The Culture’s Forced March of “Inclusivity” Continues Through The Holidays

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As the impact of Christianity on the holiday season continues to decline, the hoops people jump through to justify the “reason for the season” become ridiculous – even comic. In the latest effort to be “inclusive” during Christmas – and not hurt anyone’s feelings (horror), Cornell University released guidelines for seasonal displays on campus:

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What The Influence Lab Accomplished in 2015

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You may have heard about the launch of “The Influence Lab” last year. It’s a nonprofit organization designed to help change the perception of Christianity in today’s media-driven culture. As a result, one of our key missions is to teach and train Christians to use media more effectively, and do it on a global basis. That’s been a key focus this past year, and if you’ve prayed, or financially supported The Influence Lab, here’s just a partial list of the events where you helped us make a difference:

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How The West Really Lost God

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After sitting on my reading list for almost two years, I finally cracked open Mary Eberstadt’s book “How The West Really Lost God,” and I regret not reading it sooner. I don’t normally review books on this blog, but as I read it, I couldn’t help but think that every Christian leader – particularly pastors – in Europe and America needs to read this book. The big question the book was based on is: “How and why has Christianity really come to decline in important parts of the West?”  We would all agree that Christianity is

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The Worst Reason to See A Christian Movie

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I get asked frequently to endorse movies made by Christians. I’m thrilled to be asked, because I think more Christian filmmakers should be out there telling their stories. And even when there are problems with the film, I’m willing to give it some grace if the writing, acting, and direction are top notch. But quite often I turn them down, for the biggest reason I believe we should never support films made by Christians:

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Why We Should Be Careful Following Trends

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A word needs to be said to pastors, writers, artists, and other leaders who jump on the bandwagon of “Christian cultural trends.” I’ve seen it most of my life, and I can tell you it doesn’t help in the court of public witness. I remember in the late 60’s when we got on the “Late Great Planet Earth” trend. The incredible success of that book was followed by a long (I mean really long) line of prophecy copycats, few of which offered anything unique and different.  Since that time we’ve had the HUGE trends of

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Leaders: Does Everyone On Your Team Know Your Vision?

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It’s always bracing to hear leadership principles from military officers because they often have to make life and death decisions. America’s highest ranking officer, and the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Shared some leadership insights recently at a conference that I thought worth repeating. Here’s what he had to say:

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The Origins of the College Student Assault Against Free Speech

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I don’t normally write about social issues, but with so much media coverage and hundreds of articles written about the assault on free speech from students at the University of Missouri, Yale, Claremont, and other colleges, I wanted to make a connection. From objections about Halloween costumes, to the right to a “safe place,” to shouting down speakers they don’t agree with, to a hundred other “micro-aggressions,” today’s college students are being called “cry bullies” for wielding their victim status like an axe. Where in the world did this come from? And while 

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