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FILE - Snow falls at the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 9, 2024, as a winter snow storm hits the state. As frigid temperatures scour the Midwest, Monday, Jan. 15, marks the official start to the Republican presidential nominating contest with the Iowa caucus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Whom should voters elect in Iowa? Why did God create such a chaotic, unpredictable world?

Is The Book of Clarence blasphemy? / LaKeith Stanfield arrives at the premiere of "The Book of Clarence" on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP).

Is “The Book of Clarence” blasphemy? What the new film says about Jesus—and us

Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza, chairs a meeting with leaders of Palestinian factions at his office in Gaza City, Wednesday, April 13, 2022 (AP Photo/Adel Hana). He is the Hamas mastermind behind the Oct 7 attacks in Israel.

Israel knows where October 7 mastermind is hiding. Why haven’t they killed him?

This photo released by the National Transportation Safety Board shows a gaping hole where the paneled-over flight door had been at the fuselage plug area of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Portland, Ore. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

Did God save lives on Flight 1282?

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates with the trophy after their win in the national championship NCAA College Football Playoff game against Washington Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Michigan wins the NCAA championship: Life as a spectator sport and the greatest need in America today

Cillian Murphy, left, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama for "Oppenheimer", and Robert Downey Jr., winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture for "Oppenheimer", pose in the press room at the 81st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“Oppenheimer” and “Barbie” win Golden Globes: What their popularity says about our souls

U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia Matthew Graves speaks about the unfolding of the January 6 Capitol riot during a presentation ahead of this year's third anniversary in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Who’s to blame for the January 6 Capitol riot? How to live with the consequences of our actions

FILE - Those loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). Lately, the question of whether it was an insurrection by definition has garnered much attention.

Was January 6 an “insurrection”? Why weaponizing words imperils the future of our democracy

FILE - Harvard University President Claudine Gay speaks during a hearing of the House Committee on Education on Capitol Hill, Dec. 5, 2023, in Washington. Gay resigned Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, amid plagiarism accusations and criticism over testimony at a congressional hearing where she was unable to say unequivocally that calls on campus for the genocide of Jews would violate the school’s conduct policy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

New plagiarism allegations force resignation of Harvard president Claudine Gay

FILE - Taylor Swift performs during the opener of her Eras tour in Glendale, Ariz., on March 17, 2023. Swift's "Karma" is one of AP's contenders for song of the summer (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File). Swift recently passed Elvis Presley as the soloist with the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Taylor Swift breaks Elvis Presley’s record: The choice that will determine your destiny this year

A half-eaten MoonPie sits in front of a plate of MoonPies. By New Africa/stock.adobe.com

Ringing in 2024 with a MoonPie and bologna: A reflection on the best way to live every day this year

Hands folded in prayer on top of an open Bible, illustrative of spiritual enlightenment. By doidam10/stock.adobe.com

“Our Godless era is dead”: A reflection on the path to true “spiritual enlightenment”

Migrants walk past a barrier after they crossed the Rio Grande and entered the U.S. from Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Such an immigration crisis is a complex issue.

“I never thought something like this could happen”: The immigration crisis and two biblical responses

A lone bison stands in a field in front of the Grand Teton mountains in Wyoming. By moosehenderson/stock.adobe.com. Some people wonder, "Is Wyoming a state?"

Does Wyoming really exist? The “post-holiday blues” and the reality of post-Christmas hope

A man decorates a nativity scene with rubble around symbolizing the destruction in Gaza and white sheets referring to the dead civilians, in Manger Square, adjacent to the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 23, 2023. Bethlehem is having a subdued Christmas after officials in Jesus' traditional birthplace decided to forgo celebrations due to the Israel-Hamas war.(AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The most notable Nativity scene in Bethlehem this Christmas

Light falls upon a manger. Do you truly understand Christmas? By andrewaustinpaul/stock.adobe.com

The longer I live, the less I understand Christmas

FILE -People line up to order fast food from a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Iroquois Travel Plaza rest stop on the New York State Thruway in Little Falls, New York, on Friday, June 30, 2023. New York lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require restaurants in state highway system rest areas to operate seven days a week, a measure apparently aimed at interfering with a policy at the fast food chain Chick-fil-A of staying closed on Sundays. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

Will New York force Chick-fil-A to open on Sundays?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) kneels in prayer with teammates and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brandin Cooks (3) after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Brock Purdy’s faith and the future of our republic: A reflection on the source of transformational joy

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Reno, Nev. The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 19, declared Trump ineligible for the White House under the U.S. Constitution’s insurrection clause and removed him from the state’s presidential primary ballot, setting up a likely showdown in the nation’s highest court to decide whether the front-runner for the GOP nomination can remain in the race. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez, File)

Colorado Supreme Court bars former President Trump from 2024 ballot: An explanation and three biblical responses

A family of three, all wearing Santa hats, sits on a couch while watching a Christmas movie featuring Santa Claus. By New Africa/stock.adobe.com

Why we love holiday movies: A reflection on the source of true joy

FILE - Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican, on Oct. 18, 2023. Pope Francis has formally approved allowing priests to bless same-sex couples, with a new document released Monday Dec. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

“Pope Francis allows priests to bless same-sex couples”

A German police officer stands guard in front of the synagogue in Frankfurt, Germany, early Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. Antisemitism is spiking across Europe after Hamas' Oct. 7 massacre and Israel's bombardment of Gaza, worrying Jews from London to Geneva and Berlin. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Hamas attacks thwarted in Europe: “Their web of terror will threaten us all”

Mary looks at Joseph as they sit behind the baby Jesus in a manger in a live nativity scene. By Anneke/stock.adobe.com. In stark contrast, a Satanic display was recently placed—and then torn down—at the Iowa capitol building.

Satanic display in Iowa’s capitol torn down: On the enduring hope and power of nativity scenes

Marielle Larson, 3, looks over her father Derek's shoulder at an oversized Godzilla model on the convention floor during Preview Night at the 2019 Comic-Con International: San Diego, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP). This article also looks at why Americans say they're spiritual but not religious.

“Godzilla” breaks box office records: Signs of the times and the paradoxical path to spiritual peace

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