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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.

The ‘IRS’ calling

The ‘IRS’ calling

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | The letters “IRS” used to instill terror. Nowadays they tend to instill terror and contempt. But never mind all that. The threatening IRS phone call I…

From weddings to weedings

From weddings to weedings

By Marvin Olasky
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Science | If you attended some evangelical church weddings last month, you probably heard a pastor delivering a homily based on the last section of Chapter 2 of…

A bag with holes

A bag with holes

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | I know someone who has patiently built up a thriving business with his artistic skills. The only problem is that he is employing those talents in the new…

Pride and shame on Independence Day

By D.C. Innes
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Culture | Independence Day is a flag-waving, love-of-country time to reflect on everything good about America. So the recent Pew poll that asked people if they often…

Family matters in the other Supreme Court decision

By Janie B. Cheaney
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Supreme Court | Though almost lost in the noise surrounding the Hobby Lobby decision last Monday, the Supreme Court’s ruling on  Harris v. Quinn  is considered by some…

These are the good old days

These are the good old days

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway. And I wonder if I’m really with you now Or just chasing after some finer day.

How to challenge overpopulation propaganda

How to challenge overpopulation propaganda

By Marvin Olasky
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Global | WORLD readers ask me many hard questions, but once in a while an easy one comes across the plate like a hanging curve ball. A graduate student from Illinois…

Lessons from three men in a tub of debt

Lessons from three men in a tub of debt

By Bill Newton
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Business | I know of three Christian businessmen who began their careers using heavy leverage—meaning they borrowed a lot of money. Each learned the biblical warnings…

Bucket List Books: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

By Rachel Lynn Aldrich
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Books | There are some books we read because they were important for their times. Others we read because they are important for our time. And there are still others…

Celebrate freely today

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Earlier this week I was listening to a podcast hosted by Bill Simmons, who was talking to Fox soccer commentator Rob Stone about the U.S. men’s national…

Becoming free indeed

Becoming free indeed

By Jeff Koch
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Faith & Inspiration | The Fourth of July is a great day to celebrate freedom—from the Redcoats, of course. But on this Independence Day I also celebrate freedom from delusion—a…

Hurt feelings? You’re in good company

Hurt feelings? You’re in good company

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | When was the last time you got your feelings hurt? Has it been even 24 hours? Maybe the person you thought was your best friend named someone else as her best…

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