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When People Leave Your Church... and It's Okay

When is it okay for a member or attender of your church to leave? First, let’s state the obvious. It’s never just "okay."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 10, 2013 |
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National Cathedral Gay Marriage Change 'Not Surprising,' Opponents Say

Opponents of gay marriage are expressing disappointment but not surprise at the announcement that the Washington National Cathedral will now wed same-sex couples.

Haiti Orphanage Opens Three Years After Quake

An orphanage built with $1.8 million in donated funds opened in Grand Goave, Haiti, last Saturday, dedicated to the memory of 19-year-old Britney Gengel, who died in the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that Haiti officials estimate killed more than 300,000 people.

Nigerian President Defends Security Amid Reports of Slaughters

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan defended his administration’s efforts to protect churches as he visited a worship service in Abuja Dec. 30, amid disputed reports of massacred Christians in Borno state.

  • Morning Star News |
  • January 09, 2013 |
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Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers

Most adolescents who plan or attempt suicide have already received at least some mental health treatment, raising questions about the effectiveness of current approaches to helping troubled youths, according to the largest in-depth analysis to date of suicidal behaviors in American teenagers.

A Story of Billy Graham and Ronald Reagan

At the time Dr. Billy Graham and Ronald Reagan first met in 1953, both men were rising stars, one in the pulpit and the other in a pseudo-political role.

Washington National Cathedral to Wed Same-Sex Couples

When laws went into effect in three states for same-sex couples to marry, many lined up at their city halls to exchange vows. Now they may do so in one of the nation's most prominent churches: the Washington National Cathedral.

Supreme Court Declines Embryonic Stem Cell Case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case about the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research, thereby allowing the continued use of taxpayer dollars for studies that require the destruction of human embryos.

Mobile Phones Hugely Personal for Teens

Younger generations are most likely to see their mobile phone as tied into their identity.

Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases in Late March

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in late March in a pair of cases challenging laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

Planned Parenthood Reports Record Year for Abortions

Planned Parenthood's annual report shows 333,964 abortions were performed in the 2011 to 2012 fiscal year -- pushing its figures to 995,687 abortions in three years.

Did You See This Magazine Cover?

Saturday’s New York Times featured a front-page story heralding the growing influence of pregnancy centers across America. Such centers serve as the practical and life-affirming alternative to Planned Parenthood clinics, offering counseling, parenting classes and ultrasound exams, among other helpful service and caring support.

Ordinary Muslims in Indonesia Violating Rights, Study Finds

Concerns are growing over at least 50 cases of religious freedom violations against Christians in Indonesia last year, as not only extremists but ordinary Muslims were responsible for many of the acts of intolerance and violence, according to a recent study.

  • Morning Star News |
  • January 08, 2013 |
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Study: U.S. College Freshmen Think They're More Special Than Ever

Young people's unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966.

Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4 Billion in Fiscal Year 2012

During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from fiscal year 2011.

Egypt's Morsi Boosts Islamic Presence in Cabinet

Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi appointed Islamists to key cabinet posts over the weekend, bringing new parts of the government under Muslim Brotherhood control.

Obama Pushes for New Gun Control Measures

President Barack Obama plans to put his "full weight" behind the push for new gun control legislation in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown, Conn.

  • WORLD News Service |
  • January 07, 2013 |
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Culture Keepers

The idea of culture "keepers" is significant. There are aspects of culture – a nation’s culture, a church’s culture, a family’s culture – that must be "kept."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 07, 2013 |
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Iran: Pastor Nadarkhani Released, Imprisoned Lawyer's Health Deteriorates

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has learned that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who was re-imprisoned on Christmas Day, was released today.

  • Christian Solidarity Worldwide |
  • January 07, 2013 |
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Abortion Restrictions Hit Second-Highest Total Ever in 2012

State lawmakers passed the second-highest number of abortion restrictions ever in 2012, with 19 states enacting 43 measures limiting access to abortion services.

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