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We would be very unwise to ignore science

We must beware of tying our exposition of Scripture so close to science that the former falls if the latter changes.  On the other hand, we would be very unwise to ignore science through obscurantism or fear, and present to the world an image of Christianity that is anti-intellectual.

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Kiva uses Commun.it to measure its impact and engagement on Twitter. But the service goes far beyond that. It gives us all the tools we need to listen to our most influential fans and followers..

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Free Twitter Management Dashboard | Twitter Marketing Tool | Commun.it

Kiva uses Commun.it to measure its impact and engagement on Twitter. But the service goes far beyond that. It gives us all the tools we need to listen to our most influential fans and followers..

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This Man Is Doing What No Doctor in Mississippi Has the Courage to Do

Many of these women come from hours away, one from a little town on the Kentucky border that's a seven-hour drive. They don't know much about Dr. Parker. They don't know that he grew up a few hours away in Birmingham, the second youngest son of a single mother who raised six children on food stamps and welfare, so poor that he taught himself to read by a kerosene lamp and went to the bathroom in an outhouse; that he was born again in his teenage years and did a stint as a boy preacher in Baptist churches; that he became the first black student-body president of a mostly white high school, went on to Harvard and a distinguished career as a college professor and obstetrician who delivered thousands of babies and refused to do abortions. They certainly don't know about the "come to Jesus" moment, as he pointedly describes it, when he decided to give up his fancy career to become an abortion provider. Or that, at fifty-one, having resigned a prestigious job as medical director of Planned Parenthood, he's preparing to move back south and take over a circuit roughly similar—for safety reasons, he won't be more specific—to the one traveled by Dr.

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Free Twitter Management Dashboard | Twitter Marketing Tool | Commun.it

Kiva uses Commun.it to measure its impact and engagement on Twitter. But the service goes far beyond that. It gives us all the tools we need to listen to our most influential fans and followers..

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L. Ron Hubbard's Great-Grandson Spills The Family Secrets On How Scientology Started. Eek.

I've been, in secret, to L. Ron Hubbard Hollywood Life Exhibits, where his latest victim leads me on a tour of a life he never led, my family written out of existence. And this disciple will never know the legacy of lies that I still carry in my last name. DeWolf, a cover story to protect us from my great grandfather's true children, the army of empty who greet me in train stations with an E-meter and a personality test. And they ask me if I've ever heard of L. Ron Hubbard. And I want to ask them, "Which one? The son or the father? The god or the man?"

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I’m having an abortion this weekend

There is, of course, a sort of collective narrative that has formed, especially amongst pro-choice women like myself. Here’s what I noticed about that larger collective narrative: It contains very few stories about what women experience just before their abortions. Mostly we only hear about a procedure in its aftermath. Right now, I do need to hear about the aftermath. I need to be reminded that on Saturday I will wake up pregnant and on Sunday I will not; I need to be reminded that my life will go on once I carry out this decision that is totally and completely right for me, not everyone, and that is totally and completely right for so many other women who have made or will make the same choice. But right now I’m not in the aftermath. I’m in a part of the abortion experience that feels just as crucial as the abortion itself.

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Defenders Class Live | Reasonable Faith

Defenders is Dr. William Lane Craig's Sunday school class on Christian doctrine and apologetics. Join leading Christian scholar Dr. Craig as he carefully and articulately teaches a comprehensive survey course from the Doctrine of God to the Doctrine of the Last Things, explaining Christian apologetic arguments along the way. Click on the link to watch live on Sunday mornings at 11:30 EST or to enjoy archived classes at your convenience.

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As for me and my house: taking gospel parenting seriously

If we are to raise up our children and influence other children in our churches, communities and neighborhoods who will be able to understand what it means to identify with God as Father through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must equip parents, teachers and workers to demonstrate what it means to affirm that kind of identity. Permissive parenting does not do this. Any child can recognize what it means to be left to oneself. Children are designed for the Hebrews 12 pattern, to see and understand that “if I am not disciplined, then I am not really yours.” You learn to be able to recognize that in the Gospel by the Gospel tutorial that goes on in households.

