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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.

Bitter humor: Jewish or Eastern European?

By Marvin Olasky
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Humor | Did you hear the one about the poor peasant whose goat has died? The peasant catches a golden fish who tells him, “Ask for anything you want.” The peasant…

Weekend Reads: Leading, following, and submitting

Weekend Reads: Leading, following, and submitting

By Caleb Nelson
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Books | Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership By John Maxwell When you’ve written more than 60 books, where do you find ideas…

The blessing and curse of the iPhone 6

By Nick Eicher
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Technology | NICK EICHER: Apple unveiled this week the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and new software and hardware to change the way we pay. But the day after the…

The tragedy of false accusation

By Warren Cole Smith
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Religion | Because I sometimes write about Christian leaders who fall into scandal and sin, I was expecting the call. A reporter from the NBC affiliate in my hometown of…

Ray Rice, God, and second chances

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | We worship a God of second chances. His grace is immeasurable, and without it we’d all be doomed. We love to expound upon and promote grace. It is…

Ambushed by an earworm

Ambushed by an earworm

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | After yesterday’s column my editor said, “Thanks to you, I have ‘I Me Mine’ going through my head this morning.” Ah! The notorious “earworm” got…

Israel: ‘The pool into which the world spits’

By Marvin Olasky
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Israel | Last week I quoted former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman’s terrific description of what’s wrong in American and European reporting about Israel.

A verse to carry us into the real world

A verse to carry us into the real world

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.” I rehearsed the words over…

The sacking of Ray Rice

By Cal Thomas
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Sports | The “indefinite suspension” of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City…

Grumbling in our tents

Grumbling in our tents

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Your Cape Cod or ranch-style or little A-frame house is the equivalent of an ancient Jew’s tent. What goes on inside it is also equivalent to what went on…

Bringing Goodwill to central Indiana

By Russ Pulliam
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Charities | INDIANAPOLIS—Engineers and social workers seem to work from opposite ends of the brain. But retiring Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana executive Jim…

The disadvantaged unborn

By La Shawn Barber
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Abortion | “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Psalm 127:3, ESV). Jill Stanek reported that Planned Parenthood in New…

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