"In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good."
Matthew Parris, a self-described "confirmed atheist," gay journalist, and former British politician, on why he thinks Christian evangelism is the solution to Africa's biggest problems.
(Source: The Times)

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"[P]ro-life people got mouthy. They were always doing and saying stuff that was ugly. So that's what the media captured. They didn't capture people who were meek and loving and kind being mistreated. They captured pro-life people mistreating."
John Piper, on why the pro-life rescue movement did not have the success that the civil rights movement had.
(Source: Desiring God blog)

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"The statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion."
U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman, ruling against an Illinois law requiring a moment of silence in public schools.
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

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"We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. … This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny."
President Barack Obama, in his inaugural address.
(Source: WhiteHouse.gov)

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