Christianity: a Renewal of Hope, Life and Freedom for African-Americans

With Easter finally having arrived, a renewal of life and good weather has finally arrived. Just as Jesus Christ rose from the dead, the flowers are now in bloom, the barren trees have sprouted new leaves and the warmth of the sun pounds the ground below from the sky. During Spring, we all give thanks […]

Blink and You’ll Miss It: The Papal Visit 2015 Edition

January 19 was the last day of Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines. Upon arriving at the Villamor Air Base with my family and walking to the main road, I was hardly surprised to see that as early as at five in the morning, there were rows and rows of people standing and waiting to […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Eid

First time celebrating Eid? At a loss as to what you’re supposed to do? Wondering if Eid is a lot like Christmas? Well, then this is the guide for you! Also, no, Eid is pretty much nothing like Christmas. Sure, there may be presents involved, and there are Eid parties and things, but no. Eid […]

Syrian Conflict Attracts Many Foreign Radicals

The revolution in Syria, originated by its citizens in their fight for freedom, has been convoluted by the massive influx of radical Muslims who seek to establish strict Islamic rule in the region. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has estimated that over 11,000 foreign fighters are active in the Syrian conflict. Many of […]

Lessons in Humility

Be humble. How many times haven’t I heard or read that simple phrase, but lately it has been on my mind more and more. I need to be humbled, and I need to remember to be humble – especially amid a world that increasingly glamorizes the great sin of pride. What great temptations there are today to soak […]

#IAmCoptic: Exposing Persecution in Egypt

Imagine, if you will, going to church on Sunday morning all dressed up and buttoned down. Bible in hand, you joyfully sing songs of praise and worship to God and you hear an inspiring sermon that makes you feel just uncomfortable enough to let you know you’ve been to church. Coming home, you eat your Sunday dinner […]

The Glories of St. Joseph

Blessed (soon to be Saint) John Paul II once said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”  If you have a trace of doubt as to the validity of this assessment, just look at your immediate social circle.  Chances are favorable that you know […]

University Finally Drops Charges and Apologizes to Student Who Refused to “Stomp on Jesus”

Just in time for Holy Week, this “Stomp on Jesus” story has developed some intriguing twists and turns. The odd story about Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and his claim that he was suspended from a class for refusing to stomp on a sign that had Jesus’ name on it, quickly […]

We Have a Pope! Argentinian Jorge Bergoglio Elected as Pope Francis I

“Habemus Papam” – “We have a pope!” In a shock move by the College of Cardinals, 76-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires was elected on Wednesday to be the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. He appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, greeted by a jubilant crowd […]

Pope Announces Resignation

For the first time in nearly 600 years, the Pope has stated that he plans to resign from his position as head of the Catholic Church. In a declaration announcing his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI stated that due to his “advanced age,” he will be stepping down at the end of February. Pope Benedict XVI, […]

Ramadan Mubarak

On Friday, July 20, Muslims all around the world awoke early in the morning even before the sunrise to eat a full meal in preparation for what was ahead. On this day, Muslims began to fast in honor of their holiest month of the year, Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar […]

Chick-Fil-A Speaks Out….No Big Deal

Chick-fil-A chief executive officer and president, Dan Cathy, has recently come under fire for his comments printed in the Baptist Press.  A public and devout Christian, Cathy shared his thoughts about his definition of family and marriage. He also discussed how his religion has influenced his leadership at the fast food restaurant chain. Cathy is […]

Metal is Not the Work of Satanists

Perhaps I’m wasting my time bringing this up and trying to counter the arguments of fanatics but the ridiculousness of what’s presented as fact in “Exposing Metal Bands (satanic illuminati) PART 1,” a video that surfaced on YouTube this week bothers me enough to call attention to it. I still can’t decide if the creators […]

Talmud Mania

South Korea, primarily Christian with a strong Buddhist history, has recently been affiliated with mandatory Talmud readings in the classroom. There had been speculation before over the relationship between Koreans and the Jewish faith, but now the studies that had formerly been a hidden practice is now an open study in the Korean curriculum. More […]

The West Bank wall and hope in Israel

Prior to my trip to Israel, I’ll admit I had stereotypes. I feared for my safety at first, but those fears quickly disappeared as I began to learn about the culture and encountered the friendliness of the locals. Then, before our group drove into Bethlehem, I had more stereotypes. As a Christian, I imagined the […]