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Conventional Thinking: The ‘inevitability’ factor
Apr14

Conventional Thinking: The ‘inevitability’ factor

Definition: in•ev•i•ta•ble (adj.)  1. unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped 2. sure to occur, happen, or come; unalterable   Political operatives have used the concept effectively to advance the cause of so-called same-sex marriage. Today, proponents of the legalization of marijuana are citing a new Pew Research Center poll that shows, whether they support it or not, three-fourths of Americans think marijuana use is...

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Conventional Thinking: Bored of the rings
Apr07

Conventional Thinking: Bored of the rings

Question: What action increases the risk of child poverty, child abuse, educational failure, teen births and youth substance abuse? The answer might surprise you. A new study, which surveyed U.S. Census Bureau data and other non-partisan research, found that cohabitation—that is to say, couples living together outside of wedlock—increases the likelihood of children who reside in those homes suffering in these areas. According to the...

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Conventional Thinking:  Not just a hobby
Mar31

Conventional Thinking: Not just a hobby

The same day the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments* concerning Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Christians around the country were joined in prayer for Hobby Lobby Stores and its founders, the Green family. Recall the case relates to a September 2012 suit by Hobby Lobby and others to challenge the federal Health and Humans Services (HHS) mandate, which—among other requirements—forces employers to provide employees with paid-for...

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Moore to the point: Does the universe make you feel small?
Mar24

Moore to the point: Does the universe make you feel small?

>> by: Russell D. Moore  President of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission   The PBS documentary series “Cosmos” is back, retooled for a new era. A few days ago, host Neil deGrasse Tyson talked with political commentator (and former Southern Baptist minister) Bill Moyers about the question of whether the universe ought to make us feel small. Tyson says no. Moyers’ question is a good one, especially in light of the...

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Conventional Thinking: Heads bowed, eyes open
Mar17

Conventional Thinking: Heads bowed, eyes open

March 20 is the first day of spring, the season of life when people are most active. Yet one growing habit is turning Americans from an active into a passive people. I refer to a sport that could best be called “incessant cell phone surfing.” The average cell phone user checks his phone 150 times a day, and according to a new “Mobile Technology Fact Sheet” from the Pew Research Forum, 90 percent of American adults have a cell phone,...

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Conventional Thinking: A time to gather
Mar10

Conventional Thinking: A time to gather

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” —Jesus Christ My children each have a small container with three drawers used to hold their money. One drawer is labeled “save,” one “spend” and the last one “give.” For some reason, when they receive cash, either through allowance or as a gift, the bills are magnetically drawn most to the “spend” drawer. Blame it on genetics, because that is the way their dear ol’ dad is, too,...

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