How crazy did Americans become about the Robertson family this year? If Yahoo search data is any evidence – very.
According to Yahoo, Americans' top obsession this year was reality television show "Duck Dynasty." The A&E series beat out "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead/zombie apocalypse," "Twerking" and "Snapchat," in a category that adds the volume of searches with the speed that the term rose in popularity.
Females dominated Yahoo's most-searched terms of the year. Miley Cyrus headed a list that also included fellow celebrities Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez and Amanda Bynes. Justin Bieber was the list's lone male and was ranked tenth. more >>
You Were Made to Give
Since the beginning, God has woven the beauty of giving into the very fabric of creation. more >>
We now have a government in Washington that feels it is in charge of everything, yet responsible for nothing.
When our government is not in charge of something, it inserts itself into the enterprise, as is the case with the FDA's recent attempt to halt the sale of 23andMe DNA tests. Our government looked around the value-added business of personal genetic diagnostics and decided one thing was missing: government did not have a say-so.
This is more about government control than it is about what is good for us. Studies show the FDA has caused more deaths through its slow government bureaucracy than it has prevented. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon Smith stated in Free to Choose Medicine, inherent in the one-size-fits-all regulatory bureaucracy is the incentive to delay rather than approve a drug or medical procedure that could save lives. FDA bureaucrats assume everyone has the same view of risk that they do and that they know more than the doctor or patient. more >>
Former National Basketball Association star Magic Johnson recently told Anderson Cooper that he is Christian but that he also supports his openly gay son.
In an interview on "Anderson Cooper 360" that aired Monday, Johnson talked about many issues including how being a Christian and having a gay son is "reality."
"I go to church, I'm a Christian, but the reality is, my son is gay. That is the reality. And I tell pastors that, I tell other pastors that," said Johnson. more >>
College football fans across the country are still buzzing over the shocking outcome of last weekend's Alabama-Auburn game football game. As a graduate of Florida State University, I couldn't be more proud of Auburn. What a game! War Eagle!
As expected, the odds makers picked Alabama to win. Who wouldn't? Alabama has been unstoppable all year, and this past weekend was expected to be no exception. Auburn might get an A for effort, bless their hearts, but those efforts would inevitably fall short. Thus, it came as no surprise when Alabama pulled ahead of Auburn 21-7. Everyone knew where this train was headed.
Even when Auburn tied the score at 21-21, there really wasn't any doubt about the end result. "Winners find a way" as they say, and Nick Saban and The Crimson Tide are nothing if not winners. So when the refs put one second back on the clock after what appeared to have been the last play of the game, everyone assumed that Alabama would win either in the last second on a field goal or in overtime. more >>
As a professor of Chicana/o Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, Robert Chao Romero has seen his share of students fall in love with social justice—and fall out of touch with their Christian faith.
"As a professor at UCLA for the past eight or nine years, I've met activists, especially student activists, who fall away from faith or who refused to explore faith because they believe that Christianity is a racist and classist and sexist religion," Romero told The Christian Post.
"That's the commonly held belief in [the university and activist] spaces and as a Christian myself it has broken my heart for many years to experience that," he added. more >>