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c. 2007 Religion News Service Colorado Megachurch Approves Successor to Haggard (RNS) New Life Church, the Colorado megachurch whose leader Ted Haggard was dismissed last year after a sex and drug scandal, has approved a new senior pastor. Pastor Brady Boyd, a pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, received more than 95 percent approval […]

COMMENTARY: The (Many) Dangers of Theocracy

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Which coarsening of our culture shall we see and blame on secularism? It could be early-teen girls in mascara and tight skirts strutting their stuff. It could be mature women with plunging necklines. It could be couples expressing exuberant affection in public or same-gender partnering. Myself, I vote for […]

New Forum Hopes to Get World’s Christians Talking

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Like cousins at a big family reunion, representatives of the various streams of Christianity from across the globe will gather this fall near Nairobi, Kenya. The Global Christian Forum is a rare opportunity for Christians who don’t always speak to each other _ and in some cases have never […]

How Far Is Too Far in Enhancing Kids’ Genetic Traits?

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) Every evening before bed, 12-year-old Mitchell Greenwood gives himself a shot of human growth hormone. He’s healthy, but at barely 4 feet tall, he’s below the normal height for his age. “I’m just hoping that I get those couple of inches that I really want, that I’m taking […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Ailing D. James Kennedy Resigns Florida Pulpit (RNS) The Rev. D. James Kennedy, who used his Florida-based television ministry to establish himself as a leading voice for religious conservatives, has retired from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. Kennedy, 76, suffered a cardiac arrest in late December and has […]

Ad Spotlights a Candidate’s Shifting Spiritual Journey

c. 2007 Religion News Service BATON ROUGE, La. _ Before he began climbing the ranks in the Louisiana Republican Party, gubernatorial front-runner Bobby Jindal, the conservative son of Indian immigrants, endured years of emotional and intellectual struggle as he left behind his family’s Hindu faith and embraced Catholicism. It’s a journey that is detailed in […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Court Says Minister Should be Rebuked for Lesbian Wedding (RNS) A mid-level court of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has overturned a lower court ruling and ruled that a lesbian minister should be rebuked for conducting a same-sex wedding ceremony. The 6-2 decision against the Rev. Janie Spahr was made on […]

Katrina Churches Rebuild _ But Not Always in New Orleans

c. 2007 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly NEW ORLEANS _ Pastor R.C. Blakes has two flocks in two different cities. On Sunday mornings here, services are packed at his New Home Family Worship Center, which is working to get all of its ministry programs up and running two years after Hurricane Katrina. His other church is […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: What’s in a Name?

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Should Christians call God by the name “Allah”? At least one Catholic bishop in the Netherlands, Tiny Muskens, thinks so. “Allah is a very beautiful word for God,” he recently told Dutch television. “Shouldn’t we all say from now on we will name God Allah? … What does God […]

Professor Tests the Science Behind Chinese Healing Art

c. 2007 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ Clad in matching blue and white warm-ups and worn black tennis shoes, 62-year-old Shin Lin teaches his weekly qigong class on a grassy lawn at a community center here. In gently sweeping movements, his students follow his lead, shifting in slow motion from one pose to another, […]