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Albert Mohler: A Sentence, A Movement and Our Moment

Black lives matter.

We need to affirm that sentence, but not the movement.

“Black lives matter,” taken as a sentence, is profoundly true. God made every human being in his image, which means every life on the planet—every human life, at every stage, matters.

Yet that sentence is understood today—nearly universally—as expressing approval of a movement rooted in critical race theory, which is grounded in destructive Marxist ideology.

The Black Lives Matter Global Network adopts and promotes the entire worldview of the sexual revolution and seeks to liberate humanity from the oppressive chains of biological gender. The movement also seeks to put an end to the traditional nuclear family.

While we should affirm the sentence “black lives matter,” period—without hesitation and with full enthusiasm, we simply cannot use the sentence as it is now, because it will be heard, nearly universally, as a movement, not as a sentence. The movement has an agenda of revolution that is destructive to God’s creational order.

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Owen Strachan: Opportunity Amidst Distancing

The Coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally altered American—and global—life. Right now, we don’t know if this season of distancing will last for weeks or months.

Here is something we do know: for families, this can be a time of quietness and togetherness. We are used to a super-heated, super-busy lifestyle. Many families barely see each other and rarely share a meal together during a normal week. We dash from activity to activity, missing many opportunities for closeness, love and training.

No one wants a global pandemic. We’re working and praying for its end. But fathers and mothers should not miss the real chance we have here.

Amidst many difficulties, we can prioritize the family.

We can plug back in with our children: Read good books, play board games, laugh and pray together, hope together.

This is a tough season—but if we seize the moment, we can redeem the time.

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Jerry Bowyer: “Davos Man” and the Rest of Us

Every year, the international elite gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The conservative political scientist Samuel Huntington, who accurately warned us about the coming “clash of civilizations,” coined a phrase to describe the elites who populate these meetings: “Davos Man.”

Davos Man thinks of himself as free from the ties that hold the rest of us down—free from family, church, synagogue, community and nation. Instead, he’s a “global citizen” mouthing abstractions like ‘progress,’ ‘sustainability’ and ‘globalism.’ Davos Man views nations as at least irrelevant or even an evil threat to the march of “progress.”

In other words, all the things that give the rest of us roots are exactly the things that Davos Man has tried to sever himself from.

That’s why—in every corner of the world—we see such a revolt against Davos Man and his feckless attempts to plan mankind’s future.

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Faith in the Halls of Power: Why American Restoration is Possible – Tim Goeglein with Brian Whitman and Jennifer Horn 

Brian Whitman and Jennifer Horn invite Tim Goeglein, vice president for External and Government Relations at Focus on the Family, to discuss his new book, American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our NationGoeglein will be speaking about his book at Pepperdine University on Monday, August 23rd.

For more information on the event, click here. You may also email sppevents@pepperdine.edu, or call 310.506.7490.

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Michael Medved: The Alarming Truth About Life Expectancy

The New York Times recently reported on alarming statistics on life expectancy. “For the first time in modern history, gains have stalled,” according to the report. “Alcohol and drug abuse, poor diet, obesity, smoking, and a lack of exercise have taken their toll … Older people are dying prematurely, their conditions worsened by isolation and depression.”

It’s a bleak portrait, but it’s not about America: the Times report focused on the United Kingdom, long-celebrated by the left for its National Health Service and other welfare state programs. Of course, in America we have identical problems of substance abuse, isolation and deaths of despair, but the situation in Great Britain reveals how socialized medicine and big government don’t offer simple solutions.

In most Western societies, the breakdown of family, retreat of religion and collapse of community, damage both the quality and length of our lives, regardless of government policies.

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Owen Strachan: Our First Institutions at Risk

Are the kids okay?

According to a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC, just 30 percent of millennials and Generation Z say religion is important to them. Only 40 percent of young people say being patriotic is important—and one-third say having children is important.

Polls come and opinions go, but this data represents a real change in the thinking of America’s young. If religion, country, and children aren’t of great consequence, what is in this life? Staring at social media? Playing games? Watching movies?

Something profound is happening in America. Our youth are in danger of living frictionless, commitment-free lives. We need a recovery of confidence in our first institutions: church, family, nation. We are—young and people and older people alike—called to build a life build on something more than our own self-interest.

Let’s get back to business. Let’s look beyond ourselves. Let’s do hard things.

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