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Martyr in China Buried Alive

(Zhumadian, Henan—April 18, 2016) Two members of a church demolition team in China’s central Henan province buried a house church leader and his wife alive on Thursday (April 14) when they tried to prevent the destruction of their church. Though … Continue reading

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PETA: Rat = Boy

Welcome to the universe of PETA. Because a macaque took a picture of itself with a photographer’s camera, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a copyright lawsuit today on behalf of the monkey. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/monkey-who-took-grinning-selfie-should-own-copyright-us-lawsuit/ar-AAeDuuo?ocid=ansmsnnews11 There is a … Continue reading

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The End of Tolerance

Because the Daily Beast is a thoughtful forum of opinion and observation, Sally Kohn’s contempt for people with whom she disagrees is surprising and disappointing. She exemplifies the end of tolerance. Kohn calls out an extremely conservative tweet. And she … Continue reading

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Farewell Tax-Exempt Churches

Today Disney/ABC’s subsidiary Fusion published that churches should lose their tax-exempt status if they do not perform wedding ceremonies that contradict their religion. The days of proclaiming tolerance as a virtue are now history. Name-calling is the new normal for … Continue reading

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Authentic Organizational Values

Yesterday I attended the most extraordinary high school graduation I have ever witnessed. At Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, 25 students graduated, and each graduate gave a brief speech including my favorite new alum, Jasmine. My personal memories of … Continue reading

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Millennials in Church?

Should church offer COOL or MYSTERY  to welcome millennials?  “I can be entertained anywhere. At church, I do not want to be entertained. I do not want to be the target of anyone’s marketing. I want to be asked to … Continue reading

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Redefining Marriage: Group Marriage

Group marriage is a next logical step in our culture’s redefining of marriage. An early step is a religious group marriage in Thailand this week, not yet recognized by civil law. How many people can share in a group marriage? … Continue reading

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Our Compass Is Lost

Assassinating a national ruler is not comedy…except in postmodern America. Based on an attempt to kill the North Korean head of state, The Interview is scheduled to open in October. It has this so-called hilarious premise: “Desperate to legitimize their … Continue reading

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The Funniest, Most Pathetic Job Listing Ever

In the last couple weeks I have looked at hundreds of job listings. Here’s the funniest, saddest one that I have seen. No, I did not apply. Hello, I am in need of someone to complete my online introduction to … Continue reading

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The Saddest Words

This traveling month I’ve heard words that tasted delicious: In Ohio, “I’m having another baby!” In California, “You are courageous!” In Maryland, “You are such a good friend!” In West Virginia, “Thank you for coming so far!” I’ve experienced things … Continue reading

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