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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular

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Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. A recent […]

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Billy Graham: I know where I’m going

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“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, that he would live to see the beginning of a Christian renewal, a genuine heaven-sent […]

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Want a Good Movie for Your Youth Group?

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What does it take to make a good Christian movie? “Passion,” says Nicole Abisinio, producer of “The Investigator,” based on the true-life story of comedian Ray Romano’s brother Rich. In the long-running TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” the character “Robert” […]

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Confessions of a Preacher’s Daughter

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She’s the star of “This Is Our Time.” She played Kirk Cameron’s wife in the surprise blockbuster “Fireproof.” But she grew up as the pastor’s kid at a megachurch. Was Erin Bethea the stereotypical fast-driving, hard-drinking, boy-teasing, cigar-smoking preacher’s daughter? […]

Focus on the Family’s President Says It’s Time to “Refocus”

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 It’s tough out there in the culture wars and Jim Daly has the battle scars to prove it. But does the top executive of Focus on the Family believe he can ever successfully declare a truce with forces that seem […]

Who should be allowed to pray for Obama?

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It seems preposterous, but there’s a major debate over who is worthy to invoke the presence and blessing of the Almighty on the leaders of this land we love! So, who is qualified to pray for the President of the […]

Jamie Foxx declares Obama “Lord & Savior”

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Why would actor Jamie Foxx startle the Soul Train Music Award audience over the Thanksgiving weekend by urging them to “first of all, give an honor to God — and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama!” Why would a stand-up […]

Producer, author, actor Roma Downey’s life has been more than touched by an angel

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When Roma Downey speaks, you know you’ve heard that golden voice before, but as you listen, the Irish-born actress is reading aloud a children’s book, The Sweetest Story Bible. She’s telling how much God loves us – with stories chosen […]

Have they proved Jesus had a wife?

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Does a tiny, recently unveiled scrap of papyrus prove that Jesus Christ had a wife? If so, it would contradict the Gospels and throw the entire New Testament and Christianity itself into doubt. However, the fragment itself is increasingly in […]

Joe Gibbs talks football, fast cars and faith

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In a dozen seasons coaching the Washington Redskins, Coach Joe Gibbs led them to eight playoff appearances, four championship titles and three Super Bowl trophies. Then, he retired only to get into NASCAR racing – again piling up the wins. […]

Was Jesus a Democrat? Or a Republican?

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There’s a bit of debate about Jesus’ politics these days. “Jesus would send all these right-wing pseudo-Christians straight to hell,” writes Jack Clark. “I can prove Jesus was a Republican,” writes Darrin Yaeger. Jesus changed everything, notes author John Ortberg […]

Mixing Bibles, bars and beer, missionaries head for the pubs

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Theology at the Pub is a popular weekly event in Melbourne, Australia, aimed at “amateur theologians aged between 18 and 40 and any clergy who wish to enjoy a drink or two with anyone younger than the average parishioner.” In Norfolk, […]

Why has President Obama awarded amnesty to young illegal aliens?

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Waving her diploma over her head, Guadelupe Rojas walked across the stage, shook various university officials’ hands, and laughing took a bow as her family and friends in the bleachers cheered, whistled and applauded. Her brother, Kiko, who will earn his […]

T.D. Jakes: It’s time to forgive

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Has T.D. Jakes ever had to forgive? “Oh, yes,” answers the author of the new book Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven and pastor of The Potter’s House, a 30,000-member church in Dallas. “I was born in […]

Billy Graham’s daughter Ruth has been through the fire, says it’s time for honesty

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Billy Graham’s daughter wants to hear from you. She says it’s time to be honest. Ruth Graham, daughter of the famed evangelist, says she’s been through the fire and is ready to talk about her deepest frustrations and fears. She also […]

Rescued elephant herds inexplicably gather to mourn South Africa’s “Elephant Whisperer”

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For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who had saved their lives. The formerly violent, rogue elephants, […]

European tourists packing the pews at Harlem’s historic black churches

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Gawking European tourists are paying to stand in long lines so they can enjoy a unique New York City experience — the legendary Gospel music of Harlem’s black churches. Having to turn away crowds of international visitors are a number of evangelical neighborhood churches famous for their joyous choirs, […]

Bestselling novelist Frank Peretti’s “Illusion” is a love letter to Barbara, his wife for 40 years

