel examined the remains of more than one hundred humans, remains that dated from the 12th to 6th centuries before Christ. The researchers hoped to find human DNA in…

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  • The scourge of sex-selection abortion | India’s invisible girls

    Until recently, Uttarkashi in northern India was noted primarily for its beautiful scenery and Hindu temples. And because it shares a border with Tibet along the foothills of Himalayas, the region attracts many Westerners in search of “spiritual enlightenment.” Its…

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  • Amazon

    Bezos flip-flops on Amazon’s platform neutrality, banning change therapy books

    Is the United States truly a free marketplace of ideas, or are we becoming a nation where dissent from popular opinion is suppressed and demonized—whether by the government or by politically powerful private enterprise?  Amazon’s deplorable decision to ban books…

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  • Leana Wen

    Planned Parenthood terminates Dr. Wen

    Back in January of last year, Cecile Richards stepped down as president of Planned Parenthood. She left behind a political lightning rod of an organization—plagued with scandals involving the sale of fetal body parts, illegal and underage abortions, and fighting for its…

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  • Chinese Christians need refuge | Will we welcome them?

    When the Communist Party took over mainland China in 1949, there were an estimated 5 million Chinese Christians. Three-plus decades of severe persecution under Mao nearly succeeded in eradicating Chinese Christianity. Nearly. By 1976, less than four decades after Mao’s…

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  • The (true) pursuit of happiness | Virtue, not pleasure

    Words matter. Definitions matter. Christians, of all people, should understand how much words and definitions, especially today, are being used to either affirm or deny reality, even shape our view of reality. George Orwell, of course, understood the power of…

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  • Antifa takes over Portland, again

    America’s founders believed that the freedom to express political and religious opinions, even unpopular ones, was central to self-government. Still, the freedom of speech, like all freedoms, has its limits. We can’t just shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater, for…

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