RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Magazine names greatest preachers of the 20th century (RNS) Preaching, a bimonthly magazine, has named the greatest preachers of the 20th century, with the Rev. Billy Graham and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. among its top 10. The No. 1 ranking was given to the late James S. Stewart, […]

NEWS STORY: AMA endorses assisted suicide ban, but asks changes

c. 1999 Religion News Service SAN DIEGO _ The American Medical Association is asking for significant changes in a congressional bill targeting physician-assisted suicides in Oregon while affirming its general support of the legislation. In a voice vote Wednesday (Dec. 8) subject to several interpretations, the AMA’s House of Delegates expressed apprehension about federal investigators […]

NEWS STORY: Visitor reports vision of Virgin Mary after sky flash

c. 1999 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ About 3,000 people gathered to see visionary Marija Lunetti on Wednesday in a rural field where she said the Virgin Mary appeared to her three days after nearby residents reported an unexplained flash of light had streaked across the sky. Caritas of Birmingham, which promotes the visions […]

NEWS STORY: Salvation Army finds a shortage of volunteer bellringers

c. 1999 Religion News Service STUART, Fla. They are as much a part of the holiday season as Christmas lights and a shopping mall Santa Claus. When the Salvation Army bellringers arrive with their red collection kettles, you know Christmas can’t be far behind. But this year officials from the nation’s top-grossing charity are struggling […]

COMMENTARY: Parades, race and Jesus

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) DURHAM, N.C. _ Even though the Northerner in me is surprised by 70-degree days in December, I don’t complain as we stand along Main Street in short sleeves and watch […]

NEWS STORY: Religion journalists name Protestant Reformation millennium’s top story

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The Protestant Reformation was selected as the top religion story of the second Christian millennium by members of the Religion Newswriters Association, who also voted the Holocaust the 20th century’s leading news event. In 1517, the rebellious German priest Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses condemning Rome’s practice […]

NEWS STORY: Supreme Court hears arguments on key church-state case

c. 1999 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Should the government provide computers and other equipment to religious schools in an effort to treat all schoolchildren equally? Or does providing such materials violate the separation of church and state guaranteed by the First Amendment? The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday (Dec. 1) in the […]