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Zis Is What I Call Social Madness

In the latest example of social madness, Rickey Hall, the vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is calling on all students to use gender inclusive pronouns like "ze, hir, zir, xe, xem and xyr" in order to make the campus "welcoming and inclusive for all."

Miley Cyrus: From Purity Ring to Perversion

Miley Cyrus

Many who saw Miley hosting Sunday evening's MTV Video Music Awards show or her promo videos leading up to it, experienced both revulsion and heartfelt concern. Anyone dismissing her example for youth today as "edgy yet harmless" entertainment needs to wake up.

Pope Francis' Meeting With 9/11 Families and Multi-Religious Service at Ground Zero to Be Highly Symbolic

The U.S. flag flies as painters work on a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York City Aug. 28, 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia Sept. 22-27.

The eyes of the world will be on Pope Francis when he makes a visit to the western hemisphere next month, stopping first in Cuba before heading north to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. But his stop at the Ground Zero memorial in NYC amid commemoration of the deaths of thousands due to terrorism has been described by organizers as an "extremely important event for the world."

Slavery, Hitler and Planned Parenthood

Ken Connor

Human beings have always had an extraordinary capacity for self-delusion. We justify horrible things by telling ourselves that we are acting in the service of a noble cause, or by dehumanizing the victims of our unjust actions.

Love Warns

Michael Brown

Love wins. Understood rightly, it is gloriously true. But love also warns. In fact, love that does not warn is not love at all.

Environmental Protection Agency Does More Harm Than Good

Susan Stamper Brown

Like the road to Hell, liberal ideas are usually paved with good intentions. But, as Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." And all that vast un-knowledge births monster government agencies like the EPA, which end up doing more harm than good.

Should We Watch Murders on Social Media?

Russell Moore

I watched a video this morning that I'm ashamed to say I viewed. No, it wasn't pornography — at least not the kind of pornography we typically think of. The video was the live shooting of two television journalists as they were reporting in Virginia.

Will We Survive the Obama Presidency and the Iranian Bomb?

Barack Obama

When, in 2012, I authored a cautionary tale about the dangers of a nuclear Iran, I never imagined a U.S. president who would, just a few years later, actively try to strengthen Iran's geopolitical and financial position while providing international legitimacy to the Iranian nuclear program. But sometimes truth is scarier than fiction.

Did God Send a Prophet to Rebuke John MacArthur?

John MacArthur

A self-proclaimed prophet from Scotland disrupted a Sunday morning service on August 16th as Pastor MacArthur stood behind the pulpit, rebuking him for teaching cessationism and for being divisive, announcing that he was a prophet sent by God.

Quiz: A Crooked Businessman, A Stripper and Caitlyn Jenner

Vince Antonucci pastors Verve, an innovative church that seeks to reach people who work on and live around the Las Vegas Strip.

No one would have questioned whether Jesus loved sinners. Watching how he treated people caught in sin, they might have questioned whether he hated sin, but they never would have questioned if he loved sinners. Today, no one questions whether Christians hate sin, but just about everyone questions whether we love sinners.

How to Run Your Race to Win

Joyce Meyer

We've all heard the phrase, "Everyone has a race to run." That just means we all have our own lives to live. And as Christians, God has a specific purpose and plan for each of us.

Should Christians Say 'God Bless America'?

God Bless America

A thoughtful Religion News Service commentary notes that some conservative Christians are now troubled by the sentiment of "God Bless America" in a time of state imposed same sex marriage. This trend of spiritual ambivalence towards the nation will likely continue and is itself troubling.

Sorry Donald, Substance Trumps Style

Susan Stamper Brown

Donald Trump's commanding lead in the polls is a solemn reminder that if we're not careful, another narcissistic good talker will be elected to complete the fundamental transformation President Obama began.

Josh Duggar: Talk Is Cheap

matt moore

I don't know Josh and couldn't know the true state of his heart toward Christ even if I did, but his ongoing hypocrisy depicts a colossal disconnect between his profession of faith and the life he actually leads.

