AUGUST 2009
Religion and public schools
When a teacher in Tyler, Texas, stopped a student from reading from the Bible during his oral book report, the student’s mother was stunned. [more]
Christians in Palestine
The Middle East has existed in a state of crisis for more than 60 years, and most people who have stayed abreast of that turmoil understand it to be rooted in the conflict between Israel and Arab Muslims. [more]
A voice for orthodoxy in the mainlines Some might consider efforts to redeem the once great mainline churches of America a futile effort, but they would be wrong, according to the newly appointed president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). [more]
Postmodern sex: morality is so yesterday
They are two different stories: A young woman volunteers to sell her virginity to the highest bidder; a company makes money by advertising a “dating service” for adulterers. [more]
NEWS FEATURES COLUMNS

AFA expands use of new technology [more]

SBC messengers urged to focus on core calling [more]

A new denomination formed in the U.S. [more]

Baby boomer not finished yet [more]

Four Bradley Prize winners announced [more]

Ohio teacher files suit against school district [more]

PTC likes what it hears from FCC nominees [more]

Overseas moviegoers prefer clean fare [more]

Branson among top budget-friendly spots [more]

GLSEN founder suitable as Safe Schools leader? [more]

Religious school grads likelier to have abortions [more]

Georgia first state with embryo adoption law [more]

Ultrasound bill passes in Nebraska Legislature [more]

Apple, cell phones disseminate porn [more]

 

Human trafficking threatens families, women, children
Each year in America, 800,000 children are reported missing. And this number doesn’t account for the forgotten children who are not reported – runaway or throw-away children. [more]

Entertainment reviews: New movies ask age-old question
One’s attempt to find a sense of purpose and meaning in life seems to be the running theme in several recently released and upcoming films. Two of the films take a serious approach to the matter while the others approach it in a light-hearted way. Regardless, all the movies reveal the human desire to belong, and their messages – some good and some bad – could prompt valuable teaching moments for the family. [more]

When the battle is long
In the Old Testament, the Israelites battled many nations on their way to the Promised Land. During one particular battle against the Amalekites, Moses stood with his arms raised. Undoubtedly, Moses grew tired from raising his arms. It was then that his brother Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms for him until the battle was won. [more]

Mom challenges others to value God, country
“I’m just a mom,” Kimberly Jo Simac keeps thinking as she tries to make sense of her situation. “I can’t tell you how many people are looking to me for leadership.” [more]

Giving up on the needle in a haystack
By Rebecca Grace, AFA Journal staff writer
“I’ve never had to work so hard to marry a couple,” teased Ed Vitagliano, during the weeks leading up to my wedding.

“And I’ve never had to work so hard to make a decision,” I thought to myself, knowing Ed, a pastor, my co-worker and our premarital counselor, was referring to all the questions I’d been asking about God’s will. [more]

He’s the gay movement’s #1 cheerleader
By Tim Wildmon, AFA President
Did you see in the news that President Obama had a celebration at the White House with representatives of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) crowd in late June? Obama proclaimed June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Month.” A transgendered person, in case you were wondering, is a man who thinks he is a woman or a woman who thinks she is a man. [more]