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  • 1/27   News Photos Slideshows
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  • 2/27   Press Review #vr #audio
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    

 - Audio Trip Lets You Groove to Choreographed Music From Top Artists - VR Fitness Insider   More Information - Beat Saber And SUBPAC Announce Co-Branded ‘Feel the Beat’ Tactile Audio Backpack - Forbes   More Information - Björk's new VR album shows emotion and audio are the future of the medium - Digital Arts Online   More Information - HyperX's Cloud Orbit S Headset Delivers Next-Level Gaming Audio - Gizmodo   More Information - The Lab Hand Update Gameplay With Steam Audio And Finger Tracking (Valve) - UploadVR   More Information - Electronauts Heatwave Update review: A trippy VR music game that's easy to get lost in - Android Central   More Information - HTC Vive Cosmos Pre-orders to Start September 12th - Road to VR   More Information - Björk's Vulnicura VR Is A Curious Experiment With Mixed Results - UploadVR   More Information - Here’s What 100 Hours of VR Drum Practice Gets You - Road to VR   More Information - Nintendo Switch VR Headset Is In The Works – Report - Wccftech   More Information - Safety First: AIB International debuts virtual learning tool at IBIE - BakeryAndSnacks.com   More Information - Meet Volta VR, the app that allows you to create music in VR - AMEinfo   More Information - Music From Ship Combat VR Game Battlewake Is Getting An Album Release - UploadVR   More Information - Marshmellow Laser Feast creates opening exhibition for OMM - Dezeen   More Information - 5G-ready VR telepresence app Avatour launches in beta - VentureBeat   More Information - Half-Life VR Has Been Datamined | TheGamer - TheGamer   More Information - Vr For Your Ears Dynamic 3d Audio Is Coming Soon - IEEE Spectrum   More Information - Roland VR-1HD AV Streaming Mixer Review - StreamingMedia.com   More Information - Recording and mixing audio for virtual reality - MusicTech   More Information - Ayala Foundation bags four Quill awards - SunStar Philippines   More Information


Did you see the #crowdfunding campaign that @whmsoft will start? #tailored #3d #vr #audio.
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    - Audio Trip Lets You Groove to Choreographed Music From Top Artists - VR Fitness Insider
       More Information

    - Beat Saber And SUBPAC Announce Co-Branded ‘Feel the Beat’ Tactile Audio Backpack - Forbes
       More Information

    - Björk's new VR album shows emotion and audio are the future of the medium - Digital Arts Online
       More Information

    - HyperX's Cloud Orbit S Headset Delivers Next-Level Gaming Audio - Gizmodo
       More Information

    - The Lab Hand Update Gameplay With Steam Audio And Finger Tracking (Valve) - UploadVR
       More Information

    - Electronauts Heatwave Update review: A trippy VR music game that's easy to get lost in - Android Central
       More Information

    - HTC Vive Cosmos Pre-orders to Start September 12th - Road to VR
       More Information

    - Björk's Vulnicura VR Is A Curious Experiment With Mixed Results - UploadVR
       More Information

    - Here’s What 100 Hours of VR Drum Practice Gets You - Road to VR
       More Information

    - Nintendo Switch VR Headset Is In The Works – Report - Wccftech
       More Information

    - Safety First: AIB International debuts virtual learning tool at IBIE - BakeryAndSnacks.com
       More Information

    - Meet Volta VR, the app that allows you to create music in VR - AMEinfo
       More Information

    - Music From Ship Combat VR Game Battlewake Is Getting An Album Release - UploadVR
       More Information

    - Marshmellow Laser Feast creates opening exhibition for OMM - Dezeen
       More Information

    - 5G-ready VR telepresence app Avatour launches in beta - VentureBeat
       More Information

    - Half-Life VR Has Been Datamined | TheGamer - TheGamer
       More Information

    - Vr For Your Ears Dynamic 3d Audio Is Coming Soon - IEEE Spectrum
       More Information

    - Roland VR-1HD AV Streaming Mixer Review - StreamingMedia.com
       More Information

    - Recording and mixing audio for virtual reality - MusicTech
       More Information

    - Ayala Foundation bags four Quill awards - SunStar Philippines
       More Information


    Did you see the #crowdfunding campaign that @whmsoft will start? #tailored #3d #vr #audio. Please share and comment. Campaign link:

    WhmSoft

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  • 3/27   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 4/27   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 5/27   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 6/27   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 7/27   Government will propose banning flavors used in e-cigarettes
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping .  The Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove from the market all e-cigarette flavors except tobacco, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters during an Oval Office appearance with the president, first lady Melania Trump and the acting FDA commissioner, Ned Sharpless.  Trump said vaping has become such a problem that he wants parents to be aware of what's happening.

