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Deadly arrogance

Author shows how official idiocy helped spread an academic

Behind God’s frowning providence

I know the story of Ruth by heart because I listened to its corresponding Adventures in Odyssey episode at least 20 times during my childhood. My brother and I popped in the tape—this one called “Three Funerals and a Wedding”—and we milled around the kitchen making boxed macaroni and cheese. Our ears pricked when Naomi […]

How many Christians live in Hong Kong?

After my last article, “Decisive Moment,” some readers questioned this line: “Christians make up about one-fifth of Hong Kong’s population.” Hong Kong officially pegs the number of combined Protestants and Catholics around 10 percent. But territory-wide studies done by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College (DSCCC) and Hong Kong Baptist University reveal the number […]

Amazing Grace sets sail on stage

John Newton’s life in musical form illustrates the cultural fruit of Christianity

Jeb Bush and taxes—read my lips, part II

Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) is thinking seriously about running for president in 2016, according to his son, George P. Bush. According to Commentary magazine, Jeb Bush had an impressive record as governor, including tax reductions totaling $20 billion. Given that performance, why is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, upset? Politico, and many […]

Web Reads: Why do we give our cast-offs to the poor?

Selfish giving. In the relief and development world, the acronym SWEDOW (Stuff We Don’t Want) has come to stand for the practice of giving our cast-off stuff to the poor, especially abroad. Sometimes the giving is just silly (bras to Africa campaigns), but sometimes it’s harmful. Sometimes the attitude affects Christians, as this blog entry […]

Majority of teens who date experience abuse

Teen dating violence is on the rise, according to a nationwide study published last week. Experts say the latest numbers reveal a startling culture of relational abuse, especially emotional abuse, with much of it happening online.  The National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence found nearly 20 percent of dating teens, both boys and […]

Loving as you know how

True confessions. My great fear in life is that I do not love people. This is not self-deprecation but a clear-eyed self-evaluation buttressed by a track record and bitter fruit. The current drama in my life has led me to pray that God would pour His love into my heart—like a fire hose. But what […]

North Carolina lawmakers: Don’t force magistrates to perform gay weddings

Fallout over same-sex marriage is shaking up North Carolina, where at least six magistrates quit rather than follow a recent state order requiring them to perform same-sex weddings, regardless of their personal religious or moral beliefs. The order came after a federal judge struck down the state’s marriage law earlier this month. Magistrates who don’t […]

Midday Roundup: Brittany Maynard chooses life, for now

Heartbreaking choice. In a video sponsored by the pro-assisted suicide group Compassion & Choices, cancer patient Brittany Maynard announced she is delaying her suicide beyond Nov. 1. Maynard said right now she feels good enough to keep living. “If Nov. 2 comes and I’m still alive, I know that we’ll still be moving forward as […]

Interview: Mark Labberton: This Is the Best of Times for Following Jesus

The Fuller Seminary president sees the church’s moment of cultural exile as a moment of incredible opportunity. Following Jesus has never been an easy task. All the same, from the time of the disciples until today, Christians have been called to strap on their sandals, so to speak, and walk the road their Lord calls […]

Bet On a Republican Senate Majority

While many races remain close, it’s just getting harder and harder to envision a plausible path for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Ultimately, with just a few days to go before the election, the safe bet would be on Republicans eventually taking control of the upper chamber.

Halloween: Steeped in Superstition

It’s that time of year again when not only are nights getting colder and darker, but so too the atmosphere in many churches and Christian homes. The debate begins at the first sign of the autumn leaves and abruptly comes to a halt on November 1st – after all, Halloween comes to its demise for […]

‘God the Father’ Review: An Extraordinary Testimony About Ex-Mob Boss Michael Franzese

“God the Father” tells the story of ex-mob boss and Colombo crime family captain Michael Franzese in a new and innovative format that includes animation, re-enactment, actual news footage and commentary from Michael, his wife, Camille, and several Christian pastors.

Black Bears Street Fight in NJ Suburb (VIDEO)

Two bears were seen street fighting in the suburb of Rockaway, New Jersey this summer, according to reports. The video, which was uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, has got everyone talking about the bears, who viciously clawed and bit each other for over six minutes before retreating into the woods.

This Musician Writes a Beautiful Song to Help Out Sick Kids – A Personal Thank You To Those Who Saved His Child’s Life

Matt Hires does a collaboration music video for his song “Hold You Up” with Rock the Cause and Ronald McDonald House.

Off-Duty Officer Finds $120,000 in the Middle of California Roadway and Turns It in; Police Say It Was a Man’s Life Savings

For some people, finding any kind of money with no one staking a claim on it would be a personal gain. One veteran California Highway Patrol sergeant, however, found $120,000 in cash lying in a roadway in Concord last month and turned over every dollar to local law enforcement who returned the money to a […]

Four More North Carolina Judges Resign Over Refusal To Conduct Same-Sex Weddings

Since gay marriage was legalized in North Carolina on Oct. 10, at least six North Carolina judges have resigned from their benches because they do not want to disobey their Christian belief and conduct same-sex marriages.

Ferguson: Rev. Al Sharpton to Kick Off Justice for Michael Brown Weekend; 4-Day Event Could ‘Help Save People’s Lives,’ Says Pastor

Rev. Al Sharpton will kick off the four-day “Justice For Michael Brown” weekend event on Friday in honor of the late teen.

Jose Canseco Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Hand, Tweets Photo of His Hand After Gun Accident

Former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco was injured in an accidental shooting on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at his home.

‘The Fifth Wave’ Movie News: Filming Begins in Atlanta, Movie to Be Released in 2016

Production on ‘The Fifth Wave’ has started and photos from the set emerge online showing Chloe Grace Moretz already hard at work.

Christians Face Islamic Extremism – Part 2

READ PART 1 In July, as the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) drove out more than 100,000 Christians in the area of Mosul in just a few days, many became newly aware of Islamic extremism at its worst. In Part I, we shared about Islamic extremist groups in the Middle East. Christians also face extraordinary […]

U.S., Israeli security advisers pledge ‘coordination’ on Iran talks

Susan Rice and Yossi Cohen, respectively the U.S. and Israeli national security advisers, embrace after meeting Oct. 30 at the White House. (The White House) WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United States and Israel will maintain “unprecedented coordination” as nuclear talks go forward with Iran, the White House said after a summit of the two nation’s […]

U.S. officials banned from Old City on Friday

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. government officials are banned from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. “The Consulate General has received reports of civil unrest and clashes in the Old City and in East Jerusalem,” said a message sent Thursday to U.S. citizens by the U.S. consulate on Jerusalem. “As these events may continue tomorrow, U.S. […]

Haaretz stands by its explosive Bibi cartoon

Haaretz, often described as Israel’s New York Times, didn’t do itself any favors Thursday when it published this cartoon featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flying a plane into the World Trade Center: The cartoon struck many as tone deaf, akin to depicting Netanyahu as Hitler. Not surprisingly, it inflamed those who already believe Haaretz is so left […]

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