Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the political beat and other topics as national editor for WORLD Magazine. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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The great tragedy of South Sudan

South Sudan | Years of suffering and violence led to the creation of South Sudan in 2011. Now more fighting threatens to kill it. The story of how a young republic escaped Christian persecution, then quickly devolved into civil war, is an ongoing drama marked by danger
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/15/17, 12:31 pm

Part I: Land that I love

On a foggy day in late January, John Chol Daau sat next to a wide window overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near Charleston, S.C., not far from the site of the opening salvo of the Civil War.

The South Sudanese pastor was visiting the United States to attend a conference for Anglican clergy, but another civil war weighed on his mind: the battle raging for the future of his own country.

More than 25 years ago, Daau fled his village in southern Sudan, as forces from the Islamic north invaded the predominantly Christian and animist south.

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Bitter pills

Life | Increasingly popular but as risky as ever, chemical abortion raises new challenges for the pro-life movement
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/06/17, 04:00 am

A SINGLE PILL in a paper cup upended Rebekah Buell’s life.

In 2013, the 18-year-old college freshman sat in a Planned Parenthood office near Sacramento, Calif., staring at an abortion pill formulated to end the life of the 8-week-old baby in her womb.

Buell already had an infant son from an unplanned pregnancy. Her brief marriage was ending. She couldn’t imagine raising a second child alone. Buell grew up Baptist and knew abortion was wrong but says she thought, “God’s just going to have to forgive me.”

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We’re all ‘Fixer Uppers’

Television | The appeal of HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines is rooted in the Christian faith some media outlets scorn
by Jamie Dean
Posted 12/02/16, 11:46 am

It wasn’t surprising this week when the news outlet BuzzFeed reported that Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of the popular HGTV program Fixer Upper, attend a Christian church where their evangelical pastor teaches Biblical truth.

But the BuzzFeed report reads more like a new revelation than a settled conviction among true Christian churches: “Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage.” The church’s pastor teaches homosexuality is “a sin.”

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