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If you did little more than read headlines, this week welcomed same-sex marriage into the mainstream of our culture.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 27, 2013 |
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Syrian Christians: 'Why is the U.S. at War With Us?'

Syrian Christians are asking why the United States supports extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state.

Laos: Christian Families Evicted From Land Refuse to Leave Faith

Local authorities have taken the citizenship and farmland of six Christian families in Laos, promising to reinstate them only when the 16 people give up their Christian faith.

Teen Drinkers, Pot Smokers at Raised Risk of Concussion

Researchers find risk of concussion is 3 to 5 times higher for teen drinkers and pot smokers.

Parents Should Focus on Health, Not Fat, in Food Talks with Kids

A new study finds teens whose parents nagged about weight gain tended to have more unhealthy eating behaviors.

How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness?

Same-sex marriage is headed for your community. This is no time for fear or outrage or politicizing. It’s a time for forgiven sinners, like us, to do what the people of Christ have always done. It’s time for us to point beyond our family values and our culture wars to the cross of Christ.

Traditional Marriage Supporters: Court Set Dangerous Precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday essentially legalized gay marriage in California after ruling that defenders of Proposition 8, the voter-approved amendment defining marriage as being between a man and woman, had no legal standing to defend it. Backers of Prop 8 say the court has set a dangerous precedent that in effect neutralizes the will of the people who vote.

Millennial Support for Marriage is #NotDeadYet

Millions of teens and twenty-somethings are standing firm for marriage. Among them are the brightest young men and women we welcome each year to our Focus Leadership Institute, where they learn about Christian worldview and God’s design for marriage and family.

Algeria's Protestants Want Their Churches Back

Christians are the distinct minority in Algeria, representing less than 1 percent of Algeria's 38 million inhabitants, and often face restrictions when seeking to build new churches.

National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage

The National Cathedral is ringing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage.

Muslim Officials Attempt to Charge Ethiopian Evangelist With Terrorism, Treason

Ethiopian officials arbitrarily detained and arrested a Christian evangelist under charges of terrorism and treason in response to his Christian faith and activities.

Obama: Supreme Court Rights a Wrong, Country Better Off

President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, declaring the court "has righted a wrong, and our country is better off for it."

Instagram Surges, Closes Gap on Vine

Instagram has vaulted up the App Store ranking of free iPhone apps since launching a video-recording feature, jumping from No. 22 to No. 8. At the same time, Twitter’s Vine has slipped from No. 3 to No. 7 among free apps, leaving the rival apps nearly neck and neck in the race for downloads.

Alcohol Consumption in the U.S. Starts as Early as Second Grade

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that by age 8, 37 percent of kids had sipped alcohol.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of DOMA, Dismisses Prop 8 Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits. The court also dismissed an appeal regarding California's Proposition 8, ruling that private parties did not have "standing" to defend the voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

U2's Bono Proclaims Christ on Christian Radio Interview

U2 frontman Bono exchanged Bible references and bantered about music, theology and evangelicals' role in AIDS activism in a recent radio interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • June 26, 2013 |
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Why I'm Not Despairing Over the Marriage Rulings

Today's two rulings do not touch the 38 states across our nation that enshrine natural marriage as law. And the two rulings don't diminish the job of the Church to proclaim God's truth to a culture that desperately needs it.

Speeding: A Deadly Issue for Teen Drivers

While speeding hasn't garnered the national attention of other teen issues like distracted driving, as a factor in fatal teen crashes, it has increased from 30% in 2000 to 33% in 2011.

Syrian Christians Caught in the Crossfire

Syrian Christians are the victims of disproportionate violence and abuse as sectarian violence continues to engulf Syria.

Christians Don't Feel Safe in Egypt, Fleeing to U.S. and Europe to Seek Asylum

Many Coptic Christians are fleeing to the United States and Europe because they no longer feel safe in Egypt.

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