Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pastor's Daughter Shot in Head Dies

A pastor's daughter died today in Florida after being shot at church last Sunday. The shooting at Grace Connection Church happened after services. 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was shot in the back of the head at her St. Petersburg when Moises Zambrana was showing her boyfriend was looking at a gun that he might buy in another room when it went off, sending a bullet through the wall.

Shunning at a Megachurch

Slate takes a look at a brewing controversy in Seattle over the internal disciplinary procedures at Mark Driscoll's megachurch here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Warren: Jail is Preferrable

Rick Warren says jail is preferable to supporting the Obama administration's policy that forces institutions affiliated with religious groups to provide coverage for birth control, abortion and sterilization. Warren Tweeted: "I'm not a Catholic but I stand in 100% solidarity with my brothers & sisters to practice their belief against govt pressure." He suggested that he's ready to go to jail and asked his Twitter followers to be ready to do the same.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NIV stays at LifeWay

LifeWay Bookstores will keep selling the new NIV Bible despite the fact that the Southern Baptist Convention - which owns the chain - voted to ask that 2011 edition with its gender-neutral language be removed from store shelves. Lifeway trustees, meeting in Nashville yesterday, decided the concerns of the convention over translation issues are not great enough to stop selling it, although the board also made it clear it is not endorsing the new translation. The older version of the NIV is the most popular Bible among Baptists and has been the best-selling version in the U.S. for years.

Megachurch Dedication

A new Dallas megachurch has the stamp of approval on it from Joel Osteen. The Elevate Life Church just opened its new, eight-story building and the Houston pastor spoke at the dedication. The "Cathedral of Frisco"is a nondenominational assembly, led by pastors Keith and Sheila Craft, with about 7000 in attendance each week.

Conversion to Islam

The son of movie director Oliver Stone is converting to Islam. Sean Stone is filming a documentary in Iran where he underwent a ceremony in the city of Isfahan. The younger Stone has taken the Muslim first name Ali. In recent interviews, he has defended Iran's president, saying the country has a right to pursue nuclear weapons to defend itself against threats from Israel.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Dominican University is holding a "speed-faithing" event today. Instead of trying to connect people for potential romance, as in speed-dating, the Chicago-area catholic school will give students the opportunity to talk about the important questions in life. Participants will sit down with strangers for a five-minute conversations about their religious beliefs. The university successfully held one this fall that was open to everyone on campus. This time, only students will be allowed to take part. The Interfaith Youth Core, an ecumenical organization working on college campuses is cosponsoring the event.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Shooting at Florida Church

A pastor's daughter was shot in the back of the head at her St. Petersburg church yesterday. 20-year-old Hannah Kelley is in critical condition after a bullet hit her in the head after going through a wall at Grace Connection Church after services. Her boyfriend was looking at a gun that he might buy in another room when it went off.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Focus On The Family's President

NPR interviews the president of Focus on the Family here.