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Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective

Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective


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Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective




Monday, May 10, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 10:10): ────────────────── Martin Luther Wouldn’t Recognize the Evangelical Lutheran Church Today: Lutherans Elect First Transgender Bishop in United States RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (PAUL O'DONNELL) Lutherans elect Megan Rohrer first transgender bishop PART 2 (10:11 - 18:39): ────────────────── The Southern Baptist Convention Faces a Familiar Test: Women Pastors, Women Preachers, and the Coming Test of the SBC PART 3 (18:40 -...


Friday, May 7, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:53): ────────────────── No Institution Is Safe from the Moral Revolution, Not Even a Foster Care and Adoption Agency: Just Look at What’s Happening in Kentucky COURIER JOURNAL (DEBORAH YETTER) Baptist group refuses Kentucky state contract to provide care for abused, neglected kids KENTUCKY TODAY (BRANDON PORTER) Sunrise seeks dialogue with Cabinet, at risk of being denied contract PART 2 (9:54 -...


Thursday, May 6, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 13:0): ────────────────── A Clash of Two Rival Orthodoxies—And President Biden and Speaker Pelosi Are Right in the Middle of the Controversy ARCHBISHOP OF SAN FRANCISCO (SALVATORE JOSEPH CORDILEONE) Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life PART 2 (13:1 - 19:6): ────────────────── There’s a Civil War Within the Catholic Church: Which...


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 15:55): ────────────────── A Government Takeover of Raising Children: What’s at Stake in President Biden’s Plan to Expand Government-Funded Child Care? NEW YORK TIMES (PAUL KRUGMAN) Biden and the Future of the Family WALL STREET JOURNAL (J.D. VANCE AND JENET ERICKSON) Biden’s Daycare Plan Is Bad for Families NEW YORK TIMES (MICHELLE GOLDBERG) America Is Brutal to Parents. Biden Is Trying to Change That. PART 2 (15:56 -...


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 14:24): ────────────────── “Male and Female Created He Them” — Another Important Biblical Distinction Christians Must Affirm NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (MELISSA BLOCK) Idaho's Transgender Sports Ban Faces A Major Legal Hurdle PART 2 (14:25 - 17:34): ────────────────── A Mass Delusion Demanding Universal Capitulation: Two Rival Justice Claims Square Off in Idaho and in California Over Transgender Persons Competing in Women’s Sports FORBES...


Monday, May 3, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 12:13): ────────────────── Scientists Blend Cells to Form Human-Monkey Chimera: The Absolute Necessity of Maintaining the Distinctions That Scripture Makes TIME MAGAZINE (ALICE PARK) Scientists Report Creating the First Embryo With Human and Non-Human Primate Cells NATURE (NIDHI SUBBARAMAN) First monkey–human embryos reignite debate over hybrid animals PART 2 (12:14 - 18:5): ────────────────── Is Human Dignity Just Considered a...


Friday, April 30, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 13:14): ────────────────── An Increasingly Godless America: Good Thing or Bad Thing? The Answer Depends Completely on Your Worldview GALLUP (JEFFREY M. JONES) U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time LOS ANGELES TIMES (PHIL ZUCKERMAN) Why America’s record godlessness is good news for the nation THINKING IN PUBLIC WITH ALBERT MOHLER A Comprehensively Secular Life? A Conversation with Professor Phil Zuckerman PART 2...


Thursday, April 29, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 16:4): ────────────────── President Biden Addresses Joint Session of Congress: What’s the Big Meaning of the President’s Vast Proposals? PART 2 (16:5 - 19:21): ────────────────── President Biden Unveils His Proposal to Redefine American Society Through Unprecedented Spending . . . And Shows That His Greatest Political Skill Is Tone PART 3 (19:22 - 25:20): ────────────────── The LGBTQ Revolution Is Officially a Part of American...


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 7:26): ────────────────── A Major Crisis in the United Methodist Church: As the Denomination Heads Toward Division, Liberals Try to Gain Power While Theological Conservatives Prepare to Leave RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (EMILY MCFARLAN MILLER) Prominent Georgia church leaves United Methodist Church over pastor’s reassignment PART 2 (7:27 - 19:7): ────────────────── Two Religions Can’t Exist Within One Denomination: A Prominent Methodist...


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 11:1): ────────────────── Which States Are Gaining or Losing Seats in Congress, and Why? Census Data Point to Big Shifts in American Population and Politics PART 2 (11:2 - 21:19): ────────────────── The Politics of Celebrity and the LGBTQ Revolution: Gov. Gavin Newsom to Face Recall Election in California and the Individual Identified as Caitlyn Jenner Plans to Enter the Race PART 3 (21:20 - 26:4): ────────────────── The LGBTQ...


