Six practical tips for having good dialogues (video)

The secret shame of abortion in the church

An insider’s view of the pro-life movement

The implications of extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples

Rob Bell to Oprah: Church is ‘moments away’ from embracing same-sex marriage

The two shall become one flesh: Reclaiming marriage

How to start a productive conversation on abortion

Commentary on NYT: Freedom for cartoons, not for man’s conscience

What ‘Frozen’ says about love in middle America

How a wedding engagement changes Twitter feeds

U.S. Satisfaction with religion settling at lower levels

    Gallup: A slight majority of Americans, 53%, are satisfied with the influence of organized religion in the U.S. This level of satisfaction has changed little over the past three years, but remains down from what Gallup has measured previously — including higher levels measured in 2001 to 2004 — suggesting that Americans’ satisfaction with organized religion has settled in at a new baseline.


  • Posted: 02/13/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.gallup.com

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Why men are killing themselves

Redefining marriage redefines parenthood

Why politics still matter: The temptation to withdraw is ever with us

    Christianity Today: It’s not news that politics can be dreary and dysfunctional. For this reason, as we begin another long season of presidential election politics, many Christians are running for cover, eager to avoid politics as much as possible. The reasons for withdrawal have become predictable. Some suggest politics is too broken, too corrupt, for Christians get involved in without sacrificing faithfulness. Others claim politics is a distraction from more spiritual pursuits. These are both long-held, persistent ideas, each with their own merits, but they are ultimately incomplete.


  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianitytoday.com

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Christian and counter-cultural: A response to Michael Hanby

    First Things: Over the past decade, especially in the struggle over same-sex marriage, some of my friends and allies among social and religious conservatives have called me a defeatist for my culture-war pessimism. I believe that pessimism today is simply realism, and that it is better for us to retreat strategically to a position that we are capable of defending. The cultural battlefield has changed far more than many of us realize.


  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks Americans are ready for same-sex marriage

The LDS church and same-sex marriage

Ousted HGTV duo the Benham brothers say Biblical principles are under attack

Love, tax, and wedlock

Has a woman aborted her baby because it’s a boy?

Writing as though history happened: On being countercultural Christians

How believing in the Bible can you get you canned in today’s America

Dad refuses to give up newborn son with Down syndrome

Many heroes, so little heroism

The girl in the tuxedo: Two variations on sexual orientation and gender identity

Is Christian teaching on sexuality psychologically harmful?

The myth of the harmless wrong

Pandora’s argument: Why justified same-sex marriage justifies anything

Good news: The next generation is pro-life on abortion

Among young Christians, moral discomfort with birth control grows

“Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters”: A review

Joining the other side: My two days as a pro-life activist at the March for Life

    Contributoria: For the last two years of reporting on the activities on abortion opponents, at some point during an interview the subject would inevitably ask me if I had ever attended the March for Life in Washington, DC. Part memorial, part celebration, the march has become an annual rite of passage for those who devote their energy, money and time to ending legal, safe abortion access in the US. What started in 1974 as a protest of the Supreme Court decision acknowledging a right to an abortion that no state could prohibit has evolved in the following four decades. Now it is a multi-day event that combines reunion, grassroots political organisation and a generational torch passing as the original pool of pro-life activists train those born after Roe and who will inherit the mission of bringing abortion to an end.


  • Posted: 02/02/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: contributoria.com

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Video: Did you see this pro-life Superbowl ad?

    Aleteia: This new ad by Pampers had 950,000 views on YouTube before it ran during the Superbowl. Babies are the focus here—born and unborn—and its message is that every first is significant, no matter how small it seems. The ad begins with a sonogram and goes on to show the many firsts between children and parents. It’s a heart-warmer, even if it is about diapers.


  • Posted: 02/02/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.aleteia.org

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Dear Justice Kennedy: An open letter from the child of a loving gay parent

Public chastity, private chaos

More than 20 pro-life groups join MRC’s Brent Bozell in denouncing media blackout of March for Life

Fox News’ Bret Baier explains why he cancelled on Legatus

Dr. Anthony Levatino converts from abortionist to pro-life leader

Mississippi lawmakers consider ‘Tim Tebow Act’ to allow homeschoolers to play school sports

A fundamental right to ‘personal recreationism’?

Pope to families: Learn to talk to one another again

A tale of two tweets: Pope and Obama both focus on March for Life

Why pro-life students deserve our support and gratitude

Why mercy matters

Is ‘personally pro-life’ good enough?

