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Dear Friends,We are now in the month of August, the time of the year that seems to be a kind of buffer between the season of vacations and weddings and the season when school and Congress begin work in earnest again in September. Generally speaking, August is when life seems to slow down a bit. Offices are a little emptier, the summer heat is a bit more intense, and there’s a few more stretches of time to spend in leisure.But what is “leisure”? Most of us tend to think of it in terms of watching a movie or playing a board game. But as John Cuddeback writes, there is an important distinction between leisure and amusement:Amusement refers to those activities we do because they are fun, or diverting, or simply relaxing. We play a game, ride a bike, go out on a boat, or watch a movie. We enjoy these activities even while they have no obvious product or utility.Leisure refers to activities that are more serious: we have a deep conversation, we lie on our backs observing the stars, we listen to great music. We contemplate deeper things, we worship God.Amusement and leisure share a common element: they are not work. But this similarity points to their fundamental difference. At the end of the day, amusement is less important than work, and it takes its immediate meaning from the fact that it serves work, by refreshing us to go back to our labors.Leisure on the other hand is served by our work. It provides the ultimate meaning and justification for human work.As we take vacations and spend time away from the office during this season, let’s remember to not only have fun and unwind, but to also spend some quality time in authentic leisure in order to renew our intellects and souls for the work God is calling us to accomplish.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesOminous Court Ruling Allows Discrimination Against Christian Adoption Provider – Travis WeberWith State Department Ministerial, Trump Administration Signals Seriousness on Religious Freedom – Travis WeberWhy It’s Impossible To Support Both #MeToo And Planned Parenthood Without Being A Big Hypocrite – Patrina MosleyUnleashing America’s Entrepreneurial Spirit – Ken BlackwellNikki Haley’s Great Advice on Resurrecting Civil Discourse – Spenser WhiteTransgender “Revolution” is Really an Elitist Diktat – Cathy RuseDOJ Announces Timely Religious Liberty Initiative – Travis WeberRNC: Schools Must Get a “Yes” from Parents Before Teaching Radical Sex Ed – Cathy RuseThe Lies of Access and Autonomy – Hannah BorchersOhio House Bill 658: Parental Rights are Good for Children – Madeleine Lucas Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareTown Orders Family to Stop Hosting Bible Studies on Farm – ToddStarnes.comThese 6 Cases Show How Brett Kavanaugh Might Rule on Religious Freedom – Fred Lucas, The Daily SignalSchool District Threatens to Call Police After Mystery Person Gives Out Free Bibles on Campus – Will Maule, CBN NewsMuslim Who Squeezed $3M Out of SPLC for Calling Him an Anti-Muslim Extremist Says Others Also Wrongly Labeled – Jeremiah Poff, The Daily SignalChristian club rejects University of Iowa’s mandate to accept LGBT leaders – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNewsAtheist Group Sues West Virginia City for Reciting Lord's Prayer at Meetings – Michael Gryboski, The Christian PostInternational Religious FreedomReligious persecution in Iran, China must end now – Mike Pompeo, USA TodayAmerican Pastor Brunson Moved from Prison to House Arrest in Turkey – Benjamin Gill, CBN NewsChina Detaining Over 1 Million Muslims in Concentration Camps but the World Is Silent, Believer Says – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostVictims of Religious Persecution Tell Their Stories at International Conference in DC – Katherine Rohloff, The Daily SignalTrinity Western and the Endangerment of Religious Pluralism in Canada – Derek Ross, Public DiscourseUS Tells Iraqi Christians Help Is on Its Way (For Real This Time) – Kate Shellnutt, Christianity TodayMilitary Religious FreedomAir Force surrenders to demand to replace Bible with generic 'book of faith' on POW/MIA table – Todd Starnes, Fox News LifeAbortionWhen Arguments Fail, What Do Pro-Lifers Do? – Liberty McArtor, The StreamPushing the abortion pill on college campuses is dangerous to women – Kristi Burton Brown, Live ActionAmazing new video illustrates humanity of preborn baby in womb – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews7th Circuit strikes down Indiana abortion ultrasound law – Dave Stafford, The Indiana LawyerPlanned