First Things First

August 27th, 2012

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by John Seel
If you make secondary things primary, you lose both. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.” Such has been our failure in the marriage debate. By debating the definition of marriage, we have lost the debate over the value of marriage. It is no longer an unquestioned assumption that marriage is a social good. It is a choice, but not a necessity. That is the perception of many moderns today, particularly among the young.

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by Hugh Whelchel
All-American rocker Bruce Springsteen took to the pages of Rolling Stone magazine this past spring to lament the existence of income inequality in our country today: “You cannot have a social contract with the enormous income disparity — you’re going to slice the country down the middle. It’s not going to hold.”

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Do the Math

August 13th, 2012

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It was 20 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.

Not really. It was 50 years ago, during the summer of 1962. Over the course of 300 nights the Beatles mastered their music. Their success raises a serious question however. When you do the math, how will many Christians ever get enough practice to get good at their faith?

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In 1999, evangelicals were enraged when Joshua Davey was deemed ineligible for state aid. The irony is the courts cited statutory prohibitions Protestant evangelicals had put in place over a century before. They were hoisted on their own petard.

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