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Recently I was speaking to a group of pastors, youth pastors, and other church workers in Idaho. One pastor asked a question that, in my experience, perfectly captures the thinking process of many students today. He said, “My younger brother, a Millennial, is constantly on his cell phone. When I try to talk to him about God, he says that people disagree and so we simply can’t have any confidence at all in our beliefs.” How would you respond? Can we know things or are we lost in a sea of endless information?

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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If you caught last week's "Gilmore Girls" revival on Netflix, you may be one of the many, many people wondering what on earth went wrong with Rory Gilmore, who went from confident Yale graduate to aimless drifter. Here's my theory.
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If you're in the mood for some Christmas-themed reading, here are two options! Read More >
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Lewis's birthday is a great time to read a very timely piece by Michael Ward about how, as a Christian, Lewis learned to welcome disagreement and handle it with civility. Here's a sample: Read More >
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Is Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" an alternate ending for a famous biblical parable? Shane Morris makes a convincing case!
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Shopping for a teen or preteen this Christmas? Don't forget to check out our new Youth Reads book list!
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Don't miss this heartwarming Thanksgiving story of a wrong number that turned into a dinner invitation!
Topics: Inspiration
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Martin Scorcese's new film, dealing with the plight of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, comes out in limited release on December 23. You can get your first look here. (For more on the story of "Silence," see my piece "Hope in the Silence.")
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Our country is deeply divided. This, of course, is no secret. There are competing versions over how we need to proceed in terms of race, economics, moral issues and more.

Underlying many of these issues is a competing view of tolerance. As my father and I point out in our book "The Beauty of Intolerance," tolerance no longer means what it used to mean. Classically, tolerance has meant recognizing and respecting others when you don’t share their beliefs, values, or practices. By this definition, tolerance assumes disagreement. Otherwise, what is there to tolerate? But according to a new view, tolerance means recognizing and respecting all views as being equal. And by this view, if you think your view is superior, then you’re a hateful, intolerant bigot.

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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Ian Haines, an oncologist and secular humanist, used to favor "mercy killing" for those in great pain. But over the years, his views have changed. Read his article to find out why.
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If you don't mind a bit of shameless self-promotion, my book "One by One: Welcoming the Singles in Your Church" is now available for pre-order from Amazon! Please note that (1) it won't actually be released until June, and (2) this is only the paperback edition. When a Kindle edition becomes available, I'll let you know.
Topics: Books
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Whomever you voted for, this should concern you. It should concern everyone who believes God's Word, particularly the instruction against bearing false witness. How can we work to heal and transform a culture that believes, shares, and promotes lies, if we're not willing to work hard to discern the truth?
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As a follow-up to yesterday's post, I recommend reading this piece from Christianity Today on why women's ministries and leaders have developed the way they have, and what that means for the church in general. It explains how the independence of "nationally known figures" like Jen Hatmaker -- driven by male leaders' lack of interest in or knowledge of women's ministries -- is both their strength and their weakness.
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Only in 2016 could we see a headline like "A Christian mom blogger announces she’s dating soccer star Abby Wambach." Between the bulldozing of Christian sexual standards, the rapid change in sexual preference following a painful public divorce, and the burning desire to put every detail of one's private life online, the story seems perfectly representative of these tumultuous times. It will be interesting to see how Glennon Doyle Melton's followers respond.
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At his Patheos blog, Troubler of Israel, Shane reminds all of us, no matter whom we voted for, that we reap what we sow.
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