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Looking for hope behind bars

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Prisons | Inside and out, the state prison in Pendleton, Ind., looks dismal and depressing. The 30-foot stone wall thwarts the temptation for the 1,500-plus inmates to…

America’s casino culture gives rise to Donald Trump’s political success

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Campaign 2016 | About 30 years ago, casinos were confined to places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Gambling had its own subculture. It corrupted local politics, had links…

Weekend Reads: ‘The myth of problem-free Christianity’

Weekend Reads: ‘The myth of problem-free Christianity’

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Books | John S. Dickerson writes a very good book on suffering because he has endured his own suffering. The medical term is hemiplegic migraine, and Dickerson faces…

Saving lives in Indy

Saving lives in Indy

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Ministry | INDIANAPOLIS—“Jesus Saves.” That’s what the old sign declares at Wheeler Mission Ministries downtown. It may sound simplistic, but it happened to…

Weekend Reads: Rediscovering Cotton Mather

Weekend Reads: Rediscovering Cotton Mather

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Books | Originally one of the most famous American Puritans, Cotton Mather is making a well-deserved comeback. Maligned in popular culture as narrow-minded killjoys,

A decline in empathy in our smartphone world

A decline in empathy in our smartphone world

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Technology | INDIANAPOLIS—Sure, we can board an airplane using our smartphone, or find our way around a new city with a map app. We have tons of information at our…

Is there life after politics?

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Higher Education | Mitch Daniels has successfully moved from the political arena to the presidency of Purdue University

Weekend Reads: Supporting the spread of the gospel

Weekend Reads: Supporting the spread of the gospel

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Books | Gospel Patrons: People Whose Generosity Changed the World (self-published, 2014) might seem aimed at an audience of wealthy people who are potential donors to…

Classics for preschoolers

Classics for preschoolers

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Books | Abridged versions allow very young children to enjoy Bunyan, Lewis, and other great authors

Weekend Reads: The unsung British abolitionist

Weekend Reads: The unsung British abolitionist

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Books | Thanks to the Amazing Grace film and several good biographies, William Wilberforce is well known for ending slavery in the British Empire. Not so well known is…

Indiana’s political youth movement

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Politics | Under old conventional wisdom young political activists were idealistically liberal. Then they had life experience and turned conservative. These days several…

Living out the Good Samaritan in Liberia

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Ebola Virus | He could be farming comfortably in Clinton County. She could still be a top agricultural official in Indiana state government. Instead Travis and Gina Sheets…

 
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