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Science Whiz Gets a New Home

posted by Sharon Kirk

17 year-old Samantha Garvey made national headlines when she was selected as an Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalist—one of 300 across the country vying for the top prize, a $100,000 science scholarship.  It was Garvey’s home life that tugged at […]

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Paying It Forward

posted by Sharon Kirk

The folks at Pay it Forward Foundation are working hard to make a difference in the world.  Some think they are crazy; they prefer to be called visionaries.  And visionaries they are!  With over 1 million Pay It Forward bracelets […]

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Surprising Twist in Gingrich SC Victory Speech

posted by Sharon Kirk

What a month of surprises our nation has seen in regard to this year’s primary season.  Rick Perry drops out of the race and gives his support to Newt Gingrich; the Iowa Republican Party announces that Rick Santorum beat out […]

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Ottawa Girls Hockey Team Earns Spirit of Sport Story of the Year

posted by Sharon Kirk

The True Sport Foundation announced its Canadian Sport Award winners this week.  The national organization honoring individuals like speed skater Christine Nesbitt and world and national figure skating champion Patrick Chan; also singled out an Ottawa hockey team.  The Ottawa […]

Search for Survivors on Italian Cruise Ship Continues

posted by Sharon Kirk

With 5 confirmed deaths and 30 reported injuries, six crew members and 9 passengers were still unaccounted for on the Italian Cruise Ship, Costa Concordia as of late Sunday. On Friday, the 13th , the ship carrying more than 4,200 […]

So, you’re getting married! What kind of wedding do you want?

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She’s wearing the ring. He’s walking on clouds. Her mother is having excited phone calls with bridal shops. Her sister is researching honeymoon cruises. His little brother is gathering tin cans and snickering with his friends about what they’ll write on […]

Does Bible ban tattoos? No, scoffs shopping center church that also offers cage fighting

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The Bridge, an offbeat church in a Flint, Michigan shopping center, is offering tattoos to its members. It also offers occasional classes in cage fighting, poetry slams and auto repair. “A Michigan pastor who says he’s doing everything he can […]

World Week of Prayer for Christian Unity faces an elusive challenge

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This January 18-25, churches worldwide will participate in “Eight Days reflecting on our change in Christ.”  It is called the World Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Why do most American churches ignore the annual event which began in 1908? […]

Why is New Hampshire’s primary so important?

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How can a tiny state in northern New England be so important in the U.S. presidential selection process? New Hampshire is miniscule – smaller than the average county in Wyoming, Arizona or Nevada. It’s 42nd in U.S. population — even […]

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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular
Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. [caption id="attachment_12343" align="alignleft" width="48

posted 3:10:30pm Nov. 05, 2013 | read full post »

Billy Graham: I know where I'm going
“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, that he would live to see the beginning of a Christian re

posted 10:02:01am Oct. 24, 2013 | read full post »

Are All These Christians' Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?
The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial

posted 2:41:26am Oct. 07, 2013 | read full post »

How can Christians defend themselves against today's random violence?
So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the same time. [caption id="attachment_12246" align="alignleft" width="480"] Ant

posted 2:53:48pm Sep. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?
What’s wrong with church today? Are we in danger of turning worship into a flashy concert? Of watering down the message so nobody is offended? Of forgetting the simplicity of the Gospel? I grew up with a preacher’s kid. He was a fake following in the footsteps of his flimflamming father who d

posted 11:26:20am Sep. 20, 2013 | read full post »

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