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The Ultimate Christmas Verse

As I prayed about the ongoing heartache surrounding the school shooting in Connecticut, I thought about the fact that many of the children who appeared in Focus on the Family’s "John 3:16" advertisement that aired earlier this year are the same age as many of the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

What Christians Can Learn from the Failed Mayan Apocalypse

The Mayans were wrong about the calendar. But they weren’t wrong that the arc of history is headed toward something cataclysmic.

Poll: Christmas Music Enjoyed by 70 Percent of Americans

Christmas music is nearly inescapable every December -- and according to a new LifeWay Research study, most Americans enjoy it.

Pastor in Lahore, Pakistan, Threatened for Evangelizing

A pastor in Lahore, Pakistan, has been threatened for evangelizing in the Punjab province.

Clashes Continue in Egypt Over Constitution

The final vote on Egypt's new Islamist constitution is this weekend, and supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi -- a long-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood -- continue to clash in the streets.

Church Bells Ring Nationwide for Newtown Shooting Victims

Church bells tolled across the U.S. Friday morning in remembrance of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last Friday, and religious leaders called on people to pause and reflect on the tragedy.

2012 Year-End Youth Culture Review

HW's free 2012 Youth Culture Review is here! A free, downloadable resource with the most notable issues and research from 2012.

What's Hot? 12/21/12

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

American Pastor Imprisoned Without Notice of Charges While Visiting Family in Iran

A 32-year-old Iranian who is a U.S. citizen and a Christian convert has been imprisoned without notice of any formal charges while visiting his family in Iran, according to his wife and attorneys in the U.S.

Life Reminds Me of This Famous Painting

The churn of the culture reminds me of Rembrandt’s famous painting, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee.

U.S. Teen Smoking Falls to Record Low in 2012

Cigarette smoking among American teenagers dropped to a record low in 2012, according to an annual survey of 45,000 students.

Churches Under Fire for Using Gun Classes as Outreach

A few dozen churches in the U.S. offer concealed carry certification classes as a way to reach out to non-Christians and attract new members. Pastors around the country see no conflict between being a Christian and possessing weapons, but in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., such sentiments are coming under sharp criticism from fellow Christians.

Let’s Rethink Our Holly-Jolly Christmas Songs

In a time of obvious tragedy, the unbearable lightness of Christmas seems absurd to the watching world.

Fill in the Blank: All I Want for Christmas...

It’s been called the "Paradox of Christmas," the fact that the Creator of heaven and earth gave up what He had so that we might receive what we need.

The Real Christmas Carol

When you study the era that Dickens wrote about when he published A Christmas Carol in 1843, you realize that it was dark and evil. And that the Scrooge character was not the buffoonish, almost cartoon-like character some of the movies made him out to be.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 20, 2012 |
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Texas Policeman Gives Ticket and $100 to Needy Driver

A police officer in Texas -- who wants to remain anonymous -- is gaining attention after he gave a man a $100 bill folded in a citation.

Obama Announces More Gun Control by January

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the formation of a new working group on gun violence to be chaired by Vice President Joe Biden in light of last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

Frank Pastore: One of God's Good Men

Yesterday’s death of Christian broadcaster and former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Pastore comes as a blow. He was my friend, and I not only miss him already, but I miss knowing that he’s out there "in the arena" spreading the Good News of Jesus over the airwaves at KKLA in Southern California and beyond.

Gallup: Majority Believe Gays Can Adopt But Not Lead Boy Scouts

A Gallup poll shows strong majorities of Americans favor a broad range of rights for gays and lesbians, including adopting children, but a slim majority also say gays should not be Boy Scout leaders.

In Debate Over Gun Control and Mental Health, Evangelicals Diverge From Rest of Nation

In the wake of last week's massacre of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary, two main subjects of debate have emerged regarding how to prevent future tragedies: better gun control versus better treatment of mental illness. A recent survey of attitudes toward gun control suggests where evangelicals and other religious groups stand on the issue.

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