Bethany Blankley

CP Contributor

Faith and Work: It's Not Over Until the Converted Lady Sings

MaryAnn McCormick, an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano has been hailed in the press as "charismatic," "spell-binding," and "elegant." Performing roles such as Carmen to Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, McCormick has sung worldwide, won a Grammy, and just celebrated her 100th performance at the Metropolitan Opera —a feat not every accomplished opera singer can claim.

Faith and Work: Author Shares Life Lessons, Leadership Skills From Ronald Reagan

Lessons on leadership and Reagan's life told by best-selling author and speaker Margot Morrell in Reagan's Journey, highlights the fact that, "even storied careers have ups and downs. Ronald Reagan's was no exception. Throughout his career, Reagan used timeless strategies to coach himself through economic slumps, industry upheavals, and personal challenges. With determination and effort, he climbed to the top of five professions – sportscaster, Hollywood star, union leader, public speaker, and statesman."

Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Mike Turner Introduce Bills Banning IRS Political Targeting

Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) introduced the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act of 2013 on Tuesday that would amend Title 18 of the U.S. Code, making it a crime for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to discriminate against anyone (individual or group) based on their constitutionally protected rights of political speech and expression. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced similar legislation on Wednesday.

Islamic Radicalization of the Tsarnaev Brothers

As the federal and local investigation unfolds, evidence suggests that the Boston Marathon was allegedly planned and carried out by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Some counterterror analysts have speculated that the Tsarnaev brothers may have planned a bigger operation than the marathon in the future. Were they inspired by al Qaeda-like, anti-American ideology that paints the United States as the root of all evil? It's too soon to tell what their motivation was, but it does appear that radical Islam influenced their alleged actions on April 15, 2013.

Watertown, Mass. Couple Recounts Prayers to Jesus, Flying Bullets During Tsarnaev Gun Battle

Shortly after midnight on Friday, April 19, Stephen and Emily McAlpin were in their bedroom about to fall asleep when they heard a loud "pop, pop, pop." The young couple looked out their window and saw orange flashing in the dark night sky. Stephen called 911 and learned that there was a car chase, and the noise they heard was gunfire outside their home in Watertown, Mass., a quiet suburb outside of Boston.

The Oxymoron of Christian Protest

On April 22, many Christians I know gathered to demonstrate for their "right" to worship in New York City schools at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn Bridge. While it may be their right to protest as American citizens, protesting in any form, as a Christ-follower is misguided and unbiblical.