- - Thursday, September 8, 2016

1| Watching Saw for Jesus |MTV

***Here’s a rather odd-yet-interesting piece at MTV.com, illustrative of our culture. The writer, Jane Coaston, gay and “raised Roman Catholic,” examines the fact that Focus on the Family does movie reviews and video game reviews.

She does some Q&A with a Focus reviewer, Adam Holz. Even though you get the idea that Coaston seems like she is analyzing Evangelicals as though they are creatures from outer space, the article is helpful in many ways—and Holz certainly adds a lot of insight through his answers.

Here is a clip of the much longer piece:

Are there elements of a movie that will automatically make you feel like, “oh no, this is not going to be good” when you’re reviewing? Gay or lesbian characters, etc.?

Holz: Obviously, there are massive discussions taking place in our culture with regard to sexuality in particular. These are not easy things to talk about, in part because we’re very aware that mainstream culture continues to move away from any semblance of a traditional, Judeo-Christian understanding of the purpose and place of sexuality. These are difficult issues to deal with fairly and in a way that is true to the convictions about sex that we believe the Scriptures spell out clearly. I don’t fear engaging with these issues — and I don’t believe any of our other reviewers do either — but I don’t relish them, either. They’re not easy things to deal with, but it’s part of our job.

2| Dennis Prager: Trump, Conservatives, and the ‘Principles’ Question |National Review

…I cannot speak for all conservatives who are voting for Trump, but I can speak for many in making this assertion:

We have the same principles as the Never Trumpers — especially those of us who strongly opposed nominating Trump; that’s why we opposed him, after all.

So almost everything that prevents Never Trumpers from voting for Trump also troubled us about the candidate. (I should note that some are less troubled today.)

So where do we differ?

We differ on this: We hold that defeating Hillary Clinton, the Democrats, and the Left is also a principle. And that it is the greater principle.

3|Overlooked Influences on Donald Trump: A Famous Minister and His Church |New York Times

***I don’t know how a New York Times article can say that Norman Vincent Peale is an “overlooked influence.” I’ve read a dozen articles on the subject this year alone. That said, there were a few new anecdotal details I found interesting.

“I don’t respect Mr. Trump very much,” he [Peale’s son] was quoted as saying. “I don’t think the image of Norman Vincent Peale that comes through Donald Trump is any connection to the idea I have of him.”

In a brief telephone conversation last month, however, John Peale said that he no longer winced at the mention of Mr. Trump. But he would not elaborate. “I’ve said all I need or want to say,” he said.

Dr. Brown said that Marble, which is no longer a strictly denominational congregation, was “the sort of place church is supposed to be.”

“It’s inclusive,” he said, “whether you’re talking about race, age, politics, sexuality, economics or gender.”

Asked whether that contrasts with many of Mr. Trump’s statements during the campaign, he said, “There is a difference in the world of politics and the world of church, and in the world of church, we are compelled by Jesus’s commandment — it wasn’t a suggestion or a request — it was, I command that you love one another.”

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