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Former CCM Singer Katy Perry: ‘I Don’t Believe in Heaven or Hell’

After years of concerts featuring songs about sexual misadventures, the average listener has probably forgotten that Katy Perry began her career as a Christian artist.

Extremists Kill 12 in Nigerian Christian Villages

According to the Associated Press at ABC News, Muslim extremists killed 12 civilians this weekend in Nigeria.

  • Compiled & Edited by ReligionToday Editorial Staff |
  • December 30, 2013 |
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Prominent Ex-gay Group Has Ties To Unification Church

After renouncing Unification Church ties in 2007, an IHF trainer again involved with the UC

  • Dr. Warren Throckmorton |
  • December 30, 2013 |
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Another Publisher Investigates Books By Mark Driscoll

In the aftermath of the Mark Driscoll plagiarism allegations, another Christian publisher launches a review of books

  • Dr. Warren Throckmorton |
  • December 30, 2013 |
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The Year (Really) in Review

This is the time to recap the year that was. But how do you really get a twelve-month snapshot of a culture’s zeitgeist? I would argue for two words: “Google searches.”

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 30, 2013 |
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VIDEO: 7 Ways God was Faithful in 2013

There’s no doubt that God helped Focus on the Family accomplish its mission of helping families thrive this year. There are so many tangible ways He’s guided and blessed our efforts during 2013 that I can’t list them all. I do want to share a few of them with you, however.

Low Turnout at Churches in Northern Nigeria Due to Persecution

  • International Christian Concern |
  • December 27, 2013 |
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VIDEO: A Father’s Confession to His Daughter with Down Syndrome

They say becoming a father changes a man. This video illustrates that truth.

Best Toys Ever (2013)

Wired magazine ran an article on the five best toys ever. And it was an important reminder that the best things in life – and often in ministry, leadership, business and family – are the simple things.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 26, 2013 |
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The Grand Miracle

Just the other day a colleague forwarded me an excerpt from a marvelous C.S. Lewis essay. It is titled, The Grand Miracle. What wonderful Christmas imagery! I loved it – and thought you would as well.

VIDEO: The “It” Present This Christmas Is…

The year’s “it” Christmas present changes from year to year … or does it?

Memories of Christmas

What’s your favorite Christmas memory? We asked a wide variety of Focus on the Family broadcast listeners that same question, and their answers were eye-opening.

The Real Christmas Carol (2013)

Most people have seen one or more versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But when I first read the novel itself, after viewing various editions of the movie, I was shocked. Scrooge was not the buffoonish, almost cartoon-like character some of the movies made him out to be. He was genuinely evil.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 23, 2013 |
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VIDEO: What Should Christmas Mean to Americans in the 21st Century?

The question has been asked, “Is Christmas still relevant?” In our modern, enlightened world, with information at our fingertips and life moving forward at breakneck speed, does this holiday even have anything to offer us anymore? What does the “archaic” Christian tradition of celebrating the seemingly obscure birth of a baby born more than 2,000 years ago even mean in a modern context?

Tyndale Releases Plagiarism Findings; Driscoll Apologizes for "Mistakes"

Tyndale House Publishers, the publisher behind Seattle megapastor Mark Driscoll, released the findings of its own investigation into allegations of plagiarism against the pastor.

  • Amanda Cassanova |
  • December 22, 2013 |
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School Choir Omits Lyrics from 'Silent Night'

School District apologizes after elementary school choir omits key religious lyrics from "Silent Night."

What's Hot? 12/20/13

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

Can There Be a “Wrongful Birth?”

We’ve all heard of “wrongful death” lawsuits – a civil action where someone seeks damages against a party for causing a person’s demise. Well, there’s a new trend gathering steam: the “wrongful birth” lawsuit. But … can there even be such a thing?

Instagram Passes Twitter on Mobile Devices

Nielsen Co. has found that Instagram, the photo and video-sharing app, has an average monthly smartphone audience of 32 million, compared with Twitter's 30.8 million.

Teens Shun Synthetic Marijuana, but Smoke More of the Real Thing

Teens are shunning synthetic marijuana, such as K2 and Spice, but smoking more of the real thing, according to the findings of the annual Monitoring the Future survey.

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