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If there’s a message in bestselling author Frank Peretti’s new book Illusion, it’s a thank-you card, he says, or maybe a romantic note to his wife – as well as a celebration of marriage. “It’s a tribute,” he says from […]

“Act of Valor” showcases real Navy heroes, wives and kids; and the bullets are real, too

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With the new film “Act of Valor” — starring real-life U.S. Navy SEALs and real live-fire scenes in which the movie crew kept their heads down as live ammunition ripped overhead — movie makers Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh would […]

British soccer sensation is a rural Texas boy who looks to Heaven after each goal he scores

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Making English Premier League soccer history, the intense kid from rural Texas scored a “hat trick” – three goals in a single match for Fulham. Only a few days later, did he it again — the first American ever to do so once, much […]

Silent monks “sing” the Hallelujah Chorus

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It’s just a fun skit — a bunch of high schoolers who to the delight of their audience pondered just how a bunch of monks who’d taken a vow of silence might put on a Christmas concert. If you think […]

All across America, “Secret Santas” anonymously paying off strangers’ layaways

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A generosity phenomenon is spreading like wildfire this Christmas season — “Secret Santas” walking up to layaway counters and paying off balances owed by total strangers. The phenomenon may have begun in Michigan where a woman paid off three layaway charges at a […]

Joy to the World! Take the word to the mall!

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What fun! The choir at  Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minnesota decided to go Christmas caroling at the Burnsville Center Shopping Mall. Then somebody put the word out on the Internet — and caroling turned into a flash mob. […]

Do you remember Pearl Harbor Day 1941?

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My mom remembers well where she was on December 7, 1941. Rebecca Still was 36 days away from her 13th birthday and had just spent the better part of her childhood in Tokyo. My grandfather, Owen Still, headed up the Yotsuya Mission near […]

Washington Post: Evangelical leaders adding sex to their sermons

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Rick Warren, Tim Keller and a number of other prominent Christian leaders are promoting the joys of married sex from the pulpit, reports the Washington Post‘s Lisa Miller. “Last week,” writes Miller. “Rick Warren sent this message to the nearly 500,000 […]

Popular squirrel checks for fan mail

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You’ve known squirrels are intelligent. Well, this one has been the subject of several videos — and in the first one shown here, apparently is checking to see if any fan mail arrived today: Here, his human neighbors suspect his […]

A 5-year-old’s prayer is answered

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Only five years old, Arnoldo already knew about rejection, denial and disappointment. It’s a hard lesson for a child whose only desire is to be normal. Through no fault of his own, the low-income Venezuelan boy was born with a […]

Young tumbler spins, flips, falls 4 stories; training saved his life

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    Teenage tumbling coach Dylan Smith spun and did a backflip as he fell four stories — and the mid-air gymnastics apparently saved his life. “He’s alive and it’s basically a miracle,” said his father, Hugh Smith of North […]

NPR: Argentine Jewish gauchos are a reminder of 1890s Russian pogroms

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Rural Argentina is not where one would expect to find entire villages of Russian Jews. However, National Public Radio’s Juan Forero recently visited several such hamlets in a remote corner of the Argentine Pampas — broad grasslands very suited for cattle ranching. […]

Identical 11-year-olds switched places to win $50,000, but Dad makes them ‘fess up

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Will honesty cost the 11-year-old Smith twins $50,000? Nate made national sports news when he won $50,000 by making an impossible hockey shot in a charity fundraiser. Now it turns out it was Nick who took the shot. Nate’d just had a cast removed from his […]

Buffalo church says it’s not the first to offer business administration classes

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A Buffalo, N.Y., church is focusing on a non-traditional calling: business education. However, Pastor Stephen Andzel at New Creation Fellowship says he sees no reason instruction should be limited to spiritual topics. Churches, he says, are called to teach everything, […]

Noah’s Ark floats into Cologne, Germany

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“It’s a stately vessel floating on the Rhine River and somehow it looks vaguely familiar,” reports the German news site Deutsche Welle. “Plumbing one’s memory, it does indeed resemble illustrations from childhood picture books about the Bible.” “That’s just what Dutch […]

Sikh outdoor camp in California’s sequoias caters to at-risk Punjabi teens

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Fifteen U.S. boys, ages 13-16, all wearing Sikh turbans, are spending 10 days at California’s Bhujangi Academy, a ten-day outdoor camp for at-risk teens. The 15 were chosen carefully from Sikh families living in the U.S. that are worried their young teens […]

