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Pagels wrestles with the Book of Revelation

“Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation” by Elaine Pagels (Penguin Books, 244 pages, $16)

Neighbor prays, writes letters for sick boy

It looked like time might be running out for Chip Madren.

‘Emergence’ shows changing Christianity

“The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why” by Phyllis Tickle (Baker Books, 224 pages, $14.99)

Crafting leather for the soul

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Scott Hofert’s career is a marriage of automated and manual, spiritual and tangible — a veritable workshop of internal growth and external product.

‘New New Testament’: Pastor’s book may anger some, but he hopes it also illuminates

“In the beginning was the Word,” begins an ancient Middle Eastern text, “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Kosher, in tasty new translations

Mounds of juicy meat glisten in hot pans and on nicked carving boards in the dining room of the Mark on Pico Boulevard. Braised sirloin with oregano and onion; Santa Maria tri-tip with garlic, molasses and chutney; rich flank steak tacos with lime and salsa; English roast with horseradish; bone marrow with red wine and olive oil; and piles of filet mignon, New York strip and rib-eye are all on offer.

Priest blesses, then rides, the waves

The story goes that in 2011, a holy man saved the “Gathering of the Tribes” longboard contest at Trestles beach.

Gestures of faith: Chicago church reaches out to deaf and hard of hearing

In American Sign Language, there is a finger combination for the word “love.”

Renovated cathedral in downtown Wichita keeps its classic grandeur

The historic building at Central and Broadway in downtown Wichita is safer, brighter, more accessible and more user-friendly.

Latin gains critical Mass among some Catholics

At first, they couldn’t explain the voices.

Texas woman doesn’t let her circumstances impede her ministry

Susan Slade is certain that she’s on earth to help people find what they need.

As churches grow in the South, stained-glass windows from the North follow

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., is still months away from breaking ground on its new cathedral off Western Boulevard, but already it has bought the windows.

‘Prophetic Imagination’ challenges believers’ complacency of faith

“The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word” by Walter Brueggemann (Fortress Press, 149 pages, $25)

Ministry guides homeless by example, expectations

ORLANDO, Fla. – Take equal parts Dr. Phil and Mother Teresa, stir in a youth tainted by dysfunction, drugs and living on the streets, and you have the man behind one of the fastest-growing, most successful homeless programs in Central Florida.

Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25?

Here’s a thought for the harried among us who are unready for the arrival of another Christmas season: There was a time when some scholars argued that the holiday should be observed in the spring. Just imagine three more months of shopping!

Faith in the radio

Dick Bott started his first Christian radio station in the basement of the former Blue Ridge Mall, sandwiched between a barber shop and a child care center.

Menorahs range from simple to quirky

Hanukkah begins at sundown Saturday, and celebrations will include the lighting of the first candle on the menorah (or hannukiah).

Public Hanukkah lightings planned in many cities

Menorah lightings to mark the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., and in many other cities around the world.

Houses of worship help with job searches

With the recent recession, houses of worship in Middle Tennessee are offering more career counseling.

Vatican sex crimes prosecutor discusses promotion, sin

When Pope Benedict XVI announced last month he was transferring his respected sex crimes prosecutor to Malta to become a bishop, Vatican watchers immediately questioned whether the Holy See’s tough line on clerical abuse was going soft – and if another outspoken cleric was being punished for doing his job too well.

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