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National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage

The National Cathedral is ringing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage.

Muslim Officials Attempt to Charge Ethiopian Evangelist With Terrorism, Treason

Ethiopian officials arbitrarily detained and arrested a Christian evangelist under charges of terrorism and treason in response to his Christian faith and activities.

Obama: Supreme Court Rights a Wrong, Country Better Off

President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, declaring the court "has righted a wrong, and our country is better off for it."

Instagram Surges, Closes Gap on Vine

Instagram has vaulted up the App Store ranking of free iPhone apps since launching a video-recording feature, jumping from No. 22 to No. 8. At the same time, Twitter’s Vine has slipped from No. 3 to No. 7 among free apps, leaving the rival apps nearly neck and neck in the race for downloads.

Alcohol Consumption in the U.S. Starts as Early as Second Grade

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that by age 8, 37 percent of kids had sipped alcohol.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of DOMA, Dismisses Prop 8 Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits. The court also dismissed an appeal regarding California's Proposition 8, ruling that private parties did not have "standing" to defend the voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

U2's Bono Proclaims Christ on Christian Radio Interview

U2 frontman Bono exchanged Bible references and bantered about music, theology and evangelicals' role in AIDS activism in a recent radio interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • June 26, 2013 |
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Why I'm Not Despairing Over the Marriage Rulings

Today's two rulings do not touch the 38 states across our nation that enshrine natural marriage as law. And the two rulings don't diminish the job of the Church to proclaim God's truth to a culture that desperately needs it.

Speeding: A Deadly Issue for Teen Drivers

While speeding hasn't garnered the national attention of other teen issues like distracted driving, as a factor in fatal teen crashes, it has increased from 30% in 2000 to 33% in 2011.

Syrian Christians Caught in the Crossfire

Syrian Christians are the victims of disproportionate violence and abuse as sectarian violence continues to engulf Syria.

Christians Don't Feel Safe in Egypt, Fleeing to U.S. and Europe to Seek Asylum

Many Coptic Christians are fleeing to the United States and Europe because they no longer feel safe in Egypt.

When I'm At My Best

Like many followers of Christ, I am often overwhelmed at the sin in my life and how little of Christ is actually formed in me.

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • June 25, 2013 |
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Florida Professor in 'Jesus Stomping' Case Reinstated

Florida Atlantic University has reinstated an instructor who had students stomp on a piece of paper with the name "Jesus" written on it.

Rick Santorum: Faith-Based Movies Will 'Rival Hollywood'

Christian conservatives should acknowledge that modern popular culture is here to stay, says former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and should use that platform to produce Christian-themed films that will also have quality and popular appeal. It's a strategy he says he intends to pursue in his new role as CEO of a ground-breaking faith-based film studio.

Why Orthodox Christians Should Appreciate an Unorthodox Bono

As Bono spoke, the phrase from the Bible that ran through my mind was from the Epistle of James: “faith without works is dead” (2:26). In other words, don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. It’s a basic tenet of Christian orthopraxy: following God and living by faith takes practice. And loving God and obeying His Word is nothing if not practical.

Supreme Court Grants Case on Abortion Center Buffer Zones

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case in its next term on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that designates a 35-foot-radius "buffer zone" around abortion centers.

Colorado Transgender First-Grader Allowed to Use Girls' Bathroom

Colorado officials have ruled that a 6-year-old boy can use the girls' bathroom at his school.

Sleep Deprived Teens Make Poor Dietary Choices

Well-rested teenagers tend to make more healthful food choices than their sleep-deprived peers, according to a new study.

Tanzania: Two Pastors Attacked by Muslim Extremists

A pastor in northeastern Tanzania was attacked by a large group of radical Muslims with machetes two nights after a pastor in the same region also came under attack.

China Still Persecuting Christians, Just Better at Hiding It

Christians still face arrest and imprisonment in large numbers despite the overall impression that China has curtailed repression of religious minorities in recent years.

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