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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.

Why ‘compassionate conservatism’ died

By Marvin Olasky
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Politics | About once a month I get a letter from a WORLD reader asking me what happened to what became known as “compassionate conservatism.” Here’s a quick…

Being fed in the school cafeteria

Being fed in the school cafeteria

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | The kids in my high school used to fling pats of butter into the air with the purpose of sticking them to the cafeteria ceiling. Every day we ate with butter…

Chicago: A town that won’t let you down?

By Cal Thomas
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Crime | Frank Sinatra’s song about Chicago, “My Kind of Town,” “a the town that won’t let you down,” seems dated in light of last weekend’s shooting…

A reminder of the basics

A reminder of the basics

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Barb and I visited Sue yesterday evening. Sue has been laid up for five weeks in a wheelchair after an operation on her ankle, her second time under the…

Bill Gates’ big bucks can’t slow slipping support for Common Core

By Russ Pulliam
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Education | INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana is no longer a lone ranger in abandoning Common Core. Oklahoma and South Carolina are pulling out through their state legislatures, and…

Doing business with those celebrating sin

By La Shawn Barber
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Business | I read a story several years ago about a family who decided to stop buying products made in China for a year. The mother, a journalist, said she’d noticed…

The ‘IRS’ calling

The ‘IRS’ calling

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | The letters “IRS” used to instill terror. Nowadays they tend to instill terror and contempt. But never mind all that. The threatening IRS phone call I…

From weddings to weedings

From weddings to weedings

By Marvin Olasky
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Science | If you attended some evangelical church weddings last month, you probably heard a pastor delivering a homily based on the last section of Chapter 2 of…

A bag with holes

A bag with holes

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | I know someone who has patiently built up a thriving business with his artistic skills. The only problem is that he is employing those talents in the new…

Pride and shame on Independence Day

By D.C. Innes
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Culture | Independence Day is a flag-waving, love-of-country time to reflect on everything good about America. So the recent Pew poll that asked people if they often…

Family matters in the other Supreme Court decision

By Janie B. Cheaney
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Supreme Court | Though almost lost in the noise surrounding the Hobby Lobby decision last Monday, the Supreme Court’s ruling on  Harris v. Quinn  is considered by some…

These are the good old days

These are the good old days

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway. And I wonder if I’m really with you now Or just chasing after some finer day.

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