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art

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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Wayward

The year of faith-based films continues with the upcoming release of “Wayward: The Prodigal Son” – based on the popular biblical parable of a lost child returning home. The film “tells the story of Tyler McMillan, a pampered rich kid who gets it all and almost loses everything, including his own life,” a press release…

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liotta

New in theaters is the faith based movie The Identical, starring well-known Hollywood actors Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green and Joe Pantoliano, as well as musician-turned-actor Blake Rayne, who was interviewed separately. It’s a period drama centered on a young man with incredible musical talent who has an identical rock-star brother he doesn’t know.…

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happiness

It is evident there are many in the body of Christ who attempt to integrate their Christian faith with the pursuit of happiness. Some have even gone so far as to have a theology of happiness, in which they obey or disobey Scripture based on what gives them the most happiness. Several years ago a…

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pledge

Sit down and shut up. That’s the message of a campaign launched Monday (Sept. 8) by the American Humanist Association, asking Americans to refrain from standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance until Congress removes the phrase “under God.” The 29,000-member humanist activist group, which also advocates on First Amendment issues, holds that the phrase…

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rice

The country collectively winced as we watched an NFL running back punch his fiancee in the face on an elevator, captured by security video. The horror in the country crossed all the usual ideological and political divisions. Consciences intuitively knew this was wrong and shocking. The video brought to light for many Americans what every…

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gamechurch

On a hot July afternoon, young people in bright wigs and elaborately hand-sewn costumes filled the Los Angeles Convention Center. For one weekend, Japanese anime characters came to life as 60,000 participants at the annual Anime Expo primped and posed as characters they had painstakingly recreated. Outside the center, bright yellow signs bobbed with the…

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phil

The moment Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson said to Sean Hannity, that, with regard to ISIS, you have to “either convert them or kill them,” it was obvious that others would pounce on those words and claim that he was no better than ISIS. After all, haven’t these murderous terrorists done this very thing to the…

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Apple Store Soho Presents Live At The Apple Store: Lecrae

Lecrae recently discussed the topic of faith with a popular hip-hop website while promoting his upcoming “Anomaly” album. The publication asked the Grammy-award winning rapper how he balances God, family and music when he’s on the road. He replied with an answer common among Christians. “The good thing about God is that he’s everywhere already,…

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cuba

Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months. According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), there were 170 religious freedom violations from the start of 2014 through mid-July. In 2013, there…

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pakistan

Pakistan protests are entering their third week, and protestors are reportedly ratcheting up their intensity, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif clings to power. “The whole country is on a knife’s edge right now,” says Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaires International (FMI). “It’s gotten fairly violent in the clashes with police, as they’re trying to maintain…

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