Culture

Martial-arts Life leads kung-fu master to Christ

Taiwanese kung-fu master Liu Chang probably didn’t think a routine seminar he led at Virginia Bluefield College would lead to him to Christ. But that’s just what happened. Liu, a widely-respected karate expert, was one of two visiting instructors at a martial-arts seminar hosted by Doug Minnix, Bluefield’s faculty advisor for the school’s karate club. […]

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Slumdogs and slavery

On the Monday morning following the Oscars, U.S. News websites splashed the announcement that the “little film that could,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” had garnered the Best Picture of 2008 award. Buried on many of the same web pages was News that 48 children had been rescued from prostitution, and several pimps were arrested during the previous […]

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Uplifting films for troubling times

God once told Joshua, “I will not leave you or forsake you. … Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:5-9). We’ll get through these tough economic times. The following is a list of a few films featuring characters enduring and triumphing over hardships […]

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‘Go back and be happy’

After a horrific car crash, doctors gave up on Julie Papievis, but God – and her father – surely didn’t. Julie Papievis often feels she is not of this world.  “It sometimes feels as if my soul went home, but my body came back,” she says. In May of 1993 Julie’s life was forever altered […]

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Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten fights domestic violence

Jason Witten remembers the pain. The Dallas Cowboys tight end remembers the screaming, the confusion and all the other terrible consequences of domestic violence. He doesn’t want others to experience what he did growing up. So he’s doing something about it. While many NFL players occasionally throw a requisite bone to charities to satisfy their […]

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The Embassy reaches out to youth at Restoration Church

A monstrous base blared in the foreground, electronic instruments simulated a loose melody and rapid-fire lyrics and street talk boomed from the stage in Naples recently. But all this noise was not streaming from a nightclub; it came from a church. And the rap, rhythm and rhymes were all centered on one thing – glorifying […]

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Cross International starts musical

Cross International, a Florida-based charity serving the poor in more than 30 countries worldwide, has launched a special musical outreach called “Harmony of Hearts” to make U.S. churches more aware of Christian social outreaches taking place overseas. The program, described as a tribute to Isaiah 58 and 1 John 3:16, uses a blend of music, […]

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Cure for conformity: ‘Unfashionable’

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian pushes back against the cult of cool in his new book, “Unfashionable,” to be released this month. Tchividjian (pronounced “Cha-vi-jin”), 36, says that living for God is uncool. Counter-culture. The way up is down; the way in is out. “Seekers today aren’t looking for something appealing and trendy. They’re looking for something […]

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A club to curb cussing

He has received more than 60,000 pieces of hate mail in the past seven weeks, and profanity-laced e-mails daily fill his inbox. Teaming with the torrent of written abuse has been scores of threatening voice messages. Given the quantity of ridicule being heaped on this person, you might conclude that he is a serial killer […]

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Students speak out on homosexuality

Local students participate in the Day of Silence and the Day of Truth to share views on homosexuality Expect school campuses across the country to be a bit quieter on April 17, when some students plan to take part in the 13th annual Day of Silence. An undertaking of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational […]

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