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Sao Paulo Becomes Mob Scene as Police Fire Tear Gas at World Cup Protesters

Sao Paulo became a scene of pandemonium on Thursday, as a group of protesters stormed toward the Arena Corinthians stadium demanding more money for low-income housing, hospitals, and education.

What's Hot? 06/13/14

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

Former Nigerian President Says Some Abducted Schoolgirls May Never Return

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has publicly stated his lack of faith in the Nigerian government to free the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April.

Would You Choose a Pet Over a Child?

They call them “fur babies,” and many couples in the U.S. are opting for them. One headline aptly described it this way: “Americans are having dogs instead of babies.”

Union Seminary Pulls Investments from the ‘Sin’ of Fossil Fuels

New York City’s venerable Union Theological Seminary plans to pull all investments in fossil fuels from its $108.4 million endowment, casting it as part of a bid to atone for the “sin” of contributing to climate change.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • June 12, 2014 |
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Southern Baptists Oppose Gender Reassignment

Pushing back against a cultural tide of growing acceptance of transgender people, Southern Baptists adopted a statement affirming the creation of “two distinct and complementary sexes.”

Church of England Schools May Cut Back on Religious Students

Church of England schools in England may soon see the attendance of fewer Christian students, as new admission guidelines seek to cater to the “local community,” including those of no religion.

Smoking Marijuana as a Teenager Lowers IQ for Life

Researchers find that smoking marijuana as a teenager lowers IQ into adulthood and can have a lifelong impact.

UNC-Wilmington Ordered to Pay $710,000 for Discrimination Against Christian Professor

University of North Carolina-Wilmington must pay over $710,000 for denying a Christian professor a promotion because of his beliefs.

Fired Gun-Toting Pastor Refuses to Leave Alabama Church

A handgun-carrying pastor in Alabama was fired by church leaders from Friendly Missionary Baptist Church last year, but refuses to leave the church.

Church of England Priest Voices Support for Assisted Suicide Bill

An influential priest of the Church of England has spoken out, supporting a bill permitting physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill adults in Great Britain.

Pheonix: Catholic Church Shooting Kills Priest, Another Critically Injured

A shooting in a downtown Phoenix Catholic church has left one priest dead and another critically injured.

Mormon Attorney Faces Excommunication for Advocating the Ordination of Women

A Mormon international human rights lawyer is facing excommunication for advocating the ordination of women.

Hillsong Pastor Dodges Social Issues

Some Christian leaders have expressed concern that Hillsong megachurch pastor Carl Lentz is concealing his thoughts on weighty issues such as homosexuality.

Summer Reading List (2014)

A long tradition at ChurchandCulture.org is the summer reading post – meaning the once-a-year list of ten books that might be worth your while to peruse during some (hopefully) extra reading time over your summer.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 12, 2014 |
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Typing v. Handwriting: Which Would You Choose?

Typing and “quick communication” have taken over our lives. From the endless emails that are part of many of our jobs to text messages asking if someone can pick up bread and milk on their way home, typing has largely replaced handwriting.

Survey Claims Christians Demand Accuracy for Biblical Films

A survey has concluded that Christian moviegoers want to see films that are biblically accurate. The poll, conducted by American Insights, found that “historical and biblical accuracy is important” to most Christians.

Christian Refugees Flood Out of Iraqi City; Trapped Residents Describe “Apocalyptic” Murder, Terror

Bodies of Christian children and their parents litter the chaotic streets of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, as violent Muslim extremists have seized a terrorized city Iraqi Christians once considered their last safe refuge.

Southern Baptists Condemn Transgenderism as 'Contrary to Gods Design'

The Southern Baptist Convention voted at their annual meeting Tuesday against the “moral validation” of transgender people.

Angelina Jolie Co-Hosts Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in War

Actress Angelina Jolie will be speaking today at a global summit in London, in an effort to end wartime rape.

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