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Some Specialty Bibles Are Not-So-Good Books

One of the great miracles of religious retailing is the selling of the Bible. In a country saturated with Scriptures (one survey found 98 percent of Americans own a copy), …


Looking For Angels Accumulated Writings Give Wing To New, More Open Thinking About Heavenly Creatures

Singer Dolly Parton says angels “don’t ever think of themselves as angels. They just are.” Photo by Associated Press


Reports Of Hindu Miracle Draws Millions To Temples

Millions rushed to Hindu temples across India on Thursday after reports of a miracle - the statues of one of their gods were drinking milk. The faithful - bearing milk …


Going In Peace Pastor Who Helped First Presbyterian Church Grow Leaves Spokane For Houston Congregation

A way in the wilderness. After giving his last sermon at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Pastor David Peterson, center, listens to a final prayer from the congregation. Photo by …


Bishops Neutral On Anti-Gay Rights Initiatives After Opposing Measures Last Year, Archdiocese Declines To Take Stand On Initiatives 166 And 167

Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Murphy and two bishops are not taking sides on two anti-gay rights initiatives after opposing two comparable propositions last year. A four-page paper by the church’s …


Performers Very Happy To Be Here

During their music careers, Dave and Barb Anderson have been through trials a that make performing for hecklers seem like choir practice. Two years ago, the Andersons were aboard a …


Less Extreme Christian Coalition Risks Losing Loyalists At The Polls Oratory Has Been Toned Down And Some Moderates Supported

Coalition founder Pat Robertson File/Associated Press


Vatican Attacks U.N. Document Bella Abzug Defends Plan Meant To Promote Women’s Equality

The Vatican accused European nations on Saturday of opposing motherhood and the traditional family. European and American representatives shot back that the Roman Catholic church is trying to restrict women’s …


Lutheran Churches Finish Merger

As of Monday morning in Spokane, there will be no Calvary Lutheran Church and no Ascension Lutheran Church. But there will be Prince of Peace Lutheran. The two congregations have …


Priestly Gains Church Of England Parishes Report Growth A Year After Ordination Of Women

More than a year after the first women were ordained priests in the Church of England, the terminal split predicted by the traditionalists has yet to occur. There still are …


Catholics Least Willing To Donate, Studies Reveal Assemblies Of God Families Have Highest Level Of Giving

Despite rising incomes, Roman Catholics are far less willing to dig into their pockets to support their churches than members of other religious denominations, according to a recent report. Catholic …


Spare Us From Poor Forms Of Evangelism

My neighbor believes I’m headed for hell, and I find this disconcerting. It’s not that I’m newly concerned about my prospects for eternal doom; those remain about the same as …


Catholic Church Ratings Will Focus On Movies’ Morality

Forget Siskel and Ebert. The Roman Catholic church is giving its own thumbs up or thumbs down to the latest movies. The Catholic Communications Campaign next Wednesday will open a …


Episcopal Churches Plan To Consolidate, Then Search For Priest

While it’s not quite of the magnitude of the much-ballyhooed ABC-Disney merger, that colossal union at least had someone to sign the contracts. Two Valley churches exploring the possibility of …


Seeking Diversity Interfaith Alliance Gains Strength In Bid To Counter The Conservative Christian Coalition

As a child of the ‘50s, the Rev. Herbert Valentine said, he learned about intolerance watching the McCarthy hearings unfold on his living room television. With the emergence of the …


Bishop Hopes Lutherans Expand Outreach

Newly retired Lutheran Bishop Herbert Chilstrom listens to comments during a churchwide tribute to him last Sunday. Photo by Associated Press


‘Disney Gospel’ Entertainment Giant Takes A Magical Approach To Dealing With Challenges Of Living

In Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio,” a puppet is brought to life after its creator, the lonely woodcarver Geppetto, wishes upon a star for a boy.


Valley Fourth Pastor Familiar To Congregation

The Rev. James Underhill isn’t a new face to Valley Fourth Memorial. For him, starting a new job as senior pastor there was a sort of homecoming. His father, Ed …


Episcopal Conservatives May Try Iowa Bishop For Heresy

Conservative bishops have obtained the votes they need to put the retired bishop of Iowa on trial for heresy, Episcopal Church headquarters announced Friday. The accused, Bishop Walter C. Righter, …


Wiccan Inmates Claim Right To Worship

Robert Savage, left, and other inmates discuss their plans to begin a Wiccan group. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Christian Business Owners Get Together Convention For Those Who Mix Business, God Comes To Town

On the bottom of the Eastlex Machine Corp. letterhead is a Bible verse from Proverbs. Every day at the factory, where machines are made for the garment industry, begins with …


Promise Of Hope To This Member Of The Media, The Promise Keepers Movement Is Not How Others In His Professionnn Have Portrayed It.

“Promise Keepers 1995 - Raise the Standard.” It was the kind of Christian gathering I might have avoided a few years back, afraid of the inevitable collision with my own …


Ministers Accuse Peale Of Plagiarism

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Simpflified Scripture Newest Translations Of The Bible Intended To Make Ancient Texts Easier To Read

There were one-minute Bibles and Bibles divided into 365 sections so a person reading it for a short time each day could finish the Scriptures in a year. There were …


Church May Sink Roots In Indian Trail

The congregation of the soon-to-be-created Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is searching for a new home, possibly in the Indian Trail area. Calvary and Ascension Lutheran churches will consolidate Sept. …


Encyclopedia Focuses On Catholic Church

When did Pope Pius XII reign? The answer (1939-1958), as well as countless other items of other information about the Roman Catholic Church, can be found in the new Encyclopedia …


Holy Laughter Texas Couple Offer Message Of Healing In Uncontrollable Mirth

Rows of believers sway in the pews at the Greater Life Christian Center in North Dallas to inspirational music, eager to be healed of their maladies, eager to get drunk …


Members Of Sect Face Criminal Trial In Their Son’s Death

A couple whose son died of leukemia after they refused for religious reasons to allow him to have medical treatment must stand trial on criminal charges, a judge ruled Monday. …


Praying To A Different Beat Group Of Nez Perce Reviving Tribe’s Native Beliefs; Not Everyone Pleased

With its pastel siding and small yard, Allen Slickpoo Jr.’s home looks like any tract home anywhere. Hidden out back, however, is an Indian sweat lodge, built with techniques that …


Mormons’ International Growth Brings Multicultural Challenges

Among the big-screen movies showing here, “Legacy,” an official production of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of the hottest tickets in town. Screened 10 times …