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What Is America's Largest Protestant Denomination Doing to Combat Predatory Prosperity Preaching?

The lobbying entity of the nation's largest Protestant denomination has made it clear that it is against predatory practices that take advantage of the poor, having joined a broad coalition earlier this year organized to "raise awareness about families in financial crisis and how high-cost lending negatively impacts them." But what is the high-profile Christian ethics advocacy organization doing to protect vulnerable believers from preying prosperity preachers?

Christian Film 'War Room' Makes $11 Million Debut; Comes in 2nd to Top-Grossing 'Straight Outta Compton'

The Christian drama "War Room," by filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, earned $11 million in its box-office debut over the weekend despite playing in only 1,135 theaters. It was placed No. 2 behind "Straight Outta Compton," which earned $13.2 million, but after playing in 3,142 locations.

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Joseph Fiennes (L) and Tom Felton as Roman soldiers Clavius and Lucius in a scene from Risen

Bible Epic 'Risen' Linked to Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' Faces Questions of Anti-Semitism Months Before Release

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closely linked its upcoming faith-based film "Risen," about the hunt for Jesus Christ's crucified body, to the controversial 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," claiming that the thriller picks up where Mel Gibson's top-grossing Christian film leaves off. But like its predecessor was accused by some critics of being anti-Semitic, "Risen" is also facing questions about perceived troublesome portrayals of some of its Jewish characters.

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'Life Is Short; Repent, Get Right With God,' Greg Laurie Says on Last Night of SoCal Harvest Crusade 2015

In his last nightly message at the 26th annual SoCal Harvest Crusade on Sunday, evangelist and Pastor Greg Laurie urged tens of thousands of Californians to realize that life passes too quickly, and that they needed to repent without any delay, rather than "have an affair," as the Ashley Madison website suggests.

Charles Colson's 'My Final Word' Warns of 'Long Bloody Clash' in War Against Radical Islam

My Final Word

Imagine that a loved one dies, and years later you receive a letter they wrote before they passed. That's how writer Anne Morse describes My Final Word, the new book she co-authored posthumously with the late evangelical figure, radio commentator and former Nixon aide Charles Colson, which shares Colson's uncanny foresight and words of wisdom regarding many of today's critical issues — most notably religion.

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'War Room' Director: 'Prayer Is Not a Spare Tire, It's the Steering Wheel'

If you knew your enemy was using a strategic plan to try to defeat you, wouldn't you adopt a battle plan of your own? You might be surprised to find that the most lethal weapon in your arsenal isn't a vengeful act, a firearm, or a lawsuit — it's prayer. That's the premise behind the dramatic new film "War Room," which director/producer duo Alex and Stephen Kendrick say is a "call to prayer."

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Christian Man Killed by Muslim In-Laws After Wife Gives Her Life to Jesus

A Muslim family in Lahore, Pakistan, has abducted, tortured and shot their 23-year-old daughter and her Christian husband, leaving them for dead, in retaliation for their daughter's conversion to Christianity.

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Husband Plants 4 Miles of Sunflowers to Honor Wife Who Died From Cancer

If you take Highway 85 through Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you'll see a touching tribute from a husband to his late wife — thousands of bright yellow sunflowers lining the road for 4-and-a-half miles. Don Jaquish made it his mission to honor his wife Babbette's memory by planting fields of her favorite flower. Babbette died last November at 66, after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.

World's Largest Christian Wax Museum Uses Elvis, Elizabeth Taylor and Prince Charles to Spread the Gospel

BibleWalk crucifixion

The BibleWalk wax museum has been attracting a lot of attention lately — and not because of its detailed mannequins that depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, but because several of the mannequins are repurposed from celebrity statues. Prince Charles, Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor are a just few famous faces out of over 300 figures, and the staff is continuing to add to the collection.