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Category: Culture

Putin

The world has indeed been turned upside down. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a career apparatchik in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a loyal agent of the Soviet secret police, the KGB (and head of its successor, the FSB), now not only proclaims himself to be a Christian, but has donned the mantle of…

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vaccine

A pro-life outreach group is ripping President Barack Obama and his administration for endorsing the use of cell lines extracted from aborted babies to develop Ebola vaccines, even though the government conceded that using moral alternatives – such as plant and animal cells – would be just as effective. Already labeled as the “abortion president”…

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church

As a kid, I was deeply hurt by the pastor of our church. The man we had trusted to be our spiritual leader used his position to do some awful things. The result would be the displacement of our family, the splitting of our church, and a wound I would carry for many years to…

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pulpit

Long ago the apostle Paul wrote, “God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe” (1 Cor. 1:21, NRSV used throughout). Preaching, he implies, is essential to God’s purposes. At the same time, Paul tacitly acknowledges that preaching hardly looks like a sensible means to God’s ends. Just words? And inevitably…

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system

With many Democrats ramping up their campaigns, touting ‘climate change’ as a centerpiece in their election bids, one declaration from the Heartland Institute couldn’t have come at a worse time. According to the think tank out of Chicago, Illinois, the environmentalist alarmism — sending many Americans into frenzies to buy Green and fund multi-billion-dollar environmental…

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religion

In five decades, the number of people with no religion in Britain has grown from just 3 per cent of the population to nearly half, according to a new survey. Among adults aged under 25, nearly two-thirds define themselves as “nones”, or people with no religious affiliation. The findings present an enormous challenge for the…

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Devin

Devin Wyman was 19, 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds when he was arrested for dealing drugs in Palo Alto, Calif. He’d been saying for years he’d be on television, but he’d meant for his football prowess. Instead, his arrest was covered by local news stations. Today the ex-con who went on to become a defensive tackle…

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dress

Over the past eight years, Jenifer and I have had the honor of having more than 500 couples come through our Marriage Prep Workshops. Investing in these young, teachable couples is perhaps our all-time favorite thing to do in ministry. Several times a year, we set up a booth at a local bridal expo to…

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Sermon

The city of Houston has managed to unite Baptists divided on other issues to speak with one voice on an application of their shared belief in religious freedom — that the government should not subpoena sermons. Baptists on both sides of a divide from the days of the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention…

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Pandemic

Between 250 and 270 A.D. a terrible plague, believed to be measles or smallpox, devastated the Roman Empire. At the height of what came to be known as the Plague of Cyprian, after the bishop St. Cyprian who chronicled what was happening, 5,000 people died every day in Rome alone. The plague coincided with the…

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office

There’s a good chance that at this very moment, someone is saying something you will find outrageous. There’s also a good chance someone else is experiencing a moment they wish they could have back, and are doing or saying something that will haunt them for the rest of their life. On any given day in…

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Ted-Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz held a quickly arranged press conference, 11:15 this morning, in Houston’s First Baptist Church located in North Houston. Cruz, who attends First Baptist, addressed dozens of pastors, various politicians and the local media, along with some interested community members, regarding the city’s recent subpoena requiring a number of local pastors to…

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