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The Briefing – AlbertMohler.com

Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations

11 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Real talk: Stephen Colbert breaks character to give thoughtful advice to young women

Colbert: “Eve, I’m going to disappoint you here. ... He may not actually be close-minded about sex. After all, you exist. So, he’s fairly open-minded about it. But he may not think sex and a relationship are the same thing. And he might be traditional and someone who wants you to be married. Or, even be older before he is comfortable with you having a physical relationship. ... Maybe he’s embarrassed to talk about sex with his daughter, because that’s a very intimate thing. That’s not unusual. ... Approval of a boyfriend is not the same sort of thing as giving you carte blanche in terms of approving of a sexual relationship with him. ... I don’t know how to talk to your dad about this. I would just ask you this: Why do you care what your dad thinks? Because you seem to care. ... You’re 19; you’re legally an adult. Why are you still living at home? If you don’t feel like you’re ready to be out on your own, maybe you’re not ready to be out on your own. ... It might be an act of humility. ... Maybe it’s not too much to ask to also accept their help in terms of relationship advice.”

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Ligonier.org

When the Gospel is presented boldly and without compromise it will always encounter opposition. In this series of lectures from Ligonier Ministries’ 2000 National Conference, “Upsetting the World,” Sinclair Ferguson, Al Martin, R. Albert Mohler Jr., John Piper, R.C. Sproul, … Learn More

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Top 20 Christ-centered expository preaching checklist

David Prince serves as assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Seminary. Is is also the pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington Ky. You can read more by David Prince at his blog: Prince on Preaching . Also follow him on Twitter at:  @davideprince . This article originally appeared on his blog .

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Hey, GOP: American exceptionalism demands compassion at the border

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The Scandal of the Gospel — Highlands Ministries

Of course that’s not all it takes. Though our repentance is never the ground of our peace with God — that is, God doesn’t forgive us simply because repenting is such a wonderful thing it covers our sins, it is necessary and necessary that it be genuine. Saying something and meaning it, because we are sinners, often means two different things. Second, the ground is not in our repentance, but His provision. “All it took” was for God to put on humanity, to live a perfect life, and to suffer the wrath of the Father due to all those who would believe. The passion of Christ is not a small thing .

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Christian World View: Rational Predispositions That Support Truth

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Three biblical foundations for social ministries

Every believer is subject to a three-fold call:  Love God (Matt 22.36-37), Love neighbor (Matt 22.39), and make disciples (Matt 28.18-20).  How exactly these play out in terms of geography and vocation varies, but all are key to the Christian life.  Luke recorded that one particular lawyer asked about these commands then, seeking to “justify himself,” asked Jesus to define “neighbor” (Luke 10.25-37).  Jesus did so in the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Without ever raising care for the suffering above any other part of the Christian life, Jesus made clear that we are to be involved in ministries to those who hurt, who are hungry, and who are in need.

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Christian Internet Radio Featuring Biblical Preaching and Teaching | RefNet

The Pulpit of Saint Andrew's with R.C. Sproul

20 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Faith Leaders Prove It's Possible to Believe in God and Climate Change

“I have been called by God to speak out on these issues and believe it is my conviction as an evangelical Christian that we must be stewards of God’s creation,” Rev. Richard Cizik, the president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good wrote in his prepared remarks. 

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Balancing Administration and Teaching in Higher Ed

Academic professional guilds traditionally emphasize research and publication. At Union, we certainly care about scholarship and intellectual rigor. More importantly, though, we want our faculty to be concerned primarily with the mission of the university and the students themselves. I’ve published in academic journals, but I find my own calling resonates strongest within me when I strive to reach students and well-educated lay persons. I like to try and present a sophisticated, Christian point of view that challenges broader communities to consider a perspective they typically dismiss. 

23 #Christian Reason Today

#Christian Reason Today, by Arthur Khachatryan: The Christian apologetics e-paper highlighting the best of reasons for the Christian faith.

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WORLD | Recognizing holy ground in an unholy culture | John Stonestreet | July 14, 2014

I remember my friend Scott Rae, a professor at Biola University, telling a story about a group of teachers who were about to volunteer for Vacation Bible School. The pastor brought them to the front of the church and said, “We’re going to pray for these people who are doing ministry this week.” On the way down from the stage, one lady said, “Hey, I’ve been teaching in a public school for 20 years, and no one’s ever prayed for me.” It’s like we have certain jobs we consider sacred and other jobs we consider secular. But the whole world belongs to God. There’s not a sacred-secular divide in professions or occupations. All ground is holy ground for the Christian, and so all callings, therefore, are sacred. 

