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John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell just finished three broadcasts with FamilyLife Today on the topics of sexuality, marriage, and families. Obviously, I work with John every day, but hearing him on another program helped me realize that he (along with Sean) is becoming a leading spokesperson for a loving, grace-filled, and unwaveringly orthodox approach to all of these issues.

I recommend all three broadcasts: What Do We Do Now? What Is Marriage? and Preparing our Children.”
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Our eyes see only a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum. To the rest--radio waves, microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, X-rays, etc.--we are utterly blind without the use of technology. Similarly, our ears can only detect sounds between 20 and 20,000 Hertz--just a sliver of what the animal kingdom can pick up.

Not only that, but our meager five senses leave us "blind" to many other components of reality other creatures tap into, like electrical currents, the earth's magnetic field, and body heat.

But what if we could expand our range of senses?
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This from Colson Center theologian T. M. Moore, via Bruce Van Patter:

"Interesting to see the way secular people just can't get away from the impact of the Gospel. Harald Bluetooth was a 10th-century Christian king who unified Norway and Denmark. From Wikipedia:

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In a compelling piece for The Stream, Alan Eason reflects on Chuck Colson's words from February 2012, in the wake of the HHS mandate:

"We have come to the point — I say this very soberly, where if there isn’t a dramatic change in circumstances, we as Christians may well be called upon to stand in civil disobedience against the actions of our own government. That would break my heart, as a former Marine captain, loving my country — but I love my God more. And you all may have to face that."
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Today Family Research Council hosted a panel discussion titled "The Supreme Court and Marriage: What Happens after the Decision?" Go here to watch video of the event.
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Today, on the third anniversary of Chuck Colson's passing, Zondervan has announced that his book "My Final Word: Holding Tight to the Issues That Matter Most" will be released on August 4. From the press release

"Composed during the last years of his ministry, My Final Word issues a clarion call for Christians to think critically about today’s most pressing issues. Longtime Colson co-author Anne Morse has selected and arranged pieces written mostly during the last decade of Colson’s life, spotlighting what he saw as key topics of ongoing importance for Christian cultural engagement."

We'll have much more on the book as the release date approaches, so stay tuned!
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I have a piece up at First Things titled “Harboring Doubts.” Neither pointing out this fact nor even submitting a piece to First Things was my idea. (Thank you, Eric Metaxas.)

BreakPoint regulars are right to wonder if I am distancing myself from the position of religious freedom expressed both on the radio show and here at the website. The answer is “not really.”

I agree that religious freedom is under assault. I agree that we need robust legal protection for that freedom. I’m just not sure how we go about that without creating a legal climate that brings to mind the last verse in the Book of Judges: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own sight.”
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Anthony Doerr has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his unique and striking World War II novel "All the Light We Cannot See." The book tells the story of two children -- one French, one German -- who have never met, but who share a keen intelligence and a love for science. But when war begins, their knowledge, passion, and skills will be used to serve very different ends. Though not written from a Christian perspective, this beautifully written story suggests the need for a higher moral code to guide our quest for scientific knowledge.

Congratulations to Doerr for this well-deserved honor!
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Saturday marked the 100th birthday of Joy Davidman Gresham Lewis. Though she's best known today as the wife of C. S. Lewis, Joy was also a brilliant writer in her own right. In her honor, here's a passage from the last chapter of her book "Smoke on the Mountain," which I highly recommend:
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The new teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" dropped yesterday, and the internet predictably lost its marbles. There's no denying that the short, action-packed glimpse of J. J. Abrams' upcoming sequel to the prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy evokes a lot of nostalgia.

Presumably set a number of years after "The Return of the Jedi," it features a whole cast of familiar characters and contraptions. (In just a few seconds, I caught Luke Skywaker, Darth Vader's dessicated helmet, R2-D2, a few X-wing fighters, the Millennium Falcon, and of course, Han Solo and Chewbacca). The whole thing was plainly meant to stir fond memories from our collective childhoods. And appropriately, it ends with a wizened Harrison Ford delivering a line that probably summarizes fans' feelings: "Chewie, we're home."

The Star Wars films and the expansive (not to mention occasionally pruned) mythology surrounding them have always raised interesting worldview questions. But for now at least, we don't know much about this next installment in the generations-long saga. So those of us who couldn't get enough of the galaxy far, far away as youngsters will just have to content ourselves with speculation and re-watching the teaser every few minutes. In the meantime, check it out for yourself below:
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At Her.meneutics, I have a review of "One Last Thing," an excellent new novel by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue (whose books for younger audiences I've reviewed at Youth Reads). This book deals with a hard question faced by many Christian women: What do you do when the man you love has a porn habit?

Click below to read an excerpt from my review . . .
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Eric Metaxas is quoted in this TV Guide cover story about the success of "A.D.: The Bible Continues" and what it signifies. As he observes, "A.D. is proving the magnitude of the audience interested in a serious treatment of biblical subjects." (If you haven't already, check out Rachel McMillan's review of "A.D." on our Features page!)
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My response to the "trauma" that results from microagression (as addressed in today's BreakPoint commentary): Read More >
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Today marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, the president who steered our country through some of its most turbulent days while "hating and wishing ill to none." Perhaps this is a particularly good time to pause and remember his life and legacy.

To that end, here are a couple of useful links: Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds offers a detailed and fascinating "Visual FAQ" about Lincoln's last days. And Trinity Forum is offering 15 percent off their booklet "Abraham Lincoln: The Spiritual Growth of a Public Man," featuring the writings of Elton Trueblood, Ron White, Alonzo McDonald, and Lincoln himself. (Use the code 150years when ordering.)
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It's been one year since the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram, and #BringBackOurGirls is once again trending on Twitter. Not that it will do much good, unfortunately. Foreign Policy (free registration required) reports:
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