Monthly Archives: August 2012

Red Lion church offers ‘much-needed’ sabbatical to longtime pastor

I received a nice response to my post last week on pastor sabbaticals from Shelly Dehoff at Arlington Evangelical Congregational Church in the Red Lion area. As I noted in the post, the trend of pastor sabbaticals is seemingly on … Continue reading

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Study: Megachurch services offer a “high”

Karl Marx once called religion “the opiate of the masses.” But I don’t think he meant this. A new study by a University of Washington research team concludes that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes … Continue reading

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Akin is not alone in crazy rape beliefs

The controversy over Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks on rape and abortion, and subsequent media spotlight, have again pushed abortion back into the spotlight just two months and change before the presidential election. And where you have abortion, you have religion. … Continue reading

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Pastor sabbaticals key to recharging

I talked last week with the Rev. Bayse “Bud” Reedy of Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in Manchester Township. We talked by phone and Reedy and his family were driving to North Carolina. The trip is part of a month-long … Continue reading

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Economist: Clergy have weak retirement planning

Just read an interesting story I’d love to localize. It’s from The Economist and delves a great detail into church finances, a heretofore difficult topic on which to get information. What’s changed? To begin with, the significant number of Catholic … Continue reading

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Police: Upper Darby woman planned communion theft

I am probably no different than most of you in that I am getting more cynical the older I get. I am wary of strangers; I fully expect that every email offer I get is a scam; And I automatically … Continue reading

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Mayor Bracey turns to faith community

Started my morning at York Mayor Kim Bracey’s third-annual FaithNet summit. All I can say about the Rev. Aaron Anderson as keynote speaker is — what a great choice! Anderson, who authored this Chick-fil-A column in Sunday’s edition of the … Continue reading

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So a Mormon and a Catholic walk into a debate…

The announcement broke late Friday night that presumptive Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney had tabbed Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to be his sidekick. The talking heads spent the rest of the weekend discussing the possible ramifications, the negative and … Continue reading

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What will it take to get people back to church?

What will it take to get worshipers back to church? It might require some creative pastoring, like maybe a “pastor rap” video. Social media could help — who isn’t on Facebook and/or Twitter? How about good old-fashioned grass-roots door visits … Continue reading

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Atheists holding first Harrisburg conference

“The sailor does not pray for wind, he learns to sail” — Swedish painter Gustav Lundberg. Seems time to give a shout-out to the atheists in this space. Especially after this story about the Lancaster restaurant discount flap generated such … Continue reading

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