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10 Arguments for the Existence of God

Christians often encounter people who doubt the existence of God. While most atheists & agnostics are non-confrontational, there is a vocal minority who are obnoxious, aggressive, and downright mean. When you are ridiculed, do you back down, or do you eagerly defend your faith?

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Bible Study

As women, we must often find creative ways to work “time in the Word” into our schedules. Depending on our life stage, we may find ourselves squeezing in fifteen minutes in the morning before the baby wakes, taking two hours on a Wednesday evening that suddenly opens up because of a cancelled meeting, or stealing a few minutes before bedtime when the day’s tasks are finally put to rest.

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Renewing Your Mind | Self Creation (Part 2) | August 2, 2014

People who deny the existence of God give chance the credit for creating and ordering the universe. Even Christians are guilty of this blunder when they try to explain why bad things happen. They give God the credit for causing good things, but they give chance the credit for causing inconsequential or bad things. While God is certainly not the author of sin, we must not abdicate His sovereignty by removing Him from the causal chain of events—especially when the Scriptures so clearly state that God does cause “bad things” to happen. Lamentations 3:37–39 (niv) is an excellent example: “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?” We have certainly learned from our study of the Psalms that David understood the hand of providence in everything that happened to Him. He did not attribute anything to chance, but turned to God in times of difficulty and joy.

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Can Jesus heal mental illness? — Part 1

Psychology informs the construct of mental illness with a secular, materialistic worldview. They do not believe that people are spiritual beings who live all of their life under the authority of a God who made them and holds them accountable. Denying the Divine and the spiritual requires them to see all problems as physical and organic in nature. Worry isn’t sinful; it is an organic mental illness that requires medical intervention. Sorrow isn’t spiritual; it is a medical problem that requires a pharmacological solution.

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6 Tips for Apologetics Bloggers

Many of these tips are relevant to all bloggers, but in this post I am writing specifically for apologetics bloggers. These come from my experience as an apologetics blogger. I enjoy blogging and I hope that these tips will be helpful to you.

31 Doctor shoots man who opened fire on hospital staff

So, the public square aspect of this is twofold: 1. We should encourage the righteous protection, under a Christian view but certainly not under an atheistic one, of the weakest members of our communities, societies, etc. 2. We should condemn those who attempt to eliminate our power to do so, through their efforts at gun control, hand-cuffing our police officers, and cutting defense. (And, it should be noted that the secular empirical data fully supports fewer gun control laws, not more, in terms of reducing violent crimes. As far as the direct correlation between pacifism and human suffering, must I say “Neville Chamberlain” or “Barack Obama” too many times? Are we not, in many ways, living the 1930’s all over again?)

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Katy Perry Veers From Traditional Christian Upbringing, Plans for Children With or Without a Dad

The 29-year-old pop star comes from a Christian background, with both parents becoming evangelical pastors during her childhood. In more recent years however, Perry has renounced her religious upbringing, even admitting that she is no longer a Christian today. In another deviation from her childhood, the singer said this week that she wants children someday, whether there is a man in her life or not.

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What lies beneath the surface of the sunlit ocean? Maybe a dark navy realm full of glowing lights of green, lavender, blue and pink. Or maybe not. British woven silk from Bill's Private Stock. Woven silk.

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Ligonier.org

The apostle Paul, suffered extraordinary levels of peril, was arrested many times and had a prison record that was certainly unenviable. At some point during these imprisonments, he wrote four very significant letters that are called the “Prison Epistles of Paul”. The Prison Epistles include the epistle to the Philippians, the letter to the Colossians, the letter to the Ephesians and then the brief letter to Philemon.  Dr. Sproul leads us in an introduction and brief overview to these four letters.

35 What Is Marriage from a Policy Perspective? - Stand to Reason Blog

I have to agree that much of what is stated in terms of marriage and family is true. But there are other mitigating conditions that also effect a person's success, not just if he had a mom and dad. There are health issues that can impact an individual negatively to the point where success is outside of his reach. Such things as undiagnosed chronic conditions that impact that individual's ability to perform to expected and required levels in society. Since such things go under the radar of the medical establishment they are not included in any studies or statistics. Case in point. An individual is born with a rare condition where the small intestine is not capable of properly processing food so that they are in effect being starved of vital nutrients and proteins are not properly broken down and vitamins and vital nutrients are not being delivered to the parts of the body that need it. Full stomachs, no apparent cause of this malady, but the individual is in effect on the edge of starvation. You will not find a single entry of this condition in the medical publications, but it exists.

