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Why would drivers in China intentionally kill those they hit?

Traffic in Shanghai, China, August 29, 2015 (Credit: AP Images/Jens Kalaene)A friend recently sent me a news story that shocked me. In China, drivers who kill pedestrians are fined between $30,000 and $50,000. But drivers who must provide lifetime care for a disabled survivor can pay millions of dollars. As a result, it is common for Chinese drivers who hit a pedestrian to run over the person repeatedly to make sure he or she is dead.

Here we see the results of a worldview that devalues the sanctity of individual life. Ethicists call this the "instrumental" view of life—a person's worth is not inherent, but measured only as a means to another end.

Did you know that the number of babies aborted in the U.S. since 1973 is one-and-a-half times the total population of Canada? Ninety-three percent of all American abortions are elective, meaning that they have nothing to do with rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

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Where Lady Gaga and Warren Buffett agree

Lady Gaga arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, September 20, 2015 (Credit: AP Images/Danny Moloshok)Stefani Germanotta is known to the world as pop singer Lady Gaga. Given her outlandish stage acts and personal challenges, you might not think of her as a philosopher. But consider a talk she recently gave at Yale University: "I feel sad when I'm overworked and I just become a money-making machine and passion and creativity take a backseat. That makes me unhappy. So what did I do? I started to say no. I'm not doing that. I don't want to do that. . . . And slowly but surely, I remembered who I am."

Now consider this statement by Warren Buffett: "The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything."

So, how do we know when to say yes?

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Football player penalized for praising God

Mexico High School quarterback Dante Turo, Christian who was penalized for raising his finger toward the sky to thank God after a touchdown, in action on the football field (Credit: Dante Turo via Facebook)high school quarterback was penalized recently for raising his right hand toward the sky to thank God after he scored a touchdown. The penalty may have cost his team the game. Football experts agreed that no penalty should have been called.

Will the player continue to praise God after touchdowns? "Without a doubt," he said.

In recent days we have noted that every Christian has a Kingdom assignment, people we are called to influence for the gospel. We have seen the importance of understanding those we seek to serve and engaging them with God's love and word.

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Walmart wants to use drones for home delivery

A DPD Geopost prototype drone files carrying a parcel flies during a test flight in Pourrieres, southern France, June 23, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Claude Paris)Remember the days when you had to go to a store to buy what it sold? Amazon and other online retail companies changed all that. However, you have to wait until delivery services created in the pre-Internet age bring you what you purchased. Soon those days will be gone as well.

Walmart has applied to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones. They intend to use them for checking warehouse inventory, curbside pickup, and home delivery. Their strategy will compete directly with Amazon, which wants to do the same thing.

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Ghost hunting in Norway

Norwegian Ghost Hunters on site at the Luster Sanatorium in Luster in Sogn og Fjordane, which was used for tuberculosis, psychiatric hospitals and asylum centers (Credit: Norwegian Ghost Hunters via Facebook)One percent of people in Norway attend church on a given Sunday. Only forty-three percent say they believe in God. Does this mean that Norwegians are not spiritual? Not at all.

In fact, interest in ghosts and other spiritual phenomena is booming. Even Norway's royal family, required by law to belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, is interested in ghosts. A princess now coaches people on reaching out to spirits. "God is out but ghosts and spirits are filling the vacuum," one Norwegian pastor explains.

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