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Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

ST. LOUIS – Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church’s marquee read: “Christmas – Easier to spell than Hanukkah.”

Pope prays in Rome’s posh shopping district

ROME – Pope Francis, in the heart of Rome’s fanciest shopping district, prayed on Sunday that the poor are never forgotten.

Calif. pastor to be sent home after Iran protest

LA PUENTE, Calif. – A California pastor says an activist preacher detained in Iran after staging a protest outside Tehran’s Evin Prison is being sent back to the United States.

Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95 next month

NEW YORK – A major celebration is planned next month for the 95th birthday of the Rev. Billy Graham.

Commentary: When ‘me too’ becomes a sin, too

“Me Too” was my nickname as a child. Whatever meal my big sister, Rosemary, ordered in a restaurant, I wanted the same, and whatever flavor of ice cream she chose, I seconded it.

Mormon leader defends stance vs. same-sex marriage

SALT LAKE CITY – More states and nations may legalize same-sex marriage, but human laws cannot “make moral what God has declared immoral,” a top Mormon leader said Sunday.

Religion news in brief

BOISE, Idaho – The wife of an American pastor serving eight years in an Iranian prison says the Tehran Court of Appeals has rejected his appeal for a reduced sentence.

Older interfaith groups try to reverse decline

WASHINGTON – The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington is known as one of the country’s early multi-faith groups, and its executive director’s nickname is the “dean of American interfaith.” Yet as it approaches its 35th anniversary in November, the group is fighting for survival, down to two full-time staff members and facing more than $100,000 in debt.

Lessons of faith

What lessons have you learned from your faith tradition – or others – that have helped you in your daily life? E-mail your response to adavenport@wichitaeagle.com. Include your name, city and a daytime phone number. We will publish some of the responses on a future Faith & Values page.

When retiring debt is the congregation’s main financial goal

I recently visited a small church in a tiny Georgia town. It would be tempting to say nothing much goes on in the little parish of St. Luke the Evangelist in Dahlonega, but in fact, big things are happening there.

Hospital doctor delivers infusion of hope to Jehovah’s Witness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the day the Boston Marathon bombing transfixed the world, Mark Watkins of suburban Kansas City, Mo., lay face to face with a crisis of life, death and faith of his own.

Southern Baptists’ name change seeks to shed historical baggage

MIAMI — After 87 years, the University Baptist Church of Coral Gables, Fla., recently shed its name for something it felt was more forward looking — Christ Journey.

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