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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.

Teen Girls Obsessed With "Thigh Gap"

It's the latest weight loss craze among American teens striving to emulate the models they see in magazines: the "thigh gap", in which slender legs, when standing with feet together, do not touch.

Remembering Hazel

People may come and go, but a good dog stays with you.

Violence in Northeastern Nigeria Increasing Again

After an initial lull in violence following the announcement of a state of emergency in three northern Nigerian states, violence has been increasing over the past few months.

Two Egyptian Christians Slain in Libya

A group of Muslims robbed two Egyptian Christians living in Libya, then tied up and shot them to death after the two Copts refused their demand to convert to Islam.

  • Morning Star News |
  • October 01, 2013 |
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Billy Graham's Grandson: Evangelicals 'Worse' Than Catholics on Sex Abuse

The Christian mission field is a "magnet" for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse, said Thursday to a room of journalists.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • October 01, 2013 |
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Pope to Canonize John Paul II and John XXIII in April

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014, the Vatican said Monday. Pope Francis made the announcement during a meeting with cardinals gathered in Rome.

How “Grace Unplugged” Director Brad Silverman Engages the Culture

One of my passions is to encourage believers to engage the culture with a Christ-like spirit. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, you can bless the people around you when you’re open to letting God use you in your sphere of influence.

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