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Culture Surfing - May 31, 2012

Noteworthy culture stories in the news.

Husband and Wife Apology Letters

I recently came across these two letters that were exchanged between a husband and a wife. I thought I’d share them with you.

Maryland Gay Marriage Foes Exceed Signature Goal for Referendum

Supporters of a Maryland referendum that would reverse the state's gay marriage law have submitted more than twice the number of signatures needed -- a month ahead of schedule.

Praying for the Kingdom to Come

Jesus told us to pray for God’s kingdom to come. What does that mean?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • May 31, 2012 |
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1,500-Member Chinese House Church Asked to Halt Services

Authorities in China's southwestern province of Sichuan have asked a large family-based house church to halt its activities.

Egyptian Christians Threatened, Blamed by Islamists for Voting

Islamists are blaming Christians for voting for former Mubarak cabinet member Ahmad Shafik and sending him to the run-off election with Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy.

Survey: Most Southern Baptist Pastors Favor Black Denominational Leader

A majority of Southern Baptist pastors surveyed said they think it would be good for the nation's largest Protestant denomination to have an African-American leader.

Ten Books Every Christian Should Read

Although not everybody has the luxury of enjoying a summer vacation, the season invariably lends itself to setting aside some time to read a good book.

Muslims Killing Christians Door-to-Door in Northern Nigeria

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, has raised the alarm over silent and unreported killings of Christians in the northern part of the country.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years for War Crimes

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison by an international court for aiding "some of the most heinous and brutal [war] crimes recorded in human history."

Washington Reports at Least 70 Assisted Suicides

Washington state may already have surpassed Oregon as the leader in legal physician-assisted suicides.

Memorial Day Kicks Off 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Memorial Day may have marked the unofficial start of summer, but it also kicked off the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Given that texting is the communication mode du jour for high schoolers, that extra time on the road often translates into more texting while driving.

Number of Employed High School Students Hits 20-Year Low

The American job market is no place for students as the number of employed high schoolers has hit its lowest level in more than 20 years, according to new figures from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Kansas Governor Signs Sharia Ban into Law

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a measure banning the use of Islamic law in the state.

FedEx Mistreated Christian, Judge Rules

A Federal Express employee has prevailed in a lawsuit accusing the shipping company of discrimination in failing to accommodate his religious beliefs.

Deadly Quake Hits Northern Italy

At least 12 people were killed in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Italy today, nine days after a 6.0-magnitude quake in the same region killed seven.

Teach Them Why They Died So That We Might Live

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it said several hundred times. It’s difficult to raise a child these days.

Syria Denies Houla Massacre, International Leaders Condemn Attack

Syria on Sunday strongly denied allegations that its forces killed more than 100 people -- including women and children -- in Houla on Friday.

Laos: Mother Expels Christian Children from Home

An 18-year-old boy and 20-year-old girl in Laos were expelled from their home because of their Christian faith.

Burmese Troops Gang-Rape Woman in Church

Burmese troops gang-raped and tortured a grandmother in a church in the latest reported case of abuse by Burma's military against the predominantly Christian Kachin minority.

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