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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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Behind God’s frowning providence

3 hours 42 min ago
I know the story of Ruth by heart because I listened to its corresponding Adventures in Odyssey episode at least 20 times during my childhood. My brother and I popped in the tape—this one called “Three Funerals and a Wedding”—and we milled around the kitchen making boxed macaroni and cheese. Our ears pricked when Naomi cried out, “Don’t called me Naomi! Call me Mara! Bitter! The Lord has dealt bitterly with me.” Naomi sounded impossibly hostile. If you don’t know the story,
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How many Christians live in Hong Kong?

4 hours 15 min ago
After my last article, “Decisive Moment,” some readers questioned this line: “Christians make up about one-fifth of Hong Kong’s population.” Hong Kong officially pegs the number of combined Protestants and Catholics around 10 percent. But territory-wide studies done by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College (DSCCC) and Hong Kong Baptist University reveal the number is closer to 20 percent. In 2009, DSCCC professor Francis Yip conducted a phone survey to explore Hong Kong
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Amazing Grace sets sail on stage

4 hours 48 min ago
John Newton’s life in musical form illustrates the cultural fruit of Christianity
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Jeb Bush and taxes—read my lips, part II

5 hours 4 min ago
Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) is thinking seriously about running for president in 2016, according to his son, George P. Bush. According to Commentary magazine, Jeb Bush had an impressive record as governor, including tax reductions totaling $20 billion. Given that performance, why is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, upset? Politico, and many others, assert it’s because of an answer Bush gave in 2012 to a hypothetical question posed by a member of the House Budget
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Web Reads: Why do we give our cast-offs to the poor?

5 hours 45 min ago
Selfish giving. In the relief and development world, the acronym SWEDOW (Stuff We Don’t Want) has come to stand for the practice of giving our cast-off stuff to the poor, especially abroad. Sometimes the giving is just silly (bras to Africa campaigns), but sometimes it’s harmful. Sometimes the attitude affects Christians, as this blog entry about a cell phone shows. Solving equations. Another reason to require algebra of all students hits the dust. An app on a smart phone can solve
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Majority of teens who date experience abuse

5 hours 48 min ago
Teen dating violence is on the rise, according to a nationwide study published last week. Experts say the latest numbers reveal a startling culture of relational abuse, especially emotional abuse, with much of it happening online.  The National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence found nearly 20 percent of dating teens, both boys and girls, reported they had been victims of physical or sexual abuse, and more than 60 percent reported being both victims and perpetrators
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Loving as you know how

6 hours 18 min ago
True confessions. My great fear in life is that I do not love people. This is not self-deprecation but a clear-eyed self-evaluation buttressed by a track record and bitter fruit. The current drama in my life has led me to pray that God would pour His love into my heart—like a fire hose. But what do I do in the meantime while I am waiting for God to answer that prayer? That is the question. After all, who can change his own heart, right? Now I got a letter out of the blue from a prison
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North Carolina lawmakers: Don’t force magistrates to perform gay weddings

6 hours 31 min ago
Fallout over same-sex marriage is shaking up North Carolina, where at least six magistrates quit rather than follow a recent state order requiring them to perform same-sex weddings, regardless of their personal religious or moral beliefs. The order came after a federal judge struck down the state’s marriage law earlier this month. Magistrates who don’t comply could face removal from office. But conservatives in the state say magistrates shouldn’t face losing their jobs for following
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Midday Roundup: Brittany Maynard chooses life, for now

6 hours 50 min ago
Heartbreaking choice. In a video sponsored by the pro-assisted suicide group Compassion & Choices, cancer patient Brittany Maynard announced she is delaying her suicide beyond Nov. 1. Maynard said right now she feels good enough to keep living. “If Nov. 2 comes and I’m still alive, I know that we’ll still be moving forward as a family out of love for each other and that decision will come later,” she said. Maynard relocated earlier this year from California to Oregon, where it
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North Dakota high court reinstates RU-486 regulations

8 hours 23 min ago
North Dakota’s Supreme Court voted Tuesday to overturn a lower court’s decision striking down a 2011 law regulating the abortifacient RU-486.  North Dakota’s only abortion facility, located in Bismark, immediately stopped offering chemical abortions following the ruling, even though the state attorney general said it had two weeks to appeal or abide by the decision.  “I’ve directed staff to not offer (medication abortions) effective today,” Red River Women’s Clinic
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Surgeons heal a paralyzed man with nose cells

