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A few years ago I was invited to speak at Emmanuel Faith Community Church. Along with meeting their apologetics crew, I met Jeramy Clark, pastor of Discipleship Ministries. And I quickly learned that he and his wife Jerusha are quite the prolific authors on many of the same issues I deeply care about!

So when they emailed me and asked if I would endorse their most recent book, "Your Teenager is Not Crazy," I jumped at the chance. The book has the rare balance of offering genuine scholarly insights about neuroscience, but also providing practical steps in working with students. If you are a parent, youth worker, or teacher, I highly recommend this book to you.

The Clarks were kind enough to answer a few of my questions. Enjoy the interview, and I hope you will think about getting their excellent book.

[To read more, go to Sean's blog!]
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Nicole Cliffe, of the popular humor website The Toast, has written a testimony called "How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life" that's been getting a lot of attention. Her account of how God got her attention is worth considering.
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I wrote yesterday about activists who are calling for a same-sex relationship for Disney's Queen Elsa. But it's worth remembering that it's not just LGBTQ activists who are selling sexual license to kids.

I was reminded of this the other day while buying books for my godchildren. My younger goddaughter is interested in science, so I was flipping through a popular children's biography of Marie Curie when I came across a passage about Curie's affair with a married man. It wasn't this that bothered me so much as the reason given: Curie had felt qualms about the affair, but ultimately she had "followed her heart."
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I'm no prophet, but I will venture a prediction: Disney will not make "Frozen's" Queen Elsa a lesbian, despite increasingly loud demands from activists. They'll make encouraging noises about it to keep up their LGBTQ-friendly cred, but, ultimately, they are a profit-driven business. And they know well enough that, however much they might get away with on a show like "Once Upon a Time," for many parents, a same-sex relationship for a Disney princess in a children's movie is a bridge too far. A move that means a lot fewer butts in seats for a major release is a move that Disney is not going to make.

That said, the fact that we even have to deal with the possibility of Disney selling alternative sexuality to little kids is a deeply sobering reminder of what we've come to, and how much work we have to do to help kids grow up with healthy ideas of gender and sexuality.
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When I first wrote my book "Ethix" in 2006, the reviewer for the Christian Research Journal said it's one of a few, but growing, number of apologetics resources for students. It’s amazing how much has changed in a decade. Now we have tons of good apologetics resources for students, and the challenge is to highlight the best ones. The purpose of this post is simply to highlight some of my personal favorites. Please let me know if there are any good ones I need to add to my list.

[To read the rest of this post, go to Sean's blog.]
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During a trip to Breckenridge, a beautiful ski town in the mountains of Colorado, a friend and I decided to get our hair cut at one of the little shops downtown. As we waited our turn, I read another chapter of the book I had brought along with me, a book whose title clearly indicated my interest in spiritual things. Read More >
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Go here and here to hear Eric talking about his books "7 Men" and "7 Women"!
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On Monday, our friend Karen was on WORD-FM's "The Ride Home with John & Kathy," talking about summer reading ideas. Special thanks to her for giving a shoutout to our Youth Reads page! You can listen to the show here (click on "Monday"). The interview with Karen starts about an hour into the broadcast.
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I have no problem with dissenting scientists establishing alternative organizations when existing groups become too calcified or ideologically driven. It's a good thing. It provides a crucial check on politics masquerading as research. But every time someone posts an article from "The American College of Pediatricians," I cringe. Read More >
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One of the questions we ask ourselves here at BreakPoint—and one that others ask us pretty often—is “What would Chuck say about . . . ?”

And frankly, given the pace of social change, we’ve been asking ourselves that question a lot lately.
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Fellowship for Performing Arts' new play "Martin Luther on Trial" is an important departure for the group in several ways. Their focus has shifted from C. S. Lewis, about whom they've done three plays, to another towering figure in church history (although Lewis does have a cameo in this one!). This play has six actors playing multiple characters, whereas the majority of FPA shows in recent years were one- or two-person shows. And there's more of a story arc to "Luther," which finds the devil (menacingly played by Paul Schoeffler) charging the title character with the unforgivable sin, and Luther's wife, Katie (Kersti Bryan), tasked with defending her husband, in "a courtroom between Heaven & Hell." Read More >
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This cringeworthy 2015 article from "Relevant" has been experiencing the kind of social media renaissance that happens when the news cycle makes a hot-take hot again. But I share it because it vividly and almost stereotypically illustrates the confusion at the heart of the American church over its role in politics and culture.

Are Christians called to claim our culture and government for Christ? "No!" trendier members of my generation might say, choking on their craft beers. A few might cup their hands over the ears of a nearby LGBT friend, lest he/she/it/they/xe suffer triggering.
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A Facebook friend tells me that the most frequent ad on her daughter's Disney Pandora station is for My Egg Bank, which is seeking young egg donors. (I've posted a screenshot of the ad below the cut.)

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John Blok of Moody Radio interviewed BreakPoint columnist Stan Guthrie on his latest column, "The Power of Positive Christian Thinking." Go here to listen!
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North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice have both launched lawsuits over the Obama Administration's recent letter demanding that the state not enforce with the recently enacted transgender bathroom law.

In the letter, the DOJ alleged that the law violates Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, and threatened to cut federal funding if North Carolina refuses to back down. As David French writes at National Review, this state is now locked in a full-scale legal war with Washington over whether men can force the public to affirm their decision to live as women.

A few observations:
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