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Is Inerrancy An Essential?

In Defining Inerrancy, the authors note that they have known many evangelicals who have abandoned the faith precisely because they started out with such a hardening of the categories. This rings true: I get countless emails from people who have either jettisoned their beliefs (or have friends or family members who have) because their starting presupposition was that it’s inerrancy or nothing. Such people would throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater! And it is this very problem that one of the architects of modern evangelicalism, Carl Henry (who could hardly be condemned as being soft on inerrancy!), addressed in his book, Evangelicals in Search of Identity. It seems that many evangelicals are still not listening. And yet Henry saw, forty years ago, that the evangelical church was making inerrancy the litmus test of orthodoxy to its discredit. Yet again, I digress. Holding and Peters are not in the least denying inerrancy; they are simply rejecting a rigid form of it that they see as dangerous to the health of the evangelical church.

37 William Lane Craig assesses the credibility of the Rapture doctrine

While I admire Dr. Craig greatly, apologetics is his real “bag”, and when he strays into areas of theology that are peripheral to his chief focus, he is susceptible, just as any other theologian, to making statements that are unguarded and not so well thought out. From what I understand, Dr. Craig does believe in a literal 7 year tribulation and he believes that the church will be present within that period. He would be classified as a post-tribulationist. If he believes the scriptures also describe a period of 1,000 years following the return of Christ, during which Christ will reign physically upon the earth and during which time the multitude of OT divine prophetic promises to Israel will be fulfilled, then his understanding of the timing of Christ’s return and resurrection of Church believers as being at the end of the Tribulation lands him in something of a quagmire. Here is what I mean: Paul specifically says that when he himself and other church believers will be resurrected, “ALL” believers will be changed and all at the same time (“a moment, the twinkling of an eye”), meaning both the dead and those still living (I Cor.

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Ask RC Jr: What are 7 things our generation has forgotten? — Highlands Ministries

Maturity matters . We not only chase after slovenliness, but youthfulness as well. We are a generation that gives no thought for tomorrow, the YOLO generation. Our fathers knew well that you don’t only live once. You live at least three times. You live your life here on earth. You live in eternity. And you live in and through the generations that follow you. They made sacrifices for us, and we in turn demanded still more for ourselves, and leave our children bereft. To be mature is to have the will to delay gratification, to harness and restrain our own appetites. We want what we want and we want it now, future be damned.

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Jesus, the Only Way: 100 Verses

God is not a pluralist. Both the New Age and the ecumenical movement have been steadily chipping away at the orthodox Christian teaching that Jesus is the only way of salvation. This booklet documents precisely what Jesus and the Apostles taught about religious pluralism. It includes nine different lines of argument the Bible uses--backed by 100 verses--to show that all spiritual roads don't "lead to Rome." There is only one way: Jesus.

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http://www.movieinsider.com/m12119/resurrection/

An agnostic Roman Centurion is charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate rumors of a risen Jewish Messiah and to locate Christ's missing body in order to subdue an imminent uprising in Jerusalem. Along Centurion's mission, his doubts of such a supernatural occurrence peel away as he encounters the Apostles and other historic Biblical characters and reviews the events following the Resurrection.

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http://www.crossway.org/books/the-wonder-working-god-tpb/

“ Finally , a treatment of Jesus’s miracles that presents them more as a ‘preview of coming attractions’ and less as God’s attempt to convince skeptics of his existence—as though God has ever ‘attempted’ to do anything. As Jared shows us, Jesus’s miracles are more normal than we realize—an indicator of the way things used to be, before sin and death invaded God’s story, and a precursor of the way things will be one day, when Jesus returns to finish making all things new.” —Scotty Smith , Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

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WORLD | Weekend Reads: Explaining Christianity and biblical productivity | Caleb Nelson | Aug. 2, 2014

This belief, which involves knowledge and trust, leads to a mystical union with Christ. McGraw identifies three ongoing processes in this union. First is a Spirit-empowered conviction of and repentance from sin. Second is trust and reliance upon Christ. And third is a love for God greater than one’s love for the world. The “almost Christian” may know the truth and think he trusts Christ, but he will lack the key element of love for God overflowing in obedience to God’s commands. In sum, the true Christian experiences the grace of Christ, the love of the Father, and communion with fellow believers through the Spirit’s work ( 2 Corinthians 13:14 ).