8 hours 58 min ago
Four years ago, 38 year-old Darek Fidyka was stabbed repeatedly in a brutal attack that severed his spinal chord and left him paralyzed from the chest down. Today he is walking with support, driving, and hunting with friends, thanks to a medical breakthrough in which a surgeon in Poland transplanted olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) from his nose to his spinal cord.  Fidyka is the first human in the world to undergo the novel surgical procedure. Geoff Raisman, a professor at
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Giants ride Bumgarner’s arm to World Series title

10 hours 25 min ago
If you enjoy old-fashioned, gut-it-out baseball, then Game 7 of the World Series was for you. The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in five years Wednesday night, defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 behind an incredible pitching performance by Madison Bumgarner. The tall left-hander came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings just three days after pitching a four-hit, complete-game shutout over the Royals in Game 5 Sunday. “What a warrior he is, and
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Houston to withdraw pastor subpoenas

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:40pm
Mayor Annise Parker decided to drop the demands after meeting with a group of religious leaders
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New HHS contraceptive rules for nonprofits fail court test

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:06pm
A federal judge in Florida ruled the Obama administration’s latest exemption policy for nonprofit organizations that object to the contraceptive mandate does not do enough to protect their religious freedom. Judge James S. Moody Jr., appointed by President Bill Clinton, issued a temporary injunction that protects Ave Maria University, a Catholic college in southwest Florida, from penalties if it doesn’t comply with the contraceptive mandate rules. Those rules require employers to
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Toys R Us pulls drug-dealer action figures from shelves

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:45pm
It’s a tug-of-war over toys. And it’s not the kids who are spatting—it’s the adults. Early last week, a Florida mom successfully petitioned Toys R Us to remove from its stores a line of toys based on the Emmy-winning AMC television show Breaking Bad , which centers around a high-school chemistry teacher turned crystal meth dealer and his druggie sidekick. Susan Schrivjer launched the Change.org petition criticizing the store—whose customer base is families with young children—for
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Black pro-lifers rally in five-city tour

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:03pm
About 400 people demonstrated against the abortion of black children earlier this month in a five-city march sponsored by the Life Education And Resource Network (LEARN).  LEARN, the largest black pro-life network in the United States, started its marches in 1999 with the mantra: “If you love the children, say so!” Created to draw attention to the nearly 12 million African-American babies aborted since Roe v. Wade , the march aims to change hearts and minds rather than
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If Walker wins in Wisconsin, the White House could be next

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:00pm
This article is the 15th in the White House Wednesday series   by The World and Everything in It  looking at potential 2016 candidates for president. Earlier installments profiled Republicans Rick Perry , Bobby Jindal , Paul Ryan ,   Rand Paul , Jeb Bush , Ted Cruz , Chris Christie , Mitt Romney , Rick Santorum , and Mike Huckabee , and Democrats   Elizabeth Warren , Joe Biden , Andrew Cuomo , Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Bernie Sanders . Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has become a conservative hero
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Globe Trot: Pastors battle drug traffickers in Argentina

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:20pm
ARGENTINA: For Argentine pastor Marcelo Nieva, helping victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and drug abuse is increasingly dangerous work in a nation saturated by a violent drug trade. Gunmen shot multiple times at the Baptist pastor while he drove through the city of Rio Tercero with another church member on Oct. 21. The Christians weren’t injured, but church leaders say the attempted murder was the latest in a string of threats and harassments against Nieva. In a joint
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Black pastor threatened for endorsing GOP candidate

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:04pm
I “came out” as a conservative when I started writing professionally and blogging more than 10 years ago, and I’ve received my share of critical emails from liberals. I’ve been accused of hating myself because I oppose liberal policies like racial preferences—a government practice that holds blacks to lower standards than whites. Talk about irony. I’ve been criticized, ad hominem , for writing about inconvenient facts like disproportionate crime rates among blacks. I’ve been
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Midday Roundup: Millennial love for Democrats was so last election

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:58am
Youth vote. A new poll finds support for Democrats among millennial voters may be slipping. According to the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, slightly more than half of young voters who say they will “definitely be voting”in this year’s election would prefer Republicans to control Congress. In 2010, 55 percent of voters between 18 and 29 said they wanted Democrats to be in control. While the news is good for Republicans, who are trying to court younger voters, it’s
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