From the Desk

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The media seems to have a pretty bad rap these days. People across the nation love to criticize journalists, including writers and radio and television broadcasters, for not giving the whole story, being too biased or not reporting on important ideas. The general public also loves to say journalists are …

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Faith fuels diversity

new direction — Broader variety in church leadership would give Christianity a greater platform in American culture. Google Images

“He For She” campaign offers Church chance to lead “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men and women do nothing,” Emma Watson, actor and goodwill ambassador for UN Women, quoted in her speech. Watson, 24, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the …

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Voting values

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With elections only a month away, the political circuit is abuzz with all the latest campaign rhetoric. Every candidate is pushing the next best “five-point-plan” to flourishing freedom and an extraordinary economy. Naturally, nearly every citizen seems instinctively excited about the possibilities ahead. After all, we have lived through a …

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Convo Connection

“Every day I try to live my life in such a way that I will accomplish at least one thing that will outlive me for eternity.” These words spoken by Liberty alumnus and President of World Help Vernon Brewer laid an enduring foundation and set the stage for a fiercely …

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Russia bullies Ukraine

TRAVESTY — Pro-Russian protestors tear down Ukrainian flag and replace it with a Russian flag in front of the Donetsk Oblast Regional State Administration building. Google Images

Vladimir Putin seeks to establish an empire with Eastern Europe annexation Near the middle of the 20th century, a disgraced nation rising to power attempted to annex land from a weaker nation. The world powers of the time consented with little fuss. Unfortunately for them, this appeasement played a heavy …

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Offering love amidst evil

RADICAL — Islamic State rebels have forced Arab minorities to flee their homelands. Google Images

Why despicable acts of terrorism should be met with abounding prayer As I think about the thousands of people who file into worship centers every week, lifting their hands in worship to songs like “How Great is our God,” I cannot help but imagine what it would be like to …

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Pope Francis displays grace

ICON — Pope Francis presided over first papal wedding since 2000. Google Images

Catholic leader shifts from church tradition, marrying cohabiting couples Grace, by human standards, is a tricky concept. “If you want to make people mad, preach law,” Dr. Doug Kelly, professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, said. “If you want to make them really, really mad, preach grace.” Pope Francis …

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From the Desk

Three weeks ago, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, grabbed the world’s attention with their latest news. Prince George is going to be an older brother. Almost immediately, news outlets from Europe and America latched on to the information, disseminating it to audiences …

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Political infighting distracts

disrupted— Ted Cruz was heckled for pro-Jewish comments. Photo provided

As war continues in the Middle East, Jewish Christians need safe haven Tensions between different religious groups continue to rise at events in Washington, D.C., and around the world. According to the Washington Post, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) …

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Convo connection

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Christian theologian Dr. Darrell Bock brought a powerful, culture-confronting message to Liberty students to start this week’s Convocation. Bock focused on how passages in both the biblical books of Romans and Acts profiled the Apostle Paul engaging and confronting the dysfunctional culture of his day. He challenged us to be …

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Mega Church vs Home Church

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House churches develop personal and intimate faith atmosphere Belonging to a local church is essential to Christian life. It is impossible to read the Bible and not come to that conclusion. The importance of the Church is echoed throughout the entire New Testament. Constant fellowship with other believers and service …

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From the Desk

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This week has been, by far, one of the hardest weeks I have faced as a journalist. Sure, there were plenty of challenges wrapped up in layout and story assignments, meetings and attempting to make contact with sources. But none of those aspects of my week made it particularly challenging. …

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Elections halt immigation

BORDERLINE —  United States Border Patrol fence dividing Nogales, Arizona to the left and Nogales, Sonora to the right. Google Images

The president’s political aspirations push border talks further down the road President Barack Obama has always claimed to be fighting for the well-being of the country. Immigration reform was a cornerstone of his 2012 presidential campaign. However, with elections around the corner, the president has chosen to delay action on …

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Convo connection

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“Who is going to go to all the hell holes on the planet and speak the Jesus solution into their lives?” With this poignant question, Nik Ripken, author of “The Insanity of God,” set the stage for a powerful Global Focus Week that challenged me. Even as I sit here …

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U.S. foreign policy falters

unsure — As ISIS continues to advance, President Barack Obama holds press conference Aug. 28, addressing the role the United States will play in diffusing the deadly conflict. Google Images

As the Islamic State advances, instability in American diplomacy is exposed The United States government seems to operate under the umbrella of three absolutes: we do not leave Americans behind, we do not negotiate with terrorists and we do not put troops on the ground. While President Barack Obama recently …

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