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping . The Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove from the market all e-cigarette flavors except tobacco, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters during an Oval Office appearance with the president, first lady Melania Trump and the acting FDA commissioner, Ned Sharpless. Trump said vaping has become such a problem that he wants parents to be aware of what's happening.


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  • 8/27   Bill giving protections to Uber drivers, others moves ahead
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    California lawmakers sent the governor a bill Wednesday that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft where people pick up jobs on their own schedule.  The 56-15 Assembly vote marked a victory for labor unions and a defeat for tech companies that vehemently oppose the proposal.  Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has already said he supports it.

    California lawmakers sent the governor a bill Wednesday that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft where people pick up jobs on their own schedule. The 56-15 Assembly vote marked a victory for labor unions and a defeat for tech companies that vehemently oppose the proposal. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has already said he supports it.


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  • 9/27   Blackface post by Colorado State students sparks outcry as racial issues mount
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    A social media post of four students in blackface is one of several racial bias incidents at Colorado State in the past two years.

    A social media post of four students in blackface is one of several racial bias incidents at Colorado State in the past two years.


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  • 10/27   Spokesman: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91
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    T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. Pickens was surrounded by friends and family when he died of natural causes under hospice care at his Dallas home, spokesman Jay Rosser said. An only child who grew up in a small railroad town in Oklahoma, Pickens followed his father into the oil and gas business.

    T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. Pickens was surrounded by friends and family when he died of natural causes under hospice care at his Dallas home, spokesman Jay Rosser said. An only child who grew up in a small railroad town in Oklahoma, Pickens followed his father into the oil and gas business.


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  • 11/27   Does Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PPBI) CEO Salary Reflect Performance?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Steve Gardner has been the CEO of Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI) since 2000. First, this article will...

    Steve Gardner has been the CEO of Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI) since 2000. First, this article will...


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  • 12/27   Binance U.S. to start accepting account registrations; will initially support 6 assets
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Binance U.S. will begin accepting account registrations and cryptocurrency deposits starting Sept. 18, the firm announced in a blog post on Wednesday.The post Binance U.S. to start accepting account registrations; will initially support 6 assets appeared first on The Block.

    Binance U.S. will begin accepting account registrations and cryptocurrency deposits starting Sept. 18, the firm announced in a blog post on Wednesday.The post Binance U.S. to start accepting account registrations; will initially support 6 assets appeared first on The Block.


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  • 13/27   Here's Why I Think Parkland Fuel (TSE:PKI) Is An Interesting Stock
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of...

    Some have more dollars than sense, they say, so even companies that have no revenue, no profit, and a record of...


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  • 14/27   9/11 Victim’s Son Explains the Attack to Ilhan Omar: ‘There Is No Uncertainty’
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    During a 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, the son of a woman who died in the World Trade Center castigated Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) for the dismissive way she recently characterized the attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.Nicholas Haros Jr., wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the phrase “some people did something?” took the stage during the memorial service at Ground Zero to remind Omar and those assembled of what took place at the site exactly 18 years ago.“’Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota,” Haros said, referencing Omar's description of the event. “Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?” Haros asked. “On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al-Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars of economic damage. Is that clear?”Omar offered the flippant description of the 9/11 attacks earlier this year during a speech before the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Her speech focused on the federal government's encroachment on the civil liberties of Muslims in the wake of the attacks, which, she falsely claimed, served as the impetus for CAIR's founding.“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said. CAIR was actually founded in 1994.Haros concluded his remarks by admonishing Omar — and the three fellow freshman progressive lawmakers who together refer to themselves as “the squad” — not to use the events of September 11th to score cheap political points.“Stop. Stop. Please stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props for your political theater,” Haros said. “Their lives, sacrifices, and death are worth so much more. Let’s not trivialize them or us. It hurts.”

