Saturday, November 5, 2011

Night to Honor Israel

John Hagee Ministries just gave out $6 million to Israeli charities at Hagee's Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio, Texas during the group's Night to Honor Israel. Here's how it broke down:

Nefesh B'Nefesh - $900,000
(encourages immigration to Israel from English-speaking countries)

Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon - $250,000

Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem - $250,000

Western Galilee Hospital - $250,000

Megachurch Founder Investigated

The founder of the world's largest Christian church is coming under scrutiny for his business dealings. Prosecutors are investigating prosperity teacher David Yonggi Cho of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul. More than two dozen church elders complain that he has embezzled the equivalent of $20 million, and one reports say the funds were used to buy property in the US. Meanwhile, his wife is accused of selling a building for her own profit.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Irony of Request Seemingly Lost of Schuller Family

Members of the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California are upset over an email sent to the congregation asking that food be brought to the founder's wife, Arvella Schuller, who is sick. But rather than having people come to their home, the Schullers asked in the email that donations be dropped off at the cathedral's Tower of Hope - where the Schullers' limo drivers could then pick it up. The request even specified what type of food was acceptable.  After leading the church into bankruptcy, court documents now indicate the family took nearly $10 million out of the church's endowment funds.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tebowing Mocked

Tim Tebow says he's not bothered by what some commentators say is a mocking of his Christian faith. Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch struck a prayerful pose that's become known as "Tebowing" after sacking the Denver Broncos quarterback last week. The entire Lions team joined in the gesture during their 45-10 victory over the Broncos on Sunday. Comedian Denis Leary tweeted that "Jesus must be thinking even Judas had a better release than this guy" after the stunning loss. But one ESPN commentator says she was offended by it here. And a leader in the Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Athletes said it was "in bad taste and inappropriate, at best."

In God We Trust reaffirmed

The House of Representatives reaffirmed the nation's national motto should be In God We Trust yesterday by a vote of 396 to 9. The decision to make it the national motto was originally passed in 1956 and reaffirmed in 2002 - followed by a vote to reaffirm the concept in the motto by the Senate in 2006. It comes from a verse in Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner. It appeared on coins during the Civil War and was later added to US coins and bills. The courts have rejected claims it is a violation of the separation of church and state. President Obama criticized congress for spending time on the measure instead of his jobs bill. See his comments in the video below.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bible Apps Take Off

The Bible is beating Angry Birds as an app. Publishers Weekly says Bible Apps are more frequently downloaded than the popular game. For instance,’s YouVersion, a Bible app with more than 150 translations has been downloaded more than 30 million times. That means the app has been installed on one out of every 17 iPhones, iPads and Android devices sold. And iPhone Life magazine reports that “BibleReader broke into the top 10 highest grossing book apps for the iPad earlier this year.”

Monday, October 31, 2011

Christian Publisher Sold

HarperCollins is buying Thomas Nelson. The Nashville publisher produces many Christian books and cut its staff by 10% in 2008. HarperCollins acquired Zondervan in 1988. A recent survey found sales of religious books and Bibles is flat over the past two years.

Captioning Exemptions Revoked

Hundreds of churches are about to get letter from the FCC warning them to include closed captioning in their broadcasts or face fines. Five years ago, the FCC gave 300 of them "permanent exemptions" ago because they showed providing captions would impose a burden. The video producers will have 90 days to challenge the decision. Only five will be allowed to maintain their exemption.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

School employees must sign statement on sex

Georgia's Shorter University is asking its employees to sign a statement rejecting homosexuality. The Personal Lifestyle Statement also requires staff members to reject premarital sex and adultery. Those who don't sign may be fired. Students do not have to sign the policy.

Christian Relic Discovered

Read about a tiny Christian relic found in Jerusalem here.