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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.

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…

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…

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