Chris Pratt, Jeff Sessions, Incredibles 2: The Intersect

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TRUTH BE TOLD

Actor Chris Pratt surprised the MTV Awards crowd with a powerful speech on God, prayer, and grace. “Grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it.” Here’s what he shared.

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” So said philosopher/apologist Blaise Pascal. And with Tuesday marking his 395th birthday, here’s how today, more than ever, Pascal’s message rings true.

Watchdog groups say China’s persecution of Christians is at its highest level since Mao. The crackdown has seen churches shuttered or razed completely, Bibles confiscated, and believers sent to “re-education” camps.

DRAWING THE LINE

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions set off a wave of Bible reading after he controversially cited Romans 13 in defending the government’s zero-tolerance policy that separated families at the border.

Compassion, justice, and order: So was Sessions wrong to cite Paul and Romans 13?

“The time to act is now. Christians, Yazidis and other persecuted religious communities in the Middle East have suffered unspeakable harm for too long.” Help is finally on the way for Middle Eastern Christians.

ON MIND AND MEANING

People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga. A German study found that after practice, people’s opinion of themselves was significantly higher.

Doubts in the mind of a doubter: An atheist philosopher and professor explains the true reason religion terrifies him.

Incredibles 2 hit theaters this past weekend. But let’s talk about the original, from 14 years ago: The Incredibles gave us the gift of family as an answer to meaningless celebrity.