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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.

Lessons learned from the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Amy Henry
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Culture | Earlier this week, 11-year-old Elenia walked into the living room to tell me that several of her friends had nominated her to participate in the now-viral Ice…

What a girl ballplayer taught me about prejudice

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Mo’ne Davis is a baseball star, one of the best pitchers in the world. Well, among 12-year-olds. Davis has made a name for herself—that’s right her

It’s just a little stain

It’s just a little stain

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | There remain a few curious mysteries in life—like why a new car’s value is immediately depleted when it is driven off the showroom floor; like why this…

The WJI alumni association

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Media | Two summers ago I was waiting for pizza in a psychedelic Asheville restaurant, where Alice in Wonderland decor festooned the balcony and great paper animals…

ISIS ‘a national security threat’

By Cal Thomas
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Iraq | BELFAST, Northern Ireland—U.S. airstrikes that have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces recapture a strategic dam and halt, at least temporarily, the advance of…

Worth a punch in the nose

Worth a punch in the nose

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | I went to Michael’s funeral yesterday, and it was the highlight of my day. Michael was 51, and his brother Herman and sister Sue will miss him, but I…

Racial or spiritual reconciliation?

Racial or spiritual reconciliation?

By La Shawn Barber
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Race Issues | “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of…

Bubba keeps believing

Bubba keeps believing

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Bubba is out of prison now and facing what all former inmates have to face: trying to live upright civic lives while starting out with no money in their…

From Christian radio to a church near you

By Warren Cole Smith
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Music | Within the past few weeks, a number of troubling stories have roiled the calm waters of contemporary Christian music (CCM). As I wrote two weeks ago, Michael…

Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson

By Cal Thomas
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Crime | It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights…

Not imagining things

Not imagining things

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | I remember when my friend Nan was weeping alone on a desolate beach in Nova Scotia and found a stone with a perfect cross on it and was comforted. When she…

Woodstock—45 years ago today—vs. the blood of Jesus

By Marvin Olasky
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Music | Forty-five years ago to this day—Aug. 18, 1969—the Woodstock music festival concluded. Its half-million attendees signified a changing America. Joni…

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