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Shaquille O'Neal is joined by his family as they watch his jersey being raised as the Orlando Magic retire his jersey number after the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Kevin Kolczynski)

Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey retired for the fourth time: How to live a legacy for eternity

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 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

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

A man folds his hands in prayer above an open laptop on a table. A closed Bible sits to the right of the laptop. Pcess609/stock.adobe.com

Why God “gives us discernment”: The life-giving power of intercession in a secularized culture

In this photo provided by the Israeli Army, Emily Hand, right, a released hostage, reunites with her father Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, in Israel. (The Israeli Army via AP)

“You could just see glassy-eyed terror”: Stories reveal trauma of Israeli children kidnapped by Hamas

A manger at night sits in contrast to three crosses on a hill at daybreak signifying Christ's birth at Christmas, his death on the cross, and his ultimate resurrection. By Kevin Carden/stock.adobe.com

Redeeming “the most wonderful time of the year”: Three countercultural principles for Christmas

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo prior to their talks on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. (Sergei Guneyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP). America is facing the most crises since World War II, according to former US Defense Secretary Bob Gates.

Are we facing the most crises since World War II? A practical way to confront our fears

Stock photo: A boy in a blue-checkered shirt and orange bow tie stands behind his lemonade stand smiling as he points to the glass of lemonade he's holding up in his right hand. By Jim/stock.adobe.com. The photo represents Edison Juel's "Lemonade for Lahaina" lemonade stand.

5-year-old raises over $17,000 with “Lemonade for Lahaina”

By Donson/peopleimages.com

“Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness”: A Labor Day reflection for pastors

Adam Henderson, owner of Harbour Master Suites, prepares his business ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Idalia, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Cedar Key, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

“No one has seen this”: Hurricane Idalia could be an “unprecedented event”

Thousands of Israelis march to Jerusalem in protest of plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, in Jerusalem, Saturday, July 22, 2023. Thousands of demonstrators entered the last leg of a four-day and nearly 70-kilometer (roughly 45-mile) trek from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protest organizers planned to camp overnight outside Israel's parliament on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Protests rock Israel as legislature curbs Supreme Court

FILE - The Titanic leaves Southampton, England, on her maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. The wrecks of the Titanic and the Titan sit on the ocean floor, separated by 1,600 feet (490 meters) and 111 years of history. How they came together unfolded over an intense week that raised temporary hopes and left lingering questions. (AP Photo/File)

What Titan and the Titanic had in common

Web designer Lorie Smith is shown in her office on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in the southwest part of Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski). On Friday, June 30, 2023, the Supreme Court sided with Smith, who'd refused to design wedding websites for same-sex couples based on her Christian beliefs.

The Supreme Court ruling on religious liberty and a mass shooting in Baltimore: How to use our freedom to serve our nation

A line chart with a yellow arrow zigzagging up and down, ultimately trending up, an illustration of a recent Gallup poll that says more Americans ascribe to social conservatism than are liberal or moderate. © By Eightshot Studio/stock.adobe.com

Social conservatism in US rises to highest levels since 2012

A doctor wearing glasses and a facemask holds a vaccine vial between his fingers in front of him. Moderna's chief medical officer Dr. Paul Burton believes vaccines for cancer and a range of other conditions could be available in five years. © By Looker_Studio/stock.adobe.com

New vaccines could save “millions of lives”: A reflection on the spiritual movement we need

Closeup of a man's handcuffed hands behind his back. © By fotokitas/stock.adobe.com

“Youth pastor, teacher among 46 arrested in North Texas prostitution sting”

A busy man talks on his phone while looking at his watch while sitting in front of an open laptop at a coffeeshop. © By NDABCREATIVITY/stock.adobe.com

“The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus”

Police officers stand outside a ballroom dance club in Monterey Park, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. A mass shooting took place at a dance club following a Lunar New Year celebration, setting off a manhunt for the suspect. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Gunman kills ten after Lunar New Year celebration: A reflection on tragedy and hope

An anonymous prophet in a brown hooded cloak.

An anonymous prophet who changed history

On a foggy morning in San Francisco, cars and pedestrians cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Strongest earthquake in years strikes San Francisco

The Jan. 6 committee meets with a projected image of then-president Donald Trump behind and above them.

Donald Trump subpoenaed by January 6 commission: Is our democracy in danger?

Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile being launched from an air field during military drills

Is the threat of nuclear war “at least equal magnitude” to the Cuban Missile Crisis?

A miniature figurine of a man in a thoughtful pose stands on a calendar page. © Nuthawut/stock.adobe.com

The problem with strategic thinking

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