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Is the Calling to Be a Missionary More Honorable Than Other Callings?

Theologian John Piper is suggesting this week that there is a higher honor attached to being a foreign missionary than other callings.

Jury pool narrowed to 750 in church shooting trial

20 hours agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

The jury pool has been narrowed to just under 750 people in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, who stands charged in the shooting deaths of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

ISIS' Barbaric Executions Actually Mimic North Korea's Public Killing of Christians?

While much in the international news today is dominated by the utter barbarity and heinousness in how the Islamic State tortures and executes its victims, a look back in history shows that it's possible the jihadis have taken pages from the torturous playbook of the authoritarian North Korean government.

Playboy features woman wearing hijab for first time

20 hours agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

For the first time ever, Playboy has featured a woman wearing a hijab.

This Popular Frog Meme Is Now Officially A Symbol Of Hate

Pepe the frog, a cartoon character that has long been used as a popular internet meme, has been declared a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after its increased use by anti-Semites and white supremacists. The initially innocuous character joined the ranks of the Swastika, Confederate Flag, Aryan Fist following its induction on Monday. Show More Summary

California Is Trying To Keep Muslim And Sikh Students From Being Bullied

In a move hailed by civil rights groups, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced Sunday that he’d signed a bill meant to counter the widespread bullying of Muslim and Sikh students in the state. The Safe Place To Learn Act requires...Show More Summary

Why Miracle Stories Hurt

Miracle stories are a constant in Christian religious settings, from the story of Christ's resurrection to stories of Saints' miracles in modern days. Miracles can be an important part of a religious person's personal relationship with God. Show More Summary

What Happens in the Lotus Sutra? Unpacking the events in this famous Buddhist Scripture

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. unpacks the Lotus Sutra, one of the most famous Buddhist scriptures, explaining how it came to be and how its influence has grown. The post What Happens in the Lotus Sutra? Unpacking the events in this famous Buddhist Scripture appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Jesus Is A Loser: Trump and the Catholic Vote

I was wearing my "Gore for President" button the year I began to attend Roman Catholic mass regularly in 2000. One morning that fall I was accosted by a weekday morning regular. He was friendly about it, but wanted to know how I could be on the Communion line every morning while planning to vote a "pro abortion" (his words, not mine) ticket. Show More Summary

Sharon Salzberg, angel Kyodo williams, Dan Harris, Chuck Lief, to present on “Practicing Change” at TEDx Washington Square

Four prominent Buddhists will take the stage at an upcoming TEDx event at New York University on October 15. The theme is "Practicing Change." The post Sharon Salzberg, angel Kyodo williams, Dan Harris, Chuck Lief, to present on “Practicing Change” at TEDx Washington Square appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Abandoning the Old Gods, Manufacturing New Ones

In Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel, American Gods, a fictitious god named Wednesday bemoans the capricious nature of American worship: "This is a bad land for gods... the old gods are ignored. The new gods are as quickly taken up as...Show More Summary

Ten Christian Athletes Who Were Tebowing Before Tebow

Christian sports stars have a long history of using their public platform to display their private faith. Clergymen hovering along the sidelines; athletes proselytizing like revival preachers; and “Jocks for Jesus” steadily colonizing...Show More Summary

Crossway Reverses Decision to Make ESV Bible Text Permanent

Amid much public debate, publisher says strategy for a 'stable' Bible was a 'mistake.' The publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has reversed its controversial decision to finalize the text after tweaking 29 verses. “We...Show More Summary

A cinematic triumph returned and restored

It’s not often that something that made its debut on Polish television gets this kind of acclaim, but Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Dekalog”(“Decalogue” in English) merited precisely that acclaim — even now, 28 years after its debut. Kieslowski was commissioned by Polish TV to make a series of hour-long dramas on each of the Ten Commandments. This […]

Senate Overwhelmingly Rejects Obama's Veto of 9/11 Saudi Bill

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly rejected on Wednesday President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government.

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New York Times Brutally Subtweets Trump With Hitler Biography Review

In Michiko Kakutani’s recent review of a new Adolf Hitler biography, she doesn’t once mention Donald Trump, the Republican Party, or the current election. At least not in so many words. As many New York Times readers have noticed, Kakutani’s...Show More Summary

What I Am Thinking About While My Wife Re-Packs The Surgical Wound On My Back

For a number of years, I have had a cyst on my back. Neither my primary care doctor nor my dermatologist has been concerned about it. But two weeks ago this past Monday, it hurt very much when I leaned back against the hard back of my seat at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game. Show More Summary

Kentucky Student Says His Car Window Was Smashed In Because He Had a Poem About Atheism on the Seat

A woman named Brittani wrote a poem called "What God Needs" for her Creative Writing class at a college in Paducah, Kentucky. It's a piece that clearly has an atheist bent, referring to "A daughter with lymphoma" and "An ethics class, maybe three."Her boyfriend Aaron had a copy of it lying in his car where anyone could see it... Show More Summary

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