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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.

Duck Dynasty is Controversial? So is the Gospel.

The buzz surrounding Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is growing after it was announced last night that he was being put on “indefinite hiatus” from his incredibly popular show on A&E.

Iraqi Archbishop to West: 'Open Your Eyes' to Christians' Middle East Exodus

The Archbishop of Baghdad, Louis Raphael I Sako, has called on the West to help put an end to the “mortal exodus” of Christians from the Middle East.

  • World Watch Monitor |
  • December 18, 2013 |
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Poll: Christmas is a Commercial Holiday for Many

Nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, but a new poll shows that increasing numbers see the holiday as more tinsel than gospel truth.

  • Cathy Lynn Grossman |
  • December 18, 2013 |
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Harold Camping Dies at 92

Harold Camping, the radio preacher who convinced thousands of followers that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, to usher in the end of the the world, has died.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • December 18, 2013 |
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VIDEO: This Commercial Captures Parenting’s “Big Picture”

This ad from Coca-Cola Argentina captures the contradictory nature of parenting better than anything I’ve seen in a long time.

Gosnell Sentenced to 30 Years on Drug Charges

This sentence is in addition to the three life sentences Kermit Gosnell is already serving for murdering at least three newborns in his "house of horrors" abortion clinic.

Please Pray for Billy Graham

Christian organizations around the world are asking their members to pray for Dr. Billy Graham who, at the age of 95, show signs of failing health.

Pope Francis shrugs off Marxist label

Pope Francis is shrugging off criticism from political conservatives who dubbed him a Marxist.

Teen Pot Use Could Hurt Brain and Memory

Teenage pot smokers could be damaging brain structures critical to memory and reasoning, according to new research that found changes in the brains of heavy users.

Singleness During the Christmas Season

Being single during the holidays is the stuff movies, blog posts and TV show plot lines are made of. While they’re usually making light of how “awkward” things are for singles during Christmas, others try to look on the bright side of things.

Bible Translator Killed Protecting His Family in the C.A.R.

A Wycliffe Bible translator was shot and killed last week during a deadly outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic.

Texas Lt. Governor Candidates Support Creationism in Schools

In a debate last week, Republican candidates vying for the Texas lieutenant governor seat said they support teaching biblical creationism and praying in public schools.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • December 16, 2013 |
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Plagiarism Accusation Raises More Questions for Driscoll

Controversy surrounding megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll shines light on practices in Christian publishing industry.

  • Warren Cole Smith |
  • December 16, 2013 |
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Generation X-Mas (2013)

An intriguing editorial in TIME magazine chronicled how "A Christmas Story" has become the quintessential American film for Christmas, replacing "It’s a Wonderful Life."

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • December 16, 2013 |
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Mothers of Young Children Spend Most Time with Smartphones

Smartphones serve as escape, social tool for newly busy mothers of young children.

Reaching the World Online Through Our Digital Engagement Center

Focus on the Family’s perennial calling to help families thrive recently received a huge boost when we unveiled our “Digital Engagement Center.”

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