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Sept. 19, 2014
3.3 million people agree: It’s time to get Back to Church
National Back to Church Sunday is this Sunday, September 21
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – What can entice 3.3 million Americans to leave their homes on a Sunday in the fall?
No, it’s not football. It’s church.
This Sunday, September 21, approximately 27,000 churches across the globe are participating in Back to Church Sunday®, an ever-growing movement to reach out to communities with the clear message, “Come Back to Church!”
Back to Church Sunday, which started six years ago with only 600 churches, is now the largest annual community-based church outreach effort in the nation. The campaign empowers churches and their members with the tools they need to welcome their neighbors, friends and loved ones back to church, while providing an easy way for everyone in the community to find a welcoming church. READ MORE...
Sept. 17, 2014
Women in Leadership National Study to Be Presented at RNA Annual Conference This Friday
Panel discussion to feature principal researchers and advisory board members
The Women in Leadership National Study (WILNS) is the first-ever academic study to investigate the representation of women in top positions at more than 1,400 evangelical nonprofit institutions in the United States.
Panelists will present the results of this comprehensive study, and discuss how evangelical institutions are stacking up against broader societal benchmarks for women in leadership. The study is led by researchers at Gordon College and Wheaton College, with support from the Imago Dei Fund of Boston and a national advisory board. READ MORE...
Sept. 12, 2014
Is Pope Francis for real?
Vatican insider provides insightful fragments from the writings and talks of the Holy Father
SAN FRANCISCO – Perhaps nobody in the world has more access to the life and writings of the beloved Pope Francis than Andrea Tornielli, who is best known as the foremost “Vatican insider” journalist. In his new book, FIORETTI: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF POPE FRANCIS, Tornielli offers inspiring stories, incidents, encounters and excerpts from the writings and talks of Pope Francis through his first year as pope.
Tornielli, a Vatican correspondent for the highly regarded Italian newspaper La Stampa, provides a powerful witness by Pope Francis of “heartwarming stories of the Gospel in action,” and reflects on various spiritual and social themes important to the pope, including mercy, forgiveness, charity, prayer, justice, the Eucharist, Our Lady and much more. READ MORE...
Sept. 12, 2014
Speech to the Netherworld by Fictional Lucifer
Speech to the Netherworld by Fictional Lucifer spurs deep theological reflection regarding matters of redemption and human worth
SAN FRANCISCO—Lucifer’s unprecedented speech to the netherworld is for real. It’s found in chapter twenty-one of Messages from Estillyen: A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth.
Messages from Estillyen contains ten portrayals, in which Lucifer imaginatively appears as a real-time observer of well-known Scripture narratives such as the Transfiguration and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to author William Jefferson, “The characterization of Lucifer plays a vital role in surfacing important theological truths, particularly the matter of redemption and human worth.” READ MORE...
Sept. 11, 2014
Reflections on ISIS and Gaza
Presbyterians for Middle East Peace
The assault on humanity by the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) is dominating the headlines and the attention of world leaders. The gruesome crimes committed (and proudly flaunted on the internet) by ISIS include mass executions, beheadings, ethnic cleansing and genocide. The entire world has been shocked and appalled by these barbaric acts.
The top priority of the international community must be to protect the innocent. The use of military force is certainly a last resort, but we have seen circumstances in recent weeks and months in which military intervention has been necessary and has saved the lives of innocents. Our leaders, and President Obama in particular, have been forced to make painful and difficult decisions and will be forced to make more in coming weeks and months. They need our prayers and support. READ MORE...
Sept. 8, 2014
Unity World Headquarters Celebrates 21st Annual World Day of Prayer
Events at Unity Village to include candlelight walk and appearances by bestselling author Mark Nepo and singer/songwriter Karl Anthony.
UNITY VILLAGE, Mo. — Thousands of people will join Silent Unity—an international, multidenominational 24/7 prayer ministry—and Unity churches and centers around the world on Thursday, for the 21st annual Unity World Day of Prayer.
The theme of the 24-hour prayer event is, “We Are the Light of the World: Let Your Light Shine!”
