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Yes, Virginia, There Is

An editorial appeared in the September 21, 1897, edition of The New York Sun titled "Is There a Santa Claus?" It was a reply to a query sent by an 8-year-old girl named Virginia. She asked her father if there was a Santa Claus, and he suggested she write to The Sun and ask, telling her, "If you see it in The Sun, it’s so."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 10, 2012 |
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Pro-Family Groups Welcome Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage Cases

Several pro-family groups are voicing their approval that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided it will hear highly controversial cases on gay marriage.

How God Uses Our Tears

T. Dewitt Talmage was a well-known Brooklyn, N.Y., preacher in the late 1800s. He died in 1902. He once preached a message titled "The Ministry of Tears." It speaks powerfully to the reality of grief, but is also laced with an enormous spirit of hope.

Tufts University Reinstates Christian Group Accused of Discrimination

Student religious groups should not have to appoint leaders who do not share their beliefs, a student judiciary at Tufts University announced on Dec. 5.

Egypt's Morsi Rescinds Power Decree, But Opposition Calls It a 'Stunt'

Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has canceled his decree giving himself sweeping powers, but plans to push forward with the planned Dec. 15 referendum on a draft constitution.

Kazakhstan: Violation of Religious Freedom for Christians Continues

Infringements of religious freedom in Kazakhstan are due in part to the country's newly adopted Religion Law. The law, which went into effect last year, requires all religious communities to register or re-register their organizations and churches with the government.

Supreme Court Will Hear Gay Marriage Cases

The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the constitutional right to marry.

California Episcopal Church Under Fire for Hosting Muslim Convention

Leaders of an Episcopal church in Pasadena, Calif., have come under fire for their decision to host the annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Poll: Only 52 Percent of Americans Give Clergy High Marks for Honesty, Ethics

Who do Americans regard as the most honest and ethical people in their lives? According to a new Gallup poll, most people would not say a pastor or clergyman.

Violence Against Christians Moves Nigeria to No. 7 on List of Terror-Affected Nations

Boko Haram's violent jihad against Christians in Nigeria pushed the country into seventh place in annual rankings of countries impacted by terrorism, fueling more calls for the State Department to reconsider its decision not to designate the Islamist group as a "foreign terrorist organization."

What's Hot? 12/07/12

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

Equal Rights for Christians in Bhutan Stalled

While Bhutan's government has quietly enacted an "anti-conversion" law that Christians fear will be used against them, a proposal to grant Christians the right to construct church buildings and form organizations remains stalled.

  • Morning Star News |
  • December 07, 2012 |
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Israel Still Excluded From Obama Administration's Touted Counter-Terror Forum

Six months after the Obama administration said it was "committed" to involving Israel in its flagship international counter-terrorism initiative, there has evidently been little progress, and the State Department indicated Wednesday it was still trying.

Ten Resolutions for Mental Health

Pastor and author John Piper recently shared notes he took during a 1976 lecture by Clyde Kilby, one of his professors in English literature at Wheaton College.

Pakistani Christians Hold Prayer Rally for Wounded Missionary

Hundreds of Pakistani Christians rallied in the city of Lahore to pray for a wounded Christian missionary.

Fiscal Cliff Imperils Adoption Tax Credit

With Congress embroiled in debate over the so-called "fiscal cliff," many in the adoption community are concerned that the adoption tax credit set to expire at the end of the year could be forgotten.

Belgium: Two Newly Elected Muslim Politicians in Brussels Vow to Implement Sharia

Two Muslim politicians who won October municipal elections in Belgium's capital, Brussels, have vowed to implement sharia, or Islamic law, in Belgium.

The Mayan Apocalypse

The Mayan apocalypse -- predicted for December 21 -- is looming large. How are we to think Christianly about this?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 06, 2012 |
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Court Upholds Indiana's Ban on Secular Wedding Officiants

A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists' requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages.

Are We Obsessed With Our Pets?

Is it possible to love your dog or cat too much?

Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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