Health & Spirit

As DNA testing takes off, some American Jews look for answers

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Growing up, Seth Merrell was told that he was a member of the Tribe of Levi, the tribe of Israel designated as priests.

He always wondered whether that was actually the case. Eventually, he got an answer.

A DNA test, one of two that Merrell has taken, showed that he was indeed part of the Levi genetic pool.

"As far as from a ...Read more

Southern Baptist leader who urged abused women to pray removed as seminary president

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Southwestern Baptist Theological president Paige Patterson has been pushed into the position of "president emeritus" following a month in a media firestorm after his comments on abused women surfaced.

After a 13-hour meeting on Tuesday that stretched into the early hours of the next morning, the seminary's trustees made a few announcements in ...Read more

Light Notes: Marine veteran wins private battle

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Dark thoughts pressed in upon him, crushing promise like the heel of a boot. For the Marine, it felt as if he didn't have a prayer.

"It was very ugly," James (who asked his real name not be used) said as he remembered the depression that had settled over him after his military service. "I battled suicidal thoughts every day. I thought, 'What's ...Read more

At a church security seminar: Guns, God and 'get those heads up' when you pray

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LOS ANGELES -- Just as the people in Mariners Church began to pull off their hats, bow their heads and close their eyes to pray, Jimmy Meeks snapped at them.

"Get those heads up!" said the pastor and retired Texas police officer.

Hadn't he just warned them that closing their eyes made them targets? Sheep in the presence of wolves. "What's ...Read more

Pope summons Chilean bishops over clergy sex abuse scandal

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Tuesday met with 34 Chilean bishops in the Vatican to discuss a clergy sex abuse scandal that has plagued their national Church.

On the first day of the three-day meeting, the pope "handed each bishop the text with the subjects for meditation," the Vatican said.

"We are feeling first of all pain and shame. Pain ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Combine love with faith, hope

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A single Nor'easter or Santa Ana wind can pack a wallop well-remembered. A so-called Perfect Storm merging two major systems creates a super-force to be reckoned with and then recalled in later years. Now we hear of a Polar Vortex, which catastrophically combines three already challenging weather elements to wreak great havoc on all in its path ...Read more

Beleaguered Southern Baptist leader offers apology after comments on abused women

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FORT WORTH, Texas--Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson offered an apology for his "failure to be as thoughtful and careful as I should have been" amid growing backlash over his comments urging women in abusive marriages to submit to their husbands rather than seek divorce and to keep marital troubles within the church.

"I wish to apologize ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Stay on God's path to find true peace, rest

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For many years, I've enjoyed running and hiking many of the pristine trails in the Cascades, Coast Range, and west slope of the Rockies. I know some of these trails intimately. I can tell you where buttercups, bachelor buttons, lupine, phlox, Indian paintbrush and delicate bluebells fill the trailside with splendid color.

I've learned through ...Read more

Southern Baptist women want seminary president Paige Patterson fired for remarks

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Female members of Southern Baptist churches are asking the board of trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention to remove Paige Patterson as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary over his comments and teachings about women.

Nearly 200 women, including at least a dozen from North Carolina, so far have signed a letter posted ...Read more

Light Notes: Mother, the dew always will be on your roses

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Looking back, it seems like only yesterday.

There I was, perched precariously on the edge of the church pew like a small bird ready for flight. My tiny feet didn't even reach the floor.

But I was secure. Mother sat beside me.

As I held her hand, my eyes followed hers to the strong voice that boomed from the podium. His words filled the room. ...Read more

Cardinal George Pell will stand trial, Australian judge rules

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Cardinal George Pell will have to stand trial on several charges of historical sexual offenses involving multiple complainants, an Australian judge has ruled.

Belinda Wallington, a supervising magistrate on sexual offenses at the Melbourne Magistrates Court, has found enough evidence in several charges against Pell for ...Read more

Light Notes: Mysterious incident brings answer to prayer

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It was as if she were mentally wringing her hands, the car steering wheel clasped firmly. How could a petite nurse handle a lanky hospice patient alone?

As her automobile sped across town, Lorna Runge did what came naturally.

"I'm praying, 'Lord, I need an extra pair of hands,'" said the now "60–something" registered nurse as she recalled ...Read more