COMMENTARY: Lessons on Church Growth From Those Who Need It

c. 2006 Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS _ We sped past the 66-foot statue of statesman Sam Houston, leader of the Texas Revolution, who retired here rather than violate his unionist principles when the State of Texas seceded in the Civil War. We drove more sedately past the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, whose execution […]

Separation of Church and State

Quote of the Day: Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder “We rightly criticize that in most Islamic states, the role of religion for society and the character of the rule of law are not clearly separated. But we fail to recognize that in the U.S.A., the Christian fundamentalists and their interpretation of the Bible have similar […]

COMMENTARY: For Passover, Consider King Tut’s Use of Hebrew Slaves

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In February, I visited the world-famous King Tut exhibit in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It’s on display until April 23 when it moves to Chicago and then Philadelphia. The extraordinary artifacts from an ancient royal Egyptian tomb will remain in the United States until September 2007, and if the large […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Kidnapped Christian Aid Workers Released in Iraq TORONTO (RNS) Two Canadian Christian aid workers and a British colleague held hostage in Iraq for nearly four months were freed Thursday (March 23) in a daring morning raid by coalition forces. Jim Loney, 41, of Toronto, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, formerly […]

Torah Cover That Survived Nazis to Return to New York Family

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Gavriel Wesel came safely home to Vienna, Austria, after World War I, his wife, Miriam, sewed a cover for a Torah scroll at their synagogue to give thanks to God. On Monday (March 27), 87 years later, the cover will be returned to the New York grandchildren and […]

At Theater Churches, the Early Matinee Is Rated `G’ for Gospel

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. _ Pastor Reford Mott looks into two cameras as he stands at a makeshift pulpit on a temporary stage. Behind him, Mott’s image fills a large movie screen where an R-rated film will start in less than two hours. Churchgoers in the top rows of the stadium-style […]

They See Their Savior in Buckling Drywall

c. 2006 Religion News Service SARALAND, Ala. _ Church members say a buckling of drywall in their flooded sanctuary resembles a crucifixion and works miracles. “You never know how he is going to come,” said Ella Roberts, pastor of the Triumph Learning and Worship Center for Life. “You can’t explain it. It just is what […]

Last Rites …

It sounds like the set-up to a bad joke: three Catholic priests are riding in a car when they get in an accident … But the Italian car accident that claimed the life of a Pennsylvania priest and injured Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore wasn’t funny at all. Keeler, 75 and nursing a broken ankle, […]

Red, White and God: What We Believe

David van Biema over at Time magazine, one of the best in the biz, has an interesting take out on what America believes and why, based on the recent Baylor survey on America and religion. There’s a cool interactive graphic based on the 2000 Glenmary survey, as well as a snazzy graphic that shows America’s […]