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From The New York Times

"This Thanksgiving, don't express gratitude only when you feel it. Give thanks especially when you don't feel it. Rebel against the emotional 'authenticity' that holds you back from your bliss."

Read more: Arthur C. Brooks, The New York Times
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From Her.meneutics

"Obeying God’s commands and doing what’s right doesn’t always line up with popular opinion, and it can require sacrifice. Defending human life seems so fundamental to us, but we see throughout history how societies have condoned and even normalized killing. In the early centuries of Christianity, church leaders argued against abortion or infanticide as practiced in Greco-Roman society. Even in the Old Testament, God’s people found themselves struggling to defend and save the youngest lives among them against a barbaric slaughter."

Read more: Trillia Newbell, Her.meneutics, Christianity Today

(H/T Black Christian News)
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From National Review Online

"The campus culture war is a religious war, a so-far largely peaceful counterpart to the violent purges and revolutions of jihad. One faith has been expunged, relegated to the margins of the academy, and now another fills the vacuum. Out with the Christianity that spawned American higher education, in with a ferocious new faith -- a social-justice progressivism unrestrained by humility and consumed with righteous zeal."

Read more: David French, National Review Online
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"Surprisingly, the Christians are portrayed very positively in this movie. William Bradford, the Separatist who served as governor of the colony, emerges as a sincerely devout, but shrewd leader. Because of his Christian convictions, he treats the so-called 'savages' with dignity and respect. And, he objects to desecrating Indian graves and stealing their corn -- something initiated and carried out by the godless among the group, and something that comes back to haunt the colonists. Yet, when force is required to protect the colony, Bradford authorizes it. And, several times, he makes concessions to the 'strangers,' which keeps the diverse group together."

Read more: Julie Roys, Blog,
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From Alliance Defending Freedom

"Katie Couric recently visited the new Planned Parenthood 14,000 square foot facility in Queens, New York, where she took a tour of the clinic and chatted with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. On the surface, it was a great PR move by the abortion giant, but a closer look reveals five big problems with Couric's 'safe and welcoming' Planned Parenthood visit."

Read more: Marissa Poulson, Blog, Alliance Defending Freedom
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From The Daily Signal

"But when you watch the scene of 'Scandal' character Olivia Pope getting an abortion, it doesn’t feel like cause for a celebration.

"It feels like a tragedy."

Read more: Katrina Trinko, The Daily Signal
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From The Washington Post

"Security forces hunted gunmen inside a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital on Friday after attackers stormed past guards, killing at least 20 people and holding hostages as others among the 170 staff and guests fled for safety.

"Hours after the standoff began, it appeared many people had managed to reach safety outside the hotel compound in a city that serves as a logistics hub for French forces helping fight Islamist insurgents."

Read more: Kodji Siby, Kevin Sieff, and Brian Murphy, The Washington Post
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From The Stream

"Black Lives Matter activists at Princeton University have taken over the president’s office and say they won’t leave until the school acknowledges former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson as a racist and renames all buildings currently honoring him on campus."

Read more: Blake Neff, The Stream
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From Watching God

"When we love something, we want to protect it. And so, when the something or someone we love does something bad, our instinct for self-preservation kicks in. We deny or rationalize or hide the sordid truth.

"But if our faith means anything at all, we have to be honest about those who do terrible things in its name. It’s only through ruthless truth-telling that our earth-bound Church can better reflect its heavenly ideals. It’s only through exposing its flaws that we can fix them."

Read more: Paul Asay, Watching God, Patheos
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From AP/MilitaryTimes

"The Paris attacks have given new impetus to a bipartisan push to approve new war powers to fight Islamic State militants, with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday joining Republican and Democratic lawmakers in calling for what would be the first war vote in Congress in 13 years."

Read more: Deb Riechmann, AP/MilitaryTimes
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From Reuters/Religion News Service

"An army of religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to 140 countries, its chairman said on Wednesday."

Read more: Reuters/Religion News Service
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From The Washington Post

"Last year, Utah couple Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland decided to get married. . . . Then, Peirce and Hoagland wanted to take in a foster child. So, because the Supreme Court had signed off on gay marriage, Utah child services officials licensed the couple earlier this year. And, in August, Peirce and Hoagland welcomed a 1-year-old girl into their home, where she joined the couple’s two biological children. Plans for adoption, approved by the baby’s biological mother, were in place -- soon, this would be a family of five.

"But on Wednesday, a Utah judge decided to end this plan, ordering the girl removed from her foster home because he said she would be better off with heterosexual parents."

Read more: Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post
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