Parenthood opening 14 new facilities in ‘deep red’ states – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsThe Tyranny of Reproductive “Justice” – Regis Nicoll, CrisisAdoptionShould Kinship Care Be the Default Option for Kids in Foster Care? – Naomi Schaefer Riley, Family StudiesWelcoming an Adopted Baby Home Is Both Beautiful and Challenging — And Here's Why We Need to Talk About It – Marianne Garvey, BravoBioethicsChildren Are Now Being Euthanized in Belgium – Michael Cook, Intellectual TakeoutWho gets the embryos? Whoever wants to make them into babies, new law says – Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington PostThousands of Euthanasia Killings in Canada – Wesley J. Smith, National ReviewUK horror: Patients in ‘vegetative state’ can now be killed without consent – Cassy Fiano-Chesser, Live ActionWhat does the Bible teach about euthanasia and physician assisted suicide? – Mary Wurster, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission FamilyMarriageWe All Marry the Wrong Person – Erin Smalley, Focus on the FamilyWords of Wisdom on a Silver Anniversary – Michelle Malkin, National ReviewChildren of divorcing parents want more information and more say in what happens, study finds – Angus Randall, ABC NewsSingle Sailors Think Navy Hinders Likelihood of Marriage, Survey Says – Brock Vergakis, The Virginian-PilotOur Fixer-Upper Marriage – Stephanie Reeves, Family LifeGod remembers the barren, and so should the church – Jenn Hesse, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionParentingWhat Are Your Child’s Passions? – Dennis Prager, The StreamPodcast: Parenting through the hard seasons – Nancy Guthrie, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Genetics of Parenting – Robert VerBruggen, Family StudiesI Love Being Their Mother – Jess Hunt, Her View From HomeEconomics/Education'Parents... Deserve the Right to Know': RNC Passes 'Parents' Rights' Sex Ed Resolution – Mark Martin, CBN NewsIn Search of Family Time – Amber Lapp, Family StudiesFree-Market Policies Make the Most of the Sharing Economy – Anthony B. Kim, The Daily SignalFamily Instability in Childhood Affects American Adults’ Economic Mobility – Paola Scommegna, Population Reference BureauFaith/Character/CultureWhy Gratitude Is So Good for You (and for Those Around You) – Richard Gunderman, Intellectual TakeoutThe family that prays together … feels connected, unified and bonded with less relational tension – Jon McBride, BYU NewsLiving a Life of Purpose: An Interview with Michelle Singletary – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesHuman SexualityThe Beauty of Complementarity Goes Beyond Gender – Brett McCracken, The Gospel CoalitionWhat #MeToo and Hooking Up Teach Us About The Meaning of Sex – Elizabeth Schlueter and Nathan Schlueter, Public DiscourseThinking Deeply about Christian Love: Same-Sex Attraction, Sin, and Spiritual Friendship – Ron Belgau, Public DiscourseWhy ordinary people disregard the transgender movement as utterly insane – Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNewsReligious Male Students Less Sexually Aggressive, Coercive, Study Finds – Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostStudy finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy – Avichai Scher, NBC NewsHuman TraffickingThe Porn Industry and Human Trafficking Reinforce Each Other – Marlo Safi, National ReviewA Need for Child Safeguarding Policies – Lana Lichfield, National Center on Sexual ExploitationPornographyAmericans Are Rapidly Warming Up to Porn, a New Gallup Poll Shows. Here's Why – Jon Miltimore, Intellectual TakeoutHow Our More Permissive Attitudes Toward Porn May Impact Marriage – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesPornography is First Boom in Virtual Reality – Brynne Townley, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Dear Friends,A recent study reveals that loneliness has now reached epidemic levels in the United States. In a survey of over 20,000 adults 18 and over, the numbers are staggering:Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).One in four Americans (27 percent) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.Two in five Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful (43 percent) and that they are isolated from others (43 percent).One in five people report they rarely or never feel close to people (20 percent) or feel like there are people they can talk to (18 percent).Americans who live with others are less likely to be lonely (average loneliness score of 43.5) compared to those who live alone (46.4). However, this does not apply to single parents/guardians (average loneliness score of 48.2) – even though they live with children, they are more likely to be lonely.Only around half of Americans (53 percent) have meaningful in-person social interactions, such as having an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family, on a daily basis.Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) is the loneliest generation and claims to be in worse health than older generations.Interestingly, the study notes that “Social media use alone is not a predictor of loneliness; respondents defined as very heavy users of social media have a loneliness score (43.5) that is not markedly different from the score of those who never use social media (41.7).” What is not being said here is that this statistic clearly indicates that increased social media use is affecting everyone, not just heavy users.I witnessed a perfect example of this last night at a restaurant. At the booth next to my wife and I, a large family had wedged themselves into both sides of the table. Despite this perfect opportunity for a great evening of quality family time, I couldn’t help but notice that large periods of time went by with the family sitting in silence. Why? Because half of the people at the table had their faces buried in their phones, while the other family members stared off into space. Is it any wonder that half of the country is not having any meaningful conversations with anyone when the people they are trying to talk to are staring down at a screen?This study should be a reminder to believers that we should always be ready and willing to give everyone we encounter our full attention, not just our family and friends. Phones and social media aren’t the only culprits here—often it is our own fear of looking abnormal that keeps us from spending a few moments talking with a homeless person on the street or our Uber driver. We must work on refocusing our priorities to giving everyone in our lives the time and attention they crave and rightfully deserve.God created us to love and to be loved. We all need to be constantly reminded of the timeless adage: “It is good that you exist.” When we spend quality time with our family members and everyone else the Lord puts in our path, we reaffirm this basic truth and help to spread Christ’s Kingdom.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesChristians can influence the world without being influenced – Tony PerkinsWomen & Pornography – Patrina MosleyDismemberment Abortion – Patrina MosleyFlocking to tend to our nation’s spiritual needs – Travis WeberPlanned Parenthood's tax dollar gravy train just got derailed – Cathy RuseImitating My Father – Dan HartGetting to Know Generation Z – Marion MealorGood But Not Great: Don’t Be Fooled by the Masterpiece Decision – Andrew RockWarning to Northern Ireland: Science Without Faith is Dead – Patrina MosleyMasterpiece Cakeshop: How Can a 7-2 Supreme Court Decision Be “Narrow?” – Peter SpriggPolitically Motivated Research Underestimates Risk of Suicide After Abortion – Martha ShupingMasterpiece Cakeshop: Summary of Each Supreme Court Opinion – Peter SpriggThe Ethical Imperative of Adult Stem Cell Research – Hannah BorchersSupreme Court Protects Jack Phillips’ Rights, Tells Colorado: “Not So Fast” – Travis Weber Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareSupreme Court Rules in Favor of Baker Who Declined to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake – National Catholic RegisterState Judge Sides with Christian Baker – Rodney Pelletier, Church MilitantPhiladelphia Archdiocese sues city over foster care placements – Matthew Gambino, CruxValedictorian: “They Told Me I Had to Take Christ Out of My Speech” – ToddStarnes.comA tall Christian cross stood in a Michigan park for nearly 70 years. Now it's gone – Lisa Gutierrez, The Kansas City StarDemocrats introduce bill to counter Sen. Orrin Hatch's religious freedom law – Dennis Romboy, Deseret NewsIndiana high school accepts teacher's resignation over transgender policy – Kathleen Joyce, Fox NewsInternational Religious FreedomPence Meets Indonesia’s Top Muslim Leader After Church Attacks – Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today'Human rights disaster': China's persecution of Christians at highest level since Mao – Bradford Richardson, The Washington TimesReligious War Looms in Nigeria as Christian Body Count Climbs – Lela Gilbert, NewsmaxCanada’s top court rules against Christian law school: LGBT rights trump religious freedom – Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNewsPolice seizes 1,100 