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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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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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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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Why Christian education

“I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme.” Martin Luther’s bold admonition reflects the teachings of both the Old and the New Testament. Throughout the Bible, God differentiates between light and darkness, wisdom and ignorance, saved and unsaved, and Jesus himself clearly teaches that, “he who is…

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Yale Atheists defend Islam against Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to…

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U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang

US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport upon arrival on…

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5 Ways the Church Can Make Great Art Again

The church was once the workshop for the greatest art the world has ever known. Past tense. Wander through an ancient cathedral. Rest in front of a Renaissance painting. Listen to a 19th century hymn. All of these are amazing feats of art inspired from a desire to lead creation toward its Creator. Where are…

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