SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- In the living room of a sprawling house on the edge of Sioux Falls, Mendel Alperowitz is winding a leather strap around the arm and fingers of Stuart Jacobs.
A box attached to the strap rests in Jacobs' elbow; inside is a scroll inscribed with seminal Jewish prayers that proclaim one God and profess man's duty to love that ...Read more
Memo to the Christian conspiracy theorist, er numerologist, who insists that a series of apocalyptic events will begin on Sept. 23 and that the world is about to end. Mr. David Meade, have you logged on to a news site lately? Sept. 23? Please. Mother Nature has already spoken these last few weeks:
Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Irma. Hurricane ...Read more
Actor Steve McQueen, who personified cool during his nearly two decades as a Hollywood superstar, retreated from the glamor and excesses of the movie scene late in his short life and embraced Christianity.
When he died at age 50, McQueen was clutching a Bible -- one given to him by Billy Graham.
In fact, it was Graham's personal Bible, the one...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Rev. Rob Lee IV, a relative of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, said on ABC's "The View" Monday that white Christians need to find "a different way of doing church" that is more aligned with the teachings of Jesus.
It's the latest high-profile appearance for the 24-year-old Duke Divinity School graduate who has spoken with ...Read more
White Christians, long the dominant religious group in the U.S., now account for less than half of all adults living in America, a recently released survey shows.
More than 80 percent of the nation's residents identified as white and Christian 40 years ago, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. In contrast, the institute's 2016 ...Read more
QOM, Iran -- Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this city was pious and sedate.
The late Iranian American poet Nader Naderpour once listed as its main features "women with scarves over their heads, men clad in clerical robes, a single golden dome, old storks in the sky, one spiritless garden, a handful of lonely trees."
Qom became the bedrock...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee who made headlines for denouncing racism on last month's MTV Video Music Awards has announced he is leaving his post at a Winston-Salem after some in the congregation expressed discomfort over some of the statements he has been making.
Among those concerns is that the Rev. Robert...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An international investigation has picked up speed into whether a controversial Rutherford County church operated a human trafficking pipeline with its South American congregations, U.S. Attorney Jill Rose says.
Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale has been the target of government probes in the past over whether it has ...Read more
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
It's never a good sign when the pilot walks into the galley to talk to the flight crew, and then begins bouncing his forehead against a cabinet. The man looked troubled.
Looking out the window from seat 10A on Delta Flight 233 from Amsterdam to Seattle, I saw a vast frozen world stretching to the horizon, almost blinding in the sunlight. Our ...Read more
Behind her, she could sense fear, feel the heat of the canine edging closer. Then in a heartbeat came a touch as gentle as an angel's kiss. In that sweet moment, their unpredictable journey had begun.
"I'm not a dog person, scared to death of them other than my own," Kim Jasper said of the stray. "When I was a little girl, I was bitten."
But ...Read more
Driving on Interstate 84 near the town of Grandview, Wash., you can see acres and acres of tall poles strung with lines. These are fields of hops, used in the production of beer.
In early spring, there appear mats of green on the ground. In mid-spring, farmworkers train the young hop vines to grow upward along the guidelines. In just a few ...Read more
He was a rough-and-tumble bronc rider -- a tall, lanky guy who followed the rodeo. With a swagger to complement his Wranglers and spurs, there wasn't a man around who enjoyed the thrill more.
"I was a cowboy," Micah Smith said as he reminisced about his rowdy youth in West Richland and south of Kennewick, Wash. "That's a domestic way of saying ...Read more
BEIRUT -- Reem Kaedbey was never very religious. She's not even sure there is a God.
But when it came to marriage, she never had any doubt she would choose within her family's sect, a tiny offshoot of Shiite Islam known as the Druze faith.
"It's a requirement for my parents," said 28-year-old Kaedbey, who lives near Beirut and works for the ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- The Methodists had the uncanny ability to pitch their summer revival camp tents on what would someday become prized real estate. Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Ocean City, N.J., and the Chautauqua Institution in western New York are just a few locations the Methodists chose.
The Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association, a ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Christian football coach suspended for kneeling and praying on the 50-yard line after high school games lost a bid Wednesday to be reinstated and allowed to worship in front of students.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Bremerton, Wash., High School football coach Joseph A. Kennedy was ...Read more
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