Author Archives: John Hilton

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.

California pastor Ryan Bell tries atheism for a year: a publicity stunt?

This story has been floating around for awhile now: California pastor Ryan Bell has vowed to live 2014 as an atheist. That means for the next 12 months, Bell, 42, plans to refrain from praying, reading the Bible and thinking … Continue reading

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Omaha! Montana pastor calls audible; bolts Sunday service for NFL playoffs

If Rev. Tim Christensen wanted to create a viral sensation from the pulpit with his Sunday sermon, he succeeded. Head pastor at Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Mont., Christensen is also a huge San Francisco 49ers fan. And the … Continue reading

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Catholic diocese buys $500,000 mansion for NJ bishop; bad move in Francis era?

When I read the news late last week that the Camden, N.J. Diocese is buying a $500,000 mansion for Bishop Dennis Sullivan, my first thought was ‘That’s not a wise move.’ With a few days to read more on the … Continue reading

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Winterstown UMC to host ecumenical fundraiser to pay for Corey Haley headstone

It isn’t every day that Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans and other nondenominational Christians come together for Sunday fellowship. But the Rev. Keith Coco felt it was time. The praise and worship pastor at Winterstown United Methodist Church in North Hopewell Township … Continue reading

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Boy Scouts Christian alternative launches with 500 troops

My top ten faith stories of 2013 came out today and No. 6 concerns the Boy Scouts: 6. The Boy Scouts of America allows gay Scouts In May, the Boy Scouts of America announced that the 1,400 voting members of … Continue reading

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Pew Research Center: Americans believe strongly in evolution

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that six-in-ten Americans believe humans evolved over time. Meanwhile, a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? We report; you decide

OK, let’s get into it. A couple news items of note have crossed my laptop over the past 18 hours, both related to whether it should be “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Holidays.” Which do you prefer? Now to the news. … Continue reading

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More than 60 clergy weigh in on Washington Redskins name controversy

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to catch up on and it involved the clergy and the world of sports. More than 60 clergy members have signed a letter to the NFL and Washington team owner Dan Snyder calling for D.C.’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve services around York County

As I did last year, I plan to list Christmas Eve services in this space. Christmas is coming up fast and I know most churches in York County are having services that Tuesday night. My plan is to list them … Continue reading

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Does Hobby Lobby have a point in its contraception showdown with Obama?

Last week, I caught up on the Hobby Lobby case, which is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. To recap, at issue is whether evangelical-owned Hobby Lobby has to pay for health insurance that includes coverage for contraception, as the … Continue reading

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