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c. 2007 Religion News Service Lawmakers Issue a `Call to Prayer for America’ WASHINGTON (RNS) For one group of congressmen, the buck doesn’t stop at the Capitol or the White House: It stops with God. The Congressional Prayer Caucus, formed in 2005 by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., on Wednesday (March 28) asked Americans to pray […]

10 Minutes With … Karen King

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Gospel of Judas caused quite a splash when it was published last year: Would it explain why he betrayed Jesus? Was this the “other side” of the story people had waited for? Would Judas be vindicated? As it turns out, not quite. Now, just in time for Easter, […]

Women Figure Prominently in Easter Drama

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Rhonda Kelley reads the Easter drama in her Bible, the professor of women’s ministry feels God’s affirmation of her as a woman. “Jesus really valued women and always reached out to women,” said Kelley, who teaches at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is co-editor of The Woman’s […]

The Empty Tomb Still Draws a Crowd

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Resurrection of Jesus still draws a crowd, even when it’s not Easter Sunday. “I’ve been at major universities where the Resurrection topic got standing room only,” said Gary Habermas, a scholar at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. A few years ago, more than 1,500 people turned out to […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Presiding Bishop of Church of God in Christ Dead at 67 (RNS) Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, the presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, died Tuesday (March 20) of heart failure. He was 67. Patterson was in his second term as presiding bishop of the predominantly black Pentecostal […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Conservative Seminary to Allow Openly Gay Students NEW YORK (RNS) Openly gay students who want to serve as rabbis or cantors are now welcome at the Jewish Theological Seminary, school officials said Monday (March 26). The announcement came three months after the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the […]

White Lawmaker, With God on His Side, Seeks Apology for Slavery

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In his first months in office, freshman U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Memphis, has introduced resolutions paying homage to Stax Records and Negro League Baseball, and apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans. Cohen says a formal apology by the U.S. government would be […]

There Are 46 Days in Lent, but Only 40 Days of Sacrifice

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Forty-six. Count ‘em. That is the number of days between Ash Wednesday and the start of Easter in the Western tradition of Lent. So why do Christian churches often refer to the 40 days of Lent, and what should followers who sacrifice a favorite food or activity during the […]

Sacrifice and Fasting Central to Lent

c. 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Philip Horvath says it is not easy to walk by Wendy’s on his way home from school and not go in. That’s why the eighth-grader at St. Christine Catholic Church in Euclid, Ohio, gave up fast food for Lent. “I think of God,” Philip said. “He gave up […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service List of Top 50 Rabbis Raises a Few Eyebrows NEW YORK (RNS) Many versions of a common Jewish joke boil down to a basic punchline: two Jews will always have at least three opinions. So it’s no surprise that the list of “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis” unveiled Monday (March […]