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Central African Republic Church Leaders Plead for Action

Church leaders in Central African Republic issued a joint appeal for urgent action from the international community to prevent "genocidal interfaith civil war" in the troubled nation in the heart of Africa.

African Migrants Risk Lives to Flee War and Persecution

The latest tragic incident of hundreds of African migrants drowning in European waters tells a wider story.

  • World Watch Monitor |
  • October 10, 2013 |
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How to Mourn with the Parents of Stillborn and Miscarried Children

The Gospel Coalition blog recently ran a vulnerably written post where a father described what he and his wife experienced when they lost their child in the womb.

Conservatives Say Censorship Has Increased on Facebook, iTunes

Since 2011, the National Religious Broadcasters' John Milton Project for Free Speech has documented a rise in "viewpoint censorship," targeting conservative Christian values.

  • Katherine Burgess |
  • October 09, 2013 |
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Forced Sexual Contact Common Among Teens

A new study finds almost one in 10 adolescents report perpetrating coerced sexual contact.

Shutdown Denies Death and Burial Benefits to Families of Four Dead Soldiers

The families of four soldiers killed in Afghanistan last weekend will not receive death benefits or the money to pay for their funerals because of the government shutdown.

Religious Groups Feel the Pinch of Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and they're also finding ways to reach out.

  • Adelle M. Banks, Cathy Lynn Grossman, David Gibson |
  • October 09, 2013 |
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VIDEO: This Well-Known Christian Couple Almost Divorced Until…

Dr. Greg Smalley, son of popular author and speaker Dr. Gary Smalley, serves as Focus’ Vice President of Family Ministries. Greg’s office is just steps from mine, and I enjoy our regular interactions. Not only is he a marriage expert and popular author with a doctorate in psychology, but he also has a great sense of humor. He’s a fun guy to be around. Greg and his wife, Erin, have been married for 21 years and have four children.

Tensions Remain High in Mombasa, Kenya After Riots

Tension remained high in Kenya's port city of Mombasa over the weekend after riots in protest of the murder of a prominent Muslim cleric on Thursday left four dead, about eight injured and on Friday the Majengo Salvation Army Church razed.

Parents Play a Role in Eating Disorders

The ways parents or caregivers interact with children around mealtimes can have unintended consequences, according to a new study.

The Cure for Teen Obesity? Eating Five Small Meals a Day

Eating five meals a day - breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks - protects children against obesity, according to new research.

More Than 60 Church Leaders Remain Locked Up in Communist Vietnam

Sixty-three Christian pastors and church leaders remain locked up in deplorable conditions in four prison camps around the country. The prison sentences received by each are staggeringly long, ranging from five to 18 years.

Links With Jihadists From Somalia Increasingly Bring Battle to Kenyan Soil

Two weeks after Somalia-based Islamic extremists attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya saw another pocket of its territory turned into a battle zone.

  • Morning Star News |
  • October 08, 2013 |
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5 Things to Look for in a Pastor

October is Clergy Appreciation Month, a time when Christians are encouraged to express gratitude to their pastors, ministers and leaders.

American Wounded in Nairobi Mall Attack Recounts Providential Escape

Andrew Strickenburg, 26, was one of the five Americans wounded in the Sept. 21 terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall. He'll have shrapnel in his back for the rest of his life, a memory of providential escape.

  • WORLD News Service |
  • October 07, 2013 |
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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."

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