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Frazzled faithful

posted: 06/27/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

If Norbert Maduzia had been a long-haul trucker, federal rules would have forced him to pull over for a good night's sleep. But for the suburban Houston Roman Catholic priest -- one of two in a parish of more than 4,000 families -- the hours just kept on coming.

Archaeologists study nearly extinct Shakers

posted: 06/27/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

For more than a century, the long-gone trustees building at a Shaker village on the shore of New Hampshire's Mascoma Lake was where the members of a nearly extinct religious society met the outside world.

Dates are Ramadan tradition

posted: 06/27/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

When the chef Sameh Wadi was growing up -- first in Kuwait, then in Jordan, and finally in Minneapolis and St. Paul -- one of the few constants in his life was his mother's cooking, especially the date-filled ring cookies called kaak that she made by hand and stockpiled during Ramadan.


Zig Ziglar has died

One of the world’s most famous motivational speakers has died. Zig Ziglar was 86 years old. Ziglar’s Facebook page describes him as “The Undisputed King of Motivation, Inspiration and Education.” ...


On Religion: Evangelical's homosexuality stance creates stir

posted: 06/27/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

One moment defined old-school evangelicalism more than any other -- the altar-call ritual in which the Rev. Billy Graham urged sinners to come forward and repent, accept God's forgiveness and be born again.

Religion Calendar

posted: 06/27/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St., will have a new art display, “Reflections in Abstraction” by Judy and John Honey, beginning Wednesday and continuing through Sept. 31.

Local Notes

posted: 06/27/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Washington County Elmdale Baptist Church in Springdale, 1700 W. Huntsville Ave., presents an Independence Day music program during worship at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Faith Matters: Faith Matters: Prophet Muhammad builds allegiences with justice, honesty, truth

posted: 06/27/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

In my last column, we saw Muhammad (Peace be on him.) and his early followers suffering inhumane atrocities at the hands of Meccans -- so much so, that at last, he risks his life to flee from their clutches. According to Arab customs, however, by leaving his tribe and abandoning his clan, he became fair game for attack by his enemies.

Faith Matters: Faith Matters: 'Christian' actions today might mystify faithful of future

posted: 06/27/2015 1 a.m. Comments 2

I have a friend who is a Dudeist minister. Dudeism -- or the Church of the Latter-Day Dude -- is a religion inspired by the Coen brother's film "The Big Lebowski." There is even a religion called Jediism, "based on the real life issues and philosophies that are at the source of the Star Wars myth." And don't get me started on Pastafarianism.

Fellowship Bible Church: Springdale congregation celebrates 50 years of fellowship and Bible

posted: 06/27/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

"Our name says it all: Fellowship Bible Church," said the Rev. Brad Arnold, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Springdale. "We're big on fellowship, and we're big on the Bible."

Revving up for God

posted: 06/20/2015 3:03 a.m. Comments 2

A priest walks into a motorcycle club. Stop reading if you've heard this one before. Then again, if you know the Rev. Lou Vallone, perhaps you've seen it happen.

Religion news briefs: Trooper who aided Amish is mourned

posted: 06/20/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Members of the Amish community are mourning the death of a Pennsylvania state trooper who comforted and befriended survivors of a 2006 schoolhouse shooting rampage.

Sikhs: Persecution rising in Afghanistan

posted: 06/20/2015 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Afghanistan's once-thriving Sikh community is dwindling fast as many choose to leave the country of their birth to escape what they say is growing intolerance and discrimination.

Religion calendar

posted: 06/20/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 413 S. Laurel St., Hope, will observe Youth Day at 11 a.m. Sunday with Lass Ross as speaker. (870) 777-9376.

Scenes from Baptist convention

posted: 06/20/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Southern Baptists denounced gay marriage and passed resolutions on racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life during their annual meeting Tuesday and Wednesday.

Commentary: Magna Carta: Human rights tied to religious liberty

posted: 06/20/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

As you might expect, Great Britain is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the anniversary of the Magna Carta. And as you might also expect, the celebrations are omitting an important detail: the role of Christianity in "the foundation of freedom."

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