    During a 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, the son of a woman who died in the World Trade Center castigated Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) for the dismissive way she recently characterized the attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.Nicholas Haros Jr., wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the phrase “some people did something?” took the stage during the memorial service at Ground Zero to remind Omar and those assembled of what took place at the site exactly 18 years ago.“’Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota,” Haros said, referencing Omar's description of the event. “Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?” Haros asked. “On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al-Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars of economic damage. Is that clear?”Omar offered the flippant description of the 9/11 attacks earlier this year during a speech before the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Her speech focused on the federal government's encroachment on the civil liberties of Muslims in the wake of the attacks, which, she falsely claimed, served as the impetus for CAIR's founding.“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said. CAIR was actually founded in 1994.Haros concluded his remarks by admonishing Omar — and the three fellow freshman progressive lawmakers who together refer to themselves as “the squad” — not to use the events of September 11th to score cheap political points.“Stop. Stop. Please stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props for your political theater,” Haros said. “Their lives, sacrifices, and death are worth so much more. Let’s not trivialize them or us. It hurts.”


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  • 15/27   The Latest: Bill passed involving wages at Uber, other firms
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The Latest on a California bill that would provide wage and other benefits to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft.  California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft.  Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has already said he supports it.

    The Latest on a California bill that would provide wage and other benefits to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft. California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has already said he supports it.


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  • 16/27   A firefighter who died on 9/11 was finally laid to rest. 1,109 victims remain unidentified
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    Michael Haub served in the Fire Department of New York for 13 years. 40% of the 2,753 people who died at the World Trade Center remain unidentified.

    Michael Haub served in the Fire Department of New York for 13 years. 40% of the 2,753 people who died at the World Trade Center remain unidentified.


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  • 17/27   Have Insiders Been Buying Arcus Biosciences, Inc. (NYSE:RCUS) Shares?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also...

    It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also...


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  • 18/27   'Oracle of oil' T. Boone Pickens dies at 91
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    He had suffered from health problems following a fall in 2017. He previously had acknowledged having several strokes in late 2016 and in July 2017 suffered a fall that required hospitalization. Pickens died at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT), his spokesman, Jay Rosser, said.

    He had suffered from health problems following a fall in 2017. He previously had acknowledged having several strokes in late 2016 and in July 2017 suffered a fall that required hospitalization. Pickens died at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT), his spokesman, Jay Rosser, said.


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  • 19/27   Does The Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) Share Price Tend To Follow The Market?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Anyone researching Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) might want to consider the historical volatility of the...

    Anyone researching Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) might want to consider the historical volatility of the...


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  • 20/27   Here's What MetLife, Inc.'s (NYSE:MET) P/E Ratio Is Telling Us
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    The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we'll...

    The goal of this article is to teach you how to use price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). To keep it practical, we'll...


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  • 21/27   What Type Of Shareholder Owns electroCore, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ECOR)?
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    Every investor in electroCore, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOR) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders...

    Every investor in electroCore, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOR) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders...


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  • 22/27   How Should Investors Feel About ProPhase Labs, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PRPH) CEO Pay?
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    Ted Karkus has been the CEO of ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPH) since 2009. First, this article will compare CEO...

    Ted Karkus has been the CEO of ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPH) since 2009. First, this article will compare CEO...


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  • 23/27   Is It Time To Consider Buying IHS Markit Ltd. (NYSE:INFO)?
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    Let's talk about the popular IHS Markit Ltd. (NYSE:INFO). The company's shares saw a decent share price growth in the...

    Let's talk about the popular IHS Markit Ltd. (NYSE:INFO). The company's shares saw a decent share price growth in the...


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  • 24/27   No known fatalities or serious injuries after tornado, straight-line winds hit Sioux Falls
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    Strong 100 mph winds moved through southeast South Dakota damaging buildings, power lines and knocking down trees.

    Strong 100 mph winds moved through southeast South Dakota damaging buildings, power lines and knocking down trees.


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  • 25/27   Is Installed Building Products (NYSE:IBP) Using Too Much Debt?
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    Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of...

    Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of...


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  • 26/27   Do You Like ICON Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:ICLR) At This P/E Ratio?
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    This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios...

    This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios...


