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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius goes before lawmakers to defend Obamacare

Shut up, readers

As secular liberal media continue to lose readers and viewers, you’d think they would not want to alienate whatever remains of their conservative patronage. Nope: The beat goes on, as do staff layoffs. Examples from the past several weeks: GetReligion pointed out two Associated Press puff pieces praising same-sex marriage on Oct. 8 and Oct. […]

‘Who cuts a path for the storm?’

A hard-hit neighborhood in the Rockaways hosts a public reading of Job, and wrestles with the book’s message

Forgiving and feeding a thief

“To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either” (Luke 6:29). Here’s a hypothetical situation: A man comes up behind you a little too closely in a grocery store. Seconds later, you realize your wallet is missing. You’re […]

Thinking pink, seeing red

It’s October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and pink is everywhere. Pink yogurt lids and cold cut packages fill grocery store shelves. Pink AstroTurf lines professional football fields. Fast food companies even deliver fried chicken in pink buckets. Despite all the pink, some people are seeing red over the onslaught of sexualized breast cancer awareness campaigns. Russell Moore, […]

Midday Roundup: Protesting profiling at New York department stores

Profiling? Protestors are planning to picket this afternoon outside the Barneys department store in Manhattan to draw attention to recent complaints the upscale store discriminated against African-American shoppers buying expensive items. Complaints from shoppers started pouring in after police stopped Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old college student, as he left the store with a $349 Ferragamo […]

Globe Trot: Iran’s 30-day nuclear bomb breakout

IRAN: The report stirring a lot of speculation about Iran’s ability to make weapons-grade uranium within a month is good reading. It offers new evidence of a covert plant that allows the regime “cascade configuration and relatively fast breakout times.” Translated, that means Iran has enough centrifuges and enough stockpiles now to quickly weaponize its uranium. […]

Supreme Court moves a step closer to next abortion case

With a clarified decision from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court can now consider whether to hear arguments in a case it granted for this term,  Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, concerning the regulation of the abortion drug RU-486. If the Supreme Court moves forward with arguments, it would be the […]

‘Have a blessed day’

The cashier at ShopRite today, a black man of about 40, said, “Have a blessed day” to the customer just ahead of me in line. The customer picked up his bags, said nothing, and made his way to the exit. It was my turn now, and I stood like a zombie watching the cashier in […]

God’s mercy in 14 stab wounds

Dec. 2, 2009 was bad day for prison guard Nate Sasser. Two death row inmates pulled weapons, stabbed him, and left him for dead in a pool of blood.  “They saw me get up, followed me to the door,” Sasser said, recalling the attack. “The Lord led me out.” Afterwards, Sasser laughed about what happened. […]

How Monsters Point Us to God

Our uncanny fears tell us about ourselves, and are signs of something more. November 27, 1966, was a Sunday. That morning, as Connie Jo Carpenter passed the chilly links of the Mason County Golf Course in New Haven, West Virginia, she saw something strange. It hulked over the road, vaguely man-shaped, but by her later […]

How This Breast Cancer Survivor Stopped Hating Pink

Sick of the too-pink breast cancer campaigns, I remembered a different shade of pink from my hospital days. Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was indifferent to the color pink. It was fine, but I didn't wear it often because it made me feel like I was wearing a gender-specific cliché, like Reese […]

News: All You Need to Know About Prince George and the Jordan

The royal baby sparks some theological (and ecological) discussion. Last Wednesday, October 23, 3-month-old Prince George was baptized at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in London. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby performed the ceremony as invited guests—including the baby's great-grandparents, 87-year-old Queen Elizabeth II and 92-year-old Prince Philip—looked on. Welby saw the occasion […]

Jeremy Lin’s Career Suffers Another Setback, Opens NBA Season on Bench

Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin will not be a member of the team’s starting five when the season opens tonight.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Live Stream Free: Watch Online NBA 2013 Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors takes place on Wednesday night in a big match up as the NBA 2013 season gets underway.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz Live Stream Free: Watch Online NBA 2013 Basketball (Start Time)

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Utah Jazz takes place on Wednesday night in the NBA 2013 regular season in a match up taking place in the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

Texas’ Largest Presbyterian Church (USA) Congregation Votes to Leave Denomination

The largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in Texas has voted to leave the mainline denomination over theological differences.

St Louis Cardinals vs Boston Red Sox Live Stream Free: Watch World Series 2013 Game 6 Online (Start Time, Fox TV Schedule)

St Louis Cardinals vs Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series 2013 takes place on Wednesday night with the Red Sox just one win away from taking the title. Things could end here tonight at Fenway Park, but even if the Cardinals manage to win tonight, the Red Sox will get another […]

Who Are the Megachurch Leaders Who Decide Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick’s ‘Secret’ Salary and Influence His Ministry?

North Carolina media have done several reports on the $1.7 million home being built by Elevation Church founder and Lead Pastor Steven Furtick and his wife, revealing among other things, that a group of overseers responsible for deciding the Charlotte minister’s salary is made up of other well-known megachurch leaders.

Only 1 Year Old When Sandy Hit, New Jersey Church Rebuilds 100 Homes, Distributes $3 Million of Supplies

In only its second year of existence, Gateway Church of Christ has been recognized by New Jersey’s first lady as one of the most effective disaster relief organizations in the state.

Interview: Pastor Pete Wilson on 4 Choices Leading to Hope, Change

Pastor Pete Wilson of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tenn. walks readers through four choices on how to achieve freedom from their suffering in his new book, “Let Hope In: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life,” while illustrating Biblical accounts of men who endured hopeless moments as examples that demonstrate how God’s healing power […]

Halloween: Can Christians and Witches Agree on Avoiding Holiday? (Part 2)

You may actually be surprised to learn that some Christians and witches actually agree with the avoidance of Halloween. That’s right! A good percentage of witches see it as a commercialized parody of what they consider serious and sacred.

Man Claims He Converted $500K Life Savings Into Gold Then Dumped It in Landfill to Spite Wife in Divorce Battle

A Colorado couple’s divorce battle took a twisted turn when the wife’s 52-year-old husband claimed he converted their $500,000 life savings into gold and then dumped it all in a local landfill.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest role: Football hooligan

Speaking of soccer, comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play a British football thug in a new film, The Daily Mirror reports. The movie will follow the duping-real-people format utilized in “Borat,” “Bruno” and “Da Ali G Show.” While this new role might not sound all that scandalous to us Americans, the English […]

Watch: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ trailer

Those of you who like a little Jewish white-collar crime with your Chinese food will be pleased by the Christmas Day release of Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street.” The film is based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort, a stock swindler-turned motivational speaker and one-time (that we know of, anyway) […]

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