Bibles in China’s Shandong province – Madeeha Bakhsh, Christians in PakistanThe Radical Forgiveness One Egyptian Mother Has for Her Son’s Murderers – Lindy Lowry, Open DoorsSeveral Iranian Christians to Serve Time in Prison – Jeffrey Cimmino, The Washington Free BeaconInternational Religious Freedom Report for 2017 – U.S. Department of StateU.S. senator introduces bill for sanctions against Turkey – Hürriyet Daily News LifeAbortionWhat Happened When 3 Women Faced Deep Suffering Rather Than Abort Their Children – Maureen Mullarkey, The FederalistThe Silent Suffering of Fathers After Abortion – Victoria Robinson, The Daily SignalPresident Trump to cut Planned Parenthood funding – Cassy Fiano, Live ActionIreland votes to legalize abortion: ‘a tragedy of historic proportions’ – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsSupreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Challenge to Arkansas Pro-Life Law That Could Close Two Abortion Clinics – Steven Ertelt, LifeNewsGirl with Down Syndrome stuns politicians with powerful speech about her ‘right to be alive’ – Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNewsPro-life commercial from Herbal Essences stirs up controversy – Nancy Flanders, Live ActionAdoptionFoster Care Fanaticism in Philadelphia – Darel E. Paul, First Things3 Things We Learned While Waiting For Our Adopted Child – Kelly Cox, Her View From HomeI Chose Adoption For My Baby, But I Didn’t Let Go – Leah Outten, Her View From HomeObamacareObamacare Is Shrinking the Individual Health Insurance Market – Edmund Haislmaier, The Daily SignalConservative groups, congressional Republicans appear poised for another try at ObamaCare repeal – Joseph Weber, Fox News FamilyMarriageHow to Build a Healthy Marriage With Authentic Communication – Michelle Habel, Focus on the FamilyFive Myths About Fathers and Family – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family StudiesBaby Bust: Fertility is Declining the Most Among Minority Women – Lyman Stone, Family StudiesHere's why it matters that Americans are having fewer children than ever before – Jeremy Carl, Fox NewsMarriage Support Needs Time to Work – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family StudiesCouple with Down syndrome reveals secret to 23 years of wedded bliss – Cerith Gardiner, AleteiaGrandpa's 6 tips for a successful marriage – Jackie Pilossoph, Chicago TribuneNatural Rights, God, and Marriage in the American Founding – Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Public DiscourseEconomics/EducationThe Left’s War Against Prosperity in Seattle – Jarrett Stepman, The Daily SignalFaith/Character/CultureThe Importance of Dads in an Increasingly Fatherless America – Virginia Allen, The Daily SignalOn Father’s Day, Remember the Fatherless – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesThank You For Being a Dad Who Shows Up – Emily Solberg, Her View From HomeWhat Mothers Cannot Give to Their Sons – Anthony Esolen, Public DiscourseNo, Amazon Tribes Should Not Be Allowed To Kill Their Children – John Daniel Davidson, The FederalistWhat Anthony Bourdain Reveals About Living In The Age Of Loneliness – Ben Domenech, The FederalistHow Faith Communities Can Push Back the Darkness of Suicide – Emilie Kao, The Daily SignalHuman SexualitySchool Can Force Students to Share Bathrooms With Transgender Students, Federal Court Rules – Rachel del Guidice, The Daily SignalSan Diego Parents Pulling Their Kids From School Over Inappropriate Sex-Ed Curriculum – Grace Carr, The Daily SignalThe War Against Abstinence: Blockers, American Pie, and the Last Great Sexual Taboo – Daniel Ross Goodman, Public Discourse'The Dating Project' movie offers a 101-level course in courtship – AleteiaNearly 90 Percent of Public Opposed to Virginia County’s Sex Ed Changes – Rob Shimshock, The Daily CallerHuman TraffickingDOJ Arrests 2,300 Alleged Child Pornographers And Sex Traffickers – Jacob Airey, The Daily WirePornographyRadical Parenting – Protecting Our Kids from Pornography – GretaEskridge.comDoes Pornography Feed Sex Tourism? – Rose Brugger, Public DiscourseMore Americans Say Pornography Is Morally Acceptable – GallupPorn Addict Says 'Wrong Click Changed My Life' as a Teen, Exposing Her to Abusive, Animal-Like Sex – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post
We are privileged to have Dr. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, coming to speak to us on the topic of race at this year's Answers for Women conference. Here is what Dr. Ware had to say about his presentation.
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