NEW YORK — The domed sanctuary rising in Lower Manhattan, where workers are busy installing translucent Greek marble in time for a ceremonial lighting on Sept. 10, bears little resemblance to the modest parish church that John Katsimatides had discovered years ago.
NEW YORK — Among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 terror attacks, Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with New York’s fire department, left a uniquely complex legacy that continues to evolve 20 years after his death.
Some of you know that I love music. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t enjoy singing. From an early age my mother played great music on the stereo, or tuned in to WFMT Classical Radio in Chicago.
SALT LAKE CITY — After more than a year of attending church virtually, Monique Allen has struggled to explain to her asthmatic daughter why people from their congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don't wear masks. Allen said she has taught her daughter that wearing …
Over the next few weeks, members of the Jewish faith will observe the High Holy Days in the month of Tishrei in the Jewish calendar, usually in September and October. These holidays commemorate concepts such as renewal, forgiveness, freedom and joy.
The withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan, along with the collapse of the Afghanistan government and the resumption of control by the Taliban, has been a painful episode to watch play out over the past couple of weeks. So, I’d like to reflect on this experience a bit, and also …
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grand Haven will be a host site for the RightNow Media Men’s Conference and invites the community for this free event on Saturday, Sept. 18.
TUCSON, Ariz. — A blast of festive trumpet flourishes and guitarrón bass breaks the solemn hush of Mass on a torrid August desert morning. Decked out in gold-embroidered suits, nine musicians pick, strum and trumpet the entrance hymn under tall stained-glass windows.
The other day, a friend of mine reminded me of a movie I had watched a long time ago – “Sister Act,” starring Whoopi Goldberg back in 1992. It was a very popular movie as I recall. Even church growth gurus at the time praised it for showing how religion can be revitalized when the church get…
ROMEO — First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Romeo (UCC), has celebrated its last day at the historic building the parish has occupied for nearly two centuries.
The Public Religion Research Institute has released its latest snapshot of the American religious landscape with data from 2020. It shows that America is still majority Christian, and that, despite shrill voices of the most aggrieved, Americans broadly enjoy healthy religious liberty.
“Don’t come knocking on my door with your Fauci ouchi!” Rep. Lauren Boebert yelled at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. “You leave us the hell alone!” Boebert, R-Colo., has described her election to Congress as “a sign and a wonder, just like God promised.”
“Music at St. Matthew” will continue with an organ recital by Joanne Jansen, organist and parish musician at St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22.
Recently, I read an article that talked about what people are looking for from the church. Being a pastor, I read the article intently. What the author said, based on his research, was that the thing that people look for the most from the church is hope. He reiterated the fact that after 9/1…
NEW YORK — Citing allegations of "possible improper behavior," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops earlier this month announced the resignation of its top administrative official, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, ahead of a media report that probed his private romantic life.
SPRING LAKE TWP. — As a longtime Christian, John Stern is very familiar with the story of Jesus feeding thousands with just a few fish and loaves of bread.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A popular strip club that once beckoned customers off a busy highway leading into Anchorage is now a church offering salvation – instead of temptation – thanks to a daughter of a former exotic dancer.
We have many expressions intended to compliment or encourage another person. Phrases like “Good job!” or “Way to go!” come to mind. Or even one-word expressions like “Super!” or “Fantastic!” From the younger generation I’ve heard words like, “You are really rockin’ it!”
MERRILL, Wis. — As America’s pandemic recovery efforts progress and more organizations open their doors, safety remains paramount for houses of worship and their members.
NORTON SHORES — Grammy Award-winning artist David Phelps will perform at the Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference, 4759 Lake Harbor Road in Norton Shores, on Saturday, July 31.
HOLLAND — A pilot program by Hope College and Western Theological Seminary to provide a Christian liberal arts education to incarcerated men at the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Muskegon has shown such initial success that the college is now pursuing accreditation for a full Bachelor of …
The extent to which the number of white evangelicals have declined in the United States has been laid bare in a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute’s 2020 Census on American Religion.
In his farewell address at the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention, outgoing president J.D. Greear acknowledged the internal disputes but assured attendees that the Baptist faith continues to affirm “those doctrines most contested in our culture,” such as “the authority, and the inerrancy, and …
On the night before he faced his brutal execution at the hands of the Roman Empire, Jesus of Nazareth gathered his followers together for a meal. It was at that meal, commonly known as the Last Supper, that Jesus gave himself to those followers in the simple gifts of bread and wine.
The other day I read an article that came in the mail about a family that had moved to Grand Haven. I was immediately drawn in to read it when I saw the title: “Blessed Beyond Measure.”
Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she understood that she was queer while studying to become a missionary.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced the burning and vandalism of Catholic churches that has followed discovery of unmarked graves and former schools for Indigenous children.
The biannual U.S. Catholic bishops’ meeting last month received more than its usual attention due to one particular item on its agenda: a proposed document on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, a ritual also known as Holy Communion.
The organization overseeing Catholic schools in the United States got a new chief executive this week as it seeks to rebound from its biggest one-year enrollment drop since the 1970s.
With millions of people having stayed home from places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, struggling congregations have one key question: How many of them will return?
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis expressed his “affection” for the American people as he met at length Monday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
During Pride Month on my “Christian MythBusters” podcast and WGHN radio spot, I’ve been talking about the relationship between Christianity and the LGBTQIA+ community. The last episode in that series is one I’d like to share with you today, in this column.
The national media has had most of a week now to analyze a much-anticipated political spasm by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and while the headlines have magnetized a wide audience, the narrative itself remains incomprehensible.
VATICAN CITY — Robert Schuman, a French statesman who paved the way for the bloc that eventually evolved into European Union, has moved ahead on the Catholic church’s path toward possible sainthood.
I was sitting in the front row of church this past Sunday listening to the announcements. My sermon was just finished and I could finally relax for a few minutes until the closing benediction. I was glad I did not relax too much because the young deacon who was speaking said something that m…
The film “Lady of Guadalupe,” first released in 2020 and now available on many streaming services, mixes a fictional retelling of the 16th-century appearance of the Virgin Mary to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego with the tale of a wholly fictional 21st-century reporter named Juan working …
TUCSON, Ariz. — Alvaro Enciso plants three or four crosses each week in Arizona’s desert borderlands, amid the yellow-blossomed prickly pear and whip-like ocotillo, in honor of migrants who died on the northbound trek.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second time, the Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to prohibit K-12 schools and interscholastic organizations from blocking the wearing of religious apparel by athletes during sporting events.
ROME — Pope Francis refused Thursday to let German Cardinal Reinhard Marx resign over the sex abuse scandal in the German Church, but said a process of reform was necessary and that every bishop must take responsibility for the “catastrophe” of the crisis.
What is the most important thing about being a father? I asked myself that question today as I sat down to write a few lines for this article. I should know by now, right? I have been a father now for some 42 years. I came to that realization the other day when our twin boys turned 42. That …
I dedicate this column to anyone who has ever wanted to go backstage and meet your favorite band, musician or actor. I have been fortunate enough to do so being in radio more than half my life, but it wasn’t always this easy.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Iowa Supreme Court justices last month upheld a county’s District Court decision limiting court involvement in religious matters, ruling in favor of a Davenport church in a defamation case.
GENOA TWP. — A Roman Catholic group dedicated to a popular Italian saint sued a southeastern Michigan township Wednesday after the local government rejected plans for a chapel and prayer trail in a wooded area.