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Is leaving a child to play alone at a park criminal…

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

A South Carolina mom is facing up to 10 years in prison for leaving her 9-year-old daughter at a park while she went to work. Police arrested Debra Harrell at her job as a McDonalds shift manager after a woman approached her daughter at a park a few blocks away asking where her… Read More

Meriam Ibrahim set to arrive in the U.S.

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

Long-awaited homecoming still leaves questions about U.S. efforts to help persecuted Christian woman Read More

Midday Roundup: Boehner to Obama, ‘See you in…

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

Legal battle. A sharply divided House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a Republican plan to sue President Barack Obama, accusing him of overstepping the bounds of his constitutional authority. The lawsuit’s supporters accuse Obama of exceeding his powers in… Read More

WWI, the not so great war

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

NEWBURY, England—World War I began as most wars do with patriotic fervor and predictions of a quick end. It lasted four years. While the match igniting the “war to end all wars” was lit by the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, formal… Read More

Web Reads: Rotisserie chicken economics and epic…

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

Economic fowl. You may have thought buying a rotisserie chicken from Costco or your local grocery was just a time-saver. But Megan McArdle points out that supermarket rotisserie chicken is evidence of the kind of innovation that keeps our economy humming. Read also the essay… Read More

Bryan College battle draws national attention

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

A battle in Dayton, Tenn., has now gone way past the boundaries of the city.  I’ve reported before (here and here and here) about the worldview battle that emerged after a book project funded by the BioLogos Foundation pushed the Bryan College administration and board to… Read More

CCCU’s new president praised for her humility and…

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

The Council of Christian College and Universities (CCCU) announced Shirley V. Hoogstra of Calvin College as its seventh president on Wednesday, closing a painful chapter that included some public and controversial stumbles with its previous president. Hoogstra, CCCU’s first… Read More

Learning to have a new best friend

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

On my wedding day, my best friend Kayla stood up with ivy in her hair and made me cry with her toast to our disappearing childhoods. She seamlessly rescued me when my veil started to fall off as soon as I approached the altar. She carried my heavyweight, cascading bouquet… Read More

Writing tip No. 57

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

On reruns of NPR’s hit call-in show Car Talk I heard a caller say he was a ghostwriter for some famous author and was interested in blowing up an Aston Martin DB Mark III in an upcoming novel. The show’s hosts, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka “Click and Clack, the Tappet… Read More

Mississippi pro-lifers sue police for harassment

July 31, 2014  |  World Magazine

Life Legal Defense Association (LLDF) filed suit July 23 against the Jackson, Miss., Police Department, for allegedly violating the First Amendment rights pro-life activists outside the state’s only abortion facility. LLDF, a non-profit law firm representing Pro-Life… Read More

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