Weekly News Wrapup -Dec. 30 – Jan. 4 2013

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I’ve come across throughout the week to highlight what’s happening in the church, country, world, sports, and in culture in general.

USA – Divided GOP House approves Senate ‘fiscal cliff’ planHIGHLIGHTS OF ‘FISCAL CLIFF’ BILL
Highlights of a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate and House aimed at averting wide tax increases and budget cuts scheduled to take effect in the new year. The measure would raise taxes by about $600 billion over 10 years compared with tax policies that were due to expire at midnight Monday. It would also delay for two months across-the-board cuts to the budgets of the Pentagon and numerous domestic agencies.

World – Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East
Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.

Culture – A Brief Review of Les Mis

Ever since the trailer for the new Les Misérables movie made the rounds online, I’ve been highly anticipating this film. Last weekend, Corina and I went to see it. We were not disappointed, but we were surprised in ways different than expected.http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2013/01/02/a-brief-review-of-tom-hoopers-les-misrables/
Dying Regrets and New Year Reflections

Church – A fascinating post over at Tim Brister’s blog—see what you make of the list of regrets—and I’m interested in which one resonates with you the most and whether you have any additions to the list. Oddly, this first rather “romantically expressive” one is the one with which I most resonate.

Sports – Wild Card Games this weekend as the NFL playoffs begin

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