Child soldiers enlisted to fight against Islamic State in Syria

By Sophie Cousins / USA Today
QAMISHLI, Syria (RNS) A Kurdish boy who looks no older than 11 mans the entrance of a military base in northeastern Syria. His pants drag on the ground and his shirt hangs off his … read more

5 things I'd do differently if raising my family again

By Ron Edmondson
What would I do differently if I were raising my family again? I’ve been asked several times recently for my advice on raising a family. The only advice I have is from… read more

Showing compassionate love during crisis

By LinC (Living in Christ), Samantha Tidball
It doesn’t take long after flipping through TV channels or scrolling through social media to see that the most recent dominant news story has been the Ebola crisis. While… read more

‘Left Behind,’ the rapture and God's plan for creation

By Peter Surran
On October 3, 2014, the movie “Left Behind” opened in theaters. Based on the series of novels by the same name written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, the film takes… read more

Activists intent on building third Jewish temple spark tensions at holy site

By Jacob Wirtschafter, Ori Weisberg
JERUSALEM (RNS) It’s a site holy to both Jews and Muslims — considered the most religiously sensitive square kilometer on earth. These days, the Temple Mount —… read more

Freedom is still a fight

By LinC (Living in Christ), Paul Bonner
Religious freedom appears to be under assault. No doubt, people of faith should not force their beliefs upon others. But how often are we truly defending our freedom to believe… read more

Pakistan and the dark side of Islam

By Shane Raynor
Various news outlets are reporting two vigilante killings in the last couple of days over accusations of blasphemy, both in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The first was a triple … read more

Why do you keep us in suspense?

By Matt Rawle
“Why do you keep us in suspense,” the crowd asked Jesus. “Tell us plainly if you are the Messiah.” Words are powerful. God used words to create everything… read more

Arguing the minors and missing the majors

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Like other citizens of our free land, Christians tend to divide sharply, predictably and with heated language. We disagree about almost everything, from cultural norms to… read more

Wesley: A ‘man of one book’ and a thousand

By Clifton Stringer
The Lutheran pietist philosopher Johann Georg Hamann wrote these priceless Christian words: "The more edifying the speaker, the heavier his Galilean shibboleth weighs on our… read more

Wheaton College tackles the death penalty with Jesus in mind

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) On Thursday (Nov. 6), Wheaton, “the Harvard of Christian colleges,” is hosting a forum on the death penalty. But it’s not just any forum. It has potential… read more

Why you should consider becoming an organ donor

By Jim Hawkins
A Personal Question Before you read more, I would like you to take out your driver’s license. Look at it. Are you an organ and tissue donor? If you are, there will be some… read more
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