Monday, April 26, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:31): ────────────────── President Biden Officially Recognizes the Massacre of the Armenians in 1915-1917 as Genocide: What’s the Historical Background to This Story? WASHINGTON POST (JOHN HUDSON AND KAREEM FAHIM) Biden calls mass killing of Armenians a ‘genocide’ in break with previous presidents PART 2 (9:32 - 14:38): ────────────────── The Importance of Moral Clarity: Why We Must Call Evil by Its Right Name PART 3 (14:39 -...


Friday, April 23, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 8:31): ────────────────── A Christian University’s Faculty Is Outraged the Board of Trustees Did Not Surrender to the LGBTQ Revolution: What’s Going On Here? SEATTLE TIMES (ELISE TAKAHAMA) Seattle Pacific University faculty votes ‘no confidence’ in leadership after board upholds discriminatory hiring policy RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (YONAT SHIMRON) Seattle Pacific University faculty vote no confidence in board over LGBTQ exclusion PART 2...


Thursday, April 22, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 17:16): ────────────────── Will Christian Prayer and Preaching and Parental Conversations Be Declared Illegal? Urgent Questions Arise in Great Britain and Australia — And Will Not Stop There EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE (PETER LYNAS) Letter from Evangelical Alliance to Prime Minister Boris Johnson 10 DOWNING STREET (BORIS JOHNSON) Letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Evangelical Alliance PART 2 (17:17 -...


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:43): ────────────────── The Achievement of the Rule of Law and a Commitment to Justice: Jury Convicts Derek Chauvin in the Death of George Floyd PART 2 (9:44 - 16:1): ────────────────── Do We Really Believe in the American Project and the Rule of Law? The Importance of Respecting American Courts and Our System of Justice PART 3 (16:2 - 23:44): ────────────────── It’s Very Dangerous to Be a Retired Dictator: Vladimir Putin Sets...


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 9:53): ────────────────── Huge Moral Questions Raised by a Heartbreaking Story about IVF Technology: Recognizing the Moral Significance of Every Single Human Embryo NEW YORK TIMES (KATHERINE ROSMAN) The Lost Embryos PART 2 (9:54 - 16:53): ────────────────── The Wild, Wild West of Reproductive Technology: Why Is American Society So Unconcerned about the Wanton Destruction of Human Embryos? PART 3 (16:54 -...


Monday, April 19, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 15:8): ────────────────── Abortion Rights Means Abortion for Any Reason: A Horrifyingly Honest Argument from the Editorial Board of The Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES TIMES (THE EDITORIAL BOARD) The right to an abortion means the right to have it for any reason PART 2 (15:9 - 22:2): ────────────────── “Faith Leaders” Join Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advocacy Board: What Could “Faith” Even Mean When Advocating for the Killing of the...


Friday, April 16, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 8:0): ────────────────── President Biden Announces Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan: The Great Game and the Lessons of History PART 2 (8:1 - 13:40): ────────────────── What Is More Right and Honorable, To Stay or To Leave? Old and Morally Difficult Questions Accompany the Decision to Leave Afghanistan PART 3 (13:41 - 24:21): ────────────────── Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Dies at 99: The Frame of History in One...


Thursday, April 15, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 12:31): ────────────────── Bernie Madoff, Architect of the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in American History, Dies at 82: What Exactly Is a Ponzi Scheme and Why Do People Fall for Them? WASHINGTON POST (EMILY LANGER) Bernard Madoff, mastermind of vast Wall Street Ponzi scheme, dies at 82 WALL STREET JOURNAL (MICHAEL ROTHFIELD AND JUSTIN BAER) Bernie Madoff Dead at 82; Disgraced Investor Ran Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History PART 2 (12:32 -...


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 14:50): ────────────────── The Constitutional Right of Religious Liberty Squares Off Against the Newly Invented “Rights” of the LGBTQ Revolution at the Supreme Court LOS ANGELES TIMES (DAVID G. SAVAGE) Supreme Court conservatives may reset balance between LGBTQ rights and religious liberty PART 2 (14:51 - 21:31): ────────────────── A Shocking Reality Worth Grieving and the Tragic Results of Releasing a New Technology Upon a Society...


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING PART 1 (0:0 - 10:45): ────────────────── Free Exercise of Religion Vindicated: A Big Victory for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Ritesh Tandon v. Gavin Newsomn on the Application for Injunctive Relief PART 2 (10:46 - 21:3): ────────────────── Amazon Workers in Bessemer, Alabama, Vote Against Forming Labor Union — Who Knows Best for Workers? PART 3 (21:4 - 24:52): ────────────────── A Major Divide in the...