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Thomas Sowell on the root causes of income inequality

Thomas Sowell is a preeminent economist, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and author of the best-selling Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy , now in its 5th edition. He is one of today’s clearest voices for the benefits of free market policies and the failure of government intervention to improve […]

‘More God, less crime’

INDIANAPOLIS—The headline above is Byron Johnson’s conclusion and the title of the book he wrote from his prison ministry research. Here in Indianapolis, Gregg Keesling has taken up Johnson’s theme, helping inmates leave prison. Keesling has tackled a tough problem. At least 5,000 inmates come back to the city each year, usually with no job prospects. […]

America interrupted

In the film Girl Interrupted , Winona Ryder plays an 18-year-old who enters a mental institution for what is diagnosed as borderline personality disorder. The year is 1967 and the country is in turmoil over Vietnam and civil rights. While lying on her bed one night and watching TV, she sees a news report about […]

A New Year’s resolution from Scripture

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV). If you’re looking for a reason to go out there and “do your best” today—spiritually, as well as in every other way—here it is from […]

WORLD’s Top 25 columns for 2014

The 25 magazine and online-only columns that generated the most reader traffic on WORLD’s website this year

Midday Roundup: Debris, bodies found at site of AirAsia crash

Search over. Search teams have located the AirAsia 8501 crash site and have begun recovering debris and bodies from the water. The plane, en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday amid stormy weather. Searchers spotted the wreckage about 6 miles from the plane’s last known location, just […]

North Carolina AG will ask high court to hear ultrasound case

A federal appeals court gave the pro-abortion movement an early gift just before Christmas, striking down a North Carolina law requiring abortionists to show their patients ultrasound images of the babies they are about to kill. Last week, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to […]

Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2014

A glimpse at the important work that goes on at excavations every year. A flurry of year-end announcements provided some late-breaking additions to the list of archaeological discoveries made public in 2014. Below are the top ten findings of the broad variety of institutional and salvage excavations taking place in the lands of the Bible. […]

Rev. Billy Graham Makes Top 10 Most Admired List for 58th Time as Obama, Hilary Clinton Take Lead

The Rev. Billy Graham was named the fourth most admired man by Americans in a new Gallup poll, and President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also topped the lists.

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Says They Knew About Heather Cook’s DUI Before Electing Her as Bishop

As outrage and criticism continue to mount over the hit-and-run death of a cyclist by Heather Cook, 58, the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church of Maryland on Saturday, the Diocese has revealed that they knew about her 2010 DUI before she was elected as bishop earlier this year.

Boko Haram’s Bloodiest Year Yet: Over 9,000 Killed, 1.5 Million Displaced, 800 Schools Destroyed in 2014

The Nigerian Security Network, an organization monitoring the casualties surrounding the Boko Haram insurgency, estimates that 2014 was the deadliest year so far in the terrorist group’s five year insurgency in Northeast Nigeria.

$20,000 Stolen From a New York Church During Christmas Morning Service

The staff and congregation at the Church of the Magdalene in New York’s Pocantico Hills are stunned following The Christmas day robbery of $20,000 in offerings.

Americans Rank Billy Graham Among World’s ‘Most Admired’ Men for 58th Time

Americans named Billy Graham the number four “Most Admired Man” in world of 2014 according to U.S. polling agency Gallup. The polling results mark the 58th time that the 96-year-old televangelist has received the distinction.

Left Behind in the Mainline: Witnessing Within The Episcopal Church

Longstanding American churches known as mainline protestant denominations have garnered many headlines for their increasing liberal theological stances.

Michael Lewis Sings a Powerful Christian Song Called ‘Daddy I Pray For You’

From the very minute that Michael Lewis opens his mouth to sing these beautiful words, it will touch your heart.

Gov. Cuomo Approves Regulation That Forces Taxpayers to Cover Over $67 Million for New Yorkers’ Sex Change Operations

The governor of New York recently approved a new policy that will allow the state’s tax dollars to fund sex change operations for indigent New Yorkers who identify as transgender and have been medically diagnosed with gender identity disorder.

See Why This Man Has Been Writing Thank You Letters for 38 Years Straight

Every year, for 38 years now, Ron Brown has been writing a thank you letter to the people who saved his life.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson’s Classy Response to a Citizen’s Complaint About Protesters Goes Viral

In a departure from the tense relationship across the country between law enforcement and protesters following the deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City in recent weeks, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson is being praised for striking a more peaceful tone.

The Art of Giving Back

Volunteering at The Voice of the Martyrs is unlike any other volunteer opportunity. Not only have I experienced it, but I have heard countless people relay their amazement in seeing God’s hand so clearly displayed in one place. The volunteers who cross our paths are truly special people. Their sacrifice is compelling, their stories are […]

U.N. Security Council fails to pass Palestinian statehood resolution

The U.N. Security Council. (Getty) NEW YORK (JTA) — A Palestinian-backed U.N. Security Council resolution setting a deadline for a peace deal with Israel failed to garner sufficient votes for passage. The resolution, which was voted on Tuesday, was aimed at achieving a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by late 2017. Eight nations on the 15-member council […]

Luise Rainer, Jewish Hollywood star, dead at 104

NEW YORK (JTA) — Luise Rainer, the first actress to win back-to-back Academy Awards, died on Tuesday at her London home. She was 104. The daughter of a middle-class Jewish family that later escaped Nazi Germany, Rainer was born in Dusseldorf in 1910 and later spent part of her upbringing in Austria. She studied acting […]

London neighborhood again vandalized with swastikas

(JTA) – More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]

A kosher Passover Cruz: High-end package touts Texas senator

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Washington, June 2013. (EMET) Imagine your ideal Passover getaway. What would it include? Sandy beaches? Emerald green fairways? Kosher haute cuisine? Sen. Ted Cruz? If the Prime Hospitality Group is any judge, you’ll want all of those things. Especially the last one. Politico is reporting that the Prime Group, which specializes in […]

Shas leader Aryeh Deri resigns from the Knesset

(JTA) — The head of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party has officially resigned from the Knesset. Aryeh Deri’s departure on Tuesday comes after he attempted to resign on Monday. The Shas party’s council of rabbis rejected Deri’s initial resignation and ordered that he continue in his post as chairman. The Jerusalem Post reported that Deri will […]

Britain declares opposition to Palestinian U.N. draft resolution

(JTA) — Britain joined the United States in declaring opposition to the new Palestinian draft proposal introduced in the United Nations on Tuesday calling for peace with Israel within 12 months of an agreement. Jordan circulated the draft, which also demands that Israel withdraw its borders to “1967 lines,” to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. On Monday, […]

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