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  • 27/27   Jerry Falwell Jr. Shows How the Advance of Christendom Can Harm Christianity
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    If you haven’t read Politico’s lengthy investigative report on Jerry Falwell Jr.’s conduct as president of Liberty University, published earlier this week, I’d urge you to do so. It’s a sordid tale of the self-dealing, personal ambition, and extreme intolerance for dissent that’s long been an open secret at Liberty and beyond. It’s also an extraordinarily familiar tale for any person who’s spent any time around institutional evangelicalism. Time and again, powerful Christian men create or nurture powerful Christian institutions — only to fall prey to the temptation to equate the advance of those institutions and their own power with the advance of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God.In other words, the zeal for the advance of Christendom harms the practice and witness of the Christian faith.Some readers will read that sentence and immediately think, “Ahh, Kierkegaard.” I was reminded of Kierkegaard’s Attack Upon Christendom by Matt McManus in his fascinating essay about the challenges Christians face in an increasingly secular age. McManus invokes Kierkegaard and the Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor to note that “as the course of secularization deepens—many traditionalist-Christians can be convinced that only worldly power can prevent the world from sliding into irreligious darkness.”The Evangelical analogue to the state religious establishments of years past — the “Christendom” that all-too-often redefined the faith as a kind of cultural and legal conformity, a rote adherence to external religious dictates — is the creation of a series of extraordinarily wealthy, powerful, and influential institutions that not only reach and influence Americans by the tens of millions, but also shape the course and conduct of the domestic and foreign policy of the most powerful nation in the history of the world.A form of Christendom is necessary and important. That form should not be state-sanctioned Christianity, but rightly oriented private institutions that facilitate the spread of the Gospel and the compassionate works of the church. I’ll never forget the kind and loving Catholic social worker from Catholic Charities of Tennessee who helped my Calvinist family adopt an Ethiopian Orthodox child.Moreover, rightly oriented institutions can impose the necessary theological and spiritual discipline that prevents churches from spinning off into apostasy and error. If a church proclaims that it is Southern Baptist or a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (my denomination), that has to mean something.But it is the very importance of these institutions that can lead Christians astray. The institutions of Christendom are a means of advancing Christianity. Liberty University is valuable not because it exists, but rather because at its best it can and absolutely still does deepen and strengthen the genuine faith of its students and faculty. At the same time, the imperative that “Liberty must prosper” is not the same thing as declaring that the “Gospel must advance,” and the very moment that those two concepts start to conflict, then the institution must yield to the Gospel.Take the extreme (but unfortunately common) example of how the defense of Christendom can damage Christianity: the often-reflexive institutional defensiveness in the face of sex-abuse allegations in both Catholic and Protestant religious institutions. Has any secular force harmed the church more than the church has harmed itself by  its defensive response to the terrible crimes and horrific sins in its midst? “We must protect the church” is an impulse that can directly contradict the imperative to seek justice and care for the souls of those who are wounded by abuse and exploitation.I expect that Jerry Falwell Jr. could look you in the face and declare with extraordinary sincerity that his work and ministry has been an unmitigated success. Liberty is far wealthier than it was when he took control. It educates tens of thousands more students. He’s welcome in the halls of power, including even in the Oval Office. On his watch, Christendom has advanced.But has Christianity? When we study declining faith in America, especially among America’s younger generations, we hear time and time again that hypocrisy and corruption within Christian institutions alienate American hearts and minds. We don’t want to hear that message. We claim time and again, often with justification, that we’re defamed in the media. “We’re better people than they say,” we think. “If only you truly knew us, then you’d feel the warmth in our hearts.”But those with eyes to see can plainly view Jerry Falwell Jr.’s thumbs-up picture in front of a Playboy cover. They can recognize double standards, including Franklin Graham’s righteous anger at Bill Clinton’s lies giving way to his emphatic declaration that Trump’s infidelities and illegal payoffs are “nobody’s business.” They can see in their own communities when faith leaders cover up abuse or engage in the petty intolerance or self-dealing that Politico exposed at Liberty.And they also can hear when people of faith justify hypocritical alliances, double standards, and even blind ambition by arguing that it “protects the church.” No, it protects Christendom, and there are times, sadly, when Christianity retreats even within the heart of Christendom itself.The practice of Christianity requires faith and courage. It often requires believers to do what’s counterintuitive and utterly contrary to worldly logic. We gain our lives by losing our lives? The last shall be first? There are times when every single earthly impulse will be screaming at you to compromise, to forsake the hard path, to “trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong.” Christianity thrives when you resist that impulse, when you trust in the seemingly upside-down truths of scripture.Our wealth can be great. Our influence can be vast. But it is for naught if our commitment to Christendom supersedes our commitment to Christ.

