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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.

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…

Cheerios tells the awesome truth about dads

Cheerios tells the awesome truth about dads

By John Stonestreet
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Family | A new online ad for Cheerios gives us a chance to say to something in the culture, “Do more of that!” The video shows a married father helping his…

It’s beginning to look a lot like school time

By Marvin Olasky
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Education | Fall school terms start soon, so magazines run lots of education stories. (WORLD’s annual Back-to-School issue will be posted online a week from today.) The

Enjoying the good gift of sports

Enjoying the good gift of sports

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | I write about sports. A lot. To write about any subject regularly demands a fair amount of thought. I’ve been asked more than once whether it’s worth it…

How to pay your bills

How to pay your bills

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | This will not be a tutorial in household finances. You can attend one of those seminars yourself in many a church, and I may do that someday, if I get the…

Fearing the return of Jesus

Fearing the return of Jesus

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | Maybe you weren’t a kid when the Left Behind books came out—but I was, and they scared me out of my little pink pajamas. OK, not literally. But I was afraid…

Robin Williams: Comedy and tragedy

By Cal Thomas
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Obituary | Robin Williams made me cry. Like his mentor, the late Jonathan Winters, Williams, who committed suicide Monday, made me laugh so intensely tears would come to…

Root causes of antisocialism

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Iraq | We all know, from our public schooling and the mainstream media, that when a person does bad things it is not his fault. Not at all. It is probably his…

Unfriendly atheists

By La Shawn Barber
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Religion | To me it’s not strange that atheists don’t believe in God. I understand because I was once an unbeliever myself. It’s human nature to rebel. Who wants…

Welcome introverts

Welcome introverts

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | My husband once worked as a substance abuse counselor in Michigan. The center where he counseled made use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory…

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