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Category: Culture

hong-kong

Baptist ministers, Catholic cardinals and Christian students are at the forefront of protests for free democracy in Hong Kong. Among the founders of the ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ movement is Baptist minister Rev Chu Yiu-ming, who has fought for true democracy in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. Ahead of the demonstrations,…

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religion

A new Pew Research Center survey of opinion about the importance of religion in American life shows an interesting picture. Over the last 12 years, the percentage of Americans that think religion is losing influence in American life has increased dramatically. In 2002, 52 percent of those surveyed said religion is losing influence. In 2014,…

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believe-me

Most Christian movies are made with two audiences in mind. The first and primary audience is the Christian market. The goal for this market is mostly one of affirmation. Some approximation of Scriptural truth is woven into the fabric of a morality tale about the rewards of belief and the wages of sin. It feels…

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marriage

This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of churches shares a Christian sexual ethic with all orthodox Christians of every denomination for 2,000 years. One of the arguments…

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Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury has backed military action in Iraq but he also urged British parliamentarians to “face the fact” that for some young Muslims, the appeal of Jihad is great than that of their life in the West. Speaking in the House of Lords on the debate in Iraq, Justin Welby said Islamic State…

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Transparent

First it was Laverne Cox, the transgender star of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, landing on the cover of Time magazine with the headline, “The Transgender Tipping Point.” Now, Amazon is opening the floodgates to this perversion with a new show that premieres Sept. 26 called Transparent—and the mainstream media is…

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mumford

It seems to be a growing trend—people who claim to love Jesus but don’t want to call themselves Christians. The latest to stake a claim for not staking a claim is Marcus Mumford, the front man of the wildly popular Mumford & Sons, whose Christian-themed lyrics have been a source of fascination to believers and…

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thesong

Faith-based films are becoming more and more like real movies, not just cinematic sermonettes. Better still, many Hollywood actors looking for roles of substance are embracing film characters that depict the spiritual nature of mankind. Greg Kinnear brought a gravitas to the film “Heaven Is for Real.” Reese Witherspoon took basically a supporting role in…

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leyla

“I am not ashamed,” a young woman says into a camera. “I am not ashamed.” The woman is Leyla Josephine of Glasgow, and she is a self-described feminist performance artist. She is reading a poem titled “I Think She Was a She” — a poem lauded by The Huffington Post as “unapologetic. … She ardently…

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eaglescout

Bruce Weatherly’s Eagle Scout rank means more to him than prestige, resumé fodder, or a chance to get a college scholarship. For the 18-year-old, reaching Eagle was about honoring his father’s memory. His outdoorsy, rock-climbing, woods-hiking, and kayaking father died in 2009. Bruce’s mother Lauri Weatherly wanted her sons still to experience male leadership: “Boy…

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Mousul

In the part of his Sept. 10 speech on confronting the Islamic State that probably drew the least attention, President Obama mentioned the need to help Christians and other minorities, expelled from cities and villages in northern Iraq, return from where they came. “We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homeland,”…

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