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FREEBIE: “Trump’s Evangelical Support Baffles Christian Author” Discussion Starter

In the News Washington, D.C.—Best-selling author Philip Yancey is shocked that followers of Jesus are supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a man he says “stands against everything that Christianity believes.” Yancey, 67, says, “I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would see a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs…that they would somehow paint him as a hero, as someone that we could stand behind.” He didn’t address any ethical issues surrounding Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.…

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FREEBIE: “Americans Protest, Pray After More Shootings” Discussion Starter

Americans Protest, Pray After More Shootings In the News Charlotte, N.C.—Racial tensions escalated this week after black men in two more U.S. cities were shot and killed by police officers. Reactions varied dramatically, however: Violent riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, led to a national emergency and curfew, while peaceful prayer vigils occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma.…

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FREEBIE: “Chinese Parents Camp Out on Campus” Discussion Starter

In the News Shanghai, China—Hundreds of “love tents” pop up every fall on Chinese university campuses, and the residents are parents, not students. Parents—and often extended family members—who travel long distances with their college freshmen often have difficulty finding accommodations. So universities have devised the compassionate solution of free campsites, allowing parents to make sure their kids get settled in.…

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FREEBIE: “Quarterback Takes Heat for Taking Seat” Discussion Starter

In the News Santa Clara, Calif.—To protest racial inequality and oppression, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the pre-game national anthem. Kaepernick, who’s biracial, says he’ll continue doing that until he feels “like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent.” At Thursday night’s preseason game in San Diego, Kaepernick chose to kneel rather than sit, “to show more respect for men and women who fight for the country.” He’d been criticized by some veterans but insists his protest isn’t about the military.…

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