Monthly Archives: December 2008

Pennsylvanian named Methodist of the Year

Katherine Commale, a 7-year-old from Downingtown, Chester County, has been named “United Methodist of the Year” for 2008, according to the United Methodist Reporter. She raised a whopping $85,000 for Nothing but Nets, a project to combat poverty-related diseases. The … Continue reading

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The Bible as a glossy magazine

Judging by the cover, it looks like the Goth Bible. A Swedish advertising executive has published “Bible Illuminated: The Book,” which is the New Testament packaged like a glossy magazine — chock full of professional photographs that are anything but … Continue reading

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Club-hopping priest removed from church

A 43-year-old Episcopal priest who allegedly loves the night-club life in Chelsea, NYC, has been removed as vicar from the St. James Episcopal Church in Dundaff, Susquehanna County, and cannot exercise priestly ministry, according to the New York Daily News … Continue reading

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Historically incorrect Christmas songs

I missed this last week while on vacation, but it’s still worth a post. Ted Olsen at Christianity Today has a list of Christmas songs that are “just plain wrong.” First on the list, “I Saw Three Ships”: Bethlehem is … Continue reading

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Churches defaulting on loans

The Wall Street Journal reports that a surprising number of churches are defaulting on loans and heading for bankruptcy: During this holiday season of hard times, not even houses of God have been spared. Some lenders believe more churches than … Continue reading

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More suicides around holidays? It’s a myth.

Statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics show that December has the lowest suicide rate of any month of the year, reports Religion News Service. The holidays are “just not a time for suicide — that’s the bottom line,” … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Tope

A tope is a usually dome-shaped monument built by Buddhists. It’s also known as a stupa. (At right is the Jetavanaramaya stupa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.) Read a history of stupas, learn how to build one or visit the Dhamek … Continue reading

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What the election means for the segregated church

Christianity Today has an interesting Q&A: “What Obama’s Election Means for the Segregated Church” or “Why black and white evangelicals can’t believe the other voted as they did.” The interview is with Michael O. Emerson, founding director of the Center … Continue reading

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Lutheran bishop readies for Middle East trip

The Rev. B. Penrose Hoover, bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, will travel next month to Israel, Jordan and Palestine with 58 other bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and five Canadian bishops. Hoover and the others will … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Motet

motet noun (music) A polyphonic composition based on a sacred text and usually sung without accompaniment. – The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (fourth edition)

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