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ASU Admits Constitutional Error in Banning Cross

In a huge win for religious freedom, Arkansas State University conceded that it made a grievous constitutional error when it ordered its football players to remove a memorial sticker of a cross from their helmets. Earlier this week American Family Association sent an Action Alert to its more than 1 million friends and supporters, encouraging…

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Translating the Bible for the last 1,870 Languages on Earth

The president of the world’s largest Scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, hopes that his new book, released earlier this month, will inspire more people to help finish the remaining translations of the Gospel, which he thinks will need the help of the next generation to complete the original goal of starting every translation…

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Atheist ‘spirituality’?

Musician and advice columnist Andrew W.K. recently made waves with a column encouraging an apparent atheist to pray for a brother recently diagnosed with cancer. Responding to a letter from someone (referred to as “Not Gonna Pray”) who described struggling with members of his family advocating for prayer, W.K. suggested that “Not Gonna Pray” should…

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U2 displays its relationship with Christianity

In the first song on U2’s new album – “Songs of Innocence” – the singer once known as Bono Vox sings the praises of the punk prophet who led his teenaged self out of confusion into stage-stomping confidence. “The Miracle [Of Joey Ramone]” proclaims: “I was young, not dumb. Just wishing to be blinded, by…

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Does modern Christianity feminize guys?

Meet the pastors who punch. New York-based Paul Burress is at the forefront of Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel’s new documentary “Fight Church” which sheds light on a growing number of American pastors participating in pastor versus pastor MMA-style fights across the country. “When we set out to make the film, we were focusing on…

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Public School Witch Hunt Targets Chick-fil-A

The opponents of Chick-fil-A have laid another egg. The Ventura High School football booster club was set to sell 200 meals donated by the local Chick-fil-A restaurant at a back-to-school event. These meals were expected to bring in $1,600 to support the football players. Their plans, however, were met with a cluck by the principal,…

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The Importance of Choosing Life

Physician-assisted suicide, much like abortion and same-sex marriage, has become something of a cultural bellwether. Support for the right to end your own life indicates that you are a progressive-minded, compassionate person sensitive to the unique feelings and experiences of individuals facing terminal illness or chronic pain. It means you value the right of self-determination,…

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More Americans Speak in Tongues

How do you document encounters with the Holy Spirit? It’s a tough question: Religious experiences are intensely personal, and people have different frames of reference for understanding transcendence. It’s possible that a devout Christian might report an experience that’s qualitatively similar to that of an atheist standing atop Mount Fuji: an ephemeral feeling of otherness,…

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RGIII told by NFL to wear his Jesus shirt inside out

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was reportedly told by an NFL uniform inspector not to wear his “Know Jesus, Know Peace” t-shirt before Sunday’s postgame press conference. Michael Phillips, the Redskins reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, posted on Twitter that Griffin was told he couldn’t wear the t-shirt because it wasn’t a Nike product.…

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Nigerian Christians: We Are On the Run

What ISIS has done in Iraq, Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria, a Nigerian cleric says. For Rev Samuel Dali, recent territorial gains made by Boko Haram in the northeast, signal the end of his home and of the church in that part of the country, Africa’s most populous. ‘‘The news is really bad. When…

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Claiborne: Expose injustice through non-violent protest

Shane Claiborne has championed non-violent protest, insisting it is the only way to guarantee “genuine, lasting change.” In a piece posted on his Facebook page, Claiborne, who is renowned for speaking publicly on peacemaking and social justice, writes of the power of engaging in non-violent demonstrations and movements. “Nonviolence has the power to expose injustice…

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72-hour abortion wait prevails in Missouri

It took until the final hours of the veto session late on Sept. 10, but the Missouri legislature has overridden Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes and joined two other states with the nation’s longest waiting periods before an abortion: 72 hours. In what pro-life leaders are calling a major victory, women must now wait three days…

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