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Oregon Initative Would Allow Businesses to Refuse Services for Same-Sex Weddings

Critics of gay marriage in Oregon have filed a proposed ballot measure that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay weddings or similar ceremonies if it violated their religious beliefs

Newton Massacre Motive Still Unclear

Almost a full year after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school, the motive behind the shooting remains unclear.

Who Can You Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner?

She first saw the elderly gentleman at a cemetery on Thanksgiving morning. She watched him cry at a grave, holding a bouquet of flowers. After observing him for a bit, Hortencia Pérez left the friend she was accompanying and made her way over to the man. Although she wasn’t entirely comfortable speaking in English, she chose compassion over fear.

ALERT: The Walking Dead Are Among Us!

It should strike us as more than coincidental that the rise in rampage killings began when the vapors of nihilism wafted out of coffee houses and college lecture halls to cover the cultural landscape, from sea to shining sea.

Critics Divided Over Max Lucado's Christmas Candle

Critics are divided over Max Lucado’s new book-turned-movie, “The Christmas Candle.”

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • November 25, 2013 |
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Two Weeks after Typhoon, Thousands Struggle for Survival

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, individuals on the ground are struggling to survive.

Study: Parents Clueless About Tech's Dangers to Teen Hearing

Hearing loss is up among teens, but Mom and Dad aren't sounding alarms.

Egypt Places New Ban on Protests

Egypt's new ban on protests limits the number of people who can gather, with hefty fines and prison terms for violators.

Strategic Strategy

There is nothing more critical to leadership than strategic decision-making. And nothing is more strategic in decision-making than, well, strategy.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • November 25, 2013 |
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Guest Post: Adoption is Gritty and Glorious

The fourth post in my National Adoption Month guest series highlights The Batura Family. Paul Batura is a longtime Focus team member who currently serves as Focus’ vice president of communications. He and his wife Julie adopted their three boys at birth.

Progress Being Made in Iran Nuclear Talks

Though significant roadblocks still remain, diplomats are cautiously optimistic after two days of talks centered around Iran’s nuclear program.

Chinese Christians Detained

This past weekend several Chinese Christians, including a Pastor and his relatives, were detained by officers in central China.

Judge Grants Reprieve in Pennsylvania Birth Control Case

A federal judge has granted a temporary reprieve to Catholic groups in Erie and Pittsburgh, Pa., saying that the groups don’t have to comply with the health care law that says employers must provide birth control coverage to employees.

  • Amanda Casanova |
  • November 22, 2013 |
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What's Hot? 11/22/13

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

Snapchat Soars! Sends 400 Million Pictures Everyday

Snapchat now shares 400 million snaps each day, according to its CEO Evan Spiegel. The amount surpasses the photo-sharing activity on both Instagram and Facebook.

Robertson Family Opens Up About Hard Knocks Before 'Duck Dynasty'

A new 30 minute has been released on iamsecond.com which tells the story of “Duck Dyntasty” family beloved by millions.

  • Compiled & Edited by ReligionToday Editorial Staff |
  • November 22, 2013 |
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C.S. Lewis: Thirteen Quotes Fifty Years Later

His death wasn’t front-page news in America; in fact it wasn’t reported until three days later on page 18 in The New York Times. That’s because the passing of the beloved Christian author Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis fifty years ago today (Nov. 22, 1963) happened to coincide with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Family Visits Imprisoned Pastor Saeed in Prison

For the first time since his transfer to Rajai Shahr, another prison in Iran, American pastor Saeed Abedini was allowed to visit with members of his Iranian family.

Christians Targeted as Violence Escalates in Central African Republic

Tensions between Christians and Muslims are rising in the Central African Republic, where deadly clashes have occurred in recent weeks.

Youth Football Participation Drops

According to a new report, Pop Warner football, which is the United States’ largest football program for young people, saw an almost 10 percent drop in participation from 2010 to 2012.

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