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Building a new monastery in the isles of Celtic giants

Monday, April 14, 2014
Father Seraphim Aldea is so committed to building the first Orthodox monastery in the Scottish isles in more than a millennium that he did something no monk searching for solitude would ever, ever do. “I learned how to use that dreadful Facebook thing,” he said. The Romanian monk has already been handed an abandoned Church [Read More...]
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The World Vision same-sex marriage wars of 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014
When church historians review the 2014 World Vision wars over gay marriage, they will ponder several puzzling statements by the man caught in the crossfire. “We do know this is an emotional issue in the American church,” said World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns, in the recent Christianity Today interview that revealed his organization’s decision [Read More...]
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The death of an Orthodox visionary — in America

Monday, March 31, 2014
When major religious leaders die, it’s traditional that public figures — secular and sacred — release letters expressing sorrow and sending their condolences to the spiritual sheep who have suddenly found themselves without a shepherd. This is precisely what Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis did, acting as chairman of the assembly of America’s Eastern Orthodox [Read More...]
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Praying for better journalism at The New York Times

Monday, March 24, 2014
NEW YORK – It was a perfectly ordinary invitation to gather for Christian fellowship, the kind of message believers often circulate among colleagues that they know share their faith. In this case, Michael Luo invited a circle of fellow journalists in the New York Times newsroom to breakfast, including one former pastor of an evangelical [Read More...]
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Time for another rant about Lent

Monday, March 17, 2014
With Ash Wednesday behind them, online friends of Hollywood screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi braced themselves for what has become a Lenten tradition — fasting-day manifestos from the witty former nun. “It’s a Friday of Lent dear Catholic brethren. And you know what that means,” she wrote on Facebook. “Corporate Sacrifice Power Activate! No meat. No braised [Read More...]
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The evolving state of Mormon heaven

Monday, March 10, 2014
It takes lots of praying, preaching and singing to mourn a president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a man called Prophet, Seer and Revelator by his global flock. That was certainly true at President Spencer W. Kimball’s funeral in 1985. So when one of the church’s most powerful women rose to [Read More...]
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The pope and the Pentecostal smartphone

Monday, March 3, 2014
The image projected onto the giant screen above the recent Kenneth Copeland Ministries conference was not your typical clever smartphone video. Still, the crowd of Pentecostal Protestants was mesmerized because the shepherd vested in white who addressed them — in Italian, with subtitles — was one of the last men on earth they would have [Read More...]
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Faith and the Millennials — it’s complicated

Monday, February 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES – When pollster David Kinnaman went to college two decades ago, his Generation X life was surrounded by electronic screens and all the gadgets that connected to them. There were TV screens, movie screens and new computers, some of which even had speakers. There were VCRs, CD players, cassette recorders, video cameras and [Read More...]
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