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What if a Nation Self-Exterminates? The Disturbing Situation in Japan

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The Japanese have stopped having children. Or more precisely, they are not having enough children to maintain the nation’s population. According to a recent article in The Week magazine (“Japan’s Population Crisis”, 01-07-14, p. 11), Japan’s population is “dropping rapidly” and will soon be declining at a rate of one million per … Read More »

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Business, Vocation, and the Great Commission

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This week the Bush Center, along with the Acton Institute, hosts the “Business, Vocation, and the Great Commission” conference. The meeting addresses three important subjects: 1) a biblical approach to a free market economy; 2) a practical approach for Christians to do workplace ministry; and 3) developing a missiological strategy … Read More »

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Why Can’t Evangelicals and Evolution Just Get Along, Already

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This guest post comes courtesy of Chris Pappalardo, my research assistant and a pastor at the Summit: “I don’t personally have a problem with religious faith, even in the extreme, as long as it doesn’t supersede science and it’s not used to impose outdated mores on others.” So wrote Charles … Read More »

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On Russell Moore, Evangelicals, and Political Engagement

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The sharp-sighted cultural commentator Russell Moore strikes again. In “Evangelical Retreat?”, published in the December edition of First Things, he responds to the concern that younger Evangelicals’ drift away from conservative political activism is underlain by closet liberalism, political disinterest, or perhaps some other infelicity.[1] His answer, which I think … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: An Outrageous Idea for Universities & Seminaries

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Just asking. If an institution of higher education were to offer Ph.D. programs (which prepare future professors), do you think it would include some readings and seat time addressing the topic of, ahem, how to be a good teacher? This is the question Derek Bok asks in his fine little … Read More »

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On Evangelicals and Race: Two Recommendations

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Yesterday, my fellow contributor Bruce Ashford published an important blog post titled “On Affirmative Action and ‘Wishing You Were Black.’” Bruce accurately points out what I’m just beginning to learn: it is difficult for caucasians to understand exactly how minorities view racism because our position of cultural privilege so informs … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: On Affirmative Action and “Wishing You Were Black”

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In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Angela Onwuachi-Willig argues that many whites do not understand affirmative action because they do not understand racism.[1] Moreover, she claims, some whites do not understand race itself. The occasion for Onwuachi-Willig’s essay is the recent Supreme Court decision on Fisher … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: On Susan Olasky, Religious Belief, and Adoption

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In a recent article for World Magazine Susan Olasky highlights an ongoing movement that opposes international and intercultural adoptions. One hopes that movement, which has the potential to restrict Christians from being adoptive parents, does not gain traction. Olasky begins by noting that the tide seems to be turning against … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: The New Narcotic

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The Internet is the most formidable and invasive drug dealer in the United States. So says Morgan Bennett in a recent edition of Public Discourse, published by the Witherspoon Institute.[1] Although the United States has nearly 2 million cocaine users and an additional 2 million heroin users (with 600,000 to … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Note to a College Freshman

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As we mentioned recently on BtT, I stumbled upon Henry Stob’s Theological Reflections while browsing the “used books” selection at a bookstore. Which, in case you wondered, is one of the reasons why I consider used bookstores one of the great delights of the modern world. (Thank you for having … Read More »

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