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An interesting story is developing in Russia, where an American Missionary is challenging a widely criticized law that makes certain “religious activities” like distributing Bibles, evangelizing and holding house churches, potentially illegal.

As Christianity Today notes, Baptist missionary Don Ossewaarde, who is from America, was charged with violating the law prohibiting missionary activities after police entered his home while he was leading a Bible study.

He was later found guilty and was forced to pay a $600 fine. His case is one of 32—most of them involving Protestant Christians—identified by the group Forum 18, as examples of how the law is being enforced.

However, Ossewaarde has appealed his case, and now, Russia’s Supreme Court could issue a ruling in the coming weeks.

The court could decide that the vaguely worded law, that’s been used to crack down on Christian missionaries and evangelists, violates the country’s constitution. Currently, the law says that missionaries must provide written proof that they are formally designated representatives of religious groups that have been recognized by the state, leaving many vulnerable to overt religious persecution. Discuss

Last night, The Avett Brothers stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and played a cover of the classic George Harrison song, “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth.”

At the time the former Beatles member wrote the song, Harrison was exploring religion and spirituality, and was associated with Hare Krishna, but the classic song reads like a prayer. In his autobiography, he wrote, “This song is a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord, and whoever likes it.”

You can see the performance below. Discuss

If you’ve been scouring the internet the last couple of days in search of a job on Craigslist you may have noticed a seemingly amazing opportunity that was listed by Cards Against Humanity. The snarky party game took to the classifieds website in pursuit of a new CEO, but we can’t help but think their requirements are a little too specific...

In other words, if your name is President Barack Obama the job is yours! While there are probably many other people out there who are proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, how many have a minimum eight years experience being President of the United States of America or equivalent nation?

The not-so-politically correct card game was obviously making a political statement, but even still we wouldn’t blame Obama if he wanted to take the offer. He must have a little bit of free time on his hands now, right? Assuming he didn’t take that job Spotify offered him as “President of Playlists.

Obama is in popular demand these days and with eight years of presidency headlining his resume, we can’t really blame him. Discuss

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 89th Academy Awards this morning. In fewer words: Oscars noms are in and the internet is all a buzz.

To no one’s surprise, La La Land is in every major category. The film picked up a total of 14 nominations and is now tied with Titanic and All About Eve for earning the most nominations in Oscar history. Hacksaw Ridge also earned nominations in a few different categories including, Lead Actor, Best Director and Best Picture.

The awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC.

There were tons of great performances and films this year and the Academy Award nominations are a direct reflection of that. You can view the full list of nominees below:

Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Lead Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Cinematography
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

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What if the cabinet of President Donald Trump were the stars of a mocumentary workplace comedy? This clip takes the iconic intro to The Office and uses clips of the Trump administration and Republican leadership to imagine a world where The White House and the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin aren’t that different. After all, Paul Ryan does sort of look like an older Jim.

Enjoy The Oval Office: Discuss

On Friday morning—only a few hours before Donald Trump was sworn in as president—Congress received notification that President Obama sent $221 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority. The money from the U.S. Agency for International Development is set to go to help the people living in the West Bank and Gaza and to, according to the AP, “help prepare for good governance and the rule of law in a future Palestinian state.”

The money has been a controversial issue in Washington, and the move was a last minute surprise for a reason.

Years ago, Congress approved the aid package (twice, in fact, in 2015 and 2016), but two Republican lawmakers placed a hold on it, preventing it from being released. They said that they took issue with the Palestinian Authority attempting to become official members of some international organizations. However, the “holds” aren’t legally binding. So, in order to prevent any additional hang-ups with lawmakers, the Obama administration made the move just before Trump was sworn in.

The Trump administration has not supported a two-state solution, and Trump is a vocal supporter of the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Discuss