A test case for early voting gets testy in Palm Beach | Steve Bousquet

If recent history is any guide, most people will vote by mail in this election, even though Republican legislators made controversial changes that made it harder to vote by mail by restricting the use of drop boxes. Moreover, suspicion runs high about voting technology, and so do conspiracy theories, and any voting system that uses a touch screen faces those inevitable questions about hacking. ... Read More

The Afghan Immigration Crisis Is Bigger, Faster, More Traumatic. Are Ministries Ready?

Tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees are coming to the US without special status or government funding for resettlement, putting more responsibility on Christian donors and volunteers. Eileen Wilson pulled up to work at the Hope Center for refugees and immigrants in Cleveland, only to find Afghan families from the surrounding area and beyond standing in line at its entrance and waiting in cars in the parking lot. Some had driven hours, even from out of state. The crowds were a spillover from... Read More

8 Prayer Mentors from History

Prayer empowered them to live their faith with great courage. Their spiritual habits can breathe new life into our own. Christian women throughout the centuries serve as a cloud of witnesses for us, and their stories of faith still speak to us today. These eight women exemplified goodness, truth, and beauty in the midst of struggles, questions, and suffering—and they found strength to do so through prayer. Their prayer practices can breathe new life and meaning into our own. Vibia... Read More

SpaceX aims to send up to 6 civilian flights a year after Inspiration4 success

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk checks out the size of the crowd that has come to see the all-civilian crew of Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux depart for the launch pad, ahead of their scheduled liftoff on the Inspiration 4 mission at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Wednesday night, September 15, 2021. The crew will orbit the earth for 3 days in the SpaceX Crew Dragon ‘Resilience’ spacecraft. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) ... Read More

Hard-Copy Bibles Aren’t Just Nostalgic

As a seminary professor, I’m requiring the physical book in class. Church should do the same. As I prepare to begin my tenth year as a seminary professor, I’m going to begin the biblical capstone class I’ll be teaching by recommending that my students consider taking up a habit they’re likely unfamiliar with: bringing an actual, physical, printed-and-bound Bible to class. My reason for the recommendation isn’t just about nostalgia, though I did grow up carrying a... Read More

Drones Have Changed the Moral Calculus for War

The debate on drone strikes goes beyond civilian casualty numbers. On August 29, as American troops were accelerating their pullout from Afghanistan, the US military ordered its last drone strike in the 20-year war. The missile destroyed a parked car that military officials said was operated by an Islamic State sympathizer and contained explosives for a suicide attack on the Kabul airport, where American forces and civilians had gathered for evacuation. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff... Read More

BCPS Expands Participation in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program

Wednesday, September 15, 2021Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) expands participation in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. In partnership with Digital Promise, the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program provides free tech education and devices to students at four middle schools for the 2021/22 school year. ... Read More