Boy is source of Native American saint’s miracle

Cathy Lynn Grossman |

(RNS) Jacob “Jake” Finkbonner of Ferndale, Wash., was 5 years old in 2006 when he split his lip playing basketball, developed a deadly flesh-eating strep infection and lay near death for months at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Jake’s father, Don, is Native American and a member of the Lummi tribe. The family’s priest at the time, […]

How much ‘Tebowing’ is too much?

Reid Cherner |

(RNS) Along with politics, it is one of two things we don't talk about at parties: sports and religion. Football has always been a religion to some. But now, thanks to Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, sports and religion have become the topic du jour. Arguments over Tebow's path to the Hall of Fame can be […]

Tuesday’s Godbytes

CNN offers story on professional Christian Soccer teams, proving once again that God is probably the only entity that can make Americans care about soccer: “The team was established in 1993 after a ‘sports junkie fell in love with God,’ Eagles co-founder Brian Davidson says. But if he was going to continue being involved in […]

Championship coach talks God and gridiron

Greg Garrison |

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) After Auburn University’s football win over Clemson last season, coach Gene Chizik declared, “It’s a God thing.” After the national championship game win over the University of Oregon, he told a national TV audience, “God was with us.” Chizik sees the hand of God working in his life, even in the outcome […]

Orthodox basketball play allowed to cover her arms

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM (RNS) The international basketball federation has decided to permit an Orthodox Jewish basketball player to cover her arms during competitions in accordance with her religious beliefs. FIBA made the decision several weeks after point guard Naama Shafir, a member of the Israeli national women’s basketball team, said she would be unable to play in […]

Muslims, FBI search for answers after aborted Oregon terror plot

Allan Brettman |

CORVALLIS, Ore. (RNS) The damage from a fire at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center early Sunday (Nov. 28) did not amount to much in material loss. But the symbolic wound went far deeper. Fire was apparently set to the mosque just a day after one of its on-again, off-again members was arrested in connection with […]

Author finds faith and fanaticism in South’s football god

Greg Garrison |

AUBURN, Ala. (RNS) Chad Gibbs has been on a pigskin pilgrimage throughout the South, searching for spiritual truth in Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, Gainesville and Fayetteville. He grew up a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide and switched allegiance to his alma mater — and the University of Alabama’s archrival — Auburn University. For a while, […]

Tuesday’s roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

A judge sentenced a Tennessee mother of three to 42 months in the clink for taking money and services for five years to battle breast cancer — which she never had. Filmmaker Oliver Stone angered Jewish groups by seeming to defend Hitler, and also digging up the old Jews-control-the-media trope (he later says he’s sorry). […]

U.S. nun creates impromptu oasis to heal Haitian bodies and souls

Bob Braun |

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (RNS) Wearing a bright, floral blouse and pink shorts, Mita Jean Louis stares into a mirror, unmindful of the people around her. She is smiling, and someone asks if she’s smiling because she sees the reflection of such a beautiful young woman. The smile vanishes. “I don’t know,” says the 19-year-old, instantly shy. […]