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Update: Check out Michael's fun interview with Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile on looking at politics through the lens of the Enneagram (a personality assessment and framework).

How Churches Change the Equation for Life After Prison

Morgan Lee writes in Christianity Today about what some churches are doing for the formerly incarcerated and how many churches are missing a critical opportunity for ministry after prison. “Why is it that the same vans that come to the prison on Wednesday and Sunday nights to take us to Bible study seem hesitant to pick us up from our homes now that we are released?” said Dennis Gaddy, who was interviewed in Lee's story.

Crying Wolf, Then Confronting Trump

Frank Bruni writes about how the hyperbolic charges from the left and right about the other side has "hollowed out" important words (e.g. "racist," "fascist") such that they "lose their precision and their sting" especially when it matters most.

Georgetown University Plans Steps to Atone for Slave Past

Although many universities, from Brown to Harvard to University of Virginia, have recognized their historical ties to slavery, Georgetown University is the first university that plans to make tangible steps to atone for the slave labor from which it benefited. As Michael tweeted, "This step is both unique and emerges from a commitment to Christian doctrine."

U.S. Investigating Potential Covert Russian Plan to disrupt November elections

National intelligence officers are investigating the scope and intent of what appears to be a Russian campaign to "hack systems used in the political process," especially in the upcoming elections.

How the Christian ‘masculinity’ movement is ruining men

Chandler Epp guest-writes in Jonathan Merritt's RNS column about how the biblical model of manhood is quite different from the current Christian model; manhood should be defined by moral character, not muscular strength.

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