Saturday, July 21, 2012

Celebrity priests

The Economist takes a look at a "new bred of clergyman" in Africa here.

Walking in Jesus' Steps

The Jesus Trail now has competition. In 2010, two hikers conceived the 40 mile trail that retracing the steps of Jesus in Israel. But the country’s Ministry of Tourism has opened a rival trail. The Gospel Trail is a few miles shorter than the Jesus Trail which also journeys through more Arab villages. For more information click here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Concert Threatened by Suit

An atheist in Utah is trying to stop a performance by Christian singer Michael W. Smith. Here's a video report from KSTU-TV about the lawsuit.

Linsanity Comes to Texas

Jeremy Lin is now a Houston Rocket. The outspoken NBA player who made a splash last season in New York with his clutch play, plans to wear the number 7 because he says it represents God to him. At his introduction press conference, Lin said, "I want to make sure I play hard and I play for God. Everything else I can be OK with. I just want to make sure as a person and as a player I'm consistent in what I believe in. The biggest thing for me is waking up every day trying to glorify God. The only thing I can really promise is I'm going to give my best effort. I'm going to do my best to be a great playmaker, a great decision-maker. I'm gonna try my best to be a humble leader and serve my teammates."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kathie Lee Gifford on Broadway

Kathie Lee Gifford has a musical she has written headed To Broadway. It's about early 1900s evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Here's more on her announcement.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wheaton Challenges Obama Care

Wheaton College is joining America's Catholic bishops in their legal fight against Obama Care. The Evangelical group objects to the Affordable Care Act's requirement to provide contraception. Their lawsuit, filed in DC says it "forces both institutions to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay severe fines. There is an exception for churches and religious schools but not faith-based organizations.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Scientology may face new troubles

USA Today takes a look at Scientology after the Tom Cruise divorce here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Jailed for Bible Study

An Arizona pastor is in jail for holding a Bible study. The City of Phoenix raided the home of Michael Salmon because he was in violation of a city law related to occupancy. His home Bible study only brought together about 20 people. He's held the studies on his more than four acres of property for some seven years. While Salmon applied for the required permits related to fires, the city says he must commercially incorporate in order to receive a grant. He's now serving a 60 day jail sentence for his crime.