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Billy Graham: I know where I’m going

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“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 renewal, a genuine heaven-sent […]

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How can Christians defend themselves against today’s random violence?

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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 […]

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Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?

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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 […]

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Want a Good Movie for Your Youth Group?

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What does it take to make a good Christian movie? “Passion,” says Nicole Abisinio, producer of “The Investigator,” based on the true-life story of comedian Ray Romano’s brother Rich. In the long-running TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” the character “Robert” […]

Can a bunch of kids thrill moviegoers with “Red Line”?

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Can a bunch of San Diego college students pull off a thriller disaster film? Yes, says Robert Kirbyson, director of “Red Line,” which takes place entirely in a mangled subway car underneath the streets of Los Angeles.   Crewed almost […]

Focus on the Family’s President Says It’s Time to “Refocus”

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 It’s tough out there in the culture wars and Jim Daly has the battle scars to prove it. But does the top executive of Focus on the Family believe he can ever successfully declare a truce with forces that seem […]

Who should be allowed to pray for Obama?

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It seems preposterous, but there’s a major debate over who is worthy to invoke the presence and blessing of the Almighty on the leaders of this land we love! So, who is qualified to pray for the President of the […]

What has Americans so scared? Why are millions stockpiling guns?

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Why is fear stalking the land? Why in the wake of tragic shootings across the country are Americans buying guns and ammunition at record rates? Could it be that with the President’s re-election, as taxes and government spending spiral out […]

ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: Not your ordinary Christmases

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Christmas has unique memories for international journalist Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News Global Affairs Anchor. As a small child, she remembers wonderful times, “my family with a Christmas tree and presents and a family gathering.” But her father was Muslim. Her mother […]

Producer, author, actor Roma Downey’s life has been more than touched by an angel

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When Roma Downey speaks, you know you’ve heard that golden voice before, but as you listen, the Irish-born actress is reading aloud a children’s book, The Sweetest Story Bible. She’s telling how much God loves us – with stories chosen […]

Have they proved Jesus had a wife?

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Does a tiny, recently unveiled scrap of papyrus prove that Jesus Christ had a wife? If so, it would contradict the Gospels and throw the entire New Testament and Christianity itself into doubt. However, the fragment itself is increasingly in […]

Should worshipers be allowed to arm themselves?

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Bring guns to church? Pastor Ken Pagano provoked a firestorm when he invited members of Louisville, Kentucky’s New Bethel Church to celebrate the 4th of July and their 2nd Amendment rights by bringing their firearms to church. The national news media […]

Unsure where candidate stands? Check here!

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So, you don’t know who should get your vote? Well, there’s always the candidates’ debates. However, should you select the next leader of the free world based on whether he knows how to argue cleverly in public? And there’s always the […]

Have Americans lost their faith … or just their trust in the old “mainline” churches?

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Do Americans have less faith in God? Or is their crisis of faith in the professional bureaucracies claiming to represent Him — particularly in the old, historic “mainline” denominations — the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, Methodists and what remains of […]

What if you could vote “None of the Above?”

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“What if we add another ‘party’ to the ballot: ‘None of the Above’ alongside ‘Republican’ and ‘Democrat’?” asks political observer Deb Fitz. Indeed, could it work? It’s already the law in Nevada, Spain and Ukraine. It was tried in Russia […]

Iran’s mad imams should be given nukes?

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With the Iranian army practicing mock missile strikes on U.S. bases in Afghanistan, China only begrudgingly joining the European Union’s sanctions against Tehran, and the Israeli air force calculating firing solutions on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the headline in Foreign Affairs […]

Is religion to blame for the world’s violence?

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Just a few days ago, a car loaded with explosives attempted to get access to the First Evangelical Church Winning All in Kaduna, Nigeria. However, the suicide bomber’s car with a military uniform folded on the back seat was turned away at […]

Is Iran about to drag us into Armageddon?

