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I believe all entertainment teaches us something, and it should never be viewed lightly.
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In 1054, the Christian Church split between East and West over disagreements about papal authority and the Holy Spirit. Today, however, in spite of this division, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will meet in neutral territory to discuss the violence against Christians in the Middle East.

“Although many problems in relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church remain unresolved, the protection of Christians in the Middle East against the genocide is a challenge that requires urgent united efforts,” said Vladimir Legoida, spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church. “The exodus of Christians from the Middle East and North Africa [MENA] countries is a catastrophe for the whole world.”
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The dignity of a baby is not based on the mother's decision. That we believe it is, is a sign of horrible moral decay and our ever present desire to play god. 

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"As we continue to watch the unfolding story, we see Jesus Christ suffer the full judgment of God and cry out, as the sky grows dark and the earth splits open, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” We want to scream out, “It’s not fair!” It’s not fair for this innocent man who never sinned to suffer like this. It’s not fair for the Son of God to experience the judgment that we deserved. No, it’s not fair—praise God! This is grace. This is the Christian gospel. No one has ever loved like this or made choices like this before, and yet through our veil of tears, we see at the cross the little sign reading, “You are here.” By God’s grace, we can be in Christ just as we used to be in Adam. Everyone must decide whose headship they are under: that of the rebellion in Adam, or that of obedience in Christ. A new way has been purchased by the blood of God’s only Son, a way to escape the curse of the first Adam. Praise be to God for His indescribable gift!"
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Be sure to watch "Living in the shadows: Religion's response to human trafficking" to see how religious communities, including United Methodist Women, are working to set the captives free (Isaiah 61:1).

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"How do you respond to abortion in the case of rape?"

"It’s interesting to say you’re solving a crime by killing a victim. I would understand if a legislator voted that way. I would like to think that society would imprison the perpetrator and provide life-sustaining situations for the baby who’s a victim."

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Today, on Holocaust Memorial Day, we remember the effort of Sir Nicholas Winton. Unwilling to stand idly by in a time of crisis, Winton managed to save 669 lives.

"We may look at someone like Sir Nicholas Winton in awe, and rightly so, but we can all act in his image. It is one thing to make your opinion heard and known but it is another entirely to act, to challenge or prevent antisemitism, prejudice and injustice wherever you see it. This Holocaust Memorial Day, we should all remember the incredible impact that this one man had."
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In the public sphere, pro-life advocates are often portrayed as anti-feminist and anti-women. Aimee Murphy, the executive director of Life Matters Journal, argues that the two are not mutually exclusive.

“Abortion, as an act of violence against preborn human beings, is contrary to equality, nondiscrimination and nonviolence, which are the core foundational tenants of feminism,” Murphy said. “As such, we believe abortion is in fact antithetical to the core tenant of feminism, and as a result, authentic feminism really does line up with pro-life beliefs.”

“Women really were sold this lie, especially during the ’60s and ’70s: that in order to be successful, in order to be career-oriented, in order to get a good education, they needed to have the right to abortion."

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Anger can be a frustrating and exhausting emotion, but it can also be a Godly response to sin and its effects. In her book, Angry Like Jesus: Using His Example to Spark Your Moral Courage, Sarah Sumner writes about how to have righteous anger.

"Sinful anger does not trust God, while godly anger does," says Sumner, former dean of A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary. "Sinful anger is prideful, while godly anger flows from humility. Sinful anger participates in evil, while godly anger abhors evil. But the main difference is that godly anger is loving. It’s not about feeling self-righteous."
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