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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.

Barbara’s invitation to a feast

Barbara’s invitation to a feast

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | The other night the long table in Barbara’s Victorian house with the grand winding staircase was set for 20. In the living room by the ceiling-high…

One cheer for Exodus

By Marvin Olasky
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Movies | WORLD members, the objects of heavy marketing by the makers of the new movie E x odus , are asking me about the film. I’m referring them to the good review in…

What if I have a jerk for a boss?

What if I have a jerk for a boss?

By Bill Newton
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Business | Earlier this fall I wrote about how “Christ is our ultimate employer.” As promised, I’m continuing to examine how we as Christians are to handle…

Scrooge school

Scrooge school

By Amy Henry
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Education | Next week I will read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to the kids at school. Last year it took me eight straight hours and left me with a raspy throat, but I…

Athletes and influence

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | “I’m not a role model. … Just because I can dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” Charles Barkley, known for his bluntness and…

Thinking biblically about torture

By Nick Eicher
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Culture | Lately, a few explosive issues have divided some Christians from their usual co-belligerents on the political right. There have been complaints from the…

Oh, that’s good! No, that’s bad.

Oh, that’s good! No, that’s bad.

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | When I speak at retreats I bring my Bible and Margery Cuyler’s That’s Good! That’s Bad! The children’s picture book concerns a little boy at the zoo with…

A taste of the at-homeness of heaven

A taste of the at-homeness of heaven

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I settled stiffly into my seat at church last week, counting my miseries. We were half an hour late and I had the sniffles. I had forgotten to put on lipstick…

Where your treasure is

Where your treasure is

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | I drove past a new self-service storage building the other day. I can’t remember what was there before. One sees more and more of these facilities as time…

Bad Sir Jonathan Gruber (with apologies to A.A. Milne)

By Marvin Olasky
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Healthcare | Only A.A. Milne, author of not only Winnie the Pooh but great children’s poems such “Bad Sir Brian Botany,” could do justice to Jonathan Gruber’s…

Sinners and selective outrage

By La Shawn Barber
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Race Issues | Whenever I read about all the rioting and pointless destruction and laughable “die-ins” at places like Toys R Us, I’m astonished. I find it incredible…

When you do not expect it

When you do not expect it

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | I am on the church prayer chain, and recently I watched the unfolding of a sad situation made more tragic when a father on his way to visit his adult daughter…

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