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Why aren't young people getting married in church?

Wedding on a beach on the island of Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, off the southeast coast of Thailand (Credit: Redbeach via Fotolia)After June, October is the most popular month for weddings. However, only thirty-nine percent of young adults are getting married in churches. (For more, see Nick Pitts's Going to the courthouse? Millennials gonna get married?.) Researchers tie this fact directly to the growing number of non-religious millennials in America.

Does it seem that the Christian worldview is under assault on every side? As you watch the culture change regarding marriage, euthanasia, pornography, drug abuse, and other social issues, does the news seem uniformly bad?

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Baseball hero lambasted for stance on gays

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) talks to members of the media in a post game conference in game three action of the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, October 20, 2015 (Credit: AP/Icon Sportswire/Robin Alam)Daniel Murphy has accomplished something no one else in baseball history has done. Not Babe Ruth, or Hank Aaron, or Mickey Mantle. He has hit home runs in six consecutive postseason games. His latest helped the Mets defeat the Cubs and earn their first trip to the World Series in fifteen years.

But Murphy is making headlines beyond his baseball heroics. Reporters are replaying an incident that occurred last spring, when he made this statement regarding homosexuality: "I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent." Critics are deriding him today for such "intolerance."

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Why is 'Star Wars' so uniquely popular?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official) (Credit: Star Wars via Youtube)Star Wars: The Force Awakens has sold more advance tickets than any movie in history, and it's not close. The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise opens on December 18, but ticket sales began last Monday. Fandango reported that the film sold eight times more tickets than the previous first day record holder, The Hunger Games. AMC beat its previous single-day ticket sales record by a factor of ten. The movie generated $6.5 million in single-day advance sales; the previous record was $1 million.

Why is the latest Star Wars already so popular?

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Oprah Winfrey's 'Belief': 'millions of ways' to God?

Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of the Oprah Winfrey Network's (OWN) documentary series Belief, at The TimesCenter in New York, October 14, 2015 (Credit: AP/Invision/Greg Allen) Oprah Winfrey makes headlines whenever she's in the news. For instance, the share price of Weight Watchers International more than doubled after she announced that she is buying ten percent of the company and joining its board.

Now she's back in the headlines with Belief, a miniseries that began October 18 and continues through October 24. According to Jonathan Merritt, a respected evangelical journalist, "Belief allows the message and core tenets of every religion to shine through in a way that honors them while remaining honest. Even the most exclusivist believers will find something to love in this epic spiritual series."

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Lindsay Lohan for president?

Lindsay Lohan arriving at the Wonderland Magazine Party during London Fashion Week, September 23, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Star Max)Lindsay Lohan achieved fame early as a child actor and model. She went on to make several successful movies and record best-selling albums. She has also been in substance abuse rehabilitation several times, posed for Playboy, and was convicted of theft.

Last Friday, Lohan announced via Instagram that she may run for president in 2020. She joins rapper Kanye West as the second entertainer to declare her intention to run for our nation's highest office. The fact that she won't yet be 35 years of age and thus not qualified apparently does not deter her.

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