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Pope Francis Blasts Arms Dealers, Decries Indifference to War

Pope Francis lashed out at public indifference to the many wars raging around the globe, with especially harsh words for arms makers who he said profit from the violence and suffering.

Russell Crowe really wants Pope Francis to see ‘Noah’

Actor Russell Crowe is using social media to try to cajole Pope Francis into seeing his latest film, the controversial “Noah,” which stars Crowe as the waterlogged biblical patriarch.

Bob Jones University Rehires Firm Hired to Investigate Sex Abuse

After firing an independent watchdog group to investigate allegations of sexual abuse on campus, Bob Jones University has rehired the same group, one month before the findings from a 13-month review were scheduled to be released.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • February 26, 2014 |
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Bible Saves Bus Driver from Gunshots

In Psalm 119:25, the writer begs God to “preserve my life according to your Word.” And for an Ohio bus driver, this psalm just took on a whole new meaning after he was shot twice in the chest by three teenage attackers.

Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President

On Sunday, February 23, Oleksandr Turchynov took office as the acting president of Ukraine, replacing the recently deposed President Yanukovych.

Loving the Prodigal Home

Chief Financial Officer. The job title alone can be a little intimidating. It might conjure images of a serious, somewhat gruff individual who’s more interested in numbers than people. I’m happy to say that Focus’ CFO, Dan Mellema, is nothing like the caricature would suggest.

Women Dominate Mobile Gaming (Really!)

New research conducted by mobile game recommendation engine PlayPhone finds that 68% of mobile gamers are women.

Kentucky Pastor Dies Handling Snakes; Son Continues to Handle

The son of a Kentucky pastor who died of a snake bite has announced that he will take over the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church and continue to handle snakes.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • February 25, 2014 |
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Stories of Faith and Hope Emerge in Protest-Torn Ukraine

After months of violent protests, Christians in Ukraine who are trying to make sense of the turmoil and while being a support for their fellow citizens.

No Reprieve for Notre Dame on HHS Mandate

According to CBN News, the University of Notre Dame could be facing penalties for not providing birth control as part of its insurance policy.

What’s the Best Christian Response to the Mistreatment of Homosexuals?

In various countries around the world, homosexuals are being beaten and even killed with their governments’ approval. For example, in Nigeria, a recent law criminalizing homosexuality provides punishments, like whippings, to men who are caught having homosexual relations.

Frequent School Moves May Harm Kids’ Mental Health

Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests.

‘American Idol’ Contestants Lean on NASCAR’s Spiritual Adviser

When “American Idol” needed a spiritual adviser for its contestants this season, the show turned to an unexpected place: NASCAR.

Palestinian Boycott Another Form of Anti-Semitism

“The boycott is really about denying Israel the right to exist,” Israeli Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau said to more than 300 Christian communicators. “This is also a new form of anti-Semitism.

Anglican Archbishop Hopeful for Peace in South Sudan

“There is still hope in South Sudan despite the current situation, God will still bring a solution," the Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala said in a speech to South Sudanese students.

An Inconvenient Truth

Many pastors and leaders look for the silver bullet - the solution that they can seamlessly weave into the life of the church that will solve all of their problems but keep everyone currently attending happy. There’s only one problem. It doesn’t exist.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • February 24, 2014 |
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Are Some Christians Really Supporting “Homosexual Jim Crow Laws?”

It should come as no surprise that sometimes well-meaning, sincere Christians can disagree with each other on how to best live out their faith. Sometimes, those differences can run deep.

Arizona Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse Service on Religious Grounds

The Arizona Legislature has passed a religion bill that would allow individuals and businesses to use religious beliefs as defense against a lawsuit.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • February 21, 2014 |
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Study Shows 2 Million U.S. Scientists Identify As Evangelical

A new NAE-backed initiative wants to see if they can help scientists and evangelicals better understand each other.

Ukraine: Negotiations Reached to End Crisis

After another day of violence in Ukraine, a deal was reached Friday between protesters and the presidential office. Both the French and Polish foreign ministries cautioned that the contents were still in flux.

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