Pope affirms evolution

Controversy — Pope Francis rattled Catholic and Protestant theologies by contradicting established fundamental creation story. Google Images

Catholic leader causes uproar as he voices support for ‘Big Bang’ theory “When we read in Genesis the account of creation, we run the risk of imagining that God was a magician with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.” These words might sound as …

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From the Desk

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By Emily Brown By now, you have probably heard that Brittany Maynard followed through with a vow she made public a few weeks ago through the media. Maynard took her life by means of a lethal prescription Saturday, Nov. 1. As I began to organize my thoughts on the matter, …

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Professor pens biography

Gifted — Karen Prior is a prolific essayist, author and professor. Photo provided

By Tré Goins-Phillips Review of Dr. Karen Swallow Prior’s book on little-known female reformer Who is Hannah More? That is the question Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, prolific writer and English professor at Liberty University, sought to answer in her new book, “Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, …

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Houston subpoenas dropped

No hero — Mayor thwarts freedom. Google Images

By Tré Goins-Phillips Texas Mayor Annise Parker ditches court order for city pastors’ sermons Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently rose to national attention when she subpoenaed five Houston-area pastors for the content of their sermons, later changing the wording to refer to them as “speeches.” After many letters, calls, emails, …

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What if Republicans win?

Decision — Virginia Senate candidates Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner debate. Google Images

By Lee Sutherland Should the GOP take control of Congress, they should prioritize policies Fifty. That is the number of states Nate Silver, an American statistician famous for his analysis of baseball and elections, predicted correctly in the 2012 United States Presidential election. In the 2008 presidential election, Silver predicted …

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Ditch the name, Redskins

overplayed — Washington Redskins name still raises eyebrows. Google Images

By Alex Tichenor After years of debate, it is time for Washington to pick a new team title How are we still talking about this? It is 2014, and the Washington Redskins are still a team. There has been an ongoing argument for the past few years over whether the …

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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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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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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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