Climber teaches kids to “stick to the Rock”

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Little did Ron Simonek of Big Bear, California, know when he made his first climb 20 years ago that rock climbing would lead him into a relationship with Jesus Christ and into a ministry of hope for youth and families, writes […]

Israel National News: Netanyahu Reportedly Accepts 1967 Lines if Palestine Drops Statehood Bid

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A report released on Tuesday said that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to President Barack Obama’s formula for peace with Palestine based on the pre-1967 lines with land swaps if Palestine drops its bid for statehood in September. It’s expected […]

Buddhist monks teach maleness to ‘ladyboys’

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Chiang Khong, Thailand — The 15-year-old aspiring “ladyboy” delicately applied a puff of talcum powder to his nose – an act of rebellion at the Thai Buddhist temple where he is learning to “be a man”. “They have rules here that […]

Newsweek: Prostitution, pornography sales are booming

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“Men of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds do it,” writes Newsweek. “Rich men do it, and poor men do it, in forms so varied and ubiquitous that they can be summoned at a moment’s notice.” The topic is sex […]

Jerusalem Post: Washington is not clear regarding Palestine’s UN rejection says Abbas

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President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas said that the US has not been clear on whether they will reject Palestine UN bid to become a state in September based on the pre-1967 lines. A report from the Jerusalem […]

If you’d had Hitler in your gun’s crosshairs, would you have pulled the trigger?

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He knew how to manipulate millions to fulfill his mad lust for power. His master plan was to exterminate the Jews, subjugate any race that was not blond and blue-eyed – and to dominate the world. There were at least […]

TIME: Obama is not America’s first black president

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Never mind what you’ve heard. Halle Berry was not the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was actually the 74th white one. And never mind all this talk about America electing its first black […]

Teen singers not Nazis anymore, say they love diversity

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Was it just a passing phase? Six years ago, singing twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede, who comprise the singing group Prussian Blue prompted outrage for their racist and white nationalist views. They’d like to shrug it off now as a short-lived […]

Smart Money: 10 reasons I’m cancelling my credit cards

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“The Treasury may be printing fewer dollars, but I’m going all cash,” writes Brett Arends. “The dollar bill needs you.” Writing for Smart Money, he goes on to observe: A growing number of merchants won’t accept cash anymore. That includes […]

Christian Leaders Send Letters to Obama on Iran’s Human Rights Violations

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Christian leaders on behalf of an estimated 25 million Americans sent letters to President Obama urging him and other dignitaries to take immediate steps to stop violating human rights, supporting terrorism and developing a nuclear program. A press release issued […]

Religious art: fig leaf or full frontal?

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Rev. France Davis doesn’t want any nude Adam-and-Eve figures at his Calvary Baptist Church — even if they were painted by the famed Michelangelo himself. Davis […]

Feature: Ministry repairs kids’ bikes and lives

By MORGAN JAREMA c. 2011 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The doors of The Motion Initiative have just opened along a stretch of industrial buildings and already Thomas Fish can’t walk more than a few steps without being […]

Feature: Tebow details blessed life rooted in faith

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN and SEAN LEAHY c. 2011 USA TODAY (RNS) Tim Tebow is a 23-year-old second-year, second-string quarterback on a so-so NFL team. So who’s going to buy his memoirs? What’s to remember? Only … — The play-by-play […]

Feature: Christians shatter taboos around talking about money

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service BEVERLY, Mass. (RNS) No sooner had 29-year-old Graham Messier joined a small group at his church earlier this year than he found himself breaking an American taboo: talking about how much […]

Feature: How Didst the KJV Come to Be?

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune (RNS) The King James Bible, translated from ancient Greek and Hebrew in 1611, is, by virtually all accounts, the most awe-inspiring work of English prose ever written. Over the past four […]

Feature: Bob Dylan’s Religious Mystique Endures

By RON CSILLAG c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Through the 1960s, Bob Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock ‘n’ roll — at least by those who forgave him the heresy of having […]

A Quiver Full of Controversy

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) When Meg Moseley gave birth to her third child 20 years ago, doctors cautioned her against having any more babies, fearing that another difficult pregnancy might jeopardize her life. So Moseley […]

Muslims Hope Bias Ends with bin Laden’s Death

By ALEXI FRIEDMAN and DAN GOLDBERG c. 2011 Religion News Service PATERSON, N.J. (RNS) Hours after Osama bin Laden’s death was announced, the American Arab Forum received a phone call. The person on the line was looking for Aref Assaf, […]