Freedom to discuss religious beliefs at work tied to job satisfaction, finds new study

New York Times editorialist: ‘Keep your religion in the closet’

The new orthodoxy: Why same-sex marriage can and does affect you

    Breakpoint: Activists for same-sex marriage routinely insist that Christians have nothing to fear from their proposals to restructure society’s basic institutions. It simply won’t affect us, we’re told. But when the conflict between same-sex couples’ newly-minted “rights” and Christians’ religious liberty becomes clear—as it has for Christian photographers, florists, bakers, caterers, ministers, and adoption agencies that are expected to solemnize same-sex couples as marriages—the tables turn. Then we’re told that Christians’ right to recuse themselves from celebrations they consider sinful must yield before the superior claim of sexual freedom. Such, said one New Mexico judge, is “the price of citizenship.”


  • Posted: 01/19/2015
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.breakpoint.org

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Duke vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian spaces are off-limits to Muslim worship?

The circle of grief is not limited to two

MLK on law and morality

    Acton Institute: As Ryan Anderson put it in a speech delivered to the Alliance Defending Freedom in 2013, “The upstream/downstream metaphor can be misleading. Culture shapes law, but so too does law shape culture. The law both reflects our values and teaches values—especially to younger generations. The better metaphor, I think, is that of two coasts connected by a tide, that comes in and out, that picks up and drops off on the shorelines. Law and culture reinforce each other, either for or against human dignity and human flourishing.”


  • Posted: 01/19/2015
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: blog.acton.org

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Angst about religious liberty in America

Supreme Court to hear marriage challenge: How should Christians respond?

What Newsweek doesn’t get about the Bible

    First Things: Newsweek, in an article by Kurt Eichenwald, says that Christians who regard homosexual practice as sin (or who—horror!—favor prayer in public school) “are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians,” “hypocrites,” “Biblical illiterates,” “fundamentalists and political opportunists,” and “Pharisees.” To support his slurs, Eichenwald first tries to undermine reliance on Scripture as a supreme authority for moral discernment and then to show how Christians, oblivious to the problems with biblical inspiration, ignore its clear teaching.


  • Posted: 01/16/2015
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Research shows the hands-on dad isn’t a new phenomenon

Kelly Clarkson’s new song featuring her baby’s prenatal heartbeat debuts as heartbeat cases are heard in court

NYT same-sex marriage advocate claims ‘live and let live,’ but wants gov’t coercion, Ryan Anderson argues

On Frank Bruni’s sincerely held beliefs

Newsweek’s assault on Bible-believing Christians: A response

    The Good Book Blog: Newsweek decided to begin the New Year by attacking people who hold a high view of Scripture. (“The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin,” by Kurt Eichenwald, January 2-9 issue.) Their lead article on the Bible contains so many untrue or partially true assertions that it seemed to me that some sort of concise and readable response needed to be offered. But it would, literally, require a book-length critique to adequately address all the mischaracterizations, factual mistakes, and suggestive statements propounded in this single article. So I have decided to simply read through the article, select an occasional assertion from the article that needs a response, and try to offer a straightforward and hopefully fair response. None of these responses should be taken by a reader as sarcastic; my goal has been to offer sober-minded responses to particular assertions in an article that is full of inaccuracies.


  • Posted: 01/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thegoodbookblog.com

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“Religious liberty” is now a right-wing “dog whistle”

Frank Bruni vs. religious liberty

    National Review: Frank Bruni writes that many Americans wrongly treat him as a threat to religious liberty because he is gay. The trouble is that he is a threat to religious liberty. It’s not because he’s gay. It’s because he is one of those contemporary liberals who has a conception of religious liberty that is illiberal and narrow, especially compared to the historic American practice. His op-ed makes the point abundantly clear, even as he insists that taking a broader view of religious freedom is a sign of “extremism.”


  • Posted: 01/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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The mission creep of dignity

Study finds more reasons to get and stay married

Women, the pill, and the sexual revolution

Women of mockery

Should pastors stop signing civil marriage certificates?

Family and ‘The Vanishing Neighbor’

    Family Studies: Shifting family structures and the transformation of American community life are typically engaged separately, the assumption being that the thesis of Bowling Alone doesn’t have a lot to do with today’s changing family patterns. And there are many ways in which what goes on between neighbors, within volunteer associations, and through other social networks don’t touch the more enduring bonds within families, which have roots and dynamics internal to themselves. But reading Marc Dunkelman’s updated take on precisely how American community has changed in his 2014 book, The Vanishing Neighbor, I was prompted to ask how the social shifts he observes might be putting the family in a more fluid and uncertain place in the hierarchy of relationships Americans, and particularly young adults, engage today.


  • Posted: 01/06/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Improving the case for marriage

Mother threatened with child abuse charges for showing pro-life film to her kids

People who talk openly about religious beliefs at work are happier on the job, study says

Same-sex marriage prompts call for clergy to shun civil ceremonies