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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.

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…

The police problem

By D.C. Innes
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Police | When I was a boy, they told us in school that a policeman is your friend. There are communities where that does not appear to be true. Those communities also…

Don’t go numb

By Janie B. Cheaney
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Faith & Inspiration | My Facebook news feed a week ago included no less than five links to articles with roughly the same headline: “ISIS Is Beheading Children.” Like a stab to…

A broken toe

A broken toe

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | We think my husband broke his baby toe last night. It is twice the size of its corresponding mate on the left foot and cannot be manipulated even a half inch…

Weekend Reads: Fulfilled promises, public worship, and PKs

Weekend Reads: Fulfilled promises, public worship, and PKs

By Caleb Nelson
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Books | Epic: The Storyline of the Bible By James Nicodem Epic: The Storyline of the Bible  (Moody Publishers, 2013) simultaneously addresses and reflects a problem…

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