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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

This photo released by the Houthi Media Center shows a Houthi forces helicopter approaching the cargo ship Galaxy Leader on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. Yemen's Houthis have seized the ship in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen after threatening to seize all vessels owned by Israeli companies. (Houthi Media Center via AP)

Why are the Houthis a threat to us? A reflection on the path to encouraging peace

A group of four Gen Z young adults sit next to each other, each one looking at their phone, and each person's head is covered by an emoji. By rzoze19/stock.adobe.com

Is Gen Z a lost cause for the church?

Jacob Swid, whose son died fighting Hamas militants during the attack in a kibbutz on Oct. 7th., is embraced after lighting up a Hanukkah candle at a volunteers gathering area in southern Israel, near the Gaza border, Thursday Dec. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) IDF soldiers are also celebrating Hanukkah by lighting candles in menorahs made by children who were evacuated from the area around Gaza.

IDF soldiers lighting Hanukkah candles in Gaza: A reflection on the path to transforming peace

Outside at dusk on a snowy street, a person in a Krampus costume looks directly at the camera. Krampus is a "demonic anti-Santa" with goat horns. By Manfred Herrmann/stock.adobe.com

“Krampus” takes over Christmas: Cultural conflict and the peace found only in Christ

Harvard President Claudine Gay, left, speaks as University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill listens, during a hearing of the House Committee on Education on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 in Washington (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein). Their answers regarding hate speech sparked widespread disapproval.

Should hate speech be permitted? A reflection on truth, morality, and the urgency of Christian courage

A Buddhist monk in orange robes sits atop a high mountain staring across an expanse into a rising sun. By ittipol/stock.adobe.com

From Buddhist monk to Thai gang member to Christian pastor: A reminder that God is still at work

FILE —Taylor Swift arrives at the world premiere of the concert film "Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour," Oct. 11, 2023, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File). Swift was recently named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2023.

Taylor Swift is Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”: A reflection on the privilege of sharing hope

FILE - The site of a music festival near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Israeli officials say victim testimony and evidence gathered by rights groups indicate that Hamas militants carried out widespread sexual and gender-based crimes during their Oct. 7 attack in southern Israel. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg, File) Why has Hamas violence against women been ignored?

Why has Hamas’s violence against women been ignored? A reflection on the path to persuasive hope

A general view of the James Bond movie memorabilia charity auction at Christie's auction house during the press pre-view showing large portraits of the actors who have portrayed the famous movie icon James Bond, with Sean Connery, at right, in London, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) The question of whether James Bond could be re-created with AI was recently posed to one of its producers.

Will the next James Bond be an avatar? The peril of AI and the path to transforming hope

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