Former New York Times religion reporter Ari Goldman has joined Get Religion as a blogger on religion and the media. This is a major coup for Get Religion and for my friend Terry Mattingly. Goldman is a highly respected author, journalist and educator and he’ll bring great insight to the website.
Month – March 2009
Stand Firm in Faith has posted some of the teachings of Episco-Buddhist Bishop-Elect Kevin Genpo Thew Forrester. [Genpo is the name Forrester began using after his lay ordination into Buddhism. Genpo, he says, means "way of universal wisdom" although it also allegedly means "mysterious dharma."] Forrester’s teachings are universalist, New Age and at odds with […]
Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention has fallen the last two years, but nobody but Rick Warren is bucking the trend. His Saddleback (mega)Church reportedly just added 2,400 people to its membership rolls.
By Frank Lockwood (c) 2009 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Legislation allowing underage Jews to drink beer during religious ceremonies has sparked widespread support in the Arkansas Legislature and puzzlement, even laughter, in the Jewish community. “I can’t think of any religion, off the top of my head, that uses beer sacramentally,” said a chuckling David Gilner, director […]
USA TODAY has a story that states the obvious. States where organized religion is weak are far more likely to back gay marriage than states where organized religion is strong. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good story and it’s written by a great religion reporter, and it uses new data, but it contains absolutely […]
Organizers had expected 15,000 to 20,000 to attend the Dallas event. Instead, roughly 1,500 book buyers showed up, Publisher’s Weekly reports. This was supposed to be the first annual Christian Book Expo. It may end up being the last annual Christian Book Expo, too….
Quite a story from the Washington Post about the treatment of some U.S. Muslims who travel outside the U.S. during the “War on Terror.”
This story brings back memories. A Nevada high school student had her microphone cut off during her valedictory speech because she veered off the school-sanctioned text and mentioned her faith. Back in 1985, I was elected to give a graduation speech. But school officials vetted every word, scrubbing away anything they found objectionable. Five years […]
I attended the Bill Gaither Homecoming concert in Little Rock Friday, enjoying 4 hours and 15 minutes of stellar Southern gospel music. But nobody sang better than Janet Paschal… By Frank Lockwood Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fans won’t have to shop on eBay to find Janet Paschal’s old-time hits anymore. The Southern gospel great’s latest album, Treasure, […]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will become the nation’s third largest religious body in about a decade, if current trends continue. According to the 2009 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, there were 7,931,733 United Methodists in the U.S. in 2007 and 5,873,408 Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons.) The LDS church […]