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WORLD offers hard-hitting, truth-telling, uniquely Christian worldview reporting that stands in stark contrast to the mainstream media in these confusing, chaotic days. Our website and magazine feature national and international news; newsmaker profiles and interviews; movie, book, and music reviews; political cartoons; commentary on current issues; and more.
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Bucket List Books: The best place to start philosophy

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:59am
This week we’re going to hop back into the world of pre-Christian classics and take a look at one of the most influential Greek writers: Plato. Platonic works take the form of dialogues, a form of literature that other philosophers have used since. Dialogues look like scripts: Different characters represent or argue for different positions. This form often makes for more dynamic and approachable reading for people interested in philosophy but hesitant to pick up some of those dense
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Raining on Bart Ehrman’s Easter parade

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:50am
A group of biblical scholars respond to the anti-Christian author’s latest attack on the divinity of Jesus
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The original guitar hero dies at age 93

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 9:00am
The celebrated country music guitarist Arthur Smith, who influenced the Beatles and befriended Billy Graham, died this month. He was 93. He left behind three children, a wife of 72 years, and a long legacy in jazz, blues, and country music. Born in 1921 to a poor textile worker in South Carolina, Smith grew up working in the mills. His profound musical talent—Smith was a master at the mandolin, banjo, guitar, and trumpet— opened a way out of that world. By his later teens, he was
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When a special-needs child becomes an adult

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 8:30am
Public support for people with autism slows to a trickle when they come of age
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Worship the Lord with banjo and accordion

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:00pm
Where King David worshipped with flutes and lyres, Rend Collective uses banjos, accordions, mandolins, ukuleles, and something called a “Jingling Johnny.”“It’s crazy loud, but it sure is celebratory,” lead singer Chris Llewellyn said of the instrument that resembles a pogo stick, but with some pie pans and a bell. The band from Northern Ireland has swept the United States with its foot-stomping, Mumford-y worship music. The Rend Collective recently released its fourth album, The
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Runners prepare for Monday’s emotional Boston Marathon

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:15pm
A year after two explosions near the finish line killed three Boston Marathon runners and wounded more than 260 others, runners and organizers have a new zeal. Even in a normal year, the Boston Marathon is often called the Super Bowl of running. At least 36,000 people will compete in this marathon—9,000 more than recent years. Unless they are part of a charity team, participants must meet strict qualifying standards to run in the race. This year, everyone has a special reason for being
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Wanted: Homeschool stories of successful failure

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:15pm
The just-released issue of WORLD includes a review of Megan McArdle’s new book, The U p Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success . You can get the gist of her thinking in “Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail,” an online article from Bloomberg News. McArdle writes about a 15-year-old who won’t take a course in which she might struggle, because any deviation from an all-A record might doom her Ivy League hopes. McArdle rightly sees this as sad: “Now is when this kid should be
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Redeeming supper

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:41pm
This morning, my daughter came into the kitchen and said in a huff, “Why don’t we ever eat at the table anymore?” Good question. When I envision supper, I see the supper of suppers,  The Last Supper , da Vinci’s famous painting with the disciples in their color-coordinated robes neatly lined along one side of a long table, with Jesus sitting calmly about to serve them. The Eucharistic symbol of the table as a place of communion and community can, thus, throw a mama off kilter
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Nigerian parents search for kidnapped daughters

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:25pm
In a remote corner of northeastern Nigeria, a group of desperate parents have joined a band of vigilantes to search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a boarding school in a predominantly Christian town. Gunmen stormed the school in Borno State on Monday evening, stealing food and supplies and forcing more than 100 girls into trucks. Authorities believe the attackers are members of Boko Haram, a terrorist group of Islamic militants waging a brutal war in northern Nigeria to
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Midday Roundup: Dobson’s day in court

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:00pm
Mandate victory. Christian radio host James Dobson on Thursday won a temporary injunction that exempts his ministry from the Obamacare requirement to include the “morning-after” pill and other abortifacient contraception in its health insurance. Dobson sued in December, saying the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide the contraception violates the religious beliefs of his Colorado Springs-based ministry, Family Talk. Dobson is best known as the founder of the conservative Focus
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Globe Trot: The death of Christ, remembered

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:50pm
GOOD FRIDAY: Christians the world over today remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The events of the week bring together the Jewish tradition of Passover and the Eucharist celebration of the Last Supper that Christians continue today. We remember how profound religious belief met unbending secular authority in the Messiah’s submission to Roman rulers but also in his ultimate triumph over even this life itself.  “The most dangerous idea in
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When greatness gets old

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:50pm
Gregg Popovich has won more than 900 games as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. He has the longest tenure of any NBA head coach, 18 years, establishing himself as one of the best coaches in the league. Under Popovich, the Spurs have won four NBA titles and made one other trip to the Finals. The team hasn’t missed the playoffs since 1997, and has perpetually adapted its style to counteract and overcome virtually every trend in the league. There is not a coach who so exemplifies
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The connected dots of a testimony

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:03pm
Sue Johnson, who was born Solveig Sagedahl in Norway, shared her testimony recently at a ladies’ breakfast I attended. In 1940, when she was 3, her family looked out the window and saw German tanks rolling into her town of 5,000. Young Solveig and her older brother Ola were sent to a remote mountain farm for a few weeks, and when they returned to Flekkefjord, the place didn’t look the same. The school was camouflaged to house enemy soldiers and blackout laws were in effect. People hid
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Friday afternoon

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:24am
Here’s the scene: Just outside of the Promised Land, with a long desert journey finally behind them and a triumph just ahead, Moses tells his people they’re going to fail. Dale Carnegie would be appalled. What kind of motivational speech is this? Blessings are part of the presentation: happy children, brimming fields, fat livestock, and national pride— but . The list of curses is twice as long, a parade of disasters in the home, in the pasture, on the battlefield, on foreign
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Island of Lemurs: Cute, with caveats

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:30am
It’s hard not to fall in love with lemurs after watching the Imax and Warner Brothers film  Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. They dance on two feet, sing to each other, swing from branches, cuddle, and stare at us curiously through cartoon-like eyes. With its lush cinematography and message of conservation, this 45-minute film has the potential to raise awareness about lemurs’ uncertain future—as long as we remember to think about it amidst the eye candy. Island of Lemurs , playing in
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South Korean pastors: ‘Please pray’

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:10am
Churches minister to grieving families after ferry sinks with high school class aboard
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Hospitals run short of something almost every patient needs

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 9:00am
A nationwide shortage of normal saline, the most common IV fluid used in hospitals, may continue until July. If oxygen is the air that hospitals breathe, then normal saline, formally known as 0.9% sodium chloride injection, is the water they drink. Patients consume millions of liters of normal saline each week from the ubiquitous plastic bags hanging from IV poles. Normal saline is the first line of treatment for emergency room patients dealing with shock, dehydration, or diabetes; it’s
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