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First Things First

College application essay prompts seem to want high-school seniors to have it all figured out. But then why go to college? Churches can make a similar mistake.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 07, 2013 |
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Central Asia: Christian Woman Thrown Out of Home

"Glenna," a Christian woman in Central Asia, was recently kicked out of her home by neighbors.

Chaplaincy Crisis Tests Religious Freedom

In light of the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, some liberal critics are asking whether traditional Christian chaplains should be in the military, where they must agree to serve all personnel, regardless of faith or sexual practices.

A Father’s Final Act of Love

Over the past few days I’ve found my thoughts turning often toward 13-year-old Gracie Johnson, the sole survivor of a freak Colorado rockslide that claimed the lives of her parents, sister, and two other relatives while hiking this past Monday in Buena Vista.

Ties of Faith in Baseball's Postseason

Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist noted as a rookie in 2008 that Christian athletes have an added responsibility to be role models "because our culture exalts performance so much."

Christian Sports Broadcaster Sues Fox Sports Over Dismissal

Craig James, who was fired by Fox Sports Southwest because he voiced views reflecting traditional biblical belief, is going to court over his termination.

Military Help Sought to Check Islamist Rebel Violence in Central African Republic

With Islamist rebels in the Central African Republic continuing to commit atrocities unchecked, including violence against Christians, U.N. and rights officials are calling for outside military help to establish rule of law.

  • Morning Star News |
  • October 04, 2013 |
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What's Hot? 10/4/13

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

Consultants Help Churches With the Business of Growth

Many congregations are mired in debt, saddled with large mortgages as they lose longtime elderly members and scramble to woo young families that will place checks in collection plates. To stand out in a crowded field — and attract more members — churches are hiring consultants trained in ecclesial concerns.

  • Suzanne Sataline |
  • October 04, 2013 |
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Remembering Pastor Chuck Smith

By the time I accepted Christ in high school, the "hippie" movement was in full swing, as was the "Jesus movement" - a dynamic uprising of young Christians whose style and manner of worship was pretty unconventional, at least compared with that of the prior generation.

Bangladeshi Christians Told to Close Church, Convert to Islam

A local government official in central Bangladesh has halted the construction of a church, forced Christians to worship at a mosque and threatened them with eviction from their village unless they renounce their faith.

Missing Italian Priest in Syria Reported as Still Alive

An Italian Jesuit priest who went missing in Syria several months ago is still alive, according to an Assyrian priest speaking at the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Study Finds Trouble for Kids Who Date Early

Boys and girls who start dating at a young age are disrupting the typical pattern of teenage romantic development and may have more school and behavioral problems than their peers, suggests a Canadian study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Adolescence.

The Theory of Desirable Difficulty

As a pastor, I’m often confronted with the confusion and bewilderment surrounding why God might allow pain and suffering into a human life. This theory by Malcom Gladwell offers some insights into this.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 03, 2013 |
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Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng Gets U.S. Platform to Promote Human Rights

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has joined three American organizations to further his human rights advocacy, including advocating for religious freedom in China.

  • Katherine Burgess |
  • October 03, 2013 |
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"Focus Findings" is Where Research Meets Common Sense

We’ve probably all been there – we’re scanning a news article online or watching a story on a magazine news show and we see something that just stops us cold. It’s a declaration presented in fact, and even backed up by “research” that you know is at odds with what Scripture teaches.

Pastor Saeed Aware Obama Spoke Out as Iranian Media Reports Historic Phone Call

American pastor Saeed Abedini is now aware that President Obama urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to release him from wrongful imprisonment for his Christian faith in Iran.

WWII Veterans Storm D.C. Memorial Closed by Government Shutdown

Wheelchair-bound elderly veterans pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation's capital.

Persecution of Christians Rockets in Karnataka, India

Incidents of violence against Christians in India's Karnataka state have spiked since June, including hospitalization of a school helper this month after Hindu extremists beat her and marched her through the streets.

  • Morning Star News |
  • October 02, 2013 |
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VIDEO: What Are You Known For?

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and tell a story via video that will be shown at this year’s Catalyst conference in Atlanta, Ga.

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