Albert Mohler - The Briefing
The indispensable role First Ladies have played in American history
Former First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92: Remembering her life and legacy
- Washington Post (Lois Romano) — Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92
- New York Times (Enid Nemy) — Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92
How the cultural establishment maintains their cultural standing in the midst of a sexual revolution
The convoluted question of character in politics: Does James Comey really demonstrate a 'higher loyalty'?
- New York Times (Michael D. Shear and Peter Baker) — Comey, in Interview, Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ and ‘Stain’ on All Around Him
Theological language shows up in European politics as Macron warns of ‘Civil War’
Why true community can’t exist without shared truth or morality
British Prime Minister urges other nations to substitute their old colonialism for a new secular colonialism
Cultural shift on marijuana tracks along the same lines as shift on same-sex marriage
Former Speaker John Boehner ‘evolves’ on marijuana, joins board of cannabis company
- New York Times (Daniel Victor) — John Boehner’s Marijuana Reversal: ‘My Thinking on Cannabis Has Evolved’
- USA Today (Trevor Hughes) — John Boehner, former House speaker, joining cannabis company board
Liberal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo challenged from the left by pro-marijuana, lesbian actress
Why the black market for marijuana grows where marijuana is legalized
Morality, money, and celebrity: The anatomy of a corporate shakedown over same-sex marriage in Bermuda
- NBC News (Rick Morgan) — Cruise line Carnival Corp. joins the fight against Bermuda's same-sex marriage ban
Why it's easier to claim victory over evil than it is to deliver on that victory
- USA Today (Doug Stanglin, Gregory Corte, and Tom Vanden Brook) — Pentagon: U.S. allied strike set back Syrian chemical weapons program 'for years'
- New York Times (Michael Wolgelenter) — 7 Takeaways From the Airstrikes on Syria
The frailty of the U.N. Security Council at the point it is most crucially needed
- New York Times (Sewell Chan) — U.N. Security Council Rejects Russian Resolution Condemning Syrian Strikes
What the retirement of Paul Ryan tells us about the current state of American politics
- New York Times (Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns) — Paul Ryan Upends Republican Hopes and Plans for Midterm Elections
An evangelical infiltration of New York? Secular paranoia in overdrive as Chick-Fil-A opens new Manhattan location
Looking at the real legacy of Cecile Richards as influential media outlets celebrate her tenure leading Planned Parenthood
- Time Magazine (Belinda Luscombe) — Outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Is Not Done Fighting
Why it’s essential to understand the categorical distinction between humans and animals
Glory bearers vs. image bearers: Showing proper concern for animals without worshipping them
Appointment of first humanist as lead chaplain is yet another signpost along the way to secularization
‘Red Letter Revival’ attempts to plant new political theory on parts of the New Testament while being openly opposed to the rest of it
- Religion News Service (Jack Jenkins) — At ‘Red Letter Revival,’ leaders give voice to evangelicals on the margins
- Baptist News Global (Jeff Brumley) — Campolo says ‘Red Letter Revival’ seeks to convert evangelicals to social activism
- Lynchburg News & Advance (Josh Moody) — Red Letter Revival warns against intolerance, 'Christian nationalism'
As governments escalate predation on their most vulnerable citizens, gambling losses reach record highs
- New York Times (Adam Baidawi) — Australians Are the World’s Biggest Gambling Losers, and Some Seek Action
- Wall Street Journal (Cameron McWhirter) — Would Legalized Sports Betting Help States Get Out of the Hole?
As Zuckerberg goes to Capitol Hill, Facebook faces fallout from misuse of user data
- New York Times (Scott Shane) — What Mark Zuckerberg Will Be Grilled On at the Congressional Hearings
Could government regulation of social media lead to a crackdown on religious speech?
Will outrage over data leaks lead to a change in users’ behavior? So far, the answer is “no”
- New York Times (Andrew Ross Sorkin) — Failed by Facebook, We’ll Return to the Scene of the Crime. We Always Do.
