Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seeing Is Believing: The Humanity of the Fetus

"On April 19, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed a new state law banning abortions at and after 20 weeks. This isn’t just another abortion restriction—it has the potential to be a major breakthrough in the fight for the sanctity of human life."

To read more of Mark Earley's insightful commentary, click here.

Finding Noah's Ark-A devotion

"How does the possible discovery of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat make you feel? Does it encourage you? Discourage you? Strengthen your faith?"

Click here for one perspective on the media hype.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Leafy clean: Air purifier cleans using a houseplant

"A new air filter is improving on nature to purify indoor air.

The Andrea Air filter enhances the power of plants to remove airborne pollutants, particularly formaldehyde. It works by using a fan to boost air flow through the leaves and roots of a houseplant and to draw the air through water and soil for additional filtration."

For more on this innovation, click here.

JPMorgan Chase and World Vision Bring Hope to the Children of Haiti

"Three months after the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti, global financial institution JPMorgan Chase employees are teaming up in Miami to show tangible support for the children and families of Haiti, through international aid agency World Vision."

Click here for more on the partnership.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Parental Priorities: William Wilberforce, Amazing Dad

"You’re probably familiar by now with William Wilberforce, the great Christian statesman who led the fight against the British slave trade. You probably know, too, that Wilberforce is an inspiration for so much of the work we do here at Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint. But how much do you know about William Wilberforce the father?"

For more on Wilberforce's familial legacy, click here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

US goes high-tech to redesign the $100 bill

The folks who print America's money have designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill. It's part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters as technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says.

For a sneak peek of the new bill, click here.

Why Ethics Matters: The SEC vs. Goldman Sachs

"The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs. Why should you care? Find out."

Click here for Chuck Colson's commentary.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Creepy garden gnomes

"Anybody have any of those garden gnomes in their yard? You know, those friendly, smiling faces of jolly little people that watch over your plants at night?"

Click here for more on garden gnomes.

Save the Children and Scholastic Establish 'Education Recovery Fund' to Benefit Haiti over the Long Term

"Save the Children has teamed up with Scholastic to establish a long-term education recovery fund that will benefit the children of Haiti.

The Scholastic Education Recovery Fund was seeded by a $50,000 contribution from Scholastic following the earthquake and will receive an additional $50,000 contribution from Scholastic in connection with this month's publication of a new paperback edition of 'Hope Is An Open Heart' by Lauren Thompson."

Click here for more on this new program to reach Haitian children.

Tulane University president elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

"Tulane University President Scott Cowen is one of 229 leaders in science, public affairs and the arts and humanities who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 230-year-old center for independent policy research."

For more on President Cowen's election, click here.

Prozac and Piety: Hardwired for God?

"Are people’s brains hardwired for religious belief? At least one scientist thinks so. But dare I ask, hardwired by whom?"

Click here for more of Chuck Colson's commentary.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Rocking out, meteorite hunters make rare find in Wisconsin

"As dozens of meteorite hunters converged on southwest Wisconsin on Friday, a Lake Forest man and his two teenage sons stumbled upon what all of them had traveled hours to find."

To learn how the hunters made their discovery, click here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Guts and Principles: Just War and Assassination

"When is it OK to kill a terrorist, and when is it not? And why would I ask such a question? To find out, read today’s commentary."

Click here for Chuck Colson's commentary.

Nuclear Deterrence in a Fallen World: Being Wise as Serpents

"What does a biblical worldview teach us about nuclear deterrence? That sounds like an odd question, but it’s an important one these days."

Click here to read Chuck Colson's commentary.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

British warship that Paul Revere eluded surfaces in Cape Cod sands

"The wreck of the British warship that Paul Revere slipped by on his legendary journey to Lexington in 1775 has resurfaced in the shifting sands of Cape Cod, and federal park officials are seizing the moment by having the wreck 'digitally preserved,' using three-dimensional imaging technology."

Click here for more on this historic project.

