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Sometimes, to borrow a phrase, we long to be in the church but not of it. We love Christ, but the church is full of people—and problems—we’d rather avoid. In Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe, Erin Lane, a divinity school graduate and pastor’s wife, explores her difficulty (and that of her millennial generation) in feeling fully devoted…

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Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas and Congressman Luke Messer of Indiana have introduced a bill that could produce positive, badly needed change in American K-12 education. The bill allows for Title 1 education funds “to follow low-income students to any public or private school of their choice.” What is Title…

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Mormon church leaders announced support on Tuesday for legislation that would protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from job and housing discrimination. In exchange, the church asked that the laws also provide protection for the religious beliefs of those who oppose homosexuality. “When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment…

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Millions of American women of childbearing age take opioids — and many are swallowing the prescription painkillers before realizing they’re pregnant, endangering their unborn babies, federal health officials warned Thursday. In a first-ever analysis of the problem’s scope, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a third of the young women enrolled in…

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Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. “If I could’ve waved a wand the day after…

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New Jersey, consistently one of the most affluent states in the country, has slipped a bit in a new ranking of the rich. The Garden State fell from second to third in millionaire households per capita, according to a ranking released today by Phoenix Marketing International. New Jersey lost roughly 10,000 millionaire households, but those affluent families who…

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The “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the prolife marchers. Mefford, who works for the church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying…

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This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. We might draw many lessons from Churchill’s life, and not all of them salutary (his views on religion, women, and alcohol come to mind). Nevertheless, Churchill was an inspiring and effective leader in a time of crisis, and it is appropriate to consider what he might…

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“If evangelical Christianity is famous for anything in contemporary American politics, it is for its complete opposition to gay marriage. Now, slowly yet undeniably, evangelicals are changing their minds.” Those are the words of Elizabeth Dias, a Time magazine writer who penned an article that aims to demonstrate: “How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage.”…

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Capitalism and the free market are routinely criticized throughout Latin America. Entrepreneurs are accused of being selfish, unethical, and enriching themselves at the expense of others. In that sense, there is a widespread belief in Latin America that the free market is incompatible with Christianity. Therefore, very few Christians support free-market ideas, and those that…

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