Another Verdict for Amanda Knox

By Wendy MurrayUpdate:  On January 30, 2014 AmandaKnox was found guilty (along with Raffaele Sollecito) of the 2007  murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 28.6 years in prison. (A third convict, Rudy Guede, is already serving a 16-year prison sentence; Sollecito was sentenced with Knox to 25 years.) This post has been updated to reflect this change of circumstance. Judge Alessandro Nencini will submit an official report within three months of the verdict that explains th … [Read more...]

MLK’s Christian Call and Why It Matters

By Wendy MurrayToday is  Martin Luther King,.Day, which also marks the release of a new book highlighting King, his legacy and the Christian faith that animated it. Birmingham Revolution (IVP) by Edward Gilbreath, offers an intimate exploration of how King's faith informed his vocation during the challenging issues of his time.I worked with Ed for several years where we both served as editors at Christianity Today magazine. We cut our teeth together learning the important role of religiou … [Read more...]

A Nation Commits Suicide: Why We Should Care About Syria

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An Interview with Mindy BelzBy Wendy MurrayIf you are anything like I am, the ongoing struggles with various countries in the Middle East generally and the suffering country of Syria particularly, become too taxing and complicated to get my head around. Feeling helpless and confused, I am tempted to stop listening. Yet I am summoned to try. I hope you feel similar conviction.Thankfully, my friend and colleague, fellow journalist Mindy Belz, not only understands this part of world … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolution: Change the World

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By Wendy MurrayWhen I wrote my book about Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) a few years back, I couldn't get over what a simple humble man he was and how -- as such -- he managed to change his world. His life carries an echo that reverberates to this day as noted in the wild popularity of the new pope who bears his name.I have identified five attributes Francis possessed that will serve everyone, in any time, who desire to carry an impact on their world.1. Show UpWhen Francis … [Read more...]

The Curious Case of Edward Snowden

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By Wendy Murray2014 began with two major newspapers -- The New York Times and the Guardian --  calling for clemency for whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, who is currently living in exile in Russia. Last summer (2013) Snowden dumped a cache of classified materials into the hands of journalists that documented massive violations of the NSA (National Security Agency) against citizens of the United States and others. At that time I wrote a piece in this blog  supporting him.These are the r … [Read more...]

Role of Pastors: Anonymous Survey Jan 2014

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Dear Readers,I am working on a book project and would be very grateful for your feedback about your view of the role of the pastor. I have attached the link to an anonymous survey relating to my research and would be grateful for your honest feedback. Your answers are anonymous. I only ask for complete honesty. PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY ONLY ONCE.Please respond to this post if you have any further questions.I will update the responses once sufficient data has been c … [Read more...]

A Worthy Aspiration for the New Year

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