NEWS FEATURE: A Contemporary Craftsman Renews an Ancient Art

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Alexander Sokolov was 17 years-old when he stumbled upon a crossroads for his love of art and Orthodox Christianity, his newly adopted religion: painting religious icons. “When I first started making them, they were for me an image of another world, a spiritually rich world,” said Sokolov. “When […]

COMMENTARY: Out of control

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _”We need more boxes!”says my wife. The first three dozen boxes are filled. My son goes out for another stack. My parents, visiting from Indiana, wrap our wedding china in paper towels. My wife clears shelves. I help pack, but mostly I continue my preparations for an upcoming business […]

NEWS FEATURE: Skateboard ministry reaches troubled kids

c. 1999 Religion News Service NEWPORT, Del. _ A year ago, 15-year-old Fritz Dallago was poised for a ride on the fast-track to nowhere. He had adopted the all-black Goth look; he idolized Marilyn Manson; he had a bad attitude and little respect for authority, making life difficult for his aunt who was raising him. […]

NEWS FEATURE: Fixed-hour Prayer Moving Out of the Monastery

c. 2000 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The admonition is a simple one: “Pray without ceasing,” Paul advises in the New Testament book of Thessalonians. For centuries, Christians have honored that call to prayer through the practice of fixed-hour prayer _ the recitation of psalms, hymns, scripture readings and prayer at specific times of the […]

NEWS FEATURE: Christian Singer on the Verge of Stardom

c. 2000 Religion News Service ATHENS, Ala. _ Debbie White was ecstatic as she walked out of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville after performing in front of a crowd of several thousand people and millions of television viewers for the Christian Country Music Association’s annual Awards Show in November. Out of the view of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service TenPoint is CQ in item on black clergy Southern Baptist president predicts eventual division (RNS) Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson has predicted that some kind of division is in the offing for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, but he expects less than a tenth of SBC churches will actually […]

NEWS FEATURE: New Bibles Reclaiming Heritage of African Biblical Characters

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Biblical characters are a familiar part of the lexicon of American pop culture, surfacing in everything from catch phrases (“What Would Jesus Do”) to animation (Moses in DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt”) to band names (Jesus Jones). Less well known are some other characters from the Bible. African characters. […]