Facebook’s imperative above all other imperatives: Simply connect
- Wall Street Journal (Deepa Seetharaman) — Facebook Memo Reveals Angst Over Growth Culture’s Consequences
- New York Times (Sheera Frenkel and Nellie Bowles) — Facebook Employees in an Uproar Over Executive’s Leaked Memo
Washington DC vs. San Francisco: America’s new intellectual centers collide
A tempest not only in a teapot: Firing of Kevin Williamson exposes dominant worldview of secular culture
- New York Times (Michael M. Grynbaum) — The Atlantic Cuts Ties With Conservative Writer Kevin Williamson
Why threatening women who get an abortion with criminal action is not the way to limit abortion
- The Atlantic (Conor Friedersdorf) — A Dissent Concerning Kevin Williamson
- Vox (Anna North) — Plenty of conservatives really do believe women should be executed for having abortions
A controversy within a controversy: Who are the real abortion extremists?
- Washington Post (Ruth Marcus) — Kevin Williamson’s abortion comments were shocking. But at least he’s intellectually honest.
- Washington Post (Ruth Marcus) — I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.
- Washington Post (Ruth Marcus) — The silenced majority of women who would abort a fetus with Down syndrome
Liberal columnist argues that only one side—yes, his side—has actual ideas and real influence
Tragedies in Canada and Syria expose differences between natural evil and moral evil
- CNN (Ralph Ellis, Nicole Chavez, Carma Hassan) — At least 15 killed in bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team
Syria, chemical weapons, and Just War Theory: Why there is no way to underestimate man’s capacity for moral evil
- New York Times (Ben Hubbard) — Dozens Suffocate in Syria as Government Is Accused of Chemical Attack
- Washington Post (Louisa Luveluck and Erin Cunningham) — Dozens killed in apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, rescue workers say
Secular world grapples with the reality of evil even as it lacks the basic categories for understanding its meaning
- New York Times (Robert Leonard) — Why Gun Culture Is So Strong in Rural America
- Washington Post (E.J. Dionne) — Liberals are well aware of the capacity for evil
A tension that will not last: LGBT policies lead to a theological identity crisis at some Christian colleges
Is there a theological dimension to Catholic colleges’ success on the basketball court?
Evolution can’t explain babies’ unique ability to learn
A higher form of nonsense: Why grandparents are not the gift of evolution, but the gift of God’s perfect plan
Did the Pope deny the existence of hell? Why much modern theology targets hell for disappearance.
- Wall Street Journal (Francis X. Rocca) — ‘There Is No Hell’: An Untraditional Pope, an Italian Journalist and the Quote Igniting Controversy
- New York Times (Jason Horowitz) — Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer?
The crisis of Catholic doctrine under Pope Francis and the lessons for evangelicals.
The collision of biblical Christianity and the spirit of the modern age over the doctrine of hell
Vatican attempts to bolster Pope’s conservative credibility by doctoring photo of letter from Benedict
50 years ago today, history turned on a mere moment as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN
Theology and the racial crisis, then and now
Why it’s significant that the BBC religion editor recognizes there is more to Easter than chocolate
- Radio Times (Martin Bashir) — BBC’s religion editor Martin Bashir: Why Christianity is still relevant this Easter
A love story that ends in suicide: New rituals around dying raise huge moral questions about the sanctity and dignity of human life
- The Global and Mail (Kelly Grant) — Medically assisted death allows couple married almost 73 years to die together
How a reordering of the theological landscape has led to a redefinition of life and death
- The Globe and Mail (Sandra Martin) — Fight to the death: Why Canada's physician-assisted dying debate has only just begun
Abuse of junk science leads California judge to order cancer warnings on coffee: What this reveals about Americans’ chemophobia
- Washington Post (Ben Guarino and Eli Rosenberg) — California ordered to add cancer warning to coffee, but the science doesn’t hold up
- Wall Street Journal (Editors) — Attack of the Killer Cappuccino
Stephen Reinhardt, the liberal lion of California, dies at 87, but there are many cubs following close behind
- New York Times (Sam Roberts) — Stephen Reinhardt, Liberal Lion of Federal Court, Dies at 87
- Washington Post (Staff) — Stephen Reinhardt, liberal lion of federal judiciary in California, dies at 87
On Good Friday, NPR report distorts definition of Easter, revealing extent of secularization
- NPR (Vanessa Romo) — Pope To World: Hell Does Exist
- Washington Post (Callum Borchers) — On Good Friday, an NPR report mangles the definition of Easter
- New York Times (Elisabetta Povoledo) — Pope Calls for ‘Peace in All the World’ in First Easter Message
Although the cultural conception of Christ may fascinate, only the biblical conception of Christ saves
- Wall Street Journal (George Weigel) — The Easter Effect and How It Changed the World
- New York Times (Jon Meacham) — Jesus Died Only to Rise Again. Where Did the Concept of the Resurrection Come From?
