Stan’s Top 15 Stories of 2014

As a New Year is about to be born, here are my top 15 news stories for 2014:

ISIS – Islamist terror group beheads prisoners, sparks new war.

Ebola epidemic – West Africa epidemic fought heroically by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse missionaries Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol and others; virus comes to America, and administration response widely criticized.

Ferguson and police aftermath – Shooting of unarmed but aggressive 18-year-old black man by white officer followed by protests, which erupt after grand jury decides not to indict. Police officers become targets.

Ukraine – Putin continues annexation, troops shoot down Malaysian plane.

Boko Haram – Name means “Western education is sin”; abductions at school in Chibok last spring remain unsolved.

2014 Election – Republicans trounce Democrats, take control of Senate.

MH370 – Malaysia jet disappears while flying over Indian Ocean.

VA scandal – long waits, bureaucratic incompetence, poor care for vets spark outrage and reorganization.

Immigration – Obama responds to election blowout with executive order legalizing 5 million parents of US citizens, others.

Cuba – President, pope put America on pathway to normalize relations with Cuba.

NFL scandals – Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cause new scrutiny to come to professional football and its players.

Donald Sterling – barred from NBA over private comments deemed to be racist.

“Same-sex marriage” – 35 states and DC now allow SSM, which is restricting the rights of Christian bakers, florists, etc.

Religious freedom cases – In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rules that two closely held companies — Hobby Lobby and Conestoga — can claim religious objections to the contraceptive mandate in Affordable Care Act.

“Year of the Bible” in Hollywood – God Is Not Dead, Exodus, Son of God, Left Behind show continuing appetite of Americans for films about Bible and religious themes.

Honorable mention: The Sony hack attack and the movie The Interview.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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