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Should we be worried that Iran is about to tip the entire world into World War III?  Are some folks reading far too much into all of today’s saber-rattling? Are they drawing wild conclusions from popular interpretations of Bible prophecy […]

Challenges to faith, tradition swirl in Britain

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Is political correctness running amuck in Great Britain? Officials have decided to forbid British schoolchildren from having best friends. The government says it will back a ban on employees wearing crucifixes or any other Christian symbol. A court says UK […]

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? […]

Australia worries gambling hurting kids

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Three fourths of all Australians have a problem with gambling. Although the country only has 22 million people — fewer than the entire state of Texas — Aussies spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines alone. “Many Australians […]

Amazing 7-year-old actress stuns NYC

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If 30 years ago precocious little Drew Barrymore stole your heart in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, then you are going to be delighted this Christmas with a dynamo of a 7-year-old actress, Maggie Elizabeth Jones. In what may be the surprise […]

Santa saves two from burning car

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Ho, ho, ho, that’s him — the jolly ol’ elf himself at a Dallas intersection, where he startled motorists by pulling two passengers out of a crashed vehicle shortly before it exploded into flame. Then Santa stuck around to direct […]

Christmas caroling meets “flash mobbing”

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Folks have been Christmas caroling for centuries. It’s a fun tradition. Just get a few friends and their kids together and go stand in the freezing cold of your neighbors’ lawns. Send an eight-year-old up to knock on the door […]

Did atheist N. Korea’s leaders really say they’ll “pray” for deceased tyrant Kim Jong-il?

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With thousands of Christians in North Korean labor camps for refusing to deny their faith, it is nothing short of puzzling that the officially atheist nation has ordered its 24 million citizens to spend three minutes on Dec. 29, 2011 praying for […]

Today’s girls growing up in a “moral abyss”

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Girls today are growing up in a “moral abyss,” says Dr. Helen Wright, telling an annual conference in Britain that she is greatly concerned by the “erosion of the innocence of childhood in the 21st Century.” Indeed, society must wake up “to […]

Will Egypt become the next Pakistan?

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by Sherif Meleka Special to Beliefnet A few days ago, I was watching a popular Egyptian talk show, Fil Midan, or “In the Square.” It had a very interesting guest, a leader of a salafi Islamic political faction. He maintained […]

“Shakespearean Insult Kit” offers tips on how to be sharp-tongued with class

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Are you weary of giving voice to the same tired old invectives when boorish rubes intrude upon your serenity? “Don’t you wish you could inveigh your enemy with a genuinely classic put-down?” asks writer Pete Lewin. “Well, now you can. With this handy-dandy […]

From within the “Occupy Wall Street” ranks, a call for a new “confessing movement”

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“This morning I saw a Photoshopped image on Facebook that caught my attention,” writes self-described radical left-wing Christian activist Nichola Torbett in her blog Jesus Radicals. The photograph captured protesters at Occupy Wall Street, but superimposed over parts of the photo […]

Tony Blair Tells Norfolk and America: ‘Don’t Lose Heart’

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By Corine Gatti of the Beliefnet Staff NORFOLK, Va. –– A few photographers and two reporters, including myself, stood in a huddle outside the green room waiting for Quartet Representative and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair, 58, greeted […]

Washington Post: Death penalty pro-life?

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“It is often pointed out, contrary to what most people expect, that there is a positive correlation between being pro-life and supporting the death penalty,” writes Dr. Richard Land in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section. “Conversely, there is also […]

Watchwoman on the Wall: 63-year-old cartoon has a message for us all

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You might call it a relic of the 1950s, a souvenir of the Eisenhower years, back when America had just defeated the Nazis and was faced with the threat of Communism. Those were “Leave It to Beaver,” “Father Knows Best,” “Ozzie […]

Is the Daily Beast too generous in declaring Turkey’s prime minister not “a Jew-hating jihadi”?

