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Purpose-driven totalitarians

Should we be shocked, shocked, that some secularists look for meaning in all the wrong places?

Weekend Reads: Understanding the secular age

How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor  (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014) is James Smith’s clear explanation of a philosopher whose work can be difficult. Taylor, a self-professed Roman Catholic and author of A Secular Age (2007), begins with the standard narrative, which argues that since 1500 God has been “subtracted” from the […]

Anthony Bradley vs. evangelical tribalism

Have you made your political ideology your hermeneutic, cherry-picked Bible verses, and created an enemies list of those who don’t see it your way?

Tinder for the explosion in Ferguson

A battle over a failing school district helped stoke the fires of racial tension that engulfed North County, Mo., after Michael Brown’s death

International religious freedom needs a champion

Founded in 1977 by Baroness Caroline Cox, Christian Solidarity Worldwide is a human rights organization specializing in religious freedom. Benedict Rogers represents Christian Solidarity Worldwide in what is perhaps the roughest neighborhood on the planet when it comes to religious liberty concerns, East Asia. His 2013 book, Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads , includes […]

How the Truth Can Set You Free

Galatians 5:1 tells us “Christ has truly set us free” (NLT). The reason we can know genuine freedom is that Jesus “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us” (2 Peter 1:3).

Ben Carson on How He Will Overcome Lack of Political Experience If He Runs for President

Ever since Ben Carson famously criticized President Barack Obama’s health care policies during a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, many conservatives have rallied behind the retired neurosurgeon’s conservative, anti-big government rhetorics and urged him to run for president in 2016. But despite passionate support among his fans, how will he overcome the fact […]

Victoria Osteen Ripped for Telling Church ‘Just Do Good For Your Own Self’; Worship Is Not for God, ‘You’re Doing it for Yourself’

Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch preacher and New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen is now facing withering criticism online for a viral video clip in which she is shown telling congregants at Lakewood Church that obedience, worship and church attendance is not for God but themselves.

German Homeschoolers Win Custody of Their Kids, But Court Still Calls it Abuse of Parental Authority

An appeals court in Germany has ruled that a family court’s decision to keep legal custody of four children away from their parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, was wrong, and ordered that complete custody be returned to the family. However, the court maintained that homeschooling endangers children and they should go to school.

Judge Blocks Texas’ Abortion Regs Before Deadline; Says Only 7 Clinics Meet Basic Health, Safety Standards Required by New Law

For the second time, a federal judge has ruled against Texas’ abortion regulations, citing that a majority of abortion clinics would close because owners refuse to upgrade their facilities to meet basic health and safety standards that were set to go into effect Monday.

‘Sunday Best’ Exclusive: Candace Benson, Geoffrey Golden Talk Being Final Two

Candace Benson and Geoffrey Golden beat out countless contestants to become the final two remaining singers in BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel music competition, yet both vocalists are younger than a quarter century.

Pa. Pastors Behind ‘I Love Sex, Says God’ Billboard Answer Criticism (Interview)

The pastors of the Restored Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania who took out a controversial billboard on Wednesday are responding to the criticism they’ve recieved.

Pastor Mark Batterson: Everyone Wants Miracles but Not the Situation That Requires One

A person cannot experience miracles without being in a dire situation that requires one, says Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C.

UK Sex Education for 7-Y-O: Should America Follow Suit?

In Great Britain, the Liberal Democrat party is proposing that “age appropriate” sex education classes be introduced to include internet porn and social media for students as young as seven years old.

Cool or Classic? The Search for Substance in Worship

From the Archive: When Jewish teachers unionized

A Tel Aviv kindergarten class in the 1930s, a time when Jewish teachers in Israel and at North American Jewish schools were organizing labor unions. (Wikimedia Commons) The National Labor Relations Board recently dismissed a complaint filed against a Philadelphia Jewish day school whose board unilaterally stopped recognizing the longtime teachers union. In its ruling, which the American […]

Palestinians clash with police in Jerusalem

Three police officers sustained light injuries; two Palestinian youths are arrested.

Swedish police clash with dozens of anti-Nazi protesters

IDF recommends easing Gaza restrictions

Defense establishment tells politicians that preventing social and economic meltdown in Gaza is in Israel’s best interest.

Jerusalem teachers warn of increase in racism after Gaza war

Staff concerned that Education Ministry lesson plans not enough to combat racist comments at start of school year.

A taxing summer: Finance Ministry, Bank of Israel try to reach their own truce

Finance minister Lapid and Bank of Israel governor Flug will clarify positions on raising taxes in a meeting Sunday.

Syrian rebels strengthen hold over Israel border region

Senior Israeli official says rebels currently don’t pose a threat to Israeli security.

Choosing between Hezbollah and the Islamic State

Trying to work out which groups the West will befriend in Iraq and Syria is almost as difficult as reaching a consensus on how to tackle Islamic State.

UN peacekeepers freed from Syria rebels after firefight

Israeli source confirms that some peacekeepers fled Syria and entered Israel.

Netanyahu: Palestinians must choose between Hamas and peace

Netanyahu says Israel has no problem with the Palestinian Authority entering Gaza, but with Hamas entering the West Bank.

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