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ESPN hires Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is back in football—but he’ll be behind a mic instead of under center. The former pro and college quarterback will be an analyst for the SEC Network, a new collaboration between ESPN and the Southeastern Conference that launches next August. “Tim is an SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal,” […]

Vital Signs: An abortion rom-com? Puh-leeze

Abortion film falls flat. The Sundance Film Festival this January will feature a film focused on an abortion. The romantic comedy Obvious Child follows Donna, a young woman who gets fired, dumped, and pregnant all before Valentine’s Day. Unlike the lead characters in Juno and Knocked Up , Donna chooses to abort her baby. The […]

Muslims and Christians around the campfire?

Do Christianity and Islam both revere Jesus, so it’s easy for Christians and Muslims to sit around the campfire singing “Kumbaya”? Andrew Harrod who holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, says in a full-of-links article last week that we need to look more deeply. Harrod starts with a USA Today […]

Hundreds of holiday gay marriages in Utah

In Utah, where a federal judge earlier this month overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage, many homosexual couples celebrated the Christmas season by tying the knot. As of Thursday last week, clerks in the state had issued over 1,225 marriage licenses following the judge’s ruling, according to a tally by The Salt Lake Tribune […]

The sports year in review

From tragedy and scandal to healing and heroics, 2013 was a memorable year in American sports. In April, following the terrorist attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the city’s residents looked to sports as a source of healing. And Boston’s teams responded. The Bruins went deep into the playoffs, defeating the Pittsburgh […]

‘We are all Phil Robertsons’

The A&E backtrack on Phil Robertson’s suspension from the hugely popular  Duck Dynasty reality show may be an important watershed in the cultural and political battle for publicly visible Christianity in America. If one were to spend most of one’s time in a public school and watching television, one would think America is an atheistic […]

Midday Roundup: Hospital plans to remove girl’s life support

Deadly care. A California hospital has the legal right to discontinue a 13-year-old girl’s life support at 5 p.m. PST today against her parents’ wishes. Jahi McMath underwent a tonsillectomy at Children’s Hospital of Oakland on Dec. 9 to treat sleep apnea. After she awoke from the operation, her family said, she started bleeding heavily […]

No Little People: The Desired Child

In his book  No Little People , Francis Schaeffer wrote that “in God’s sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God’s place for us, at each moment.”   For four years during the 1990s  WORLD  annually ran a set of features with […]

Abort babies but protect the rats

A friend of mine remarked, partly in amusement and partly in perplexity, that he has two kinds of mice in his house: the ones downstairs he has set traps to kill and the ones upstairs in his teenage daughter’s cage he has to spend money to feed and house. He isn’t the only one who […]

WORLD’s Top 25 articles for 2013

The 25 articles that generated the most reader traffic on WORLD’s website this year

Chris Tomlin: On Top of the World

The most-sung artist in music history opens up about worship, justice, humility, and leading people to experience God on the most successful tour of his career. Chris Tomlin is the most-sung music artist in history, and recently wrapped up the last leg of the most successful tour of his 13-year career. The Burning Lights tour, […]

Subjectivity Overload

The problem with sentimentality, porn, and emotion for emotion’s sake. Among all the top and best-of lists, I noticed two lists in particular, celebrating publication covers: the first offered the worst Christian book covers of the year, and the second documented 60 years of Playboy covers. It would seem that lists couldn't have less in […]

Review: August: Osage County

Family: it hurts. mpaa rating:R (For language including sexual references, and for drug material.) Genre:Drama Directed By: John Wells Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes Cast: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis Theatre Release:December 25, 2013 by The Weinstein Company When Tracy Letts's Pulitzer-winning play August: Osage County was on Broadway, the entire […]

Israel begins thrashing out details of ultra-Orthodox draft, but an uphill battle remains

Main dispute over enforcement, with Yesh Atid pressing for criminal penalties as early as 2017.     

55 American universities condemn ASA boycott of Israel

The number was tracked by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.     

IDF interrogator accused of torturing Lebanese operative reveals own name

Doron Zahavi says the military turned him into a scapegoat after Lebanese militia operative Mustafa Dirani claimed he was raped during his interrogation     

Frustrated Israeli oarsmen appeal to public: Name our sports

In Hebrew, there’s one word for multiple sea sports. It’s high time that changes, athletes say.     

French soccer player agrees to stop celebrating goal with Nazi-like salute

Nicolas Anelka denies gesture is anti-Semitic, saying it is anti-establishment.     

Rocket fired from Gaza strikes open area in southern Israel

Rocket alert fails to sound prior to attack. No injuries or damages reported.     

Israeli leaders reach out to Putin after Volgograd bombings

Netanyahu expresses ‘deepest sympathies’ to families of those killed, talks about urgent need to ‘eradicate the dangerous scourge of terrorism.’     

Tel Aviv museum names new hall after fugitive from American justice

Eretz Israel Museum says it’s proud of ties with family of former Comverse CEO Kobi Alexander.     

Israel to fund all abortions for women 20-33 starting next year

Another 6,300 women are expected to have a state-funded abortion next year, at a cost of about $4.6 million.     

Fragment containing ancient 'tekhelet' dye discovered near Dead Sea

The precious blue dye, derived from snail glands, was used in ancient times to color the tassels of the four-cornered garment worn by men; this is only the third time such fabric has been found.     

Lessons from Limmud: The empire is growing, both in size and substance

Limmud founder links U.K. chief rabbi’s participation with higher attendance at conference this year.     

Lebanese forces fire on Syrian planes, officials say

Lebanese officials say Syrian warplanes violated the country’s airspace close to the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal.     

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