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Teenagers Who Drink Say They Have More Friends

According to a new study, teens who report occasional drinking and getting drunk tend to have higher "social connectedness" then their abstaining peers.

Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Snake-Handling Pastor

Campbell County pastor Andrew Hamblin will not face any criminal charges for possessing more than 50 venomous snakes.

Voting With Their Feet

So many times we wonder about the validity or value of something when the answer is patently clear: people have voted with their feet

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 09, 2014 |
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Sexual Purity in Men

Fred Stoeker was in the fifth grade when he saw his mom try to kill his dad. She stood behind him, scissors raised, ready to stab her husband – a serial adulterer – in the back. Fred’s dad was also addicted to pornography. And although Fred swore he’d never treat women the way his own father treated them … he eventually did.

Human Trafficking a Concern Ahead of NJ Super Bowl

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to descend on East Rutherford, New Jersey, ahead of the February 2 Super Bowl. And that’s why some organizations and individuals are particularly concerned about a rise in human trafficking during the event.

Cake Shop Owner Appeals Ruling Forcing Him to Sell Cakes for Same-Sex Ceremonies

Attorneys for the owner of a cake shop in Colorado filed an appeal last week to a ruling that the shop must sell wedding cakes to same sex couples.

Little Sisters of the Poor Fight Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

The Little Sisters of the Poor have won a temporary injunction against the birth control mandate in Obamacare, but the fight continues.

3 Revealing Things About “Atheist Churches”

You might have seen some of the media coverage of so-called “atheist churches.” The concept started with two British comedians, Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans. Jones told the AP, “If you think about church, there's very little that's bad. It's singing awesome songs, hearing interesting talks, thinking about improving yourself and helping other people — and doing that in a community with wonderful relationships. What part of that is not to like?"

Sexting in Middle School Means More Sex for Preteens and Teens

More high school students are sending and receiving sext messages or photos, and that makes them more likely to engage in other types of sexual activity as well. Now researchers say the same trends are trickling down to younger students in middle school, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Church of England’s Alternative Baptism Liturgy Drops Reference to Devil

The Church of England has been accused of “dumbing down” the baptism service following the introduction of an alternative liturgy in which excludes “sins” or “the devil.”

Libya’s Vote for Koranic Law Worries Coptic Christians

Last month, Libya’s national assembly voted in favor of making Koranic Law, or Shariah, the basis of all legislative decisions. The vote has left Coptic Christians fearful of increased oppression.

The Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Gay Marriage in Utah

In response to the record-shattering number of gay weddings, the state of Utah has filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court.

You Can’t “Unfriend” Family

It’s pretty easy to avoid dealing with conflict nowadays. Do your former college roommate’s views on parenting irritate you? Hide her posts from your Facebook news feed. Annoyed by the neighbor’s political signs on the front lawn? Sadly, it doesn’t take much effort to avoid interacting with neighbors these days.

New Study Links Beliefs to Personality

Believers in creationism are more likely to take in information through intuition, according to a new study.

Teen Drivers Start Cautiously, Grow Careless With Time

Teen drivers are very cautious behind the wheel when they first start driving, but as time passes they begin to engage in potentially risky behaviors such as talking on cellphones, eating and talking to other passengers.

Planned Parenthood Board Member Says Abortion is a 'Sacred Gift'

In recent opinion columns, Planned Parenthood board member Valerie Tarico wrote that abortion is a “sacred gift” and celebrated her belief that Christianity is “in decline."

The Millennial Mistake

Why are we focusing on Christian Millennials who leave the church in order to learn how to reach non-Christian Millennials who are not in the church?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • January 06, 2014 |
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Adventures in Odyssey Fans Will Want to Read This

Do you know someone who’d jump at the chance at having access to Adventures in Odyssey’s entire library of 700-plus episodes? Are you one of the many college students and adults who secretly listen to AIO on your mp3 player? Are you a parent of little ones looking for fun ways to invest in their spiritual growth? If you can identify with any of the above questions, Focus’ new Odyssey Adventure Club is for you.

Iran Steps Up Its Campaign Against Christians

Iran, a country notorious for its persecution of religious minorities, has recently taken another step in its campaign against Christians.

Netanyahu Gloomy as Kerry Returns for Peace Talks

The battle over land still wages in Palestine and Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas each firmly set on advancing their own interests

  • Compiled & Edited by ReligionToday Editorial Staff |
  • January 03, 2014 |
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