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Is the Daily Beast, a news and opinion website published by British-born Tina Brown in conjunction with Newsweek magazine, being over-generous in defending Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan — who has broken off relations with Israel and says the Turkish navy will […]

Washington Post: “Convergence” includes Christianity, Apache shamanism, anarchy

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The People Against Poverty and Apathy Festival attended by about 500 free spirits in a field north of Baltimore “is completely outside of what you might see in a typical Sunday morning service,” writes blogger Julia Duin. “In fact, most […]

“Tolerance” collapsing under the weight of contradicting expectations, says author

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Tolerance – understood in its classical liberal sense as a virtue essential to freedom – has been hijacked and bankrupted, argues British sociologist Frank Furedi. “Dragged into the politicisation of identity, tolerance has become a form of ‘polite etiquette. Where once […]

Biola University prof: 9/11 attacks are a depressing indictment of humanity

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The September 11, 2001 attacks on America reveal what is often hidden to us about ourselves, writes Clay Jones, a professor at Biola University near Los Angeles. “We are scared of our own mortality,” he writes. “We tend to call the […]

Christian Post: Christians evangelize because Jesus told them to

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Greg Stier was asked by someone not too long ago why Christians were so obsessed with proseltyizing others. He writes in the Christian Post: I paused and thought about his excellent question. According to the dictionary, the word proselytize means, […]

Happy Labor Day! So, just what is it that we are celebrating today?

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Happy Labor Day! As you enjoy this federal holiday … do you have any idea why you are celebrating? Labor Day has been an official U.S. holiday for only slightly more than a century, yet it is embedded into the […]

Where do children and motherhood rank in our society?

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by Rachel Jankovic John Piper’s Desiring God website A few years ago, when I just had four children and when the oldest was still three, I loaded them all up to go on a walk. After the final sippy cup […]

Catholic Herald: Is television “Satan’s Tabernacle?”

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William Oddie in the British Catholic Herald writes: “This week I received through the post the summer newsletter of an organization I had not previously heard of, engagingly called CUT, which stands for Catholics Unplug your Televisions. This immediately put […]

Is your church too “cool”? Longing for a little tradition?

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by Rachel Held Evans ~ Relevant Magazine People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who has no children, I must want a super-hip church—you know, the kind that’s called “Thrive” or “Be,” and which boasts “an awesome worship […]

Bestselling author: America’s culture is in collapse

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American culture is circling the drain faster and faster, but most of us are too caught up in the frenetic pace of our lives to notice the dramatic changes that have sent our country spinning out of control, says New […]

Washington Post: Jerusalem holy to Christians and Muslims, but central to Jews

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“Many of us who travel to Israel frequently risk becoming jaded,” writes Menachem Z. Rosensaft in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “We lose sight of Israel’s true significance.” Rosensaft is an adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, a […]

Washington Post: It’s time for a “Catholic economy”

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“Should government favor those made rich by the capitalist current system or should it support the interests of a democratic majority?” asks Anthony Stevens-Arroyo in the Washington Post’s On Faith section. His solution — a “Catholic” compromise” The teachings of the […]

John Stossel: Almost everything we’ve been taught is wrong

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“We grow up learning that some things are just bad: child labor, ticket scalping, price gouging, kidney selling, blackmail,” writes ABC journalist and 20/20 co-host John Stossel. “But maybe they’re not.” How can anybody defend child labor? Stossel seems to enjoy challenging political correctness. “What […]

Washington Post: “Idiot’s Guide to Protecting American Atheists”

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“It is with the utmost urgency that I write this blog,” announces Jordan Sekulow in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “A group of atheists have filed a lawsuit to prevent the inclusion of the historic Ground Zero Cross at […]

Washington Post: Rabbi suggests change in U.S. military chaplain insignia

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“Today’s chaplains wear one of four separate insignias: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist,” observes Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “Now that Pratima Dharm is the Army’s first Hindu chaplain, we need to create a fifth. But […]

Gordon-Conwell professor: America has changed dramatically, but more is coming

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It’s now official. The United States is “bigger, older, more Hispanic and Asian and less wedded to marriage and traditional families than it was in 1990.” “Want more?” writes Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary professor James Emery White.  “Okay. It is also […]

Author: Why is such paralyzing fear gripping people’s hearts?

