• Islamic State tightens grip on captives held as sex slaves




    Associated Press

    KHANKE, Iraq 

    The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is “Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon.”

  • Learning to enjoy the ride

    Nancy Kennedy



    When I first met my husband he drove a brand-new 1973 Mercury Comet GT, white with orange pinstripes along the sides and orange vinyl interior — and a manual transmission.

    As Barry attempted to teach me how to drive it, I proved myself to be a willing student, but not an adept one.

  • Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy


    Associated Press


    Retired Pope Benedict XVI thanked Pope Francis and endorsed his mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring the reigning pope honoring the retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

  • When God loses his mind

    Every so often I’ll say to God, “With all due respect and with the full realization that you can fry me on the spot, which I admittedly deserve — you have obviously lost your mind. Sir.”

    Here’s a perfect example: After many, many months of inviting a friend to my church, one day several years ago this friend finally decided to actually come.

  • Mideast hub Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan


    Associated Press

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  

    The city-state is breaking new ground with its decision to loosen rules prohibiting daytime alcohol sales during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a move that reflects how much Dubai’s rulers value the revenue both tourists and alcohol tax bring into this emirate.

  • Grace Notes 6/18/16: Got rocks?

    Although I don’t think it’s terminal, it is chronic: I have a chronic case of CRS — Can’t Remember Stuff.

    That’s the diagnosis one of my co-workers gave me the other day. He may or may not have been joking.

    I tell people all the time to please, please, please remind me of stuff. It’s the CRS, folks. I just can’t remember stuff.

  • Religious doctrine

    BEIRUT — The gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando is said to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in a 911 call, and a day after the massacre, the extremist group described the shooter as “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.”

  • Prayerful pose

    Can a Christian in good conscience practice yoga?

    It depends on who you ask. For decades, Christian culture has wrestled with what to do with yoga: Is it a religion? Is it, as some believe, actually anti-Christian, a gateway to Eastern religions that deny the deity of Christ and other principles of the Christian faith?

    Enter Holy Yoga, the Christian-based yoga practice developed in 2005 by Brooke Boon, an avid yoga student and instructor.

  • Shoes of grace

    I wish you could walk in my shoes.

    I’m talking about my Skechers round-toed EZ Flex 2 Sweetpea slip-ons with the softest, most cushiony memory foam footbeds that feel like I’m walking on pillows.

    I have three pairs — black, gray and powder blue. Today I’m wearing the powder blue ones.

    They are the most comfortable shoes I own and quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I may have ever worn before in my entire life.

  • Sanctuary in Israel