Pres. Bush honored
December 01, 2008
Pres. Bush is set to receive the first International Medal of Peace today from the Global Peace Coalition in recognition of his contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
The award presentation will be at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., marking... Read More
Billy Graham birthday video
November 26, 2008
It’s been a few weeks since evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 90th birthday.
As a way to honor the renowned preacher, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association requested the people who have been impacted by Graham and his ministry send in letters and e-mails sharing their testimonies of faith.
The... Read More
This vampire (movie) has morals
November 25, 2008
The vampire movie “Twilight” is drawing large crowds to theaters these days.
Is there anything to nibble on beyond the teen fantasy premise of girl-loves-vampire-dude? Something more meaty, like say a moral point to all the teeth-gnashing (or not)?
The film, based on a fiction... Read More
Oklahoma's "Most Inspiring Person" nominee
November 24, 2008
Master Sgt. William “Spanky” Gibson, originally from Pryor, is one of 10 nominees for Beliefnet.com’s ”Most Inspiring Person of the Year” honor.
Gibson, now on fellowship in Washington, D.C. and, according to Beliefnet, the first full amputee to return as a soldier to a war zone, joins... Read More
A different kind of Bible
November 13, 2008
“Bible Illuminated: The Book” is a different kind of Bible.
For starters, it’s being promoted as a coffee table book or a high-end, design-forward glossy magazine.
It includes images of celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Bono and Princess Diana.
In a news release, Publisher Illuminated World, a... Read More
Faith at the polls
November 12, 2008
I read the other day about people who became addicted to the presidential election.
Now that it is over they are fighting withdrawal.
If there are any folks like that reading this blog, here is something for your election taste buds to savor: Beliefnet has released the results of its exit poll.
It... Read More
Atheists make requests of president-elect
November 10, 2008
The Secular Coalition for America and Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers unveiled a new proposal on religious accomodation at a pre-Veterans Day briefing today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The new policy recommendations regarding religious discrimination and accomodation in... Read More
Graham celebrates with family
November 08, 2008
Evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 90th birthday Friday with family and personal staff at a private barbeque near his mountain home outside Asheville, N.C., attended by all five of his children, most of his 19 grandchildren and many of his great grandchildren, a news release said.
“I’ve learned that... Read More
Happy Birthday Billy!
November 07, 2008
Evangelist Billy Graham celebrates his 90th birthday today.
He is to mark this milestone with a private family dinner near his mountainside home outside Asheville, N.C. His son, evangelist Franklin Graham, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and said the dinner was to include barbeque, a treat his father was... Read More
Palin a target because of her faith?
November 06, 2008
Some people are concerned that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is being unfairly scrutinized by the media now that the presidential election is over.
Janice Shaw Crouse, director and senior fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, said Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s... Read More
Anti-abortion project aimed at Obama
November 05, 2008
“The Birmingham Letter Project,” an anti-abortion initiative, is to be launched in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21-24, 2009 — the week of the inauguration for president-elect Barack Obama.
The project by the Christian Defense Coalition, was announced today in a Christian Newswire news release.... Read More
Faith leaders comment on Obama
November 05, 2008
Religious leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations are weighing in on the election of Sen. Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th president.
The National Council of Churches has responded today with a letter to the new president elect:
Dear Mr. President Elect,
Blessings on you,... Read More
More faith leaders speak out on Obama
November 05, 2008
I promised I’d post more statements and comments from faith leaders and faith-based groups regarding Barack Obama’s election to the U.S. presidency.
Here are a few more that have come across the wire or sent via e-mail:
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church congratulated Sen. Barack Obama... Read More
Quiz: Candidates' faith beliefs
November 04, 2008
It’s Election Day!
Folks who have already voted can go to Beliefnet.com and take the Web site’s exit poll.
Also, the Web site features an interesting quiz that allows you to test your knowledge of the presidential (and vice presidential) candidates’ faith beliefs and some of the news... Read More
Dalai Lama giving up
November 03, 2008
The Dalai Lama has said he will stop talking to Chinese leaders about allowing autonomy in Tibet.
The Religion News Service recently reported that the exiled Tibetan leader made the statement from his home in Dharamsala, India.
“As far as I’m concerned I have given up,” the Dalai Lama,... Read More
Faith and the election
October 31, 2008
If you aren’t overwhelmed by all the election commentary, campaigning, rumors and more rumors, here are some interesting insights from Steven Waldman, editor-in-chief of Beliefnet.com and author of the book “Founding Faith: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America.
Here are Waldman’s Top Ten Faith Factors... Read More
Faithful Five: Weekend Events
October 31, 2008
Here’s my “faithful five” — five events going on in the faith community this weekend, Nov. 1-2. If what you read below intrigues you, go check it out for yourself:
1. Hottest show in town. First Baptist Church of Edmond and First Baptist Church of Moore will each offer the “Fireproof Simulcast,” with... Read More
Prayers for Jennifer Hudson
October 30, 2008
Numerous prayers and message of encouragement for Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson are being posted on Guideposts.com.The reason: Hudson is the subject of Guidepost’s November cover story.
“The tragic news of the past weekend is particularly saddening to us at... Read More
Mormon calendar creator faces music
October 29, 2008
A Brigham Young University student has been excommunicated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and recently he learned that he won’t be getting the diploma he earned from the university.
The Religion News Service reports that Chad Hardy created a calendar featuring shirtless Mormon... Read More
U.S. a force for good ...
October 27, 2008
The majority of Americans believe the United States has a moral obligation to be engaged on the international stage.
So says a new survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Inc. for Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and the United Nations Foundation.
Results from the September 2008 survey... Read More