Category Archives: Celebrities

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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‘Tips for Jesus’ hits South Bend pub after a recent Notre Dame game

A modern-day Robin Hood of sorts (minus the stealing part) has emerged at pubs and restaurants in several states, leaving monster tips under the name, “Tips for Jesus.” The Instagram account shows pictures of several surprised servers who received $500 … Continue reading

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Pew: Pope Francis’ popularity not boosting U.S. Catholic numbers

After just eight months on the job, Pope Francis has had a remarkable impact on Catholic theology. While few concrete changes have emerged, Francis’ frank compassion and absolute humility have started a deep discussion on various issues long held by … Continue reading

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Obamacare, Medicaid and the social problem pastors won’t address

Amid all the political back and forth on the Affordable Care Act and whether it’s the savior of society, or a sign of the apocalypse, I came across a blog item taking pastors to task for not standing up for … Continue reading

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Lifeway poll reveals top 10 most influential pastors in America today

When I was growing up in the 1980s, the American faith landscape was dominated by televangelists like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and Jimmy Swaggart. As the decade wound down, scandals would touch Swaggart, Jim Bakker and others. But the preachers … Continue reading

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Is Stephen Colbert the face of U.S. Catholicism?

I admit I am a big fan of Stephen Colbert, or, rather, of the pompous, self-important character he portrays almost exclusively — a character said to be based on Fox News heavyweight Bill O’Reilly. One of my favorite quotes come … Continue reading

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Sen. Ted Cruz wins key vote at Values Voter Summit

The government shutdown may be ending with Republican polling data in a nosedive, but ringleader Sen. Ted Cruz picked up a key endorsement from the effort. Cruz won by double digits a straw poll conducted by the conservative Family Research … Continue reading

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NY Giants’ Prince Amukamura: Christianity is more important than sex/drugs

New York Giants third-year cornerback Prince Amukamura has had a rough transition to the NFL. I was never totally sure why, but he didn’t seem to click with his teammates. He’s had some difficulty staying healthy, which is sometimes an … Continue reading

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War in Syria a sign that Jesus is returning?

Congress is meeting today to hear President Obama’s case for a strike against Syria. Obama said today he wants the U.S. to send a clear message to Syrian President Bashar Assad that hampers his ability to use chemical weapons. Obama … Continue reading

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How Fox News helped Reza Aslan’s book on Christianity hit No. 1

This story has been circulating since the weekend, and hit my radar once Reza Aslan’s book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” hit No. 1 on Amazon. The book was doing well before Aslan’s much-talked about appearance … Continue reading

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