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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.

Recognizing holy ground in an unholy culture

Recognizing holy ground in an unholy culture

By John Stonestreet
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Culture | I remember my friend Scott Rae, a professor at Biola University, telling a story about a group of teachers who were about to volunteer for Vacation Bible…

Weekend Reads: Death in a church, life in a believer

Weekend Reads: Death in a church, life in a believer

By Caleb Nelson
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Books | Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive By Thom Rainer I go to a dying church. In fact, my congregation will almost certainly close in less…

Down with English ivy!

Down with English ivy!

By Marvin Olasky
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Environment | Enough is enough! July 4 celebrated independence from England, but today, July 12, is a day to repel the aggression of English ivy! A WORLD reader sent me an…

Marriage and millennials

By Amy Henry
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Marriage | According to the Pew Research Center, millennials increasingly think society is just fine without marriage, and it’s easy to see why they do. As I…

Seeking perfect moderation as a fan

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | If LeBron James leaves the Miami Heat, his teammate Dwyane Wade and Heat president Pat Riley will be devastated. But if he spurns the Cleveland Cavaliers he…

Only God is everything

Only God is everything

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | My daughter said to me wistfully one day about her own child: “I feel sad that a day is coming when I won’t be the most important person in her life…

Why ‘compassionate conservatism’ died

By Marvin Olasky
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Politics | About once a month I get a letter from a WORLD reader asking me what happened to what became known as “compassionate conservatism.” Here’s a quick…

Being fed in the school cafeteria

Being fed in the school cafeteria

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | The kids in my high school used to fling pats of butter into the air with the purpose of sticking them to the cafeteria ceiling. Every day we ate with butter…

Chicago: A town that won’t let you down?

By Cal Thomas
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Crime | Frank Sinatra’s song about Chicago, “My Kind of Town,” “a the town that won’t let you down,” seems dated in light of last weekend’s shooting…

A reminder of the basics

A reminder of the basics

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Barb and I visited Sue yesterday evening. Sue has been laid up for five weeks in a wheelchair after an operation on her ankle, her second time under the…

Bill Gates’ big bucks can’t slow slipping support for Common Core

By Russ Pulliam
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Education | INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana is no longer a lone ranger in abandoning Common Core. Oklahoma and South Carolina are pulling out through their state legislatures, and…

Doing business with those celebrating sin

By La Shawn Barber
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Business | I read a story several years ago about a family who decided to stop buying products made in China for a year. The mother, a journalist, said she’d noticed…

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