Category: Church

The American Gospel and the meaning of Easter

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Statistically, we know that the vast majority of Americans believe in some form of a higher power. There are relatively few who are atheists. Since people do believe that there is something, and since it’s so easy to think of the majority of Americans as Christians, many simply attach themselves to Christianity.

But what does it mean? Christianity?

For so many, we call ourselves Christians but then never pray, or read the Bible, or go to church, or experience fellowship with other believers, or show any actual desire to have a relationship with Jesus. Without these, how can a person be Christian?

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Pope Benedict XVI makes modern history with resignation

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For the first time since 1415, there will be a living ex-Pope, as Benedict XVI announced today that he will be resigning from the Papacy on February 28.

In leading a church with a billion members and being one of the most influential people in the world, I feel that the fact that he is resigning is a remarkable show of humility and something which should be applauded. I’m not sure how conservative Catholics will receive this. But for those outside the church (and for more nominal Catholics), I think that the pope’s recognition of his failing health and his inability to execute the job to the necessary degree of aplomb is in the best interest of the Church.

Pastor doesn’t tip. Applebee’s server fired for posting receipt photo

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“I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18”

These were the words written on a receipt at a St. Louis area Applebee’s by pastor, Alois Bell. A server at the restaurant posted a picture of the receipt online and was fired after the photo went viral and the pastor complaied.

Bell has expressed regret. “I’ve embarrassed my church and ministry.”

To be fair, I don’t think that what the server did was appropriate. She should not have posted that photo online and she was putting her job at risk. Big companies take their image very seriously.

Bill Maher doesn’t know what he’s talking about: says Liberty isn’t a real university for teaching creationism

On last week’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher ended the show by launching a diatribe against Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Liberty University, the Christian liberal arts university, at which Romney delivered a commencement speech earlier this month.

In Maher’s remarks (video above), the commentator repeatedly states that Liberty isn’t a “real” college.