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North Korea Publicly Executes 80, Some for Owning Bibles

Around 80 people were executed earlier this month in several cities across North Korea, reports the Korea JoongAng Daily.

  • Compiled & Edited by ReligionToday Editorial Staff |
  • November 12, 2013 |
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Typhoon Haiyan Leaves Thousands Seeking Shelter and Aid

Les Tilka, a pastor partnering with Samaritan’s Purse, is on the ground in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. He describes the situation around him as “utter devastation.”

Teens with Late Bedtimes Have Lower Grades

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health provides further evidence for a growing body of research that supports a movement to delay school start times for adolescents.

When to Leave a Church

There is a perfect time to leave a church, but what that "time" is may surprise you.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 11, 2013 |
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Massive Typhoon Yolanda Rips Through Philippines

Typhoon Yolanda (also called Haiyan) ripped through the Philippines Friday November 8th, with 4 deaths confirmed already according to NBC.

Study Supports Need for More Control Over Prescription Pain-Relievers for Teens

According to a new study, teens who are prescribed pain relievers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, are at "notable risk" for abusing opioid drugs.

What's Hot? 11/08/13

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

This Operation Christmas Child Grew Up and Paid It Forward

In my post last week “How Shoeboxes Help Spread the Gospel,” I talked about how Operation Christmas Child provides children around the world with what might be their only opportunity to receive the Gospel message. I also shared pictures taken by a Focus staffer of the boys and girls in Senegal, Africa, as they received boxes.

Unplug Your Family

Children spend almost 8 hours a day consuming media for fun, including TV, music, video games and other content.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 07, 2013 |
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Role Modeling: Moms' Relationships Influences Teens' Relationships

A new study suggests that mothers' friendships with other adults can impact their adolescent children's relationships with their own friends, particularly the negative aspects of these relationships such as conflict and antagonism.

Happy Birthday, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham!

Happy 95th birthday, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham! He’s been called “America’s Pastor” for a good reason: for almost 70 years, Dr. Graham has worked in ministry, preaching, evangelizing, counseling U.S presidents and meeting with world leaders. Millions have come to know Jesus as Savior through his sharing of the Gospel.

More Grandparents Caring for Kids

New study says as families become more complicated, more grandparents are providing care for their grandchildren.

How to Pass Along a Faith that Lasts to Your Kids

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the misperception that millennials are losing their faith. In that post, I mentioned two facts that will springboard us to today’s topic of faith retention.

Couple Sues N.J. Governor Over Conversion Therapy Ban

A New Jersey couple is suing Gov. Chris Christie for signing a bill that bans gay conversion therapy.

Obesity Might Trigger Early Puberty in Girls

The age at which puberty starts in some girls has continued to drop, finds the latest study to suggest obesity may be a key trigger.

Iranian Christian Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison Freed

An Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years in prison has been released after three months.

  • World Watch Monitor |
  • November 05, 2013 |
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Guest Post: Curse God and Die

A few years ago, our public relations team welcomed a spirited young woman as a summer intern. Whitney Williams immediately threw herself into her role, learning to coordinate interviews and write news releases. She even met her husband, Mix, while serving at Focus.

Iran: Pastor Saeed's Life in Jeopardy After Prison Transfer

Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his faith, is facing life-threatening conditions after a recent prison transfer.

Facebook Admits Teens Are Losing Interest in the Site

Facebook stock loses steam after the company admitted young teens are losing interest in the site.

Rise in IVF Popularity Leaves Thousands of Babies in Limbo

More women are using donated eggs for in vitro fertilization and more healthy babies are being born through the process. While this is good news, the process also creates more embryos than can be implanted, leaving hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos in fertility clinics.

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