Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda and mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, repeatedly warned his supporters against the formation of terror group ISIS, newly released documents by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed.
In one letter addressed to Atiyah abd al-Rahman, a now-deceased al-Qaeda figure, bin Laden said that efforts need to remain focused on attacking America, rather than establishing the Islamic State.
"You should ask them to avoid insisting on the formation of an Islamic State at the time being, but to work on breaking the power of our main enemy by attacking the American embassies in the African countries, such as Sierra Leone, Togo, and mainly to attack the American oil companies," bin Laden instructed, according to an English translation of the letter. more >>
WASHINGTON — In The Dadly Virtues: Adventures From the Worst Job You'll Ever Love, a collection of opinion writers and humorists use their day job (writing) to reminisce about their most important job (being a dad).
"The primary effect of children," the book's editor, Jonathan Last, explains in the introduction, "is that they take things from you.
"It begins with sleep, time, and dignity and then expands over the years to include sanity, serenity and a great deal of money." more >>
Christians have been told over and over that they should not watch "Game of Thrones." It is too violent, involves too much sex and nudity, and presents faith in a bad light. John Piper even said Christians who watch this show are "recrucifying Christ." Many of these criticisms ring true, but nonetheless, this show can teach Christians—and others in our postmodern world—one very valuable lesson: morality is indestructible.
HBO's groundbreaking show has oft been criticized for presenting an amoral universe, where heroes die and villains reign triumphant. As postmoderns love to preach, there is no good and evil. The world is run by people, not God. Those people have vastly different goals and values, all fighting in a merciless, ultimately meaningless, but nonetheless bloody, game of thrones.
But as C.S. Lewis cannily observed, even the strength of such an argument poses a problem. If the audience mourns when Ned Stark loses his head, and becomes enraged as the pompous King Joffrey tortures innocents, are we really to believe the universe of this show has no moral values? Is not our very anger at George R. R. Martin for killing our favorite characters itself evidence that we believe (as even he believes) in good and evil, right and wrong? more >>
Sadie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame humbly admitted "I will never be perfect, but I serve a perfect God" before urging fans to "be confident" in messages posted on her Instagram and YouTube accounts.
The 17-year-old reality TV star has become a role model for young girls after rising to fame on A&E's hit series that's based on the Robertson family's Duck Commander business in West Monroe, Louisiana, in which her father, Willie, is the CEO. The starlet has also appeared on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Just two months after posting a video on YouTube titled "Live Original," the fashion model advised her fans on Instagram to just be themselves without striving for perfection. more >>
Christian rapper Lecrae won the Top Christian Album award for his hit "Anomaly" at this year's Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas on Sunday.
"Congrats & thanks to the producers, engineers, artists, label, distribution, family & fans on Anomaly's Billboard Award," Lecrae wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
Lecrae was also nominated for Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, but lost that category to Australia-based Hillsong United. Other nominees for that award included Casting Crowns, MercyMe and the Newsboys. more >>
Must Christians who believe the scientific evidence for an old Earth also believe in a liberal reading of Scripture? This was one of the questions The Christian Post asked of Hugh Ross, whose book, A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy, is now in a second, expanded edition.
A Matter of Days is both a critique of the "young Earth" view, that God created the Earth and universe in six 24-hour days, and an apologia of the view that there is no conflict between science and the Bible over the age of the Earth and universe. In other words, Christians can trust both the Bible and observations about the universe using scientific methods, and non-Christians can rest assured that the Christian faith is not inherently anti-science.
"The desire for reconciliation motivated this book," Ross wrote in chapter one. more >>