Eric Ripert, the chef at the renowned four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, is a Buddhist who expects those who work in his kitchens to be silent as much as possible and to be mindful -- no cuts or burns on their arms. Not only are the workers happier, but the food tastes better, he says. read more
By Karen Johnson. It is Palm Sunday in the heart of Chicago’s Austin community, a west-side inner-city neighborhood. Children welcome the congregation into the gym, one dressed as Jesus riding on a donkey (for all you Color of Christ fans, Jesus, in this case, is black). Show More Summary
Muslims. Dance-off. I didn't think I'd live to see those two things juxtaposed. But what's happening on both sides of the Atlantic seems to be just that. After release of the notorious 'Somewhere in America' by a group of hipsters (called Mipsters featuring all women), the Brits have come out with their own rendition...
ROME — Who would have thought there could be room for God in a Cyndi Lauper song, much less her 1983 hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” But 25-year-old Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia found it when she pointed and looked up to heaven as she sang: “Oh daddy dear, you know you’re still number […]
By Emily Antenucci OSWIECIM, Poland — Imagine you are standing, eyes closed, in a field stretching for miles. It’s green with grass and trees, colorful with flowers, the air filled with the songs of birds chirping their favorite tune. Now you open your eyes and you see: debris, which is burnt black and stacked tall […]
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has yet to reveal what retired Pope Benedict has planned for his 87th birthday today. It will definitely be low key and most probably include a friendly phone call from Pope Francis, who is always picking up the phone on people’s birthdays. While Pope Benedict usually liked to keep celebrations […]
I’m writing this assuming everyone survived the prophetic implications of the blood moon, but maybe the April 15 income tax deadline is a form of judgment. With the movie version set to release, a now 14-year-old Colton Burpo affirms the story on which Heaven is for Real is based. Jamie Wright notes correctly that the […]
Paul HarveySince a few of our folks are taking a well-deserved break from blogging this month during a particularly busy time of the semester, I've collected a few disparate items of interest for you here just to keep your blog reading...Show More Summary
The satan of the Old Testament was merely a not-especially-powerful angel in God's employ, tasked with correcting and disciplining sinners. A millennium or two later, that supernatural being had morphed into humankind's most-feared enemy -- so evil, cunning, and potent that he could outwit the Creator Himself. Show More Summary
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A Jewish Renewal perspective on the tetrad of lunar eclipses, by rabbinic student David Markus and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. We in North America are about to experience four total lunar eclipses in a row which, incredibly, will coincide with Pesach...
By Michael Hammond Lyndon Johnson delighted in using power to accomplish his goals. He was famous for his ability to leverage any advantages he held over his opponents, whether that was a majority vote in Congress, or his 6 foot 4 inch frame. Show More Summary
The team at Right Wing Watch has a game going on where they just watch every speech given by Christian pseudohistorian David Barton just to see what new lies he'll tell next. The most recent one is so far-fetched, it's amazing that even...Show More Summary
Our friends at Flagrant Regard sent us this picture from a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Christian musician and songwriter Larry Norman: The caption on Facebook read: I was able to visit Larry’s grave last week. I was feeling very sad until I went into the office to ask where Larry’s grave was. […]
Jared Malsin on the religious and political stakes of upheaval at Egypt's Al-Azhar University.
Cool story, bro. Family values Congressman is caught on security-camera footage French-kissing a staffer. She's out of a job as soon as the affair comes to light... while he makes the usual feeble apologetic noises about having failed his wife and his five kids and his constituents... Show More Summary
So, if I go to see one of the many faith-focused movies currently running, can I skip church that weekend? While you ponder that, here’s this week’s link-o-rama: A pastor reflects on being the one succeeding David Platt, even though Platt was never there. The downside of video preaching. The most interesting thing about Thom […]
As we wait for the Supreme Court to rule in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the case involving public prayers at government functions, let's recall what Judge Guido Calabresi (below) wrote for the United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in May of 2012. Show More Summary
We post a lot of stories on this site featuring religious leaders who get caught doing immoral, illegal things -- and we often get pushback for that. We're told they're one-offs. Just anecdotes of bad eggs that prove nothing. I disagree completely. Show More Summary
Released on April 1st, this story would have made more sense. Thanks to the blog Pajama Pages for alerting us to a story that through a series of subsidiary spinoffs, Benny Hinn is offering Liberty University Biblical studies certificates; hence the picture at left. Yikes. If you want to read Liberty’s distancing themselves from this […]