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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.

Preferring those who hate us

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Israel | There is a Ph.D. dissertation in it for whoever can figure out why we always prefer those who hate us. The spectacle of a few weeks ago of students at the…

Cracker-barrel No. 1: Who controls news coverage?

By Marvin Olasky
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Media | WORLD readers regularly send me letters that ask some basic or important questions. That can sometimes feed into my prideful desire to be a cracker-barrel…

‘Inclusive’ speech campaign

By La Shawn Barber
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Free Speech | Isn’t it strange how campus liberalism has evolved from a free-speech, tradition-defying, I-am-woman, youth-led movement to a speech-suppressing,

Let us prey

By Cal Thomas
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Religion | There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. Speakers—evangelist Billy Graham spoke at…

The Obama thing

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Culture | The very first column I wrote for WORLDin 1998, when the second-to-last page in the magazine was still called “Soul Food,” started like this: “I was 16…

Our dark record of Christian cruelty

By D.C. Innes
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Religion | President Obama elicited a firestorm of reaction to his National Prayer Breakfast speech on Thursday, where he compared ISIS atrocities like the recent…

Have you seen Lynn Messer?

By Janie B. Cheaney
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Faith & Inspiration | Kerry Messer and his son Abram are busy working the halls of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Lawmakers greet them by name, for Kerry has been…

Discordant instruments

Discordant instruments

By Bill Newton
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Business | She was young, modestly dressed, attractive, innocent looking, and projected an aura of purity. Then she spoke. It wasn’t her tone, nor her pitch, or even…

Good-bye, RadioShack

By Marvin Olasky
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Business | Isn’t it strange that those favoring expansion of progress-reducing government agencies call themselves “progressives”? Let’s juxtapose that curiosity…

Johnny Manziel and the need for change

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | I love Johnny Manziel. I loved him when he burst onto the scene at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman. I loved his heroics, his swagger, and the wild…

A face you can trust

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Media | Brian Williams has a face you can trust. That, I’m sure, is partly why he is the anchorman for the NBC Nightly News . I look at his face and I say to myself,

Bless those who persecute you

By Nick Eicher
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Persecution | Nagmeh Abedini’s husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, has been imprisoned for his Christian faith in Iran for more than two years. Despite her frustration with…

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