NEW YORK (RNS) “I think the danger with Christian publishing is (the attitude), ‘If it’s got a Bible verse in it then it’s OK,’ even if it’s got really bad writing and bad art,” said author Sally Lloyd-Jones. “I suppose my vision has always been that it’s got to be excellent.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Borrowing a page from the storied cathedrals of Europe that charge admission to tourists, Washington National Cathedral hopes the estimated $300,000 in annual ticket sales can help restore the building to its original glory.
(RNS) The outside focus group changed the air. By simply describing the realities with which they deal every day, they put Sunday morning fussing into perspective. A world broken at its very core demands better of its churches.
(RNS) From ecumenical prayer beads to naughty Christmas sweaters, the Religion News Service Holiday Gift Guide 2013 has suggestions for everyone on your list, no matter their religion — or lack of religion.
SAN FRANCISCO (RNS) “We can go through an entire Sunday Assembly meeting without mentioning atheism, without mentioning religion,” organizer Sanderson Jones said. “We have enough values that define us without having to do that.”
“God doesn’t expect me to be thankful FOR all circumstance, but IN all circumstances. There’s a huge difference. The first attitude is masochism. The second shows maturity.” – California megachurch pastor Rick Warren, writing in Time magazine about thankfulness during what he called “the worst year of my life” after his youngest son committed suicide.
Clergy’s tax-exempt housing declared unconstitutional. An ex-Mousketeer has returned to Christianity from Paganism. More Yeshiva University sex abuse allegations come forward.
Fresco artist Joy Baer explains the all-natural process of making paint with earth minerals on a porous surface.
(RNS) A federal judge has ruled that clergy’s exemption from paying taxes on housing is not constitutional.