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Faithful Thinkers: Book Review: Christian Ethics

Well, its been on my shelf for almost a year, and I finally got to it. Christian Ethics: Options and Issues by Norman Geisler is quite a read. Like Giesler's other books that I've read, this one is divided and outlined very clearly. It is easy to follow, but has lots of stimulating content. It is broken into two different parts with 310 pages. Part 1 Chapter 1: All the Options In Chapter 1 Geisler introduces the philosophical topic of ethics. He quickly summarizes ten different proposed foundations for ethics (including power, pleasure, human survival, and God's will). He then examines five unique attributes of Christian ethics and concludes by providing examples (using lying) of the different views of ethics. Chapter 2: Antinomianism Chapter 2 begins Geisler's more detailed examination of the different views of ethics. He provides a history of the antinomian view; he covers the time from the ancient beginnings to contemporary influences. In the process he looks at twelve different ethical philosophies that fall under the broad umbrella of antinomianism. He points out what they have in common and provides what he believes are the good influences of antinomianism, including the fact that it stresses individual responsibility.

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Answering Muslims: Former Sex Worker Confirms That Islam Allows Nikah al-Mut'ah (Temporary Marriage as a Form of Prostitution)

According to both Sunni sources and Shia sources, Muhammad allowed his followers to practice a form of prostitution called "nikah al-mut'ah." If a Muslim wants to have sex with a prostitute, he simply needs her to agree to temporary marriage in exchange for a sum of money (e.g., "We agree to be married for one hour, in exchange for $100"). The Muslim then gets to have sex with the prostitute, and it's perfectly acceptable to Allah. Sunni Muslims often claim that nikah al-mut'ah was eventually outlawed by Muhammad. What they don't tell you is that Sunni sources also claim that it was Umar (rather than Muhammad) who outlawed mut'ah and that the Qur'an itself guarantees a Muslim's right to have sex with prostitutes ( click here to read the sources). It should come as no surprise, then, that mut'ah is quite common, as confirmed by a former sex worker who shared this comment in response to one of our videos on mut'ah: Oddly enough, Muslims in the West continue to tell us that Muhammad's teachings are pure and holy.

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Cave Creek EOP (Mainly in the Dark) - James White's 130.3 kilometers bike ride

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WORLD | Gungor drifts from biblical orthodoxy | Jeff Koch | Aug. 2, 2014

Dove-award winning artists Michael and Lisa Gungor—whose “Dry Bones” and “Beautiful Things” became worship anthems across the country—are known for creating a supple pop-eclecticism that transcends traditional genre limitations while maintaining Christian themes. But their latest work reveals a band transcending not just musical genres but religious ones—wandering away from a biblically defined Christianity to a land twixt and tween.

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MicroRNAs Still Do Not Support an Evolutionary "Tree of Life"

As we reported here and here in 2012, biologist Kevin Peterson at Dartmouth (pictured at right) sent shock waves through the Darwin community when he studied microRNAs and found they did not track expected evolutionary relationships as expected. Thinking that microRNAs should be clear windows on evolution because they are generally well conserved, he kept "uncovering problems, from the base of the animal tree all the way up to its crown."

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WORLD | Was the American Revolution sinful? | Rod D. Martin | Aug. 2, 2014

In any case, when the London Parliament began imposing taxes, levies, quartering of soldiers, and other unlawful requirements upon 13 English provinces, each with its own parliament (the king being the chief executive of each one separately, the royal governor being his representative locally, just as governors-general represent the queen in Australia or Barbados today), it caused a constitutional crisis in the Colonies. England had largely neglected the Colonies early on because of the Civil War and then the Commonwealth and Restoration, and barely more than two more decades passed before the Glorious Revolution. During this long period of preoccupation, the Colonies had developed as though they were Scotland or Ireland, with their own institutions and their citizens possessed of the fullness of the rights of Englishmen. But when the French and Indian War (which to the English was the Seven Years War, the first truly global conflict) greatly stretched the Exchequer, the feeling in London was that the Colonies should be expected to pay “their fair share.” And thus the long descent to Revolution began.

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50 Shades of Strange

I have not read 50 Shades of Grey , nor do I plan to. The book is a bona fide publishing phenom, but every description I have read is that the story amounts to literary pornography. For that reason, I can’t imagine anything helpful coming from the film version set to be released later this year. I’ll be sitting that one out too. So I have great sympathy for the concerns Aimee Byrd expresses about the reception of the forthcoming movie. She writes:

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