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From Christ & Pop Culture

"We would do well, then, to consider that the issues we face aren’t new to us, but are as old as people, and have been analyzed for at least as long as we’ve been telling tales. During seasons like this one, when reality seems all too much to bear, fiction offers us a fresh framework, a way to think around our problems with distance, comparison, and critical analysis. Through reading, we inherit the wisdom of the ages—a balm and treasure for our current social ills."

Read more: Amanda Wortham, Christ & Pop Culture
Topics: Books, Worldview
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From Pew Research Center

"On balance, Americans who are more religious are less likely to approve of these potential enhancements. And people with high religious commitment are less likely to want these potential enhancements for themselves or for their baby. More religious Americans are also more likely to see these potential enhancements as 'meddling with nature' and crossing a line that should not be crossed."

Read more: Brian Kennedy and Cary Funk, Fact Tank, Pew Research Center
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From The Federalist

"I don’t know if Father Hamel had the chance to speak any last words to his flock as the terrorists stormed into his sanctuary. But I do know that any faithful pastor wouldn’t need to say much in his final benediction. To fulfill the final task of his job, all he’d need to do was look at the sheep he’d forgiven throughout the years and tell them, 'Don’t be afraid. These men have come here to take our lives, but they’re too late. Our lives already belong to Christ.'"

Read more: Hans Fiene, The Federalist
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From The Atlantic

'As my students seemed to crave more meaningful discussions and instruction relating to character, morality, and ethics, it struck me how invisible these issues have become in many schools. By omission, are U.S. schools teaching their students that character, morality, and ethics aren’t important in becoming productive, successful citizens?"

Read more: Paul Barnwell, The Atlantic
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From Christianity Today

"In 'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis' (Harper), Vance takes an anguished look at white working-class dysfunction: 'I want people to understand what happens in the lives of the poor, and the psychological impact that spiritual and material poverty has on their children.'"

Read more: Hannah Anderson, Christianity Today (subscriber-only)
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From New York Daily News

"It was an amazing sight to see: police and kids seated around the same table, solving issues for a community they all love.

"It is a formula the nation should consider."

Read more: Blair Taylor, New York Daily News
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From The New York Times

"Many pieces of the puzzle were still missing Tuesday night as the police had cordoned off the center, Tsukui Yamayuri-en, and blocked access to witnesses and victims' relatives. But the details that emerged began to sketch a portrait of a deeply disturbed young man with violent ideas about ridding the world of disabled people and a grudge against his former employer."

Read more: Motoko Rich and Jonathan Soble, The New York Times
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From CNN

"In the latest Islamist atrocity to roil France, an 84-year-old Catholic priest, the Rev. Jacques Hamel, was killed when two men stormed the church in the northern region of Normandy, Dominique Lebrun, the Archbishop of Rouen, said in a statement posted on the diocese website."

Read more: Tim Hume, Carol Jordan, and Vasco Cotovio, CNN
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From Her.meneutics

But in my research, I learned that what Christian mothers share in common far transcends what keeps them apart. And in a moment of US history when political and cultural divisions run deeper than perhaps ever, unity on what matters most offers a gospel witness."

Read more: Katelyn Beaty, Her.meneutics, Christianity Today
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From Gleanings

"Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author best known for the Left Behind series, 'graduated to heaven' early this morning after suffering a stroke at age 90."

Read more: Jeremy Weber, Gleanings, Christianity Today
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From NBC News

"At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured after a shooting outside a Florida nightclub hosting an event for teens, officials said early Monday."

Read more: Erin Dean, Kurt Chirbas, and Alexander Smith, NBC News
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From The Washington Post

". . . Judging from two new books on the policing debate, even agreeing on the problem — let alone the necessary changes -- is daunting, the obstacles as stark as riot gear. I can’t recall ever reading works that purported to examine the same reality but reached such contrasting conclusions as 'To Protect and Serve,' by former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper, and 'The War on Cops,' by Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald. These authors don’t just present conflicting worldviews; they inhabit different worlds. Their only overlap is in their call to heed the needs of 'the community,' that most elastic of American political abstractions."

Read more: Carlos Lozada, Book Party, The Washington Post
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