Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NBC Anchor Mixes Up Colleges

NBC Today show anchor Ann Curry slipped up during her commencement speech at Wheaton College in Massachusetts this past Saturday. She mentioned that Wes Craven and Billy Graham had graduated from the school. Except, Craven and Graham actually attended the Evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois rather than the secular school for women in New England. Curry offered an apology on the Wheaton website: "I am mortified by my mistake, and can only hope the purity of my motive, to find a way to connect with the graduates and to encourage them to a life of service, will allow you to forgive me." The mistake has been edited out of the video of her speech posted on the site. She was awarded an honorary doctorate.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Gaga's New Release

Singer Lady Gaga has told interviewers in London that her next album will be different because "I recently had this ... miracle-like experience, where I feel much more connected to God... Religion is very confusing for everyone, and particularly me, because there's really no religion that doesn't hate or condemn a certain kind of people, and I totally believe in all love and forgiveness, and excluding no one."

Church Money Woes

Budgets for Protestant churches are down about 7% on average from the year before. A Barna survey this year showed one in 11 churches lost 20% or more in annual income, with 2% reporting drops of 35%.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jews for Jesus Founder Dies

Moishe Rosen has died at the age of 78. He founded Jews for Jesus, the world's largest Messianic Jewish organization, in 1973. Rosen was born into an Orthodox Jewish family but converted to Christianity, prompting his parents to stop speaking to him. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1957. A statement from him is posted on the group's website.