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A lot of Eagle Scouts put the award on their college applications and perhaps even on their resumes early in their careers. And why not? It’s a significant accomplishment. But it’s not so common that one’s tenure as a Scout becomes a topic for national debate during the Cabinet confirmation process.

But that’s exactly what is happening to Rex Tillerson, who is President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State. The reason: Tillerson was in a leadership role with the Boy Scouts of America when the organization began letting openly gay men and boys be a part of the program. The topic has come up repeatedly in recent media profiles of Tillerson.

Which is why it was strange that Tillerson’s positions on gay rights got no scrutiny during his questioning by the U.S. Senate this week.
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SEAN: Dad, what’s the key to aging well?

JOSH: The first key is to stay alive! Having regular physical check ups has been critical for me. I would suggest beginning around age forty. Second, live a good life without a lot of guilt, shame and regret. Third, maintain great memories. Once you hit 50, family pictures become much more important for maintaining a healthy perspective on life. Fourth, don’t slow down too much. Exercise, be active, and keep pursuing important things in life. Fifth, work on relationships. Being married to your mom has added years to my life. She has helped me so much in my life, especially coping with the sexual abuse I experienced as a child. And finally, have someone who worries about you. The other day I went jogging and it took longer than normal. My wife, and another of our friends, went looking for me. Later I thought, “Lord Jesus, thank you that there’s someone who will worry about me.” In the end, a lot of aging well is about having the right attitude.

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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Author and critic Nat Hentoff, who passed away last weekend at age 91, was an atheist, a liberal -- and a committed pro-lifer. As Karen Swallow Prior, who has long been inspired by his work, recalls in a powerful tribute: "Reading Hentoff’s work, I was awed at one for whom integrity meant more than merely marching in lockstep with his own kind."
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I know I’m not the only Jane Austen fan who wishes the great English author had been able to complete more novels before her early death. But I didn’t know until a short time ago that three prayers she wrote for use in evening family devotions still exist.

Christian author Terry Glaspey has gathered these prayers into a lovely little illustrated book titled “The Prayers of Jane Austen.” As Glaspey notes, these prayers make clear that, while “many biographers have downplayed the faith aspect of her life, the unprejudiced reader finds it abundantly clear that she was a Christian writer.” In her daily life and in her writing, “wit and wisdom joined hands with a living faith.”
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Last week I had an experience I will remember for a long time. Since it was raining outside, we took my three kids and some of their cousins to Big Air Trampoline Park to get some of their energy out.

The place was packed full of young kids and their parents. While my kids were enjoying the trampolines, dodge ball, and the climbing wall, I found an open seat in the small café to edit some of the chapters for an update I am working on with my father for his classic book, "Evidence that Demands a Verdict."

A middle-aged man plopped down right next to me and asked if he could join me to rest his back. “Sure, no problem,” I said. Then he noticed the book I was holding (which was "Four Views on the Historical Adam"), and asked if it was an apologetics book.

After I explained that it was primarily theological, but dealt with apologetic issues as well, he simply said, “Interesting, but I have no need for apologetics.” His comment piqued my interest, and so of course I asked why he didn’t personally need apologetics.

[For more, go to Sean's blog!]
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Last year, when I was speaking at a church in South Dakota for a Heroic Truth Event, I met Brian Johnson. He invited me on his Podcast, and we had a great conversation about “hot” cultural issues today.

Brian is one of the founders of South Dakota Apologetics, an organization dedicated to spreading the Gospel and helping fellow Christians better understand why they believe what they believe. Brian and his buddies at SDA actually offer their speaking services for free, so check ‘em out!

Brian is especially passionate about the evidence for intelligent design. Given his interest and expertise, I recent caught up with him and asked him some pressing questions about the evidence for intelligent design. Enjoy!

[For the interview, go to Sean's blog.]

 

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Dr. John Foubert has been studying pornography and its effects on people for over a decade. I have written and spoken extensively on pornography, so I was eager when Dr. Foubert graciously asked me to endorse his recent book "How Pornography Harms." And it did not disappoint. In fact, I would consider an indispensable resource for students, parents, teachers, and pastors to be informed about how pornography is changing the way people think about sex.

Check out this quick interview with Dr. Foubert. And then think about getting a copy of his excellent book. You can get a hard copy here or the e-book for a discount. Enjoy!

[For the interview, go to Sean's blog.]
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It’s official. The 2016 word of the year is “post-truth.” Last year it was an emoji. In 2014 the word was “vape.” And in 2013 it was “selfie.”

With the truth twisting, emotional appeals, and personal attacks that characterized this past election season, Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as the word for 2016. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

[For more, go to Sean's blog.]

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We at Colson Center will be on break next week, but we have a few posts set up to run on the blog and RE:news, as well as the regular Worldview Bible feature.

A very merry Christmas and happy New Year to you all.
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I remember the first time I heard a woman describe her long-term anguish over her abortion some 30 years ago. She had been told her baby was just a blob of tissue. Following her abortion, she encountered a picture of a fetus at the same gestational age as the child she'd destroyed--complete with little hands and feet--and became hysterical.
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I hope you are preparing for a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, but as I was making final preparations for my Christmas, I read one of Bill Federer’s American Minute daily emails that reminded me of what was happening Christmas week 72 years ago: the Battle of the Bulge. It was the last major campaign of World War II in Europe, and one of the key moments of that massive campaign was the Siege of Bastogne.
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I have two new pieces up: a reflection on Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair" and what it tells us about modern Christian beliefs about sex and marriage, at Christ and Pop Culture; and a review of Edward Dusinberre's "Beethoven for a Later Age" at The Weekly Standard.
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If you're in this area, you may have heard Shane's latest article at The Federalist mentioned on Washington's WMAL yesterday afternoon. Here's the link to the piece! A sample:
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I’ve been reading Timothy Keller’s new book, “Hidden Christmas,” as an Advent devotional (before wrapping it up and giving it to my son for Christmas, as all sensible Christmas shoppers do). This passage struck me:

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A close friend, a young mother, told me she was feeling a little down this year because of various horrors going on in the world, particularly the persecution and slaughter of Christians in the Middle East. Instead of singing joyful hymns this year, she found herself singing the Coventry Carol, which is based on the story in Matthew of Herod sending his soldiers to slaughter every baby boy two years of age and under in Bethlehem in an effort to slay the Christ Child.
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