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“I’ve had several conversations with folks in the last few weeks, fearful of the state of the world,” writes author Daniel Darling, who is also senior pastor of the Chicago-area Gages Lake Bible Church. “Economic downturn, failed leadership at all levels, personal […]

Billionaire Warren Buffett complains about not paying enough taxes

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Billionaire Warren Buffett is urging U.S. lawmakers to raise taxes on America’s super-rich to help cut the budget deficit, saying such a move will not hurt investments. In a guest opinion piece in the New York Times, “Stop Coddling the […]

Pelosi and Boehner terminate 200-year-old Congressional pages tradition

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House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say they will end the congressional page program, an initiative that brings high school students to Capitol Hill to work alongside elected officials. “The decision is a historic mistake and brings […]

Personality and Social Psychology Review: Baby Boomers lack empathy, ability to care

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Baby boomers have destroyed every cultural institution in America they have touched: marriage, family, public education, government, financial markets, healthcare, and more, say some critics, whose views may be supported by a Personality and Social Psychology Review study. “Many argue […]

Cal Thomas: British riots a moral and spiritual problem

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“Some have compared the riots in the UK to the London Blitz,” writes author Cal Thomas in World magazine.  “It’s a flawed comparison. The strategic bombing of London in 1940 came from an external enemy, Nazi Germany. Enemies from within […]

“Pro-choicers” declare war on storefronts offering a choice

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“Pro-choice” activists have launched a legal assault on volunteer-run “crisis pregnancy counseling centers” nationwide — which is ironic, says author R. Albert Mohler Jr.,  since the crews running such storefronts are dedicated to offering pregnant woman a real choice. “The U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

LA Times: Are rules needed for animal-human hybrids?

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“The idea human-animal chimeras may conjure images from science fiction,” writes Los Angeles Times blogger Chris Woolston. “To many, human-animal chimeras —  animals that contain human cells — sound like the stuff of nightmares. If you can picture a frog with […]

Author: British youth need Bible, aren’t being reached by “cool” youth ministers, entertainment

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Youth ministry leader and author Dave Fenton says youth in Britain are not being reached by trendy youth ministers chosen according to age rather than ability to touch kids’ lives. “Why do we say youth leaders have to be cool, to […]

Jack Kerwick takes a look at forgotten Black conservative George Schuyler

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“In my previous article,” writes Beliefnet’s Dr. Jack Kerwick, “I wrote about George S. Schuyler, a great conservative who also happened to have been black. Since his death in 1977, he has, unfortunately, been forgotten. It is with an eye […]

Washington Post: Obama’s Christian advisors don’t speak for all

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“A Christian group calling themselves the Circle of Protection recently met with President Obama, saying that they spoke for ‘Christians’ and urging him to ‘protect programs for the poor’ from budget cuts,” writes Jordan Sekulow for the Washington Post‘s On […]

Christian card company artist adds a graphic accent to his lawn

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Mowing can be monotonous for artist Jon Huckeby, says KNWA-TV in northwest Arkansas. So he has applied his talents  his chores. The result: lawn art. “A Siloam Springs man has found a way to spice things up,” reported newsman Tom Yazwinski. “Picasso is to […]

Slate: Why President Obama should be happy to turn 50

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While Barack Obama may not see his birthday today as cause for celebration, social scientists suggest there may be something magical in that landmark. “The growing body of research on happiness shows that as we pass middle age, our sense of […]

Baptist Press: Supreme Court decision could flood profanity and nudity onto TV

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The stream of profanity and nudity on broadcast television could soon become a flood if the Supreme Court finds the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy “unconstitutionally vague” during its next session, says the Parents Television Council. “If there’s no rule […]

South American missionary: Answer to fanaticism is an authentic encounter with God

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“Without Christ, man’s rebellion to power can become insanity, as in Oslo,” writes Italian Catholic priest Aldo Trento, who is serving as a missionary in Paraguay, South America. He offers this commentary to Beliefnet readers   by Padre Aldo Trento […]

Why do kids stay in church when they grow up?

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The daunting statistics about church-going youth keep rolling in. It’s hard to sort through the various reports and find the real story. “And there is no one easy solution for bringing all of those ‘lost’ kids back into the church, […]

Chronicle of Higher Education: Exclude all devout candidates

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“I propose that it is high time for the electorate to reject anyone who is strenuously devout,” writes David Barash in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s on-line blog “Brainstorm.” His proposed ban would include any candidate who is a”Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical, […]

GODONOMICS: Why can’t we tax the rich some more and fix all our problems?

