Albert Mohler - The Briefing
Why a sane society cannot ‘throw their hands up’ after another school shooting, this time in Texas
- USA Today (Mary Ann Cavazos Beckett, Rick Jervis, Julie Garcia, Bart Jansen and Christal Hayes) — Student kills 10 at Texas school, says he targeted kids he didn't like
- New York Times (James Poniewozik) — This Is School in America Now
Prayer is at the center of the conversation after shooting in community that has famously fought for their right to pray
- New York Times (Vivian Lee and Amy Harmon) — ‘Please Pray’: Santa Fe Is a Town That Has Long Found Comfort in Faith
Monarchy in the modern age: The societal and moral shift reflected in the royal wedding
- Wall Street Journal (Jenny Gross) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Isn’t Just a Modern Love Story. It Marks a More Modern Monarchy
Questions of morality, truth, and spycraft raised as Haspel is confirmed as CIA director
- New York Times (Nicholas Fandos) — Senate Confirms Gina Haspel to Lead C.I.A. Despite Torture Concerns
The reality of morality: Is there such a thing as absolute right or wrong?
What do spiralizers, kale leaf strippers, and avocado slicers tell us about the world in which we live?
Why the worldview displayed at life’s most crucial moments is going to be theological in one way or another
Theism vs. secularism at the point of death: Why Christianity has historically frowned upon cremation
The inevitable embrace of abortion as a new generation moves in a more secular direction
Why the reality of implicit racial bias is even more true than the secular world can grasp
- USA Today (Derrick Johnson) — Before the next videotaped Starbucks disaster, everyone should take implicit bias training
Understanding the inevitable implicit bias in tests for implicit bias
The ad-hoc nature of meaning in a secular age as seen in the wedding announcements of the New York Times
Why is the popularity of biblical names declining for girls but not for boys?
U.S. embassy in Israel officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as protests erupt in Gaza
- New York Times (David Halbfinger) — Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem
- Wall Street Journal (Felicia Schwartz) — U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Opens to a Fraught Climate
- New York Times (David Halbfinger) — Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy
Supreme Court rules that states are free to authorize sports betting in constitutionally sound but morally fraught decision
Why it’s important to know that an asteroid’s near miss is no mere accident
- Time Magazine (Alex Langone) — An Asteroid the Size of the Statue of Liberty Will Whiz Past Earth Tomorrow. Here's How to See It
Senior Anglican clerics call for Church of England to be stripped of its legal right to operate according to its convictions
- The Telegraph (Olivia Rudgard) — The Church of England should lose its exemption to discrimination laws, Dean of St Paul's says
- Christian Today (Harry Farley) — Bishop and senior clergyman join calls for Church of England to lose equalities exemptions
With secularism on the rise, Quakers consider dropping God because it makes some ‘feel uncomfortable’
How does a secular society create meaning in the face of death?
In the age of digital media, do we really have more friends?
Mormons move to end relationship with Boy Scouts of America is about more than Mormons and Boy Scouts
Why the grounding of life in human autonomy inevitably leads to a society that claims to author both birth and death
- Washington Post (Lindsey Bever) — David Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powerful statement about assisted death
When it comes to sex education, the big battle is not over sex, it’s over morality
Once the outlier in mainline protestantism’s leftward shift, United Methodist bishops propose plan opening door to LGBTQ inclusion
- Religion News Service (Emily McFarlan Miller) — United Methodist bishops want to let pastors, conferences decide on LGBT clergy
- United Methodist Church (Council of Bishops) — United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward
In debate over LGBT issues, United Methodist Church redefines holiness
Lessons from the Episcopal diocese of Washington D.C.: When you abandon the faith, people will abandon the church
- The Institute on Religion and Democracy (Jeffrey Walton) — DC Episcopalians Opt for Open Borders and Transgenderism, Eschew Gendered Pronouns for God
- The Institute on Religion and Democracy (Jeffrey Walton) — Episcopal Church Still Skidding Downhill
In New Zealand, yet another example of theological compromise on the definition of marriage
- Anglican Communion News Service — Anglican Church in New Zealand opens the door to blessing same-sex relationships
As U.S. withdraws from Iran nuclear deal and reinstates economic sanctions, Israel and Saudi Arabia celebrate
- Wall Street Journal (Michael C. Bender and Rebecca Ballhaus) — Trump Withdraws U.S. From Iran Accord
Deal or no deal? Why the history of international agreements in the U.S. is marked by a partisan and worldview divide
In anti-Semitic speech, Palestinian leader seeks to deny any claim by Jewish people of inheritance in the Holy Land
- New York Times (Isabel Kershner) — Palestinian Leader Incites Uproar With Speech Condemned as Anti-Semitic
Two hundred years after his birth, Karl Marx becomes cool once again despite the deadly consequences of his ideas
A deadly legacy: How Marxism in its truest forms became a deadly ideology that led to human misery
- New York Times (Chris Buckley) — On This Chinese TV Show, Participants Have Nothing to Lose but Their Chains
- Wall Street Journal (Valentina Pop and Andrea Thomas) — Marx Is Home for His Birthday, and Not Everyone Is Happy
- Wall Street Journal (Paul Kengor) — Marx’s Apologists Should Be Red in the Face
The theological dimensions of Marxism as understood in the four essential components of a biblical worldview
Why making bad ideas illegal makes even the worst ideas more popular
After series of moves to the left, Boy Scouts officially drop the ‘boy’
Amidst fast-paced moral revolution, few organizations have shifted as rapidly as the Boy Scouts
- USA Today (John Bacon) — Boy Scouts are dropping the word 'Boy' from flagship program; Girl Scouts shrug
Iowa adopts new pro-life legislation that will be very hard for the Supreme Court to ignore
- USA Today (Stephen Gruber-Miller) — GOP hopes a challenge to Iowa's abortion bill will overturn Roe v. Wade. How would that work?
