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Political Drama Undermines Intriguing Archaeological Find

By Tony Cartledge | November 18, 2019

Archaeology is hard work and a wonderful science but a newsworthy excavation in East Jerusalem, which has seen workers tunneling under private homes, sometimes without permission, has been weaponized for political ends.

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Mitch Randall, executive director of, interviews John Upton, executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, at the annual meeting of the BGAV on Nov. 12, 2019 in Roanoke.

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Why the Grinch Stole Christmas

By Cliff Vaughn | December 5, 2000

I’m less interested in how the Grinch stole Christmas than in why the Grinch stole Christmas. The former seems to be about logistics, the latter about motive and spirit. Director Ron Howard’s film version of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale devotes as much time to why as it does to how. The film explores the question […]

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Rural Communities and Churches

By Gary Farley | December 5, 2000

Social ethicist and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr warned us in the mid-20th century that a “free market” economy leads ultimately to monopolies controlled by corporate lords, not to some Adam Smith utopia. A truly free market is too risky. Monopolies ensure large profits for some and feed human avarice. Niebuhr claimed that despite corporate America’s cries […]

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By Andrew Rudd | November 28, 2000

Christmas is the season of good cheer? ‘Tis the season to be jolly? Peace on earth, goodwill to men? The Xperience of Christmas has arguably been less whole, peaceful or jolly for Xers than for previous generations. Holidays have long provided continuity. Their repetitive cycles, traditions and rituals counter the betrayals and disappointments of life. […]

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The History of December 25

By Cliff Vaughn | November 28, 2000

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Colson Attacks Florida Judges for Partisanship, Fails to Disclose Relationship with Florida Governor

By Robert Parham | November 22, 2000

Charles Colson sent an urgent message to his supporters on Nov. 20, charging the seven judges on the Supreme Court of the State of Florida with “judicial usurpation” and “partisanship.” He charged the court was “interfering in the electoral process” and acting “on its own motion.” Colson, the founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship Ministries […]

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