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These come from the Rev. Bill Shuler, at the Capital Life Church in Arlington, Virginia: 1. The goal is not to win a debate but to redeem the heart. 2. One’s public witness is only as authentic as one’s private […]

“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all […]

This guy’s not going to Disneyland. Not yet. Chilean miner Esteban Rojas, 44, gets on his knees to pray after being rescued from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine, near Copiapo, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Rojas was […]

“There are actually 34 of us, because God has never left us down here.” — 19-year-old Chilean miner Jimmy Sanchez, in a letter sent up from the mine Tuesday. Read more here.

This is something something truly remarkable. Details: An armless pianist who plays with his toes has won the first series of China’s version of the internationally popular television talent show “China’s Got Talent.” Liu Wei, 23, who lost both his […]

That’s the assessment of a new poll, which finds a surprising number of people in “unchurched” parts of America still describe themselves as “Christian”: While it’s no surprise that the highest proportion of self-identified Christians reside in the South, a […]

A makeshift altar near the mineshaft in Chile These opening paragraphs from a report on the trapped miners in Chile are a homily waiting to be given: Engineers Sunday rushed to reinforce a shaft through which to hoist 33 men […]

Longtime readers of this blog will remember that I posted several items about the final months of Randy Pausch — I even preached about him one Sunday. Now comes word that his widow is writing a book about what it […]

This was sent to me by a deacon friend of mine, and it’s a winner. It was produced by a Protestant church in Abilene, Texas.  

“I always enjoy the effort some put into trying to find any thing and or every thing that is wrong with a situation… I believe that most Catholics, even in our dwindling numbers, are glad to see others return to […]