Category Archives: Pop Culture

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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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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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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Hobby Lobby case: how will the Supreme Court rule on contraception?

Hobby Lobby execs got the news last week that their case opposing a federal mandate to provide contraception to employees will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case interests me because I am taking a class on intergovernmental … Continue reading

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St. Patrick selling tickets for an all-expenses paid trip to see Penn State in Dublin

When Terry Mahoney was looking for an idea to raise funds for St. Patrick Catholic Church in York, she leaned on her 32 years as a development director. She came up with a unique trip of a lifetime. The church … Continue reading

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Rise of atheist megachurches a cultural phenomenon

Want a church feel of community without the religion tie-in? Turns out, you are not alone. What began as a lark by two British comedians — atheist church — has caught fire and is spreading across the globe. Nearly three … 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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