    If you haven’t read Politico’s lengthy investigative report on Jerry Falwell Jr.’s conduct as president of Liberty University, published earlier this week, I’d urge you to do so. It’s a sordid tale of the self-dealing, personal ambition, and extreme intolerance for dissent that’s long been an open secret at Liberty and beyond. It’s also an extraordinarily familiar tale for any person who’s spent any time around institutional evangelicalism. Time and again, powerful Christian men create or nurture powerful Christian institutions — only to fall prey to the temptation to equate the advance of those institutions and their own power with the advance of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God.In other words, the zeal for the advance of Christendom harms the practice and witness of the Christian faith.Some readers will read that sentence and immediately think, “Ahh, Kierkegaard.” I was reminded of Kierkegaard’s Attack Upon Christendom by Matt McManus in his fascinating essay about the challenges Christians face in an increasingly secular age. McManus invokes Kierkegaard and the Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor to note that “as the course of secularization deepens—many traditionalist-Christians can be convinced that only worldly power can prevent the world from sliding into irreligious darkness.”The Evangelical analogue to the state religious establishments of years past — the “Christendom” that all-too-often redefined the faith as a kind of cultural and legal conformity, a rote adherence to external religious dictates — is the creation of a series of extraordinarily wealthy, powerful, and influential institutions that not only reach and influence Americans by the tens of millions, but also shape the course and conduct of the domestic and foreign policy of the most powerful nation in the history of the world.A form of Christendom is necessary and important. That form should not be state-sanctioned Christianity, but rightly oriented private institutions that facilitate the spread of the Gospel and the compassionate works of the church. I’ll never forget the kind and loving Catholic social worker from Catholic Charities of Tennessee who helped my Calvinist family adopt an Ethiopian Orthodox child.Moreover, rightly oriented institutions can impose the necessary theological and spiritual discipline that prevents churches from spinning off into apostasy and error. If a church proclaims that it is Southern Baptist or a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (my denomination), that has to mean something.But it is the very importance of these institutions that can lead Christians astray. The institutions of Christendom are a means of advancing Christianity. Liberty University is valuable not because it exists, but rather because at its best it can and absolutely still does deepen and strengthen the genuine faith of its students and faculty. At the same time, the imperative that “Liberty must prosper” is not the same thing as declaring that the “Gospel must advance,” and the very moment that those two concepts start to conflict, then the institution must yield to the Gospel.Take the extreme (but unfortunately common) example of how the defense of Christendom can damage Christianity: the often-reflexive institutional defensiveness in the face of sex-abuse allegations in both Catholic and Protestant religious institutions. Has any secular force harmed the church more than the church has harmed itself by  its defensive response to the terrible crimes and horrific sins in its midst? “We must protect the church” is an impulse that can directly contradict the imperative to seek justice and care for the souls of those who are wounded by abuse and exploitation.I expect that Jerry Falwell Jr. could look you in the face and declare with extraordinary sincerity that his work and ministry has been an unmitigated success. Liberty is far wealthier than it was when he took control. It educates tens of thousands more students. He’s welcome in the halls of power, including even in the Oval Office. On his watch, Christendom has advanced.But has Christianity? When we study declining faith in America, especially among America’s younger generations, we hear time and time again that hypocrisy and corruption within Christian institutions alienate American hearts and minds. We don’t want to hear that message. We claim time and again, often with justification, that we’re defamed in the media. “We’re better people than they say,” we think. “If only you truly knew us, then you’d feel the warmth in our hearts.”But those with eyes to see can plainly view Jerry Falwell Jr.’s thumbs-up picture in front of a Playboy cover. They can recognize double standards, including Franklin Graham’s righteous anger at Bill Clinton’s lies giving way to his emphatic declaration that Trump’s infidelities and illegal payoffs are “nobody’s business.” They can see in their own communities when faith leaders cover up abuse or engage in the petty intolerance or self-dealing that Politico exposed at Liberty.And they also can hear when people of faith justify hypocritical alliances, double standards, and even blind ambition by arguing that it “protects the church.” No, it protects Christendom, and there are times, sadly, when Christianity retreats even within the heart of Christendom itself.The practice of Christianity requires faith and courage. It often requires believers to do what’s counterintuitive and utterly contrary to worldly logic. We gain our lives by losing our lives? The last shall be first? There are times when every single earthly impulse will be screaming at you to compromise, to forsake the hard path, to “trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong.” Christianity thrives when you resist that impulse, when you trust in the seemingly upside-down truths of scripture.Our wealth can be great. Our influence can be vast. But it is for naught if our commitment to Christendom supersedes our commitment to Christ.


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