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“Godonomics” author Chad Hovind recalls: Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with Socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money.” I had a conversation with a teenager recently who parroted the typical bumper sticker thinking of our culture: “Why […]

Baptist Press: Why is the government involved in marriage anyway?

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If you’ve paid any attention to the public discussion on the nature of marriage in the past few years, you’ve no doubt heard the call from some for the government to get out of the marriage business altogether and just […]

Washington Post: Norway killer not a “religious Christian”

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Self-confessed Norweigan mass-murder suspect Anders Behring Breivik calls himself a “cultural Christian,” writes Mathew N. Schmalz in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section. Religious Christians, Breivik observes, have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which Breivik does not claim to have, notes […]

BLOOMBERG: Consumers using credit cards for necessities of life

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Consumers in the U.S. are increasingly using credit cards to pay for basic necessities as income gains fail to keep pace with rising food and fuel prices, according to the Bloomberg Letter. The dollar volume of purchases charged grew 10.7 […]

Media philosopher Marshall McLuhan would have turned 100 today

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Joseph P. Duggan writing in the American Spectator notes that today is the late Marshall McLuhan’s centennial. Duggan recalls him as “a man born on the western Canadian prairies” who pointed out several decades ago that “the medium is the message” and […]

Lack of news media ethics? Public’s hunger for the salacious doesn’t help

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“So,” writes former Associated Press staffer and author Robert Mims. “the Vatican has weighed in on the growing scandal with media mogul Rupert Murdock’s News of the World cell phone hacking scandal. The Holy See’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, opines that its high […]

New “liberal” translation changes “Son of Man” to “the Human one”

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Five shrinking denominations generally regarded as “liberal” now have their own translation of the Bible. “There are a number of translations available for conservative churches,” spokesman Paul Franklyn told the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. Now, the liberal churches have theirs, the […]

Josh McDowell: As never before in history, parents must counter bad influences on today’s kids

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Atheists and skeptics now have as much access to our children as we have, says bestselling author Josh McDowell. “What has changed everything?” asked McDowell as he spoke at the Billy Graham Center in Asheville, N.C., Friday evening. “The Internet […]

Russia Today: Obama is a CIA lackey?

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With fringe websites constantly proclaiming that President Obama is either a Communist or a Muslim or both, a Russian government-supported website, Russia Today, says that Obama is a spawn of the CIA, which generally is considered an ultra-conservative agency. According to the […]

Washington Post: Same-sex marriage again an issue for religious charities

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By Michelle Boorstein A conflict that roiled Washington’s social service world last year is detonating in Illinois, with the state reportedly severing major ties with Catholic Charities over the issue of same-sex marriage. Three branches of Catholic Charities in Illinois […]

Libel is not love — even if you disagree

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by Anthony Bradley One sign of the declining state of Christianity in America is the way in which believers publicly slander one another, which can do violence to love and undermine the witness of the Church to nonbelievers. A recent […]

Can “reality TV” inspire real faith?

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“When I began this blog,” writes longtime Associated Press staffer Robert Mims, “one thing Beliefnet wanted me to explore was what inspiration or faith lessons could be gleaned from so-called ‘reality television’” shows. “Hmm. Well, there’s no doubt there is a […]

Washington Post: Iran about to execute Christian pastor

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By Jordan Sekulow As the debt ceiling debate, Casey Anthony acquittal, unrest in Syria, and fight to topple Qaddafi in Libya monopolize the news cycle, Iran is quietly implementing its radical Islamist agenda. In just the last two weeks, Iran […]

Author says his freedom in Jesus allows him to enjoy Harry Potter without apology

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Harry Potter is NOT Jesus, writes author Andrew Peterson. “This story isn’t inspired, at least not in the sense that Scripture is inspired; but because I believe that all truth is God’s truth, that the resurrection is at the heart […]

Why are Christian ministries being smeared as “hate groups”?

