Category Archives: Ecomony

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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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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Church group threatened with arrest for feeding homeless in Raleigh, NC

A little late to this story, but it certainly deserves all the publicity it can get. Seems a few overzealous folks in the Raleigh, N.C. police department decided that a church group were committing an offense against society with their … Continue reading

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Kylie Bisutti, a former Victoria’s Secret model, previews Christian clothing line

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the beautiful Kylie Bisutti, former Victoria’s Secret model who quit the business because (she said) it conflicted with her Christian beliefs. Now she has launched a Christian line of clothing she hopes will help … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Secret model Kylie Bisutti gives up career for Christ: admirable?

Is Kylie Bisutti to be admired? I am not entirely sure. For the record, I did not know who this person was until yesterday, when I read her interview about giving up a top modeling career to live a “Christian … Continue reading

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Prominent faith leaders condemn Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was back at it yesterday, releasing a fresh budget that calls for lower tax rates on the wealthy and deep cuts in the social safety net. The Ryan budget, which has no chance of being passed, … Continue reading

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Baltimore conference: Catholics cannot agree on position on U.S. economy

News Tuesday out of Baltimore, where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are holding their annual meeting. And it continued what has been a very poor November for the church. So far this month, the church saw Catholics vote for … Continue reading

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Philly churches sue over homeless ban

Philadelphia has always been home to some rather colorful government-citizen interaction. Still, this veteran religion reporter was a little perplexed by the squabble currently being aired before U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. It seems some church folk want … Continue reading

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Church giving on the rebound?

Church giving has suffered along with the economy since 2008. Many churches I visit report sharply reduced collections, which staff and program cuts, just like it does with any enterprise. A new report offers a little hope that the rebound … Continue reading

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Carlisle Methodist Church merger raises questions

Interesting religion news today from my town (that’s Carlisle): a major merger of three Methodist churches. I have written about mergers in this space recently. Most recently, Abundant Life Ministries and Maranatha Church of God in Christ are merging this … Continue reading

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