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WORLD's online columnists offer news analysis from a biblical perspective and insightful opinions on topics that arise at the intersection of Christianity and culture.

Making a virtue of vacillation

Making a virtue of vacillation

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Because people saved in prison sometimes fall away after release, the term “jailhouse conversion” has come to mean disingenuous religion or a ploy for…

Shepherds, sheep, and dust

By La Shawn Barber
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Religion | When I read about John Shuck, a pastorat Southminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Beaverton, Ore., I thought about the Onion again—a pastor who doesn’t…

Building a fighting force

Building a fighting force

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | I circled the first place in the Old Testament where Israel is called an “army” or a “host.” It is Exodus 12:41, and it comes out of the blue. A…

Disastrous Iran deal may prove fatal to Israel

By Cal Thomas
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Iran | In 1982, during one of many visits to Israel, I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who told me, “Israel needs friends.” He…

A progressive liberal ‘comes out’ as Christian

By Nick Eicher
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Religion | Last week, I talked with John Stonestreet of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview about the “coming out” of liberal writer Ana Marie Cox as a…

Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev die?

By Marvin Olasky
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Death Penalty | The defense attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing case are working hard to keep him from being put to death. Should we cheer their…

The Schock factor

By D.C. Innes
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Politics | The ancient Athenians would ostracize a citizen who was dangerously preeminent in ability. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., who resigned last week under the weight…

The cure for addiction

The cure for addiction

By Janie B. Cheaney
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Health | Few federal policies have been as misunderstood, mutated, and muddled as the “War on Drugs.” You might call it our own Hundred Years’ War, because it…

Winning souls, not arguments

By Bill Newton
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Faith & Inspiration | Here’s a tough question: How can you engage in debate on political or social issues with nonbelievers and keep the door open for a discussion of the gospel?

Do thin models cause anorexia?

By Sophia Lee
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Health | The bizarre, unsolved case of eating disorders

Sacrificing the good for the great

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Something happened last week that turned the American pursuit of wealth and fame on its head. One of the most promising young stars in one of the most…

Working for free

Working for free

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Tuesday nights I teach an English as a second language class at church and I enjoy it. So do my students. It occurred to me in the middle of our time together…

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