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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.

The poor man's consolation

The poor man's consolation

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Being born into a social “class” is a fact of life acknowledged by all. In ancient Rome you had better be a citizen and a male if you left the house…

Ethics without a plumb line

Ethics without a plumb line

By Bill Newton
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Higher Education | “We’re creating a mandatory ethics curriculum for every student,” the college president stated to a group of anxious alumni. The implication was that he…

Weekend Reads: Resisting and correcting gossip

Weekend Reads: Resisting and correcting gossip

By Kim Milhoan & Gary Cumberland
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Books | Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue By Matthew C. Mitchell Proverbs says “the words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a…

It’s the company you keep

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Bad company corrupts good morals. That sounds like something your dear old grandma used to say, and she actually got it straight from Scripture. She said it…

I’m thankful for …

I’m thankful for …

By Marvin Olasky
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Faith & Inspiration | Earlier this week, Facebook Data Science released an analysis of what Facebook users say they are most thankful for, then sorted the information by state and…

Wonder of wonders

Wonder of wonders

By Amy Henry
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Faith & Inspiration | I don’t know how many times in the last week, when asked how I am doing, I replied, “Wonderful!” And I’ve lied. Not because I’m unhappy,

Slavery and the Bible

Slavery and the Bible

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Christians do not like to talk about slavery because it invites criticism of the Bible. Too bad. Knowledge of all the facts would make a wonderful apologetic…

Our lost lambs

Our lost lambs

By Chelsea Kolz Boes
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Faith & Inspiration | I remember the Christmas my brother Isaac and I lost the sheep. One was small and white, a tiny plastic lamb no bigger than the baby Jesus figurine. The other…

An attitude of gratitude

By Cal Thomas
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Culture | If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words “the pursuit of…

A Thanksgiving tip

A Thanksgiving tip

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Urge your Thanksgiving guests today to say what they are thankful for to God, and who knows, somebody might speak up. But that lackluster response and the…

Families and Ferguson

By La Shawn Barber
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Family | Tragedy strikes people of all races, ethnicities, creeds, nationalities, and socioeconomic levels. The consequences of sin are far-reaching and deeply…

A tale of two kings

A tale of two kings

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Faith & Inspiration | Manasseh was a very bad king and Asa was a very good king, but there is more to the story. Asa, the king of Judah (the southern tribe ruled by the descendents…

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