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Controversial leader of China’s state-controlled church dies

Anglican Bishop Ding Guangxun, the longtime head of the government-sanctioned Protestant church in China, died Nov. 22 in Nanjing at the age of 97. The cause of death was not given. Called a “dear friend of the Chinese Communist Party” by the CCP’s official newspaper, Ding (who was also known as K.H. Ting) was a […]

A truck for Trisha and a dolly for Donald

Christmas shopping for the kids just got a whole lot more complicated for parents in Sweden, where Top-Toy Group, a licensee of the Toys R Us brand, decided to go “gender-blind” in its holiday advertising, The Wall Street Journal reports . A careful comparison of Top-Toy’s Swedish catalog with one published by the company’s Danish […]

Temporary repeal

Contraceptive mandate challengers get first circuit court-level victory

Silver anniversary of bias watching

I’m now going through my judge’s ballot for the 25th year of the Media Research Center’s “worst reporting” awards. I’ve volunteered each of those years and so can say that liberal bias during the quarter-century has become more overt—and that’s probably a good thing, since I like truth in advertising. The other change is that […]

Something you really like

My grandfather and I gazed into the green M&M’s in the dish on the Thanksgiving counter, feeling happy about their peppermint flavor. As we kept taking them between our fingers and eating them, he gave me advice about boys. He’s been married for more than half of his life, and he knows. “Have fun,” he […]

Taxpayers, revolt!

Congress returned to “work” this week (now there’s a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people’s money is a taxing experience. Their task is to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” a geological construct of their own making. It doesn’t take a genius to predict both parties will try to do […]

Getting the vocabulary right

They say, “Vocabulary is half of mastery,” and I never know that better than when I am trying to explain computer problems to a tech guy on the phone. But there is a more consequential vocabulary issue. The Lord exhorts, “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The more I grapple with […]

How to Remove Our Bible-Reading Blinders

Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien help us see through different cultural lenses.

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Stop Trying so Hard

The self-conscious pursuit of holiness leaves us despairing over (inevitable) failures or gloating pridefully over (illusory) successes.

Hurricane Sandy Unites New NYC Churches

Pastor Pete Armstrong says his church’s relief efforts are among many common-good decisions to bless the Lower East Side.

Egypt Erupts Again: Christians Resist Muslim Brotherhood President’s Power Grab

Coptic VP resigns as assembly rushes to finalize new constitution.

How ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Became a ‘Paid Hypocrite’

Angus T. Jones explains the conversion that led him to denounce his CBS sitcom as ‘filth.’

Why Love Never Ends

And why everything else does.

Preaching Holiness to Reformed Theology Nuts

Can Kevin DeYoung’s message reach people outside his particular Christian subculture?

The Best New Christmas Music of 2012

From Arkansas folk to Celtic harmonies, ’tis the season for the “seasonal” genre.

Sacrilege Is Real

Why so many Christians saw Pussy Riot’s Russia stunt as more than a protest.

The Sweaty Work of Sanctification

Holiness is God’s gift to redeemed Christians, but we need to strive for it all the same.

Kentucky Church Founded in Bar Celebrates First Anniversary

A church in Kentucky that was founded in a bar will soon be celebrating its first anniversary of operation. Pastor Fugate, an active state trooper, has overseen the church since its inception and has been noted as an evangelist who oversaw a policemen’s prayer group.

Missionaries’ Quintuplets Gaining Strength, One More Remains at Hospital

Four out of five quintuplets born to a missionary couple are now home with their parents after overcoming medical issues stemming from their premature births. In 2005 they began serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators as missionaries to Papau New Guinea, where Gavin works as a helicopter pilot and mechanic, and Carrie is a public health […]

Judge Gives Green Light to Atheist Lawsuit Over Montana Jesus Statue

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a lawsuit filed by an atheist group asking for the removal of a World War II era statue of Jesus near a Montana ski resort can proceed.

Congresswoman Files Resolution to Denounce ‘Gay Therapy’

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) filed a resolution in the House earlier his week calling on Congress to denounce what is known as “reparative therapy,” or the practice of helping homosexuals lose their desire for same-sex attractions.

Rick Warren Says President Obama ‘Infringed’ on Religious Liberties

Evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren recently stated that President Barack Obama has “infringed” upon religious freedom in America. The pastor of California-based Saddleback Church made these remarks to the Huffington Post, saying that Obama is “absolutely” unfriendly to religion and his administration’s policies have “intentionally infringed upon religious liberties.”

CP World Report: Palestinian UN Status, Syria, Christmas Tree Controversy

The United Kingdom says it will not support a bid to upgrade Palestinian status at the United Nations in its present form. The General Assembly is expected to vote today on whether to grant the Palestinians recognition as a “non-member observer state.”

Living in Grace

Before the apostle Paul’s conversion, if someone had suggested that he would impact the world for Jesus, he’d probably have laughed. In fact, his original goal was to rid the world of Christians.

Salvation Army Responds to LGBT Activists Amid Call for Red Kettle Protest

The Salvation Army responded to the latest blogosphere attacks from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists by stating that they believe that all people are equal and that it provides services and employment opportunities to everyone who is qualified. The Christian-based organization released the statement as the result of opposition from the gay community […]

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