Can the Bible be meaningful, even if one doesn’t believe it to be true?
Why abandoning a Scriptural understanding of ministry will inevitably lead to a very different rendering of God
Elites who call for the end of Christianity might not like what comes next
- Fox News (Caleb Parke) — Atheist Richard Dawkins warns against celebrating the alleged demise of Christianity in Europe
Why the Christian worldview never settles for mere happiness
What is good about Good Friday? Reflections on the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Christ
What the media coverage of a 10-year-old drag performer reveals about efforts to transform moral instincts
- New York Magazine (Lauren Levy) — 180 Minutes With Desmond Is Amazing He’s a 10-year-old drag performer, and he’s cooler than you.
- Daily Mail (Aoibhinn McBride) — 'You can just do you': Boy, 10, founds a drag club for KIDS so they can express themselves in a 'positive, encouraging, and safe' space
Under mandate from government, preschools in Sweden aim to ‘counteract traditional gender roles’
In the name of equality, France announces mandatory school attendance for 3-year-olds
The scandal no one is noticing: Pornography redefined as adult entertainment
The normalization of pornography in American culture
- Washington Post (Alyssa Rosenberg) — The most radical part of Anderson Cooper’s interview with Stormy Daniels
- New York Times (Katie Van Syckle) — What It’s Like to Report About the Porn Industry
Considering the consequences of technology as the world around us embraces it indiscriminately
- Washington Post (Megan McArdle) — How safe are driverless cars? Unfortunately, it’s too soon to tell.
- The Atlantic (Adrienne Lafrance) — How Self-Driving Cars Will Threaten Privacy
Technology invades the kitchen: How far is too far for American families
The future of secularization: What trends in Europe reveal about coming generations
- Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society (Professor Stephen Bullivant) — New St Mary's Research Shows Huge Differences in the Religiosity of Young Adults across Europe
- The Guardian (Harriet Sherwood) — “Christianity as Default is Gone”: The Rise of of a non-Christian Europe
- The Telegraph (Will Heaven) — Christianity in Britain is only decades away from vanishing — but there is hope yet
Does making abortion legal really reduce the number of abortions?
- NBC News (Maggie Fox) — Abortion Rates Go Down When Countries Make It Legal: Report
- The Guardian (Jill Filipovic) — Want to Lower the Abortion Rate? Support Pro-Choice Policies
Remembering the heroes of the past: the discovery of Juneau reminds us of true sacrifice and the value of life
March for Our Lives: Just how significant is a symbolic march?
- New York Times (Michael D. Shear and Emily Baumgaertner) — Children vs. Guns Around the World And in Washington
- New York Times (Alan Blinder, Jess Bidgood, and Vivian Wang) — In Gun Control Marches, Students Led but Adults Provided Key Resources
What generational gaps tell us about the future shape of politics
Congress passes omnibus spending bill and continues to fund Planned Parenthood
The military's transgender revolution is put on hold
- Washington Post (Dan Lamothe) — Trump Issues Order Supporting Ban on Many Transgender Troops, Defers to Pentagon on New Restrictions
What do the results of a special election in Pennsylvania tell us about the future of American politics?
- Candidates Still Mattered, New York Times (Campbell Robertson) — In Pennsylvania Election Shaped by Trump
- Wall Street Journal (Peggy Noonan) — Deliverance From Hillary Clinton
- New York Times (David Brooks) — Worthy Is the Lamb
Why the church should first ask ‘How do we lead persons to saving faith in Jesus Christ?’ rather than ‘How do we win friends and influence people?’