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Education comes home in China

Chinese parents concerned with structure in government schools are starting a new but fast-growing trend in Chinese education. About 2,000 Chinese parents now teach their children at home, according to a survey of about 18,000 parents who have expressed interest in homeschooling. More than half of the homeschooling parents told the Education Research Institute, a […]

Buffett philanthropy emphasizes effective giving

Billionaire Warren Buffett made a name for himself making money. But he wants to be remembered for his ability to give it all—$58 billion in Berkshire Hathaway stock—away. Of course, that doesn’t mean he intends to throw it away. The man famous for plotting successful business deals is trying to be just as careful in […]

Globe Trot: Kerry warns of history’s judgement over Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today on Syria and released a government report he says shows Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government was behind a chemical weapons attack last week, plus others. Kerry also upped the death toll, saying the attack killed 1,429 people. Kerry said the Syrian government’s role was “undeniable” and “a moral obscenity.” He also said, “History would […]

Egypt’s tenuous peace

A new round of protests avoids violence, but fears of unrest remain for millions of Egyptians

NFL, players agree to concussion settlement

The National Football League agreed Thursday to a $765 million settlement with former players who accused the league of ignoring the dangers associated with concussions. According to a filing in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the NFL will compensate players who suffered cognitive injury, fund medical exams for players, and conduct […]

Are we trading ‘street corners’ for social media with Miley Cyrus prayer pleas?

By now nearly everyone has heard about, read about, or seen the provocative performance by Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus at last weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards—probably more than you ever wanted to. The intensely sexual show sparked a flood of responses from both Christians and non-Christians alike, bemoaning the lost innocence of Cyrus, the […]

Obama taps new envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

President Barack Obama this week named Donald Booth, the outgoing ambassador to Ethiopia, as the long-awaited replacement for the U.S. special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.  “Don [Booth] knows what a pivotal moment this is for the region, and he is determined to help ensure it’s a moment to move forward instead of slipping […]

Midday Roundup: IRS redefines marriage nationwide

Tax break. The Internal Revenue Service will allow same-sex married couples to file joint tax returns next year, even if they live in states that don’t recognize their unions. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a statement that the move “assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that […]

Dollars and Sense: Falling into fall

Not with a bang. The week, and the month, ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, at least on the stock market. The Dow slid more than 5 percent during August. Of course, it’s still way up for the year, and it’s more than doubled in the past four years, so a 5 […]

The trajectory of a breakfast conversation

Someone out there may be smart enough to run a statistical analysis to determine how many possible directions any given conversation can go. Perhaps the answer is infinity. At breakfast with four other people, I observed with dispassionate interest some of the dynamics of human social intercourse. By personal preference, my ideal conversation would be […]

Christ in the Capital of the World

How global Christians are revitalizing NYC far beyond Manhattan. On a brisk October Saturday in 2012, hundreds of teenagers, young adults, and youth leaders gathered at Battery Park in Manhattan. In earlier days, the historic public park facing New York Harbor was the first place to receive immigrants from Europe and elsewhere. But this morning, […]

How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a Generation

We don’t need gimmicks; we need the gospel. The millennial generation's much-talked-about departure from church might lead those of us over 30 to conclude that they have little interest in Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, their spiritual coming of age has coincided with many Protestant pastors relying on a consumer business […]

Review: Closed Circuit

A competent legal thriller masquerades as a critique of Big Brother government. mpaa rating:R (For language and brief violence.) Genre:Crime Thriller Directed By: John Crowley Cast: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Ciarán Hinds Theatre Release:August 28, 2013 by Focus Features Let's start with what Closed Circuit is not. You may have seen the film's […]

Commentary: Music: To Kill and To Save

Two new documentaries explore the role of music during the rise of the Third Reich. "Music can change the world," Bono once said, "because it can change people." No one would dispute his claim. Music's power to soothe, to inspire, even to motivate one to great things is well chronicled through the ages. Nor, on […]

Walking Shark Video Goes Viral; New Species Found in Indonesia (PHOTO)

A new species of walking shark has been found in the reefs of Indonesia, according to reports out this week.

Police Raid Home, Seize Children, of Homeschooling Family in Germany

Police officers in Germany raided the home Thursday of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich and forcibly took their four children, ages 7 to 14, because they homeschool.

Black Teen, 16, Killed White Man, 22, Because He Was Having a Rough Day

Sixteen-year old Mychal King was so upset with his family on the night of Jan. 6, 2013 he wanted to “kill the first person he saw.” So when Jason Taylor Paul, 22, rode up on his bike that fateful night, King stabbed him multiple times then left him in the street to become Clearwater, Fla.’s […]

Raging, Potty Mouthed US Embassy Employee Sent Home After Expletive-Filled Row With Motorist In Malta Street

Talk about road rage. A hot-headed, potty mouthed American employee of the U.S. Embassy in Malta was sent home after he blew his cap in an expletive-filled row with a Maltese motorist on a local street and the embarrassing action was all caught on video then posted to YouTube for all the world to see.

Ave Maria University Files Second Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate

A Florida Catholic academic institute has filed a second lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services’ abortion-drug “accommodation.”

Vermont Professor to Release Book on Jesus; Contrasts With ‘Zealot’ Bestseller

As the world continues to read and debate the merits of a controversial biogrpaphy of Jesus Christ, one professor from a Vermont academic institute will be offering his own scholarly work.

Study Reveals ‘Rampant’ Religious Discrimination in American Workplaces

More than one-third (36 percent) of American workers say they have observed or have been subjected to religious “non-accommodation” in the workplace, according to a new study.

[TEST] Walmart Opens Up Health Benefits to Gay Couples in New Policy Shift

Walmart has announced it will begin offering health benefits to same-sex couples. The nation’s largest retailer explained its policy change has come about following the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage and a desire to reflect many states’ legalization of gay marriage. Read more at

‘People of Color Blog Too’ — Christian Blogger Aims to Diversify the ‘Lists’

They pop up every once in a while: top 10 lists. The “Top 10 Christian Bloggers,” the “Top 10 Christian Leaders,” the “Top 10 Female Christian Bloggers,” and so forth. But these lists, meant to highlight some of the most thoughtful, influential and unique voices in Christianity, frequently fail to represent the contributions of bloggers […]

Children Pose with Guns in Shocking Photos Posted by LA Gang Members

Los Angeles police have uncovered photos of young children posing with guns and making gang hand gestures on social media sites associated with local gang members.

North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

Diplomatic trip to free Kenneth Bae is offNorth Korea has rescinded its invitation to a special U.S. envoy who had planned to visit Pyongyang with hopes of bringing jailed American Kenneth Bae home.”W

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