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From Jesus Creed

"And now when things looked the worst for Kent Brantly, the world looked on the most. And as he was facing his own mortality, this husband and father of two, found out that there was an experimental serum that was being flown in to treat him and Nancy. But, as if it were a plot twist in a movie, once the medicine got there, they discovered that there was only enough for one person.

"And Kent offered it to Nancy."

Read more: Jonathan Storment, Jesus Creed, Patheos
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From Wired

"To teach children not to lie, extolling the virtues of honesty may be more effective than focusing on the punishing consequences of deception."

Read more: Brandom Keim, Wired
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From The Crescat

"Women need to wean themselves off unrealistic rom-com movies, as well as television and literature that promotes unhealthy relationships. As a child of divorced parents, and myself a divorcee, what I really need is more exposure to examples of relationships that offer a genuine glimpse into real and true love. Go sell crazy somewhere else, I’m all stocked up."

Read more: Katrina Fernandez, The Crescat, Patheos
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From The New York Times

"In a speech before thousands of Christians in Budapest in June, I made a solemn promise that just as I will not be silent in the face of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East, I will not be indifferent to Christian suffering. Historically, it has almost always been the other way around: Jews have all too often been the persecuted minority. But Israel has been among the first countries to aid Christians in South Sudan. Christians can openly practice their religion in Israel, unlike in much of the Middle East.

"This bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense. We share much more than most religions. We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering."

Read more: Ronald S. Lauder, The New York Times

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From NBC News

"Intelligence officials were poring over a video purporting to show the beheading of an American journalist in Syria on Wednesday, urgently seeking confirmation of James Foley's fate as well as clues about the identity of his executioner."

Read more: Cassandra Vinograd, NBC News
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From The Hollywood Reporter

"There are multiple films in the works that will explore the relationship between literary fantasy giants J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, one called Tolkien & Lewis from Attractive Films and another called Jack & Tollers from Third Dart Studios. Still another from Fox Searchlight will focus only on Tolkien and is titled, appropriately enough, Tolkien. While the films are in the early stages, one of them — Tolkien & Lewis — is set to announce an interesting castmember: Jill Freud, aka the real Lucy Pevensie from Lewis’ books about Narnia."

Read more: Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter
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From Christ & Pop Culture

". . . The church has quietly worked from dawn until dusk without much notice from the press. Many of Ferguson’s citizens recognize a narrative missed by the press.

"Eighteen pastors along with their church members of various denominations and races gathered together Wednesday night in Ferguson, Missouri, not to demonstrate but to pray. At 8:00 p.m., they honored their city’s encouragement to head home. Other churches raised prayer tents around the town."

Read more: Kara Bettis, Christ & Pop Culture
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From Her.meneutics

"Part of the reason adults excuse messages like 'Girls Rule. Boys Drool.' is the simple fact that we don’t view them as harmful. Perhaps we believe that 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.' Or maybe we believe that girls, as an underprivileged class, simply can’t harm boys. After all, it’s girls around the world, not boys, who face greater threats to their health and safety. But if we believe that an oppressed class cannot harm a privileged class—if we allow class distinctions to guide personal interaction—we will develop a double standard for sexist language. What we would never condone in a boy becomes a 'joke' when offered by a girl."

Read more: Hannah Anderson, Her.meneutics, Christianity Today
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From Thin Places

"An eye-opening look inside the divisions, cliques, and conflicts of the church and the hidden reasons behind them."

Read more: Amy Julia Becker, Thin Places, Christianity Today
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From The Atlantic

"'The core finding is that the association between graduating from college and religious disaffiliation has changed drastically across generations,' said Philip Schwadel, the study's author and a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For people who were born in the 1920s and '30s, the godless-college-grad stereotype is somewhat true: They were twice as likely as their uneducated peers to be religionless, not identifying with a particular church or synagogue or other religious institution.

"But over time, that trend changed. 'For those people who were born in the 1960s, there’s really no difference between the college-educated and the non-college-educated in terms of their likelihood of disaffiliating from religion,' Schwadel said. 'And for those born in the 1970s, it’s actually the non-college-educated who are relatively likely to disaffiliate.'"

Read more: Emma Green, The Atlantic
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From The New Yorker

"A humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide is taking place right now in the mountains of northwestern Iraq. It hasn’t made the front page, because the place and the people are obscure, and there’s a lot of other horrible news to compete with. I’ve learned about it mainly because the crisis has upended the life of someone I wrote about in the magazine several weeks ago."

Read more: George Packer, The New Yorker
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From The Independent

"4 August is the 70th anniversary of the arrest of the 15-year-old girl who has become the most recognisable victim of the Holocaust. German by birth, Jewish by faith, she was wrenched from this townhouse on the border of the Jordaan district in the Dutch capital – along with seven family members and friends with whom she had shared its achterhuis (annexe) for 25 months – on 4 August 1944."

Read more: Chris Leadbeater, The Independent
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