The 24-hour prayer vigil will begin Wednesday, at 7 p.m. and continue through Thursday, September 11.
“Unity teaches that prayer is a powerful tool for transformation. Through it we can foster peace and wholeness in our individual lives, our communities and our world,” said Dr. Charlotte Shelton, president and CEO of Unity World Headquarters. READ MORE...
Sept. 4, 2014
Celebrate Christmas in Harvard Square
The Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School set to release debut Christmas-themed album
ATLANTA – Perhaps the most highly anticipated Christmas album this year is CHRISTMAS IN HARVARD SQUARE, the debut major label and international recording from The Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square, the only Catholic choir school for boys in the United States. The album is slated to be released Oct. 7 by AimHigher Recordings — the sister label of De Montfort Music — and is available for preorder now at www.AimHigherRecordings.com.
Both traditional and contemporary arrangements are featured on the 19-track album, including some original arrangements by John Robinson, Director of Music at the Choir School and the Parish of St. Paul. It also includes must-have renditions of both Rutter & Willcocks arrangements. The cozy and ethereal music collection of songs for Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Christ and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the school. READ MORE...
Sept. 3, 2014
SIM Missionary Nancy Writebol Shares about Ebola Ordeal for First Time since Contracting Deadly Virus
Joy of Recovery Dampened by News of SIM Doctor Rick Sacra Testing Positive for Ebola
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a news conference today on the campus of missionary organization SIM USA (www.simusa.org), Nancy Writebol, joined by her husband, David, shared for the first time details of her battle with the Ebola virus.
While in Liberia, Writebol served at SIM’s ELWA Hospital. She expressed that it was a great privilege to be part of the hospital staff during such a difficult time. Prior to contracting Ebola, she assisted nurses and doctors who were entering and exiting the Ebola unit, dressing them upon entry and helping to decontaminate upon exit. READ MORE...
Sept. 3, 2014
Does God Still Speak to His people? Would you know His voice? Would you do what he asked?
“The Valentine Prophecies”, received from God by Mr. David Dellit
WHAT ARE THE VALENTINE PROPHECIES?
On Valentine’s Day, 2013 David Dellit had an unusual but enlightening experience with God.
He was anointed and instructed by God to write down what he gave him and send it out to the world.
God’s message to David is what has become The Valentine Prophecies.
In The Valentine Prophecies, God instructs his people on how to spiritually thrive. He teaches them how to use his words and his power to transform themselves and others—to transform Christ’s church, and to transform his kingdom worldwide. READ MORE...
Aug. 26, 2014
New books and key experts available in time for October Synod on Marriage and Family
Ignatius Press delivers one stop for resources into hotly debated topics at Vatican meeting
SAN FRANCISCO – Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the indissolubility of marriage, cohabitation and contraception are just a few of the many controversial topics to be discussed when Catholic bishops from across the globe meet with Pope Francis at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops Oct. 5-19 at the Vatican.
Ignatius Press, one of the largest religious publishers in the world, is publishing four books in the fall that will address issues of the upcoming synod. The Catholic publisher will also have a number of authors available to comment on the topics before and during the Synod. READ MORE...
Aug. 26, 2014
2014 Book of the Year Award Goes to Liguori Publications
Meditations on Vatican Art Takes Top Prize
Liguori, Mo. — Meditations on Vatican Art, published by Liguori Publications, has received the prestigious 2014 Book of the Year Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers.
The award recognizes the best in Catholic publishing and considers the quality of both content and design. This coffee-table art book with meditations by Fr. Mark Haydu of the Vatican Museums makes Vatican art treasures more accessible to readers. The award is even more noteworthy because Fr. Haydu is a first-time author.
This book is the first in a series on meditating with Vatican art. A second book, which focuses on angels, will be released later this year.
The judges praised the book. “Meditations on Vatican Art compels the reader to pray in a 28-day retreat format,” noted one judge. “The book engages multiple senses to create a prayer experience that is engaging on multiple levels. The format of the book physically is a beautiful complement to its compelling prose.” READ MORE...