October: a time for gratitude

honoring — Pastor Appreciation Month is celebrated annually. Google Images

In a time when the United States is inching ever closer to a post-Christian culture, understanding the sacrifice our pastors make and honoring them during Pastor Appreciation Month is now more important than ever before. For one month out of the year, the world is reminded of the incredible […]

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Driscoll saga too public

tough — Former lead Pastor Mark Driscoll resigned from the church he founded. Google Images

Seattle pastor resigns due to mounting accusations against his character Less than two months ago, former Seattle mega-church pastor Mark Driscoll stepped down from his position as lead pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church. Two weeks ago, Driscoll officially announced his resignation from the church he helped to found 18 …

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From the Desk

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I am frustrated with UNC, and for the first time in my life, the frustration is not born out of my disdain for the basketball team. The school’s logo and the Tarheel symbol — even just the color Carolina blue — automatically elicits a vocal expression of disgust from me …

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Convo Connection

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“One thing that is constant here at Liberty is change. Everyone hates change but loves progress.” So said Liberty University President Jerry Falwell as he addressed the student body and faculty before introducing David Nasser, Liberty’s senior vice president of spiritual development. He is right. Change is hard. Why? Maybe …

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Washington Post editor leaves legacy

Ben Bradlee

Benjamin Bradlee, the former editor of the Washington Post who led the paper through the tumultuous days of covering Watergate, died Tuesday, Oct. 21. The 93-year-old Boston native was a graduate of Harvard and friends with such politicians as John F. Kennedy. While Bradlee was not someone I knew, he …

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Winter threatens Arab Church

URGENT — Johnnie Moore and Chris Seiple met with King Abdullah II of Jordan and the Patriarchs from Jordan, Syria and Iraq. Photo provided

If the Western Church does not act, the faith’s heritage might not survive Winter is coming. These three words really have no practical meaning when you have a roof over your head, a designer coat, new jeans and a pair of boots made of genuine leather. But imagine with me …

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Houston, we have a problem

ALARMING — Mayor Annise Parker garnered national attention for her brazen attack on religious liberty. Google Images

Texas mayor goes on offense, seeking to censor voices of Christian pastors Even though they say everything is bigger in Texas, Annise Parker, Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor, has decided it just is not big enough for anyone’s opinion but her own, and, if you disagree, you could be held …

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Davis runs risky campaign ad

OFFENSIVE — Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis used her opponent’s handicap as advertisement. Google Images

Texas candidate for governor takes big gamble in attack on her opponent For politicians, fall not only means pumpkins and changing leaves, but a greater emphasis on political campaigns as they launch last-ditch efforts to garner votes. Wendy Davis, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Texas senator, likely had this …

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From the Desk

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Social media has permeated today’s culture with millions of users on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and, most recently, Yik Yak, as well as several others. From average users sharing photos and big family news, such as engagement or pregnancy announcements, to companies encouraging interaction among customers and spreading promotions, …

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Marriage issues divide D.C.

DIVIsive — Questions on gay marriage still split representatives on Capitol Hill. Google Images

If Republican Party does not adapt, it risks becoming culturally irrelevant For those of us born in the late ’80s and early ’90s, gay marriage has been a heavily debated topic in every significant political election we have witnessed. Despite its place at the forefront of many previous elections, the …

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29 year old refuses treatments

Tragic — Brittany Maynard plans to ‘die with dignity’ Nov. 1. Photo credit: Jaron Davis

The legality of physician-assisted suicide violates the Hippocratic Oath A 29-year-old woman is about to find out what happens when life or death becomes a legal choice. This past spring, after just one year of marriage, Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with a type of terminal brain cancer that has one …

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Convo Connection

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“Don’t kid yourself into believing that just because you prayed a prayer, you’re going to heaven.” The piercing words of Pastor J.D. Greear, author of “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart,” echoed through my heart as he boldly talked about the believer’s assurance of salvation to kick off last week’s …

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Tich’s NBA Preview 15 predictions for 2014-2015

1. Kobe Bryant will shoot a lot of basketballs. Make no mistake, the Lakers are going to be bad. Really bad. Like, Wesley-Johnson-is-penciled-into-the-starting-lineup bad. As unlikely as it may be, Bryant is still eyeing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record and is sitting about three high-scoring seasons away from approaching it. …

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Censorship denies freedom

expelled — California schools prohibited books from libraries. Google Images

Book banning limits opportunity to be challenged by differing perspectives Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, California, have purged all Christian books from the school libraries. The administration claimed the book removal followed school protocol. Parents were alarmed to hear the news when a student came home and shared what happened. …

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Dinesh D’Souza caught in crime

LAWSUIT — Dinesh D’Souza was convicted and sentenced for illegally donating to Senate campaign. Google Images

Conservative film producer sentenced for breaking campaign finance laws By working as a conservative activist filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza has grown accustomed to having a place in the limelight and debating controversial subjects. In recent months, however, the light shining on D’Souza has not been so favorable. The controversy and subsequent …

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