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I have a new piece in The Christian Post about some of the deeper reasons why we love "It's a Wonderful Life"--reasons we may not be fully aware of.
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A few years ago I wrote a piece about Christmas films, identifying ones which contain a gospel (or social gospel) message, and which ones were simply holly-jolly fun.

The other night I watched one I'd like to add to my list: The 1947 production of "Tenth Avenue Angel," starring Margaret O'Brien and a very young Angela Lansbury.
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Baroness Cox, humanitarian and winner of the Colson Center's 1995 Wilberforce Award, narrowly avoided an attack by an Islamist group in Nigeria, according to Global Christian News.

(H/T Mindy Belz)
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We often hear "sexual fluidity" lauded these days, but apparently it has its limits. It's okay for a person who always identified as heterosexual to fall in love with a member of the same sex. But, given the furor over forthcoming YA novel "Ramona Blue," it is not okay for a lesbian to fall in love with a guy.

Gossip site Oh No They Didn't has the story. (Be aware, there's a lot of profanity in the comment section.)
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published a study whose results are no surprise to those of us who have read the Bible. To state the result in politically incorrect but biblically accurate language: Sexual promiscuity is bad for you. Or at least, it is measurably bad for American teenagers. Read More >
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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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