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Cultivating civility: It’s gonna take self-control

Self-expression or self-control? Given which one our society prefers, it’s no wonder civility is in short supply. A week or so after the terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis told reporters several things that the postmodern ...

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5 family-affirming New Year’s resolutions

My first New Year’s resolution took place as a young adult, when I pledged to read the Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—in one year. I remember enjoying Genesis and Exodus, struggling a bit with Leviticus and Numbers, and then getting bogged ...

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New Year’s ReVolution!

Are you one that starts every January 1st making “new” New Year’s resolutions? Are you saying to yourself or those around you, “I’m going to start working out and eating healthy.” How about, “I’m going to stop spending so much ...

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Game changer

couple

Marriage, like life generally, is not for the faint of heart. It confounds and confronts us at all stages of the journey. Being in close proximity and confidence with another person has a way of bringing up all kinds of ...

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The dream of virtual immortality

Virtual immortality

The digital revolution has changed the way we live—but it has also changed the way we die. When George Washington died it took a week for the news to travel from Virginia to New York. Boston didn’t learn our founding ...

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Compassion

  • Inside FDA’s research with aborted baby body parts
    Taxpayers have been funding government research using tissue from aborted babies for years, according to a new report, and pro-life groups are calling for the practice to halt. CNS News broke the story last week that the Food and Drug Administration signed a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to provide “human fetal tissue” to […]
  • Museum of the Bible returns medieval manuscript after discovering item’s theft
    One year after the Green family — owners of the craft store chain Hobby Lobby and principal sponsors of the Museum of the Bible — agreed to pay a $3 million fine for illegally importing artifacts from Iraq, the museum is returning a medieval New Testament manuscript to the University of Athens after learning the […]
  • Labor Department bolsters religious exemptions
    The government has a duty to allow contractors to be excused from federal anti-discrimination laws if they cite a religious reason for doing so, according to a new directive from the U.S. Department of Labor. The order, issued Friday (Aug. 10), is another sign of the Trump administration’s determination to accommodate religious conservatives, who have […]
  • The happy honk | The importance of good manners
    These are angry times. So what better time for Christians to display good manners, courtesy, and respect? Have you ever felt nervous or guilty about honking your car horn at somebody—even if the driver ahead of you is texting his friends, and doesn’t realize the red light has changed to green? You may be right […]
  • Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’
    A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain’s attorney said. Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend, the investigating officer identified as […]
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