Insurance Offered for Church Fender Benders

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Pastor Jim Goforth’s Pontiac Aztec got hit by a teenage driver in a church parking lot a couple of years ago, his insurance company waived his $500 deductible. The pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Florissant, Mo., was covered by GuideOne Insurance, which has tailored its FaithGuard […]

Churches Urged to Put Service Ahead of Sermons

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Jim Yelvington decided he would do something different with the launch of his new church in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. _ cancel Sunday worship services. As part of a new “Faith in Action” program, Yelvington traded traditional Sabbath singing and praying for a Sunday dedicated to community service. His […]

10 Minutes On … Forgiveness

c. 2007 Religion News Service (Adelle M. Banks, Daniel Burke, Shona Crabtree, Omar Sacirbey, Ansley Roan and Kevin Eckstrom contributed to this report.) (UNDATED) Reflecting on the murder of five Amish schoolgirls last October in Nickel Mines, Pa., one local Amish man said he was struck by parallels between that crime and the biblical story […]

COMMENTARY: Looking East Through Western Eyes

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Why is a Georgetown University theology professor, born in Vietnam and educated in Rome and London, under the microscope of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? The answer is in the first sentence. The professor’s international background gives him an international outlook, and his starting point […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service GOP Wants Answers About Religious Texts in Prisons WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of conservative House Republicans has sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons seeking information about its effort to ban religious texts from prison libraries. “No matter how well-intentioned, a government project to limit books and other […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Adventist Missionary Claims Church Benefits Are Discriminatory WASHINGTON (RNS) A Maryland county human rights office is investigating claims by a retired Seventh-day Adventist missionary who says his church is paying him a meager amount of retirement benefits based on his country of origin. Pastor Berhane Woldemariam, 71, of Adelphi, Md., […]

Amish Show the World How _ and Why _ to Forgive

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Religious sects across the globe wage wars of endless retribution. Revenge fantasies fill American movie theaters. Legal courts are crammed with people seeking settled scores. So last October, when the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pa., immediately offered forgiveness to the family of Charles Roberts, the gunman who murdered […]

COMMENTARY: Reality, In the Eye of the Beholder

c. 2007 Religion News Service HELSINKI, Finland _ Seen from a car on the umpteenth consecutive day of rain, this city is easy to imagine as my host describes it _ a place of sadness and depression, where many workers shut down emotionally during the long gray months. By afternoon, however, the sun came out, […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Church Wants IRS Apology After Probe Into 2004 Sermon LOS ANGELES (RNS) A prominent liberal Episcopal church wants an apology and clarification after a two-year Internal Revenue Service probe that threatened the church’s tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon just before the 2004 elections. The IRS told All Saints […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Changing Minds and a War’s Direction

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In explaining what it takes to be a disciple, Jesus talks of a king going to battle, asking: “(W)hat king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with 10,000 to meet him who comes against him with […]