- New York Times (Julie Bosman and Mitch Smith) — Iowa Lawmakers Pass Abortion Bill With Roe v. Wade in Sights
In the face of opposition from tech companies, Kansas and Oklahoma adopt legislation protecting faith-based adoption agencies
Examining the radical worldview and ideological imbalance on America’s college campuses
- Washington Times (Bradford Richardson) — Democratic professors outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, study shows
Historic women’s colleges struggle to answer the question, ‘What is a woman?’
- Chronicle of Higher Education (Julian Wyllie) — ‘What It Means to Be a Woman Is Not Static’: How Women’s Colleges Are Handling Transgender Applicants
MCAT changes highlight the transformation of medicine as a profession
Sexual liberation vs. the morality of consent: #MeToo feminists find themselves at odds with an earlier generation of feminists
- LA Times (Kay S. Hymowitz) — #MeToo feminists may not realize it, but their other target is sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll
Why are many feminists so absolutely insistent on abortion as an essential human right?
With urbanization on the rise, a very clear cultural and moral change comes with it
- Wall Street Journal (Kevin D. Williamson) — Republicans Do Well in Texas. Except for Dallas, Houston, Austin . . .
Religious liberty is once again the loser amidst the secularization of western societies
- Courthouse News Service (Barbara Leonard) — EU Court Adviser Cracks Whip on German Religious Employers
- The Economist (Erasmus) — A court ruling makes it harder for faith-based employers to discriminate
Why Artificial Intelligence is incapable of driving us toward a better system of morality
- Quartz (Ambarish Mitra) — We can train AI to identify good and evil, and then use it to teach us morality
Conscious machines, cruelty, and conventional morality: Confronting the ethics of HBO’s ‘Westworld’
Which side in America’s great cultural conflict is winning—is it the right, or is it the left?
White House Correspondents’ Association dinner reveals danger of the Hollywood-major media industrial complex
- New York Times (Michael M. Grynbaum) — Did Michelle Wolf Kill the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?
- Washington Post (Margaret Sullivan) — For the sake of journalism, stop the White House correspondents’ dinner
Are corporations really demonstrating courage by taking progressive social stands?
British toddler Alfie Evans dies five days after being removed from life support against parents’ wishes
- New York Times (Yonette Joseph) — Alfie Evans, Terminally Ill British Toddler at Center of Court Fight, Dies
- AlbertMohler.com (Albert Mohler) — Life in the Balance in Liverpool — Alfie Evans Is Not Alone
The deadly consequences of displacing the family as the centerpiece of society
- New York Times (Ross Douthat) — Alfie Evans and the Experts
- Washington Post (Ben Zdencanovic) — How Alfie Evans became the latest weapon in the conservative attack on universal health care
- The Guardian (Staff) — Living children's glands given to drug firms
Many questions remain after North Korea changes the game before US meeting
Why human civilization cannot be sustained with artificial jobs, artificial wages, or artificial workers
- Washington Post (Megan McArdle) — Bernie Sanders wants you to have a good job. But there’s a catch.
- New York Times (Peter S. Goodman) — Finland Has Second Thoughts About Giving Free Money to Jobless People
Why, from a biblical worldview, the arrest of a suspect in the ‘Golden State Killer’ case is deeply satisfying
- New York Times (Thomas Fuller and Christine Hauser) — Search for ‘Golden State Killer’ Leads to Arrest of Ex-Cop
From family values to felonies: How Bill Cosby helps us understand the entertainment culture as detached from real life
- New York Times (Graham Bowley and Jon Hurdle) — Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault in Retrial
As a new season begins, Handmaid’s Tale reaches the limits of its dystopian appeal
- USA Today (Kelly Lawler) — Review: 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 is still strong, but verges on misery porn
Should we be surprised when a society that condemns the corruption of sexuality then turns around and demands the corruption of sexuality?
- New York Times (John Branch) — Former N.F.L. Cheerleaders Offer to Settle for $1 and a Meeting With Goodell
The tragic story of Alfie Evans: What’s at stake when parental rights are not recognized as natural rights
Pew study reveals deep theological confusion that marks American people
- Pew Research Center — When Americans Say They Believe in God, What Do They Mean?
- Washington Post (Yonat Shimron) — Most Americans believe in a higher power, but not always in the God of the Bible
Progressive mayors in New Jersey take aim at gender-specific public bathrooms as ‘next step’ in sexual revolution
A monkey’s day in court: What happens when a secular society loses the ability to ground human dignity in anything objective
- Washington Post (Meagan Flynn) — Monkey loses selfie copyright case. Maybe monkey should sue PETA, appeals court suggests.
Wonder turns into confusion: The inevitable outcome of taking an evolutionary understanding of humanity
Why the biblical worldview makes a radical distinction between that which is beautiful and that which is merely pretty
How morality, not just economics, factors in to Amazon’s search for HQ2
- Washington Post (Jonathan O’Connell) — The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights
Massachusetts schools adopt new curriculum aimed at normalizing LGBTQ lifestyle
What worldview will be taught as ‘teachable moments’ arise in public schools?
- Chicago Tribune (Amanda Marrazzo) — Supporters rally for gay teacher amid discrimination claim after he told 1st-graders about same-sex marriage
Schools become the new battleground for the sexual revolution as the number of transgender teachers increases
- NPR (Anya Kamenetz) — More Than Half Of Transgender Teachers Surveyed Tell NPR They Are Harassed At Work
Regular church attendance remains one of the best indicators of how one will vote, view question of same-sex marriage