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From The Washington Post

"With the inauguration of a new president of the United States, now is a time to pray for President Trump and to remember our obligation as Christians to pray for all those who are in civil authority. The Apostle Paul charges us to offer prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings for 'all people,' and includes in that list 'kings and all who are in high positions' (1 Tim. 2:2). This very act of praying is itself a counter-cultural act."

Read more: Russell Moore, Acts of Faith, The Washington Post
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From MercatorNet

"The potential for exploiting vulnerable people is immense."

Read more: Michael Cook, Careful! Blog, MercatorNet
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From Juicy Ecumenism

"In 2016, more than six out of ten of respondents (61 percent) said they wanted to read the Bible more often. That proportion has stayed fairly constant since 2011 when Barna began keeping data. It has ranged between 60 percent and 62 percent, except in 2011, when it peaked at 67 percent of respondents."

Read more: Joseph Rossell, Juicy Ecumenism, The Institute on Religion & Democracy
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From Gleanings

"A little more than a year after the Indian government told Compassion that it could no longer receive funding from outside the subcontinent, the humanitarian organization will likely be closing its last operations there."

Read more: Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Gleanings, Christianity Today
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From The Corner

"According to Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti, pro-life women should be excluded from the upcoming Women’s March on Washington — and the feminist movement, for that matter -- because their opposition to abortion makes it impossible for them to be authentic feminists."

Read more: Alexandra DeSanctis, The Corner, National Review Online
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From Comment

"I first encountered Books & Culture in graduate school. As a regular reader and occasional contributor, I am sad to see it go. As a scholar of North American religion, I wonder what its demise means for the future of evangelical intellectual life."

Read more: John Schmalzbauer, Comment
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From The Huffington Post

"It’s hardly a secret that I was adopted as a baby and quite frankly, there’s absolutely no reason it should be. As I’ve grown, I’ve watched the conversation and perceptions about adopted kids and families shift, but nothing has quite captured the truth, both the good and the ugly, of adoption like the film 'LION.' It’s an honest look at adoption and the not uncommon feelings surrounding identity that come up for many people. Without getting on a soapbox, the film stands up to some commonly held misperceptions about adoption, the stigma many families deal with and supports the often life changing impact it can have."

Read more: Kristin Chenoweth, The Blog, The Huffington Post
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From AP/The Los Angeles Times

"'When I was writing the novel, I thought of it as a super-natural detective story, and to this day, I cannot recall having a conscious intention to terrifying [sic] anybody, which you may take, I suppose, as an admission of failure on an almost stupefying scale,' Blatty told the Huffington Post in 2011."

Read more: AP/The Los Angeles Times
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From The Local Church

“I think there is a literary way of approaching not just literature, but culture and the church—a way of analyzing a little bit more deeply, evaluating, interpreting with a broader perspective…. We do not have to abandon a single biblical principle or conviction in order to interact with the world and the culture in a way that is more circumspect, more literary, and more understanding of differences in language and layers of meaning.”

Read more: Karen Swallow Prior, interviewed by Richard Clark, The Local Church, Christianity Today
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From Slate

"That internal battle between piety and hunger, between heaven and earth, echoes throughout the next 1,000 pages. Reading Kristin Lavransdatter made me realize how rarely I’ve encountered a serious 20th- or 21st-century novel that recognizes that 'following your heart' might not be the key to happiness or goodness. The annals of historical fiction are filled with headstrong heroines who struggle between their own desires and the strictures of their fuddy-duddy communities, of course. But the revelatory thing about Undset’s approach is that it does not presume the community is wrong."

Read more: Ruth Gram, Slate
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From Image

"There is no doubt that Silence is fundamentally about putting the faith of Fr. Rodrigues on trial, but what the story suggests is not the meaninglessness of faith—the notion that silence betokens a non-existent or uncaring God—but a faith that is fully willing to accept that God works in and through human weakness, corruption, and need—not in spite of them."

Read more: Gregory Wolfe, Good Letters, Image
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From CNN

"Before the jury deliberated his fate for three hours, Roof told the jury he still feels he had no choice.

"'In my confession to the FBI I told them that I had to do it, and obviously that's not really true. ... I didn't have to do anything,' Roof said as he made his own five-minute closing argument in the penalty phase of his federal trial. "But what I meant when I said that was, I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it.'"

Read more: Khushbuh Shah, Jason Hanna, and Catherine E Shoichet, CNN
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