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Mean religious kids?

religious kids

The headlines are shocking, to say the least. “Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds,” The Guardian intones, adding, “Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents …

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Divine mercy for needy expecting mothers

Pregnancy

During the Advent season, our thoughts turn to images of a young, poor couple making a grueling, 90-mile journey, probably in a caravan which offered some protection from bandits and robbers. The young woman, nine months pregnant, is riding a …

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Prayer Shaming and San Bernardino

prayer shaming

On the Friday (Dec. 4) after the horrific San Bernardino massacre that claimed at least 14 lives, authorities have all but pieced together the motives of the married couple who perpetrated the act of terror. The latest news — Syed …

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Hello, Hezekiah!

Seal impression of King Hezekiah

Five years ago, a team of archaeologists digging “at the foot of the southern part of the wall that surrounds Jerusalem’s Old City” came across a refuse dump dating to the eighth century before Christ. As the New York Times …

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Planned Parenthood and those villainous Christians

Planned Parenthood shooting

In the wake of the Colorado Springs shooting, I read a great deal about so-called Christian terrorism from liberals. I don’t think they’ve thought this through. We’ve spent years hearing how associating Islam with terrorism is outrageous and bigoted. President …

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Bridging the religion gap

Polarization is not just evident in American politics; it’s also evident when it comes to religion. And the two are intensifying. When it comes to faith, times in America are changing. In fact, in many ways, they’ve already changed. Just …

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Advent: The bookends of our faith

It’s been a rough few weeks. It seems virtually all of the news is bad. Whether it’s ISIS, Boko Haram, the refugee crisis, or, here at home, the troubling trends in American culture, depression, if not outright despair, seems like …

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Poverty, Inc. | A powerful take on poverty and worldview

poverty

Peace Corps volunteer Josie Kornegay was in the West African nation of Sierra Leone teaching a class on microbiology for ten nursing students. As related in Darrow Miller and Stan Guthrie’s book, “Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform …

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