Archive for April, 2008

Presiding Bishop to fellow primate: Stop meddling

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katherine Jefferts-Schori, has sent a letter to Archbishop Greg Venables of Argentina asking him not to meddle in internal U.S. church matters and not to “bring further discored into the Episcopal Church.” Venables is coming to the United States to meet with leaders of the Diocese of... »

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Pedophile polygamists discover Lone Star justice

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Members of a fundamentalist apostate-Mormon cult committed child abuse for years while operating on the Utah-Arizona border. But then they made a crucial error. They messed with Texas. »

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Sex in the (Episcopal) City

Monday, April 28th, 2008

At the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., they’re offering eight courses in June. Three focus on sex. One is devoted to the holy scriptures. Among the offerings: Third World Feminist Theology, Sexuality and the Social Order, and Queer Incarnation. [Not to be confused with Queer Explorations of Pastoral, Theological, and Ethical Issues, another... »

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Hurricane Hagee backtracks on Katrina

Friday, April 25th, 2008

John Hagee, the evangelist, John McCain ally and weather analyst issued a statement today saying he does not “know the mind of God concerning Hurricane Katrina.” »

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Southern Baptist Convention shrinking

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Southern Baptist membership, baptisms decline in 2007 By ROSE FRENCH Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of people baptized in Southern Baptist churches fell for the third straight year in 2007 to the denomination’s lowest level since 1987, while total membership dropped by nearly 40,000. »

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Huckabee plans book on Campaign 2008

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Huckabee writing book on his failed presidential bid By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two weeks after the next president is elected, Mike Huckabee will publish a book sharing details on his failed bid for the White House and offering his vision for remodeling the conservative movement. »

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House Speaker invents Bible verse

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Maybe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is quoting from the Howard Dean Version of the Holy Bible. You know, the one that has the book of Job in the New Testament. Or perhaps she’s picked up some new-fangled, biodegradable, Australian Earth Bible, with the words of Al Gore in red. Or perhaps, as congressmen sometimes... »

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Top Christian music artists named

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

The 39th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards were awarded in Nashville last night. This is a big award, the industry’s top honor, short of a real Grammy. Here’s who won: »

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TV evangelist claims new title: Apostle of Faith

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

It was bound to happen sooner or later. A prominent Los Angeles televangelist has declared himself to be an “Apostle.” How do I know this? Well, there’s a full-page advertisement in the May issue of Charisma Magazine congratulating evangelist Frederick K.C. Price on his fancy new title. Fans of “Dr. Price” (he’s got an... »

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Minister with law degree sues his bishop

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

By HEATHER HAHN Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Two Little Rock ministers have sued their bishop in Pulaski Circuit Court, saying he assigned them to new congregations without giving them sufficient notice. »

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Bishop elected president of Paraguay

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Former bishop Fernando Lugo scores historic win in Paraguay By BILL CORMIER – ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo won a historic victory in Paraguay’s presidential election Sunday, ending more than six decades of one-party rule with a mandate to help the nation’s poor and indigenous. His rival, Blanca Ovelar,... »

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Is the presiding bishop accurate?

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Take a look at the following sentences from the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and ask yourself — is this statement accurate? Referring to turmoil in the Episcopal Church following the election of an openly-gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003, Katharine Jefferts Schori says: “It’s a very, very small part of this church,... »

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More religion on the campaign trail…

Friday, April 18th, 2008

John McCain issued a Passover statement today… »

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Poor churchgoer told: Give more $$$ or lose membership

Friday, April 18th, 2008

A Kentucky senior citizen on a fixed income got a letter from her pastor telling her to give more money or she’ll lose her church membership. The elderly woman was so distraught after receiving the letter that she was taken away in an ambulance. »

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Rev. Jim Bakker moves into new digs

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

No longer broadcasting from a converted restaurant building, the former PTL Club host has moved into a new development. Morningside features a brand new television studio, retail space and condominiums, too. Click here for the latest. »

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Jesus painting unconstitutional, judge says

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Bottom line: If you post a picture of Gandhi, Buddha and Jesus at the county courthouse, the courts will allow them. If it’s Jesus only, the portrait’s coming down. »

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Maybe religion makes life 'better, not bitter…'

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Barack Obama drew fire for suggesting that globalization converts rural Americans into bitter, intolerant, gun-toting religious zealots. But a new Rasmussen Reports survey suggests Obama’s stereotype is off by about 180 degrees. Perhaps religion (to steal a line from Jesse Jackson) makes life “better, not bitter.” »

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Pope at White House: 'God Bless America'

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

By JENNIFER LOVEN WASHINGTON (AP) – An enthralled South Lawn crowd of more than 9,000 sang “Happy Birthday” to Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday, and President Bush said that the first papal White House visit in 29 years was a reminder for Americans to “distinguish between simple right and wrong.” »

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Vatican: The Board Game

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Yes, there’s now a faith-based board game called “Vatican: The New Papal Election Board Game.” Up to 6 people can play the game, even women. The cost: $39.95 »

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Everybody Loves Methodists (and Jews, too)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Maybe those “Open Hearts, Open Minds Open Doors” television commercials are paying off. Only 4 percent of Americans say they have a negative view of Methodists. The same number say they hold negative views about Jews, a new Gallup poll finds. Ten percent view Baptists negatively, 13 percent dislike Catholics, 23 percent have unfavorable... »

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Ten ways to make visitors feel unwelcome

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

LifeWay has posted a list of 10 ways to make visitors feel unwelcome. Click here to read it. Does anyone have a horror story about being made to feel uncomfortable at a house of worship? I do. »

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Obama: Religion is the opiate of the masses, at least in Scranton…

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

So now, apparently, Barack Obama is channeling the ghost of Karl Marx and the words of Howard Dean. According to the Washington Post, the Democratic presidential frontrunner said: »

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Anglican dean bans anti-war, anti-imperialist hymn

Friday, April 11th, 2008

What beautiful irony. William Blake’s “Jerusalem”, the only hymn I’m aware of that denounces the evils of empire and the ‘Satanic’ industrial revolution, has been banned from Southwark Cathedral. Admirers say Blake’s words were an attack on 19th century Britain’s ‘military-industrial complex’ and England’s worldwide imperialism. But the dean of Southwark Cathedral says the song is ‘too... »

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China, China Uber Alles

Thursday, April 10th, 2008
China, China Uber Alles

Is it ever a good idea to award the Olympics to a totalitarian state? Was it right to give a powerful propaganda tool to Berlin in 1936? Or Moscow in 1980? Or Beijing in 2008? »

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Notizie del giorno: Vatican announces new bishop for Little Rock

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

No puffs of white smoke. No doves from heaven. But there is a press release on the Vatican web site — in Italian. »

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