John and Maria start by making sense of the tragedy in Miami. With the Champlain Towers collapse there are many questions. John discusses a few ways to consider tragedies, and how Christians can respond with a worldview large enough to hold the brokenness we’re experiencing.
Maria then shares a commentary she wrote related to Gwen Berry, an athlete who recently turned her back to the American flag while standing on the podium during Olympic trials. John highlighted the importance of protecting liberties to dissent, even when dissent seems egregious to unity and the purpose of the Olympics.
John provides clarity on a recent letter sent from the IRS to a Christian organization that was seeking tax exempt status. The letter essentially told the organization they can’t receive the status due to their practice of communicating a voting guideline that aligns with a religious perspective.
Maria then shared new data that shows a striking rise in deaths to young people. The data highlighted that the rise in deaths was not related to the Coronavirus. John outlines a few key points to help Christians not only think well on the issue, but potentially stand in support of young people who are suffering in light of the pandemic.
To close Maria shares how a recent beauty queen, Miss Nevada, is actually a biological male. The man identifies as transgender, competing in the beauty pageant and taking the next step in the competition to Miss America.
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The Champlain Towers, a Condominium Highrise, Collapsed Last Friday
The northeast portion of the building, facing the beach, fell to the ground, while other units were left standing. But after days of intensive searches, the scene appeared quiet on Thursday, with cranes frozen above the rubble. The silent scene froze heroes who are digging through rubble working to find the over 100 people still missing.
Why You’re Free to Hate America
Last week at the U.S. Olympic Trials, an American hammer thrower turned away from the flag while the United States National Anthem played. Gwen Berry later told reporters that the national anthem “doesn’t speak” for her.
IRS Denies 501(c)3 status to Conservative Group in TX
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has denied tax-exempt status to a Christian group in Texas on the grounds that “the bible [sic] teachings are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party and candidates.”
Young American Adults Are Dying — and Not Just From Covid
Nearly 19% more Americans died in 2020 than in 2019, according to data that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the biggest such increase since 1918, when deaths rose 30%.
Transgender woman wins Miss Nevada USA pageant, “making history”
A transgender woman has been crowned Miss Nevada USA — for the first time in the pageant’s history.
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