Feature: Minister Moms Split Between Pulpit and Potty Training

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Every now and then, the Rev. Amy Butler will find herself having to do a little simultaneous parenting and preaching from her pulpit at Calvary Baptist Church in downtown […]

Feature: Economic Bell Tolls for Nation’s Church Steeples

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN c. 2011 USA Today (RNS) Atop the tiny, white-columned 1842 church where Glen Likens was baptized, where he married his wife, where their children were baptized, where they still worship on Sundays, the steeple is rotting. […]

Love Lost and Found on Opposite Sides of Border

BARTA’A, Israel (RNS) Fatmeh Kabaha spent most of her life surrounded by her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews in a small Palestinian village just minutes from the border that separates the Palestinian territories from Israel. Six years ago, she […]

Cookbook Preserves Treasured Recipes from the Holocaust

(RNS) The last time Regina Finer’s mother cooked the soft, dense potato dumplings called kluskies, Regina couldn’t have been more than 12. It was the same year the Nazis took Finer’s parents from their home in the Warsaw ghetto — […]

Feature: Catholic Schools Help Swell Ranks of Easter Converts

WASHINGTON (RNS) With less than two weeks to go, fifth-grader Simone Marshall ticked off what she was looking forward to most as she awaited the Easter Vigil where she would officially become a Roman Catholic. “I cannot wait to get […]

Feature: At Interfaith Families Group, A Rabbi Does the Easter Sermon

SILVER SPRING, Md. (RNS) On the second night of Passover, Rabbi Harold White will lead a traditional seder dinner with matzoh and bitter herbs and all the trimmings. Five days later, he’ll deliver the sermon on Easter Sunday. That’s what […]

Journalist Claims to Find Nails from Jesus’ Cross

JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli-Canadian journalist believes he may have tracked down two of the iron nails used to crucify Jesus to the cross. Or at least objects that “could be” the long-lost relics. While researching a segment for the History […]

Jews Craft Their Own Answers with DIY Passover Options

(RNS) As newlyweds, Cokie and Steve Roberts wanted to host a Passover seder that could be enjoyed by her devout Catholic family, his secular Jewish clan, and friends from a range of backgrounds. Faced with limited options for interfaith families […]

Feature: Excommunicated Church Thrives Despite Censure

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (RNS) At Spiritus Christi Church, the choir sings the lyrics of “Amazing Grace” to the tune of “House of the Rising Sun” — a song about a brothel. Surely, such a tune for a sacred service would never […]

Feature: Think You’ll Need Last Rites? Better Plan Ahead

CLEVELAND (RNS) In days long gone, Roman Catholic priests regularly made deathbed house calls, even in the middle of the night with little notice, to pray over the dying and anoint them with holy oils. The candlelight ritual, popularly known […]

Museum to Feature Treasure Trove of Biblical Artifacts

WASHINGTON (RNS) A new multimillion-dollar, high-tech, interactive museum of the Bible was announced Thursday amid 130 artifacts of the Good Book at a private exhibition at the Vatican Embassy. The exhibit was a sample of Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant […]

Showtime Soap Opera Features History’s Bad-Boy Pope

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Modern popes have had their fans and detractors, but few would dispute their reputations for personal virtue. That’s partly why the five most recent pontiffs — including John Paul II, who will be beatified on May 1 […]

Feature: For Mormons, What Does ‘Follow the Prophet’ Really Mean?

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon President Thomas S. Monson, his two right-hand men and 12 apostles will take to the podium at this weekend’s (April 2-3) General Conference and offer sermons that many Mormons will treat like faxes from God. […]

In Senate Muslim Hearings, a Decided Change in Tone

(RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere. In many ways, the hearing led by Senate Democrats on Tuesday (March 29) […]

Feature: More U.S. Colleges Adding Muslim Chaplains

(RNS) When Jainal Bhuiyan attended Cornell University, he and his fellow Muslim students were mentored and led in religious prayers by a collection of Muslim professors, graduate students and staff. “That was our network that filled the void,” said Bhuiyan, […]

Feature: Fasting and Praying for the Poor

(RNS) Faced with an unjust rule of Persian king who threatened the very lives of her Jewish people, the Jewish heroine Queen Esther called on the faithful to fast and pray for their rulers to have a change of heart. […]

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