29th Annual New Year’s Renaissance Weekend Held in Charleston, SC

Renaissance Weekend, the non-partisan retreat founded in 1981 to build bridges among innovative leaders from diverse fields, brought 1,000 participants to Charleston, South Carolina, for 500 lectures, seminars, discussions, and performances concluding with their singing of “Auld Lang Syne” and “God Bless America” at the stroke of the New Year. The tradition was founded and... Continue Reading

Church important in life of fellowship service to the poor

An interview with The Rev. Robert White, interfaith chaplain of Bethesda House in Schenectady since 2006 when he retired as senior minister at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. What are some tenets of the Reformed Church movement? It’s the religion of the original Dutch settlers, identical in theology and worship to the Presbyterian Church.... Continue Reading

Natalie Grant, Bart Millard to Host 2010 Dove Awards

Award-winning Christian music artists Natalie Grant and Bart Millard are set to host the 2010 GMA Dove Awards, where the Christian music industry’s highest honor will be bestowed for the 41st year. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) officially announced its initial hosts, appearances and plans for the annual awards show Wednesday – one month after... Continue Reading

Billy Graham, Pope and Politicians Among America’s Most Admired

In the USA Today/Gallup Poll, Graham was ranked sixth in the list of men living today that Americans most admire – a result that comes as no surprise given that he has been on the top-ten list every year since 1955. Pope Benedict XVI, meanwhile, was virtually tied with Graham with two percent of the... Continue Reading

Tim Tinsley Called as new Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Chattanooga.

Rev. Tim Tinsley, former associate minister of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, has been called as the 13th pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tenn. He was elected by the congregation at a meeting December 20, Judge Mickey Barker, chairman of the nine-member search committee, said. Judge Barker stated, “We’re excited about Rev.... Continue Reading

Opinion: Pro-lifer’s lawsuit raises alarming questions

Bryan Brown is a conservative, activist and unapologetic Christian. Of that there is no doubt. But does that mean he is also mentally ill? Too ill even to be a lawyer? The bureaucracy that controls access to Indiana’s legal profession believes that very thing. Brown alleges that he was subjected to a series of hostile... Continue Reading

Scotland star Euan Murray explains why he won’t play rugby for Scotland on Sundays

SCOTS rugby international Euan Murray has spoken for the first time about why his faith led him to quit playing on Sundays. The 29-year-old has told how he even snubs coffee or dinner invitations on the Sabbath as he does not want to “encourage other people to work”. Euan said: “It’s basically all or nothing,... Continue Reading

How Religious Is Your State?

Pew Research Center Says: Mississippi First, Vermont/New Hampshire Last According to the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, there are many ways to define “religious.” But to give a sense of how the states stack up, they used polling data to rank them on four measures: the importance of religion in people’s... Continue Reading

Dulles chaplain walks miles helping travelers, airport workers on Christmas Eve

On the day before Christmas, Ralph Benson walked 5.2 miles, gave directions to countless lost souls, prayed spontaneously with a few dozen others and helped some guy find his connecting flight to Tokyo. In other words, a pretty typical workday, if you happen to work as the senior chaplain at Dulles International Airport on one... Continue Reading

Iran regime on alert following death of dissident cleric Montazeri

Thousands of mourners gathered in the Iranian city of Qom following the death of leading reformist cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, offering protesters a fresh rallying point for confrontation with the government. Montazeri, who died early Sunday, Dec 20, aged 87, was buried at the Ma’asoumeh shrine, one of the holiest in Shia Islam,... Continue Reading