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Hope in the Wake of Tragedy

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 10:44 AM

As the news media turns its attention back to politics and the implications of election results, it is inevitable that those not directly affected by Hurricane Sandy will quickly put the storm in the back of their minds. But for those whose communities, homes and lives have been ravaged by...

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Are You Game?

(8) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:00 PM

This past weekend, Hollywood celebrated all-things television at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Television's big night was fêted with all of the glitz and glamour you would expect from the center of the entertainment industry.

This year's award winners ranged from political satire to family feuds to family fun....

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The Irreplaceable Book

(41) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Almost since the beginning of recorded history, there have been fads. Hem lines go up and down; sunglasses get big, then small; diet plans come and diet plans go. Today's fascination becomes tomorrow's "so 30 seconds ago." Well, here comes another one.

Recently, women all over the world have immersed...

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The Ultimate Father

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Depictions of fathers have varied greatly across the millennia. From Shakespeare's flattery-obsessed King Lear to Dickens' gentle hardworking Bob Cratchit, from the ultimate evil dad of Star Wars' Darth Vader to the bumbling doofus dad of nearly every television commercial, fathers have run the gamut from the sublime to the...

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Taking the Blue With the Red and Green

(63) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 6:01 PM

Isn't Christmas supposed to be a time of hope and joy? A time when we remember that the impossible is possible? A season for rejoicing that God isn't content to be some far-off, impersonal being, but cares so much about us that He showed up among us?

Yes, it is...

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She's My Sister: Bringing Scripture Based Healing to Rape Survivors

(15) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 7:25 PM

Most of us in America are given to hyperbole in our everyday conversations.

"Traffic was brutal."

"The meeting was horrendous."

"Yesterday was a nightmare."

"You won't believe what happened."

It isn't a big deal that we tend to speak this way. But it does create a problem...

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The Curious Connection between Lady Gaga and the Quran-Burning Pastor

(6) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 11:43 AM

It's Easter week and, unfortunately, Christianity is in the news for all the wrong reasons. When Florida Pastor Terry Jones chose to burn the Quran, his actions sparked both understandable outrage and reprehensible violence in the Muslim world.

Jones isn't the only one using controversy to generate attention. Lady...

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The Two Commandments of Super Bowl Advertising

(8) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 2:29 PM

Super Bowl XLV is quickly approaching. And as people predict whether the Steelers or the Packers will secure the victory, many are asking another, some might say equally, interesting question: What commercial will come out on top?

Buzz about Super Bowl commercials has been around almost as long as the...

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Chaplains Help Soldiers Find Peace

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 10:59 AM

"Peace on earth, goodwill toward men." In songs, on cards and from the animated lips of cartoon characters we'll encounter this phrase myriad times during this Christmas season.

But peace on earth is a funny thing. It is fragile. And, too often, it is only properly valued when lost. Ultimately,...

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Burning the Quran Does Not Illuminate the Bible

(11) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 2:52 PM

I have to admit, when I heard news reports of Pastor Terry Jones planning to burn the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, I was both puzzled and disappointed.

To burn another religion's scriptures is disrespectful to all who adhere to that faith. Further, it...

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Word on the Street, First in the Bible

(36) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 10:58 AM

At American Bible Society, we spend all day every day thinking about the best-selling book of all time. But I'm guessing that most of you don't. So you may not be aware of the Bible's influence in the world.

"I get it," you say. "The Bible is a book...

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Haiti Earthquake Relief: The Spiritual Side of Rebuilding

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 12:51 PM

When the rubble is cleared away, the roads repaved and the buildings rebuilt, will the people of Haiti be back on their feet?

Helping Haitians recover from the personal trauma and devastating losses wrought by the earthquake will be a much more difficult task than the overwhelming job of...

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Faith on the Front Lines

(302) Comments | Posted June 13, 2010 | 9:32 PM

On Wednesday, the front page of The Wall Street Journal featured an arresting photo of a soldier kneeling beside a stunned comrade reading to him from a camouflage-clad Bible.

It is easy to debate the relevance of the Bible from the safety of our classrooms, living rooms and...

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The Biblical Challenge from (and for) Millennials

(385) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 8:50 PM

More than two thirds of 18- to 29-year-olds in America have a serious gap in their education. They have little knowledge of a work that has informed generations of literature, government, philosophy, and social behavior. And, more importantly, they are divorced from a message that has brought comfort, inspiration, and...

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