Regardless of the Verdict, Amanda Knox Should Pay This Debt

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By Wendy MurrayThe guilty verdict on  the murder charge against Amanda Knox was  rendered on Thursday, Jan 30 in Florence. British college student, Meredith Kercher (Knox's housemate) was brutally raped and murdered in the home they shared on Nov. 1,  2007. Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, along with a third party, Rudy Guede, were charged. (Guede is already in prison serving his time.) The case has dragged on for six years as the Italian court system, in its methodical way, inches … [Read more...]

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s Live Questions & a Few Answers

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By Wendy MurrayYesterday, January 23, American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, answered questions put live to him through the Twitter hashtag #AskSnowden. Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia for leaking secret documents of the NSA (National Security Agency) to major media outlets, revealing details of domestic and global surveillance schemes run by the NSA. Since his disclosures in May of 2013 a firestorm of public debate has ensued, along with intense scrutiny of current policy. … [Read more...]

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...]


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