Friday, April 9, 2010

An Evangelistic Slam Dunk: The Roots of Basketball

"Here’s a good trivia question for you. Which major sport was invented as an evangelistic tool?

The inventor of basketball, James Naismith, became convinced that he stood a better chance of exemplifying the Christian life through sports rather than through preaching. So he took a job as a physical education instructor at the YMCA’s International Training School for Christian Workers in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith’s vision was 'to win men for the Master through the gym.'”

To read more on the evangelistic background of this sport, click here.

Simple Faith in the Face of Tragedy Fuels Letters to God

"If faith-based film director David Nixon gets his way, Orlando won't just be the home of all things Disney. It'll also be the 'Christian film capital of the world.'

For Nixon, a native of Sydney, Australia, he's always believed that movies are really the greatest evangelistic tool of our time, and as a producer for Facing the Giants and Fireproof, wildly successful films made on a shoestring budget, he's loved seeing how films with a solid faith-based message have attracted a wide audience ever since the release of The Passion of The Christ in 2004."

Click here for more of the review of this new movie release.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Christian Broadcasting Online

"How can new media be used to spread an old message? CBN's Jack Doussard and Craig von Buseck discuss some ideas."

To listen to the podcast, click here.

When God Says Yes: Rejoicing in Answered Prayer

"I recently met the young woman I’ve been praying for, for something like 18 years.

She’s not a persecuted Christian from China, not a faraway missionary, not an elderly shut-in who seldom comes to church. She’s my daughter-in-law-to-be. And she is terrific."

Click here for more on this mother's prayer.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Bible: Source of Inspiration for Trying Times

“'When the going gets tough, the people head for the Bible.' For me, at least, this is a deep truth. Since my childhood I look for comfort, encouragement and hope in the Word. These days, I turn to my Bible more and more often."

For more on how the Bible inspires, click here.

Van Gogh painting reproduced in breakfast cereal

"High school students in northern Utah have completed a 6,400-square-foot replica of Vincent van Gogh's 'Starry Night' out of breakfast cereal.

Sky View High School teacher Doyle Geddes led more than 150 students on the project, which used two tons of colorful Malt-O-Meal spread across the gymnasium floor."

Click here for more on the story.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Alleluia! Singers battling addiction celebrate personal resurrection on Easter

"When the sun rises on Easter Sunday, April Dorsey will lift her voice and proclaim 'Alleluia!' — a word of praise that has gone missing from her life for too many years.

Rescued and revitalized by the power of music, Dorsey and other members of the Harmony, Hope and Healing choir will celebrate Christ's resurrection as well as their own on Sunday."

Click here for more on this amazing choir.

Friday, April 2, 2010

This Is Why He Came and Died: Reflections on Good Friday

"Can it really be just three months ago we gathered with loved ones to celebrate Christmas? What joy we felt as we celebrated the birth of the baby Jesus. Emmanuel. God with us.

But today, on Good Friday, we reflect on how that beautiful babe in the manger came to fulfill a mission. A terrible and glorious mission! God invaded planet Earth. He became a human child, to live as one of us, to call us to repent, to love God with our whole heart, minds, and souls, and our neighbors as ourselves."

For more of Chuck Colson's commentary, click here.

The Problem with Self-Esteem: Priorities

"My kids all have library cards. The cards, which must be scanned whenever books are checked out, not only encourage them to read; they also teach a measure of personal responsibility.

My children get to check out the books themselves and must return them by the due date or incur a fine."

Click here for the rest of the article.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Save the Children Urges Robust Support from Donors, Governments and Organizations to Ensure that Haitian Children Survive and Thrive

"Nearly three months after a killer earthquake devastated vast swaths of Haiti, children are increasingly at risk and require sustained assistance and protection. With the advent of the rainy season, the plight of displaced children living in untenable settlements is urgent. The International Donors' Conference in New York tomorrow presents a critical opportunity for the Haitian and donor governments to prioritize the needs and rights of Haitian children — whose health, well-being, education and future hinge on the meeting's outcome."

Click here to read more.