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The Electronic Student and Bible Study: Focus

The Electronic Student and Bible Study: Focus

Why study the Bible on computer? I’ve written previously about significant negatives associated with electronic study, especially Bible study. I don’t find it especially conducive to prayer and worship; it doesn’t draw me quickly into a sense of fellowship with God. Now I’m about to turn around and explain why that’s not so true after all. Here’s the short version: deep study is a matter of focusing, expanding, meditating, and ultimately applying and/or presenting, and all of them are entirely…

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Looking for New Christian Blogs to Feature!

Looking for New Christian Blogs to Feature!

Second Annual New Christian Blogs Feature: As I did last year, I’d like to feature several new Christian blogs that were begun this year. I don’t know of any list of new blogs, so I’m inviting bloggers to leave a comment here with a link to one of your best posts of the year. You can add your links any time between now and about January 5. I’m looking only for active blogs with clearly Christian content, and only those…

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Cutting Back On Reactive Blogging

Cutting Back On Reactive Blogging

When I read in yesterday’s news that Nancy Northup had said the Prenatal NonDiscrimination Act was “a cynical and offensive attempt to evoke race and sex discrimination when actually it’s about taking women’s rights away,” I reacted immediately. It was an outrageous statement that demanded an answer, so I sat down right away and wrote one. After I published that post last night I realized there was something unhealthy in that. I’ve been blogging that way too much, and I’m…

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Sex-Selective Abortion: Whose Rights Are At Stake, Anyway?

Sex-Selective Abortion: Whose Rights Are At Stake, Anyway?

The proposal: Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., an outspoken pro-life advocate, is preparing to do battle again on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, he’ll chair a House hearing in support of his latest legislative effort, the Prenatal NonDiscrimination Act (PreNDA). The measure would ban abortions done on the basis of gender or race. “It would simply say that you cannot discriminate against the unborn by subjecting them to an abortion based on their race or sex,” Franks says. The response from Nancy…

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“Is it still wrong if another culture says it is right? A teacher’s surprising discovery”

“Is it still wrong if another culture says it is right? A teacher’s surprising discovery”

Denyse O’Leary writes: In “Moments of startling clarity: Moral education programming in Ontario today,”* Dr. Stephen L. Anderson recounts what happened when he tried to show students what can happen to women in a culture with no tradition of treating women as if they were fellow human beings with men…. They became confused. They seemed not to know what to think. They spoke timorously, afraid to make any moral judgment at all. They were unwilling to criticize any situation originating…

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“Why Atheism Will Replace Religion” — Psychology Today

“Why Atheism Will Replace Religion” — Psychology Today

Nigel Barber writes: It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives. In social democracies, there is less fear and uncertainty about the future because social welfare programs provide a safety net and better health care means that fewer people expect to die young. In social democracies, people who are less vulnerable to the hostile forces of nature feel more in control of their lives. So there is less need of…

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