This week, we talk with Judah Smith, the pastor of The City Church and author of the new book "How’s Your Soul," about the importance of community, being vulnerable and caring for your soul. We also play a new game (sorta) ripped from the headlines: “Fake, Fake News?” The gang also discusses Chance the Rapper’s powerful Grammy performance, talk about a new sitcom based on “living Biblically,” hear your best Valentine’s Day stories and more! Read More
Atlantic Records just released a song from Lecrae off the soundtrack of the upcoming film adaptation of The Shack. The rapper collaborates with Breyan Isaac on "The River of Jordan," which ends up being an intimate track about the pressure off organized religion contrasted against the freedom of actually knowing God.
The song's content can feel heavy, but it keeps hopeful twist. Here's how he concludes:
I lost my religion but I found God
Sounds odd but I’m better at seeing how far
did I come from the dark is the nights to the light
irregardless of all of my many flaws
The House of Representatives voted to halt an action that would keep states from defunding Planned Parenthood in their respective states. Given the makeup of the Senate and the executive branch, the effort is likely to succeed.
Right as now-former president Barack Obama left office, he signed a bill that wrapped up Planned Parenthood’s funding in Title IX legistlation, essentially keeping states from removing public family planning funds on the grounds of abortion. At the time, 13 states had defunded Planned Parenthood by keeping Title IX funds from going to the organization, which is the nation’s largest provider of on-demand abortions by far. Obama amended Title IX to take away state’s ability to do that.
Yesterday the House voted 230-188 to overturn the new Title IX rule using what’s called the Congressional Review Act (the act, according to Vox, lets Congress fast-track or disapprove of newly introduced federal rules). Now the “resolution of disapproval” will head to the Senate, where it requires a 51-vote majority, and then to president Donald Trump’s desk.
It’s likely that Trump will sign the bill, given his previous statements about defunding Planned Parenthood.
This isn’t a move to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level, though those efforts are likely to follow. Currently, some $500 million federal dollars go to Planned Parenthood annually receives more than $500 million annually.
One of nature’s most famous animals may soon walk again. A team of scientist at Harvard is working on a “de-extinction” project, and say that within two years, they will be able to create a hybrid wooly mammoth embryo.
Technically, it would be a “mammophant”, because the DNA would be spliced into the DNA of today’s elephants, but would still have many of the traits we associate with the woolly mammoth: Cold-adapted blood, long fur, small ears, etc. The woolly mammoth hasn’t walked the earth for thousands of years.
Obviously, the prospect of creating a mammoth-elephant hybrid in a lab has raised some serious ethical concerns and the project, which will be discussed at this week’s American Association for the Advancement of Science, has it’s share of critics.
This week, 13-year-old Robert Irwin visited The Tonight Show (along with some of his cool animal friends), and he brought the same energy that made his late father Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter” so beloved.
It’s pretty cool to watch. Here’s the clip: Discuss