Rebel Jesus

  Satanists are going to school. In response to Christian groups distributing Bibles to public school students in Florida, The Satanic Temple says it will follow suit with literature of its own. Their activity book has a coloring page of a young girl sitting in her study filled with “Satanic literature and philosophy” and...

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Showing God the Door

  Popular author and United Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton has shown God the door — the violent God of the Old Testament, that is. In a recent three-part blog series on his website, Hamilton suggests that the warriors of old, such as Moses, Joshua and David, were putting words in God’s mouth....

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Cannot Not Believe

  Dr. Kent Brantly, the missionary doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, has been released from an Atlanta hospital. In an August 21 press conference, Brantly said, “God saved my life, a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers…thank you to the Liberia community, Emory hospital and so many...

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Depression — No Laughing Matter

  It’s hard to believe that funnyman Robin Williams took his life. He seemed to be so full of zest and fun, a comic whirlwind and skilled actor who was loved by multitudes. He was about to film a sequel to his smash hit, Mrs. Doubtfire, and he had an adoring wife and...

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Tend To Your Own Calling

   Ann Coulter has dipped a spoon in the cauldron of controversy and stirred once again. In an August 6 column entitled Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to Idiotic, the willowy author and commentator blasts Dr. Kent Brantly, the Ft. Worth physician who recently contracted the Ebola virus while tending to those suffering...

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Idol Thoughts

  The Sunday school lesson was on idolatry. The teacher listed kinds of idolatry including greed, addictions and control. “Anything else you can think of?” he asked. A woman in the front said, “Praise music. So many churches think that’s the only worship music to play. I thinking singing the...

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God Opportunities

  They are surging as a human tsunami, waves of undocumented children crossing the U.S. border from Central America. Many are fleeing drug-fueled gang wars in El Salvador and Honduras and a shocking number are unescorted by adults. Since October of last year, over 50,000 children have been taken into custody, nearly twice the number from 2013...

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Closer Than You Think

  It’s gone viral. A 60-second clip of Jim Carrey’s recent commencement speech at an Iowan university is popping up on social media sites like so many dandelions on a spring day. In case you missed it, here it is: I liked what Carrey had to say—up to a point. You see, we...

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Language Lessons

  ¿Quienes hablan español? Levantan las manos, por favor.” Translation: “Who speaks Spanish? Raise your hands, please.” I ask this question during one of my magic routines. Of course, the Hispanic kids eagerly raise their hands while the English speakers respond with “Huh?” When I translate into English, a lot of the...

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