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Why would anybody accuse 13 Christian organizations, including the American Family Association and Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, of practicing “hate?” Why would anybody apply intense pressure this weekend until TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie apologized publicly for having anything to […]

Washington Post: “Open marriage” never did work

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By W. Bradford Wilcox The Open Marriage by Nena and George O’Neill was published in 1972, as the sexual revolution gathered steam in America. The bestselling book encouraged spouses to “to strip marriage of its antiquated ideals” and, most famously […]

So, now it’s not fashionable to support Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family?

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, now it’s not fashionable to support Focus on the Family.  That’s the message from TOMS Shoes founder Black Mycoskie. Following criticism from liberal fashionistas, he has assured the politically correct that he certainly isn’t […]

Commentary: Muzzled by Mammon

By TOM EHRICH c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) “Leave politics to the politicians,” an irate churchgoer said after his pastor waded into political issues. “Don’t write about something you know nothing about,” an irate reader said when a Christian […]

Commentary: Be sure to read the warning labels

By A. JAMES RUDIN c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) It’s hard to escape the barrage of TV ads that praise the benefits of various medications and then conclude with a rapid-fire list of the drug’s potentially harmful side effects. […]

Commentary: Jesus is still surrounded by too many men

By Cathleen Falsani c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Pop quiz: Name three women leaders in evangelical Christianity. Not including women known primarily as partner to their better-known husbands. And just to make it interesting, let’s say they have to […]

Commentary: Advice for the gentleman from New York

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s cybersex scandal is an opportunity for schadenfreude born in late-night-talk-show-monologue heaven. Oh, Anthony. What a spectacular shande, he of the unfortunately appropriate surname. So many jokes, […]

Budget Battle Pits Atheist Ayn Rand vs. Jesus

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The atheist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand published more than a dozen books before she died in 1982. Now, liberal Christians say another work belongs in Rand’s controversial canon: the […]

Commentary: Harold and me

By DICK STAUB c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) California radio evangelist Harold Camping’s false prophecies about the Rapture and the end of the world, first in 1994 and now again in May 2011, are a bit of deja vu. […]

Commentary: The (real) coming Judgment Day

By TOM EHRICH c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) If you are reading this, then you apparently didn’t qualify for the Rapture on May 21. Or Judgment Day predictors need better math. Either way, last Saturday belonged to God, not […]

Commentary: True Reform Would Start with ‘I’m Sorry’

By KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The Vatican has given the world’s Catholic bishops one year to set policies for handling allegations of child abuse, including reporting to police where required by local law. And on […]

Commentary: John Paul II, The Jewish Saint

By A. JAMES RUDIN c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) When the Vatican beatifies someone and places the person just one step away from sainthood, it usually attracts scant attention among Jews because it is correctly perceived as an internal […]

Commentary: Torture Didn’t and Doesn’t Make Us Safer

By LINDA J. GUSTITUS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Immediate claims by supporters of the Bush administration’s torture program that Osama bin Laden was found and killed based on information obtained through torture leaves one almost breathless. Disregarding the […]

Commentary: Osama bin Laden Is Dead. Discuss

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Late Sunday night, while perusing Facebook, a friend on Facebook updated her status to announce that Osama bin Laden was dead. It took a few seconds to confirm the news on […]

Commentary: (Should Be) Coming to a Theater Near You

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) This fall a film based on Donald Miller’s bestselling spiritual memoir, Blue Like Jazz, is expected to hit theaters nationwide. In many ways, Miller’s book is an unlikely subject for a […]

Commentary: A New Leader for Challenging Times

NEW YORK (RNS) The heady days of American congregational expansion are over. The nation’s largest Jewish group, the 1.5 million-member Union for Reform Judaism, is now confronting the same stagnant or even declining membership trends that have become routine for […]

Feature: Skeletons in the Catholic Church’s Closet

(RNS) In its new Sunday night series, The Borgias, Showtime has found the magic combination for ultimate crowd appeal in a scintillating soap opera about a bad-boy pope. The Borgias follows the quasi-historic story of the Spanish noble family who, […]

Commentary: Is This about American Muslims or America?

(RNS) Lately, Congress appears to be obsessed with Muslims. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is holding hearings Tuesday (March 29) on “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims,” and Chairman Peter King has announced a second set of hearings on “Radicalization […]

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