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With hundreds of flights out of Anchorage each week, thousands of Alaskans are shedding winter layers in January and February to don flowery shirts and pack into commercial airliners headed for Hawaii. These flights are depositing sun-starved Alaskans all across the islands. While sandy beaches, snorkeling and tropical hikes sit atop most vacationer’s to-do lists, they might also want to check out two historic churches – still in use – which helped bring Christianity to...

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Mat-Su residents are invited to gather at St. Michael Church in Palmer on Jan. 24 to pray a Living Rosary for the protection of unborn life. The annual event begins at 7 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. It is one of many being held around the nation as the country marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the U.S. Since then, 65 million unborn babies have been...

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As Alaskans join Americans across the country in setting aside a day to honor the work and vision of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important to remember that he was a pastor formed and motivated by deep Judeo-Christian beliefs. King’s first principles were not found in the material, social or political realms. His vision came from a fundamental view that God has created mankind, and that we are most at peace when we...

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A bill introduced by Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole aims to safeguard the religious liberties of Alaska children while in state custody. Pre-filed on Jan. 10, HB 191 would require foster parents to ensure that a child is able to continue attending their home church while placed in foster care. The bill would also ensure that a child be housed with foster parents or agencies in areas that are accessible by road to...

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Every U.S. coin boldly asserts, “In God we trust.” That idea is beginning to take hold in the hearts and minds of an emerging group in Homer, Alaska. “We have a plan, and we have a lot of people,” said Pastor Mark Edens of Regent Life Church in Homer. “It is exciting. It feels like the beginning of a movement.” ROUSING THE CHURCH Two months ago, Edens helped launch “Heaven in Government,” a monthly event...

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Members of the Anchorage Assembly just released their vision and goals for 2020, one of which is to end the decades-long plight of homelessness in Alaska’s largest city. The other three goals aim at addressing quality of life, public safety and economic development, all of which seem tied to homelessness. A good starting point for addressing the hundreds of men and women who live in emergency or temporary shelters would be to turn to the...

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A prominent statue of Jesus stands outside the front doors of Alaska’s flagship Catholic hospital, while inside health providers refer women for abortions, provide contraceptive pills known to cause early abortions, and offer numerous services that are in direct violation of Catholic moral and ethical teachings. Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage is Alaska’s largest hospital. Originally founded by the religious organization known as the Sister of Providence to serve Alaskans’ medical needs, it now...

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With scores of religious schools scattered across Alaska, Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals and others could be impacted by a religious freedom case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Wednesday the high court agreed to consider whether the government can control who a church school chooses to teach its religion classes. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and in St. James Catholic School v. Biel, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending two California Catholic...

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As promised in this past Monday’s video, the Alaska Watchman is offering some suggested resources for how to equip youth in understanding and defending their Christian faith. This is the first in a series of recommendations that will include books, essays, videos and more. To begin, we want to highlight a man who is regarded by many as one of the greatest Christian apologists of modern times – C.S. Lewis.  Perhaps better known for his...

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A retired airline pilot, Sherrie Laurie, didn’t see this trip coming. She started volunteering at Anchorage’s Downtown Hope Center and then became director three years ago. Initially she just hoped to demystify the homeless and overcome her general discomfort with the population. Quickly, however, she felt compelled to help meet the growing needs of Anchorage’s most vulnerable women and men. MEETING ‘HEART NEEDS’ “This began with a Baptist pastor and his wife in 1978, simply...

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