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More on-air shootings expected

WDBJ-TV7 anchor Chris Hurst, right, hugs meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner during the early morning newscast at WDBJ-TV7 after Hurst's fiance Alison Parker was killed during a live broadcast, Roanoke, Virginia, August 27, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber)Brad Bushman is a psychology and communication professor at Ohio State University with a chilling perspective on the Virginia on-air shooting that took the lives of two journalists. According to Bushman, we should expect more such violence in the future.

He notes that "nobody knew who Vester Lee Flanagan II even was" before the shooting. Like him, perpetrators of recent shootings in Paris, Brussels, and France wore cameras. The Islamic State constantly videos its horrific executions. With the advent of wearable cameras and drones, murderers who want attention are more likely than ever to kill on-air.

The more we secure our safety, the less secure we seem to feel.

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The 3 zip codes without Ashley Madison users

Young couple holding broken heart (Credit: WavebreakMediaMicro via Fotolia)If you live in Polvadera, New Mexico, or in Nikolai or Perryville, Alaska, you don't have any neighbors who registered with Ashley Madison. However, Polvadera (population 269) has no Internet access, and Nikolai (population 94) and Perryville (population 113) are tiny. That's 476 people out of more than 321,000,000 Americans. The rest of us are left to wonder about our neighbors' marriages.

Authentic character is vital for those who would influence their culture for Christ. How do we build such integrity? (Tweet this)

Consider this analogy: a house in our neighborhood had a red brick exterior. Now it is covered in white stone. Masons cut the stone, piece by piece, and fitted it over the brick walls. Gradually the red became white. The owner could have had the bricks removed, but why go to such an expense? His goal was to change the appearance of his house, not its underlying character.

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What do Starbucks and Pope Francis have in common?

Pope Francis drinks from a mate gourd, a traditional South American cup, he was offered as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, May 20, 2015. (Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)"Today's financial market volatility, combined with great political uncertainty both at home and abroad, will undoubtedly have an effect on consumer confidence and perhaps even our customers' attitudes and behavior.  Our customers are likely to experience an increased level of anxiety and concern. . . . Let's be very sensitive to the pressures our customers may be feeling, and do everything we can to individually and collectively exceed their expectations."

If a Starbucks barista was especially friendly to you this week, now you know why.  Company CEO Howard Schultz sent the paragraph above in a memo to the chain's 190,000 employees.  He once told 60 Minutes, "We're not in the business of filling bellies.  We're in the business of filling souls."

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Train heroes receive France's highest honor

French President Francois Hollande (C) poses with (L-R) British man Chris Norman, Americans Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos during a ceremony in honor of Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sandler, and British man Chris Norman, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 24, 2015 (Credit:  AP Images/Sipa/Witt-Messyasz)Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler grew up together in Sacramento, California, where they attended the same Christian high school.  Skarlatos and Stone are now serving in the American military.  Sadler is in college; his father is a Baptist pastor.  The three decided to vacation together in Europe.  Last Friday, they boarded a high-speed train with 500 other passengers traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.

They had no idea they would make history.

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Three lessons from Jimmy Carter's cancer

Former President Jimmy Carter talks about his cancer diagnosis during a news conference at The Carter Center in Atlanta, August 20, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Phil Skinner)I have been privileged to meet with President Jimmy Carter on two occasions.  When I was a pastor in Atlanta, a church member invited me to join him as he filmed Mr. Carter's tribute to a donor whose finances helped fight river blindness.  The former president was remarkably gracious with his time, and his spontaneous words of gratitude were both brilliant and sincere.

Some years later, I was part of a group that met in Mr. Carter's Atlanta office to discuss denominational missions.  After the two-hour meeting was done, he recapped everything that had been discussed, in detail, without notes.  Once again I was impressed by his intellect and gracious spirit.

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