• Christmas Star

    The search for the Christmas star

    According to the Gospel of Matthew, sometime after Jesus was born, wise men, or magi, from the East came to Jerusalem to inquire, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when…

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    Holiday grief confronts Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas

    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — Some churches long have held special Christmas services to acknowledge the pain and loss many people feel surrounding the holidays. But in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, sadness and grief are particularly intense this year…

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  • tax cuts

    Tax cuts for Christmas

    The GOP made good on a major promise by passing sweeping tax cuts, and now Republicans have to sell the reforms to the American people. The most significant rewrite of the U.S. tax code passed without a single Democratic vote…

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  • Barbie for same-sex marriage

    The recent push by toymaker Mattel for a more inclusive Barbie doll has gone beyond body types. In late November, the company revealed Barbie supports LGBT relationships. The post on the official BarbieStyle Instagram account shows Barbie with the fashion…

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  • Kelvin Cochran

    Court says policies violate First Amendment freedoms of former fire chief

    ATLANTA – A federal district court ruled Wed, Dec. 20, that city of Atlanta rules which led to the termination of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran are unconstitutional. The court found that the city’s policies restricting non-work speech, like a book for…

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  • Down Syndrome

    Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pro-life advocates are applauding the Ohio legislature’s passage of a bill to ban abortions of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. They expect a signature from Gov. John Kasich within the next week or so. Last month, the…

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  • Atheist organization demands an end to seminary classes in Wisconsin prisons

    Held captive by a determination to keep religion confined to churches and homes, the Freedom from Religion Foundation is demanding the Wisconsin Department of Corrections sever ties with an educational ministry that offers inmates a degree in Biblical studies. Modeled…

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    Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likely

    A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the minister’s housing allowance unconstitutional. The Dec. 13 order, however, has been stayed for 180 days after all appeals are exhausted, meaning it currently does…

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  • R.C. Sproul

    R.C. Sproul, Reformed Theologian and founder of Ligonier Ministries, dies

    Robert Charles “R.C.” Sproul, the Reformed theologian, pastor, teacher, and lecturer who founded and chaired Ligonier Ministries and authored close to 100 books, including The Holiness of God, died Thursday, Dec. 14. He was 78. Sproul was known for delivering uncompromising messages on…

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    Christmas celebrations, beliefs less religious

    WASHINGTON — Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew Research Center findings, but most Americans are not troubled by the trend. Only 32 percent of Americans find the trend troubling, Pew…

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