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5 Pastoral Considerations When You're Planning for the Future

Through the years, I have been able to observe many things as I’ve watched pastors navigate through their future. I believe pastors and ministers …

Spanish man skipped work for 6 years, still got paid

A Spanish government employee took a six-year break from work and still got paid before his bosses finally discovered the ruse, local media reported.<p>A Spanish court in January approved his fine which amounted to more than $30,000, according to El Mundo. Still, that's less than his $42,000 salary he …

Kanye West reveals he’s $53 million in debt, asks Mark Zuckerberg for money

It wouldn’t be a true week of Kanye West promotions without some head-scratching moments, including a Bill Cosby endorsement and another Taylor Swift feud.<p>But on Saturday night, prior to releasing his eighth studio album and performing on “Saturday Night Live,” the rapper announced to his Twitter …

California farmers reap record sales in record drought

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have …

Computer as driver? 'Yes' from feds boosts self-driving cars

DETROIT (AP) — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency …

Ex-priest arrested in 1960 slaying of Texas beauty queen

HOUSTON (AP) — For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the …

Former Auschwitz guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany

DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant went on trial Thursday in western Germany on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, based on …

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Right fight; wrong strategy.<p>That's what many ranchers and sympathizers opposing federal control of public lands in the West …

Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Iraq war

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump delivered a ferocious putdown of George W. Bush from the debate stage, central to his effort to convince voters that …

Those Valentine's Day flowers might just be from Kenya

NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.<p>"I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's …

Space tourism projects at a glance

Virgin Galactic later this month in Mojave, California, is preparing to roll out its new SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle the company hopes will one day take …

Into the mosh pit: Republican campaign talk gets nastier

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2011, eyebrows shot up when former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used a salty acronym — WTF — to mock the policies of …

Proclaiming innocence, ex-Israeli PM goes to prison

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, defiantly …

The Latest: Pope back in Mexico City after visit in Chiapas

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico (all times local):<p>8:45 p.m.<p>Pope Francis is back in Mexico City …

Google owner Alphabet overtakes Apple as the world's biggest company

Google has reported a nearly five per cent rise in profits in its latest set of financial results - making its market value larger than former …

Americans more \'spiritual\' even if less religious, survey finds

Americans are becoming more spiritual although religion is on the decline, according to figures from Pew Research.<p>Religiosity has fallen in the US by …

7 Ways to Fight Distraction During Prayer

I’ve been trying to pray more this year. But prayer does not always come easily to me. I often find (can you relate?) that I sit down to pray with …

Pastoring the Idle

It’s a standard trope: The young seminarian takes his first pastorate. He’s loaded for bear, brimming with theological conviction, eager to love the …

Defense of My “Ten-Step Refutation of Sola Scriptura”

Defense of My “Ten-Step Refutation of Sola Scriptura”<p>January 26, 2016 by Dave Armstrong<p>Defending <i>sola Scriptura</i> is rather like a dog chasing his tail. …

Spirituality Isn't Going Away - The American Interest

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America is suffering from an extended spiritual drought. While the social and moral decay of this hour may grieve us, discernment of the larger …

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The Religious Sources of Christian Terrorism

News reports live a short life in the media. Many seem to have already forgotten the militant organization that continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. But then many also do not know that these militants are also Christians.<p>Their motivation is ostensibly a religious one, …

Michael Shermer: What is the Meaning of Life?

Meaning is personal, and there are countless activities people engage in to satisfy this deep-seated need. There are, however, a handful of powerful …

God and Science: Christian and Vaisnava Perspectives

<b>By Jonathan B. Edelmann</b><p>This phenomenal world or material world in which we are placed is complete in itself because the twenty-four elements of which …

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Three Things that Make Faith Personal (Yet Not Private) - Blog - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Blog

Last post, I addressed some things that we can set up in our lives in place of Christ. We looked at the temptation we might have to reduce the …

10 Surprising Near-Death Experiences That May Change Your Beliefs

We’ve discussed near-death experiences (NDEs) before, concentrating mainly on testimonies from people in modern Western societies. Now we’re going to …

Is Political Ideology a Compliance and Ethics Risk?

<b>Cross posted with permission from ES Collaborator Jeffrey Kaplan's Conflict of Interest blog</b><p>In a post last week on the Harvard Law School Forum on …

Alexandria has bigger problems than ethics

As a 40-year resident of Alexandria, I was surprised to see our new mayor’s emphasis on ethics reform [“Alexandria to establish committee on ethics,” Metro, Jan. 31]. Hardly anyone in our community would say the city government had a serious lapse in ethics. Rather, as I would argue, the mayor is …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Weight Doubled in Four Years

“Nice to meet you, Rebecca." My new therapist and I shook hands as I took a deep breath and hoped this doctor would be different from the last one. “I see from your file that you have panic disorder?”<p>I nodded, expecting some questions about my particular symptoms, or maybe an assessment of the …