“I can’t get a sitter and they don’t seem to have a clergy discount, so I’ll pass. If you still want to hang, maybe you can come to services this weekend, might do you some good.” – Rabbi Toby Manewith of Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, Ill., responding to an unsolicited group text message inviting her […]
Author Archives: Ron Ribiat
“What moved me was not so much that I was anointing him. It was him being willing to accept that from my hand – to ask me, as a woman in ministry, to do that.” – The Rev. Anne Robertson, director of the Massachusetts Bible Society and a United Methodist minister, who was asked by […]
“One question keeps repeating itself; as my assault rifle killed so many people, does that mean that I, Mikhail Kalashnikov … an Orthodox Christian, am responsible for people’s deaths, even if they were enemies?” AK-47 creator Mikhail Kalashnikov, in a letter to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, before his death on Dec. 23 at age 94. He […]
“It’s not my fault. I’m sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that’s all I want to do.” – Basketball star Dennis Rodman, apologizing for not being able to free imprisoned U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae during a controversial visit to North Korea.
“My sin never made me suicidal, but widespread church reaction to me did.” – Former evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who fell from grace in a 2006 drugs-and-gay-sex scandal, in a blog post about church reaction to scandal after the son of megachurch pastor Joel Hunter committed suicide after an affair.
“My husband is suffering because he is a Christian. He is suffering because he is an American. Yet, his own government … has abandoned him. Don’t we owe it to him as a nation to stand up for his human rights, for his freedom?” – Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who […]
“Even an ardent atheist can look at a house of worship and see the signs of an invisible human longing that is common to us all, believer and unbeliever alike.” – Canadian photographer Mark Schacter, writing in CNN’s Belief Blog about being an atheist who photographs houses of worship.
“I’m not ashamed to say I believe in God and I believe in his Word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right.” – Sen. Mark Pryor, a conservative Arkansas Democrat who’s facing a tough reelection bid in 2014, in a new TV […]
“Like [President] Obama, [Pope] Francis is unable to see the problems that are really endangering his people. Like Obama he mistakes the faithful for the enemy, the enemy for his friend, condescension for respect, socialism for justice and capitalism for tyranny.” – Adam Shaw, a news editor for FoxNews.com, criticizing Pope Francis.
“Was I anxious? A little, yes, but everyone was nice. But it’s true, having a lot of people in front of you is a bit scary.” – Pope Francis, reflecting on his first papal Mass, to a crowd at Church of San Cirillo Alessandrino on the outskirts of Rome, according to Catholic News Service.