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From The Hollywood Reporter

"On Dec. 16, hackers raised the threat level with an emailed message to reporters invoking the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. But Sony refused to back down from its plans to release the film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, on Dec. 25. Instead, in discussions with exhibitors, it told the exhibitors it was up to them whether or not they played the movie and that Sony would support whatever decision they made."

Read more: Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter
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From Mere Orthodoxy

"Some conservative evangelicals have been revisiting whether it’s permissible to be gay and a Christian recently. I generally try to steer clear of that discussion, as I find it often reinforces notions of ‘identity’ that are too underdeveloped to be helpful. 'Identity' language is a virus in the church that addles the brains of otherwise very intelligent people. The old forgotten terminology of virtues, character, acts, and so on was much clearer and did not have the incantatory effect ‘identity’ clearly does within the evangelical world, and if I had my way we’d all return to it."

Read more: Matthew Lee Anderson, Mere Orthodoxy

(H/T John Stonestreet)
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From AFP/The Express Tribune

"Militants rampaged through the army-run school in Peshawar and killed at least 130 people, most of them children, in one of the bloodiest ever attacks in Pakistan."

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From Faithit

"If I could tell you one thing, it would be this: Porn didn’t just affect your life; it affected everyone around you in ways I don’t think you can ever realize."

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From Public Discourse

"May I make two requests? Continue to love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Practice compassion according to the root meaning of 'compassion': Suffer with me. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it."

Read more: Jean Lloyd, Public Discourse, The Witherspoon Institute
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From The New York Times

"The sinners of the banking industry seem so uncowed by regulators and prosecutors that one country is trying a higher deterrent: the fear of God. In the financial industry equivalent of the Ice Bucket Challenge, executives in the Netherlands have been taking the bankers’ oath. 'I swear that I will endeavor to maintain and promote confidence in the financial sector,' the oath reads in part. 'So help me God.'"

Read more: Liz Alderman, The New York Times (subscription required)
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From The Washington Post

"Celibate Christian LGBT people are stepping out into the open for the same reason LGBT people in general are: Society has become so much more accepting, including in religious circles. But among conservative Christians, efforts toward more acceptance have collided with the basic teaching that sex belongs only among married men and women. The celibacy movement helps reconcile those concerns."

Read more: Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
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From Variety

"Though the faithful have flocked to the multiplexes at times, proving that films that embrace the Bible and its teachings can find an audience, the conversion hasn’t always been smooth."

Read more: Brent Lang, Variety
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From ABC News

"Man Haron Monis, a self-proclaimed Islamic 'sheikh' and alleged sexual predator, has been identified as the gunman holding multiple people hostage in an hours-long standoff in a café in Sydney, according to Australian media."

Read more: Rym Momtaz, Hamish MacDonald, Bruno Roeber, and Lee Ferran, ABC News
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From Why I Am Catholic

"Our pilgrimage wound it’s way through security points and ventured into the City of David. What follows is a little photo essay of what we saw there."

Read more: Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic, Patheos
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From Her.meneutics

"Composer Gustav Mahler said, 'Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.' By gathering around a new table this year, we sought to preserve our fire as a reconfigured family, after some difficult losses and changes."

Read more: Michelle Van Loon, Her.meneutics, Christianity Today
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From Religion News Service

"'Though much in this report will understandably cause readers to grieve, GRACE is encouraged by the willingness of Bob Jones University to take the unprecedented step to voluntarily request this independent investigation and to make these difficult findings public,' explains Boz Tchividjian, Executive Director of GRACE. 'Such institutional transparency is too rare and will hopefully set a positive precedent for Christendom and the watching world.'"

Read more: Religion Press Release Service, Religion News Service
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