Saturday, November 19, 2011

Megachurch Sold

It's official: The Crystal Cathedral has been sold to the Catholic church. The megachurch, founded by television evangelist Robert H. Schuller, is in bankruptcy and will use the $57.5 million from the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Orange to cover debt. A bankruptcy judge approved the deal this week. Members of the Crystal Cathedral will have to find a new place to worship.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Glenn Beck Steps into Bible Controversy

Glenn Beck is giving a Colorado Springs women's shelter $55,000 because the facility lost a federal grant. The executive director of Gospel Shelters for Women, Marilyn Vyzourek, refused to discontinue mandatory Bible studies for the women. The former Fox News host says he's giving to make up for the financial loss. Gospel Shelters operates Liza's Place and a companion program called Hope's Home, which helps drug and alcohol addicts just out of prison.

Monday, November 14, 2011

School Flyer Fight

The Supreme Court turned aside an appeal by a Christian group to give out flyers at schools in Missouri. The Victory Through Jesus Sports Ministry Foundation hosts summer camps and was excluded from distribution at Lee's Summit R-7 School District. A district court panel found that the school system did not take religious orientation into account when deciding to limit distribution of Victory's flyers.

Refugee Camp Bombed

Samaritan's Purse is accusing the government of Sudan of bombing one of its refugee camps in South Sudan, few miles from the border with Sudan. The Christian relief organization has dropped 420 tons of food to the refugees. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan just a few months ago. Samaritan's Purse says the bombs did not injure anyone or damage an buildings but one landed a few feet from a boy yet did not explode. The White House has urged the government to stop the bombings, though Sudan claims it had nothing to do with the attack.

Church Hands out Money to Members

The First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas is asking its congregation to invest $30,000 and use the proceeds to support evangelism. Members were given 5, 10 or 20 dollar bills during yesterday's services. The Dallas-area megachurch did the same thing a year ago and members came back with $150,000.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stephen Colbert: Does God Have a Sense of humor?

Stephen Colbert interviews Catholic priest James Martin, author of Between Heaven and Mirth, on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.