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Keep Teenagers Weird

Samuel D. James

A couple years ago, Jan Hoffman wrote a piece for The New York Times on the disparity in quality of life between adults who were “cool kids” in middle and high school, and the adults who spent those same years in obscurity or unpopularity. “Cool at 13, Adrift at 23” cited a study which reported on a group of American kids from age 13 all the way to age 23. Among other things, the study discovered that the kids who enjoyed popularity and social ease in their early teens were significantly more troubled and at risk by the time they reached early adulthood than their less admired peers.

An excerpt from Hoffman:

A constellation of three popularity-seeking behaviors characterized pseudomaturity, Dr. Allen and his colleagues found. These young teenagers sought out friends who were physically attractive; their romances were more numerous, emotionally intense and sexually exploring than those of their peers; and…

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Baton Rouge Flood Relief- We Need Your Help

Michelle Lesley

Regular readers: This week’s edition of The Mailbag answers the question I’ve received from several readers: “How can we help with flood relief?” I’m posting it today, Sunday, in hopes you can catch your pastor or small group at church and talk to them about sending a team or a love offering. Please share this around to help us get the word out, and thank you so much for your love and desire to help.

high-water-123201_1280Imagine 90% of the homes and businesses in your town destroyed by a flood. Thousands of your friends and neighbors rescued from rapidly rising deadly currents by boat, sometimes, literally, with only the clothes on their backs. Some separated from spouses or young children for days because they had to get into different boats and ended up at different shelters. No homes to go back to. No jobs to go back to because businesses flood…

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Will America’s Immorality Implode?

Lee Duigon

Rush Limbaugh yesterday said something that set my wheels spinning. Asked by a caller if “it’s time to panic,” Rush said no, not yet–and went on to say that the biggest factor in America’s sorry condition is “immorality” ( http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2016/08/17/is_it_time_to_panic_rush ).

Immorality, he said–and he’s right, you know–has become a ticket to fame and fortune in America (and throughout the Western world, I would add). Things that were considered wicked and disgusting quickly become mainstream, or even celebrated.

Rush said he thought this immorality would eventually implode upon itself, backfire on its sponsors (guess who they are), and destroy itself. I wanted to hear why he thought that would happen, but he only said, by way of an example, that Ronald Reagan firmly believed that no system as immoral as Soviet communism could survive for very long. Indeed, Reagan himself lived longer than the USSR.

Gay Pride parades, transgender bathrooms…

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Why I Don’t Sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Evangelical Reformed Fellowship

 As the nation gears up to celebrate our independence, many churches will take the opportunity to do so as well in their worship services – particularly as the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year. In addition to other patriotic standards such as the Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and others, many of those churches will be singing The Battle Hymn of the Republic. As I have reflected lately upon this song – which I confess I have sung heartily for most of my life (in church, no less) – I have become convinced that the theology contained therein is not biblical, nor does the song’s history commend it to be sung by the Christian church.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic was written in 1861 by Julia Ward Howe after she visited a war camp of the Union Army. Mrs. Howe was a Unitarian…

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How the media manage the 2016 presidential campaign

Churchmouse Campanologist

GoogleThe New York Observer has a fascinating article on how the media, including high tech companies, are managing the 2016 presidential campaign.

Liz Crokin’s article of August 12 is a must-read. Excerpts follow, emphases mine.

Most of us know that The New York Times and The Washington Post are the most prominent newspapers in the tank for Hillary Clinton. We also know that many Americans refer to CNN as the Clinton News Network.

However, Crokin, an award-winning journalist and author, gives us solid evidence that Apple, Google, Twitter and others are manipulating what the public sees in a variety of ways.

Donald Trump supporters can easily fall foul of Apple, which sees a duty to warn people about the Republican nominee:

I began looking into how strong the bias and censorship runs in these forums after I did an interview on the pro-Trump podcast, MAGAPod. The show’s host, Mark Hammond…

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The University Gulag

Lee Duigon

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Google doesn’t like me saying this, but I’ll say it anyway. A college education is not only a spectacular waste of time and money, but is also harmful to the student’s mind and character.

For instance: an art professor at the University of Florida–that’s right, I said “art”–has forbidden her students ever to use the term “melting pot.” Anyone who does, will be penalized by loss of grade and credit. ( http://www.newsmax.com/US/Florida-Professor-Bans-Students/2016/08/12/id/743390/ )

In a statement awesome in its vast hypocrisy, the prof said “We celebrate diversity, not sameness”! In college-speak, “diversity” always means strictly-enforced uniformity of opinion.

Furthermore, the university requires students to earn at least three credits in “Diversity” courses as a requirement for graduation. And they go on to provide a long list of “groups” that students must–yes, “must”–support.

Do you really want to subject your son or daughter to that?

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A Few Good Men: 10 Doctrinally Sound Male Teachers

Michelle Lesley

a few good men 1Ladies, the Christian retailing machine isn’t doing us any favors when it comes to Bible study and theology.

First, they’ve created the impression that in order to study God’s word, we have to buy a book, workbook, or DVD by a Christian author. Next, they show us the materials we have to choose from by cordoning off part of the store or web site under the heading “Women’s Bible Study.” Finally, they fill the shelves in that department with materials penned almost exclusively by women, the majority of whom (even at supposedly trustworthy LifeWay) are false teachers.

Let’s think outside that box, shall we?

First, you do not have to use someone’s book to study the Bible. In fact, I recommend that you don’t. Just pick up your Bible and study it in a systematic way. Next, if you do decide to use a Bible study book or other…

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