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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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jones

An Oklahoma pastor was given a second chance by his congregation after they met Wednesday night to vote on allowing him to stay as senior leader despite being accused of allegedly embezzling nearly $1 million from church funds. Reverend Willard Jones, pastor of the Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in Tulsa and founder of the Greater…

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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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lasalle

Churchgoers often grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise: They each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it. “I was just in disbelief,” said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check…

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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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translation

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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bono

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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fightchurch

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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