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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My "How I Will Be Voting on June 8th" is now up at www.kkla.com.

Our next book signing will be next Friday night, June 4th at 7pm, at the Barnes and Noble Americana in Glendale.

400-408Mark Earley, former Virginia Attorney General and now president of Prison Fellowship (prisonfellowship.org), whom you hear regularly on Breakpoint at 4:55pm.  PF outreaches include Angel Tree, the InnerChange Freedom Initiative, Justice Fellowship, Operation Starting Line, Out4Life, and Breakpoint.

413-423Mark Earley

428-437 Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle (marshillchurch.org), co-founder of Acts 29 Church Planting Network, founder of The Resurgence (theresurgence.com), and author of many books including Vintage Jesus, Death By Love, and his latest Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe.  Today we talk about the big themes of the upcoming The Truth X-Change Conference (thexchangeconference.com) June 17th and 18th at the Rock Church in San Diego with Francis Chan, Peter Jones, and Kevin Deyoung.  Basically, they will be contrasting "the truth" with "the lie."  The Bible teaches "two-ism" and paganism teaches "one-ism."  The West is not becoming increasingly secular and naturalistic, but more pagan and gnostic – we are embracing "one-ism" over "two-ism," or homocosmology over heterocosmology.

443-452Mark Driscoll

458-508 Francis Chan, (francischan.org) now the former pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley for the past 16 years (cornerstonesimi.com), author of the best-selling Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (crazylovebook.com), and his latest entitled Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (forgottengod.com).  Today we talk about his "goodbye" message this past Sunday at Cornerstone.  Francis says he plans to walk through a bunch of cities and third-world countries with his family, as they pray and seek the Holy Spirit for guidance on where He wants them to plant next.

512-523 Francis Chan

528-538Robert Epstein, (drrobertepstein.com) teaches at UC San Diego, former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, and author 14 books including The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen and his latest Teen 2.0:  Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence (teen20.com).  Today we talk about whether teenagers should be held to a lower standard of behavior than adults, citing the recent SCOTUS decision which says they should.  Epstein argues that if "teenagerhood" was a universal malady, it would be universally acknowledged much like toddlerhood – everywhere and always, a 2 year old has been a 2 year old.  But the very fact other cultures do not dismiss teenagers as morally or intellectually inferior mitigates against the claim of an inferior teenage brain.

• ABC News (5/17/2010) Supreme Court Finds Life Without Parole Unconstitutional for Some Juvenile Criminals:  Justices Rule 5 to 4, Ban Life Without Parole for Juvenile Offenders Who Didn't Kill.  Robert Epstein is cited by Justice Clarence Thomas in his dissent.

The decision directly addresses two Florida cases involving teenagers put away for life following their convictions for non-homicide crimes. Joe Harris Sullivan was imprisoned at age 13 for raping an elderly woman, and Terrance Jamar Graham was sentenced at 17 for armed robbery while on parole.

// In court briefs, the state of Florida described how Graham, just shy of his 17th birthday, joined with accomplices to bludgeon a restaurant manager over the head to steal money.

"Shortly after his release from a county jail," wrote Florida attorney general Bill McCollum, "Graham almost immediately resumed an even more violent criminal life."

In court, the trial judge castigated Graham, who had been given a lenient sentence for his first violent offense and chose to "throw it away" after his release.

"Given your escalating pattern of criminal conduct, it is apparent to the court that you have decided that this is the way you are going to live your life and that the only thing I can do now is to try to protect the community from your actions," the judge said.

But some experts say that juveniles can change.

"I believe that kids are just less responsible then adults, and we can't hold them to the same standards of criminal culpability," said Laurence Steinberg , a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia.

"They are worse at making decisions, they are more easily coerced by others, and they have more trouble controlling their impulses," he said.

544-554Robert Epstein

558-608Joel Pelsue, Founder and President of Arts and Entertainment Ministries here in LA, has been teaching for over 13 years on the intersection of faith and culture – equipping pastors and churches to understand a biblical model for engaging the culture and equipping Christians involved in mainstream media, art and entertainment to live, think, and create from a biblical worldview.  He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Westmont and an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.  He's ordained by the P.C.A., and has been a pastor in New York and LA.

• Joel is speaking at the X-Change Conference (thexchangeconference.com) at the Rock Church in San Diego on June 17-18 with Francis Chan, Mark Driscoll, Peter Jones, and Kevin Deyoung. Visit thexchangeconference.com to register now!

612-623 – •• Mona Charen (6/1/2010) Flotillas and Falsehoods:  Don't members of the press ever resent being so used?

628-638Calls:  Did Israel do the right thing or the wrong thing?

• Dana Lewis (6/2/2010) Israel: Global Jihad Linked to Flotilla.

644-652Calls:  Did Israel do the right thing or the wrong thing?

• David Pryce-Jones (5/31/2010) The Palestinian Template.

• Victor Davis Hanson (6/1/2010) The Turkish Government as Global Arbiter of Ethnic Violence.

• Jonah Goldberg (6/2/2010) In a Welfare State, How Much is 'Enough'?

• Ronen Bergman (6/2/2010) Siege Fatigue and the Flotilla Mistake:  'It makes no difference what we do,' I was told by a very senior military source two days before the operation.  Mr. Bergman, a senior military and political analyst for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, is the author of "The Secret War With Iran" (Free Press, 2008).