The pageantry of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony celebrates the competition that brings the world together for a moment in time. It's always full of hopes to be realized and hopes that will be ruined. Nevertheless, there is hope.
For many countries, there are no professional sports leagues like in the United States. For them, these world games represent the highest level of competition, the ultimate challenge. To stand with a Gold medal draped around your neck represents the epitome of excellence.
The fact is, we will all get an "awards ceremony" – sooner or later. At the end of our lives, banners will be raised, our names will be called and we will step onto a platform. The question is will you be facing Jesus? more >>
A Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith healing have been sentenced to prison for their refusal to send their infant son to a doctor when he was sick.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were sentenced Wednesday by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner to three and a half years in prison.
This was the second child of the Schaibles to die due to an untreated illness. The couple's first son died at age 2, in 2009. more >>
Political columnist Kirsten Powers has earned the respect of the Evangelical community. The story of her conversion was an unambiguous home run. She's also responsible for helping raise attention about the atrocity of the Kermit Gosnell case.
She's a sharp, intellectually honest thinker who does a good job of keeping conservative evangelicals on their toes. I don't know Kirsten well, but in October, I was honored to moderate a panel with her and other leading thinkers on the subject of religious liberty.
Her most recent column, though, doesn't fit with her commendable work on international religious freedom. Conflating theological categories, her column missed the concern that Evangelicals have over the creeping hostility to religious liberty, particularly in the context of gay rights. more >>
American David Wise has became the first Olympic gold medalist in the history of the sport of men's freestyle skiing halfpipe.
Wise, 23, scored 92 out of 100 in his first round of the finals, a number which put him atop the podium on Tuesday. In his second round, Wise only earned a 3.4 after falling, which gave him the distinction of scoring the event's highest and lowest scores.
"I think free skiing really rose to the occasion and put on a good show in spite of the conditions," Wise told NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday morning about his performance, addressing the rain, fog and snow that the athletes were confronted with while competing on Tuesday. more >>
The Alliance Defending Freedom has argued before the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday that parents need to be notified when their child seeks an abortion, something which Planned Parenthood is disputing.
"Abortionists don't care more about children than parents do," said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, co-counsel in the case, in a statement Alliance Defending Freedom. "Alaska's Parental Involvement Law, which an overwhelming majority of citizens adopted through a state ballot initiative, is a reasonable and constitutional measure. It ensures that parents may exercise their right and responsibility as parents to counsel their daughters in one of life's most difficult moments."
ADF is defending Alaska's 2010 voter-approved Ballot Measure 2, which requires at least one parent to be notified before a minor child can go through with an abortion. The court previously stated that Alaska's Constitution permits a statutory scheme which ensures that parents are notified so that they can be engaged in their daughters' important decisions in these matters. more >>
Russell Moore spoke out adamantly against Russia's attempt to paint itself as a champion of traditional values.
"I have heard over the past couple years, many, many times, Vladimir Putin and his regime, seeking to lecture America and the rest of the world about family values and I'm just not buying it," the President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said on a podcast released on Wednesday.
Moore, who along with his wife, have adopted two sons adopted from Russia, addressed the topic in light of the Sochi Winter Olympics and a Washington Times article headlined "Who's 'godless' now? Russia says it's U.S." more >>