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The hidden poison in all of us

My best friend Kayla and I sat in a borrowed living room with six sets of teenage eyes staring at us. The girls bent over their notebooks, recording the purposes of our gathering: to learn to love the Bible, to learn to love prayer, to learn to love each other without rivalry. The eight of […]

Holder presses for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The two pressure cooker bombs Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly planted near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 260. Some of the survivors lost […]

Getting over Barack Obama

Suppose a president of the United States delivered a State of the Union address and nobody cared? Isn’t that what happened Tuesday night when the increasingly irrelevant—and, yes, boring Barack Obama—droned on about predictable things in a predictable way? We have been forced to listen to him so many times (often several times in a […]

Things that don’t stick

Some things just don’t stick. Dr. Davis has told me on a few occasions to call him “Clair,” and it works for a few minutes. But the next time I see him, I always revert to “Dr. Davis.” Example 2: For many years I kept trying to fix the wooden legs that popped out of […]

Midday Roundup: Waxman retires, conservatives rejoice

Done. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is retiring after 40 years in office. That’s right. Voters sent him to Washington 20 times. Pundits describe Waxman, 74, as one of the country’s most influential liberal lawmakers. He was instrumental in writing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and helped champion it through Congress. Conservatives will be glad […]

Life imprisonment for adulterers, thieves, drunkards, slanderers?

Wow: The current issue of WORLD magazine includes my column stating that Ugandan legislation providing life imprisonment for homosexuals was “harsh”—and here’s one Christian conservative organization, the Family Research Institute (not related to the Family Research Council), attacking my “muddled thinking on homosexuality.” Is it muddled? Judge for yourselves. I’ve written often that homosexuality, like […]

Obamacare rules keep kids uninsured

Confusing messages and enrollment delays under Obamacare are leaving some children uninsured as the federal exchange separates children who qualify for Medicaid from parents who don’t. The minimum eligibility threshold for safety-net programs like Medicaid is higher for children, so in some cases a child may qualify when his parents do not. Under Obamacare, children […]

Signs and Wonders: Stay away from those abortion-loving cookies

Do-Si-Don’t. According to Austin Ruse of the pro-family Catholic group C-Fam, “a part of every Thin Mint and Do-Si-Do, every Samoa and Savannah Smile goes to support abortion advocacy.” That’s why a number of pro-life groups have organized a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies. Ruse said the Girl Scouts have recently upped the ante […]

Student who set himself on fire spent years planning a public death

Students at Standley Lake High School in Westminster, Colo., returned to school Wednesday, two days after yet another school tragedy in the metro Denver area. On Monday morning, witnesses say 16-year-old Vince Nett entered his school’s cafeteria about 7:15 a.m. and without a word, doused his body with lighter fluid and lit himself on fire. […]

Web Reads: Giant guinea pigs make the best lounge chairs

Lounging. Capybaras are basically huge guinea pigs. Apparently, other animals like to sit on their backs. Here’s a website that collects photos of birds, monkeys, and other critters using capybaras as their own personal lounge chairs. Famous New Yorker cartoonist and children’s book writer Bill Peet featured a capybara in his illustrated memoir Capyboppy . […]

How I Beat Back the Darkness after Rape

I kept choosing life after being violated by my pastor. I keep thinking I'll find some way to describe it. I hunt through a mental repository of images, analogies, and metaphors, searching for a suitable vehicle for faithfully telling it. I arrive at nothing. For how does one say, plainly, all that it is to […]

The Right Way to Give Someone a Blessing

Use the Bible’s words. And make it personal. Blessing is the projection of good into the life of another. It isn't just words. It's the actual putting forth of your will for the good of another person. It always involves God, because when you will the good of another person, you realize only God is […]

Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome

Both the right and the left have more to learn. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers's response to the president's State of the Union address last night drew attention to her family, and specifically to her oldest son Cole, who has Down syndrome. Her speech implied her personal and political support for children with Down syndrome, but […]

Muslim Lawmaker Defends Posting Cartoon of Prophet Mohammed and Jesus on Twitter

A British Muslim lawmaker has defended posting a picture of Jesus and Mohammed on his Twitter account after becoming the subject of death threats and a petition by conservative Muslims to have him removed from his Parliamentary seat.

‘Noah’ Super Bowl Trailer – Watch Here

You’ve probably seen all the clips in this teaser before but now they’re in a different order.

Patti LaBelle, NFL Players’ Choir Sing the Gospel on ‘Good Morning America’: ‘Jesus, You’ve Been So Good to Me!’ (VIDEO)

The R&B star and choir made up of former NFL players proclaimed the name of Jesus for over 5 million households. Watch this unique gospel moment!

What Happens When a Mountain Lion Sneaks Into Your Home While You’re Cooking Breakfast? This… (PHOTOS)

While one Chilean cooked breakfast, a cougar slipped into the house. Here’s what happened next.

Adorable Baby Girl Laughs Hysterically at Dog Eating Popcorn – Try Not to Laugh! (VIDEO)

This sweet baby girl’s father feeds their dog popcorn, and she can’t handle it. You’ll love this hilarious moment!

Italian Appeals Court Finds Amanda Knox, Ex-Boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito Guilty of Murdering Meredith Kercher Again

Former exchange student Amanda Knox and her British ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were both convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher for the second time by an Italian appeals court Thursday night.

Natalie Grant’s Grammy Performance: Perception Isn’t Reality

Natalie’s stand and the torrent of comments in response to her decision to leave the Grammy’s not only serves to illustrate how misunderstood Christians are within our culture but also how Christians themselves fail to understand how they are perceived by our culture.

Chick-Fil-A Hands Out Over 1,000 Sandwiches to Stranded Alabama Drivers

An Alabama Chick-fil-A owner responded to Tuesday’s snowstorm by reopening his store and handing out sandwiches to stranded drivers.

Pope Francis Encourages Notre Dame to Defend Church’s Freedom; A Response to Birth Control Mandate?

Pope Francis met Thursday with Notre Dame leaders and asked the Catholic University to defend the Church’s freedom. The meeting came after Notre Dame again asked a court for an injunction against the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. A federal court last year ordered the school to begin paying fines if it did not comply.

Hospital Charges Snake-Bitten Man $81K for Anti-Venom Available Online for $750 After 18 Hour Stay

A 54-year-old man who went to the Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in North Carolina to treat a snake bite last summer said he was left in shock after the hospital sent him a bill of more than $89,000 after an 18-hour stay.

Kazakhstan: Trial Begins for Pastor

Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbaev, 67, the retired Presbyterian pastor of Grace Church in Atsana, Kazakhstan who has been in prison since May 7, 2013, appeared for his first court hearing on Jan. 22, 2014. Charges include harming health, inciting hatred and leading an organization that harms others, which include maximum penalties of eight, seven, and six […]

SYRIA: Mother and Daughter Persecuted for Christian Faith

A Syrian mother and her daughter are under fire for their new Christian faith….

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