Should Christians practice yoga?
October 11th, 2010
06:05 PM ET

Should Christians practice yoga?

Editor's Note: Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently asked on his blog, should Christians should practice yoga? That post got picked up by the Associated Press and led to a lot of discussion on the topic.  In this story from CNN Affiliate KLTV in Tyler Texas, a yoga instructors and student, who happened to be practicing Christians, voice their disagreement with Mohler.

Does practicing yoga compromise your Christian faith? That question is at the center of a debate made by the Southern Baptist Seminary president. Christians that practice yoga say two have little to do with each other.

Tanya Wood is a yoga instructor at the Yoga Spot in Tyler. She has been practicing yoga for eight years. "It makes you feel good, strong and flexible," said Wood. "It really does allow you to just wind down."

But, recent comments made by Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler has Wood wound up. "It's clear it's struck a nerve," said Mohler. "I hope at least it's a fruitful conversation."


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Hinduism • United States

October 11th, 2010
05:08 PM ET

Should pastors provide finacial advice?

Editor's Note: CNN's Soledad O'Brien sat down with Bishop T.D Jakes and Pastor DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. as part of her new documentary Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special premiering Thursday, October 21st 9pm ET on CNN.

Soaries and Jakes give their take above why pastors should get involved in the financial matters of parishioners.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Money & Faith

October 11th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Coming out as HIV positive to church

Editor's Note: CNN's Soledad O'Brien files this report above.  Don't miss her report Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special premiering Thursday, October 21st 9pm ET on CNN.

Jay Gavin is HIV positive but he never told his African-American church. Until now.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Health care • Homosexuality

October 11th, 2010
04:37 PM ET

Church forgives thief, thief joins church

Editor's Note: This story comes to us from Jacksonville, Florida from CNN affiliate WJXT.

A crook who broke into a Springfield church using a cross and stole thousands of dollars in equipment has been forgiven.

Pastor Garland Scott said someone had taken keyboards, mixing boards, DVD recorders, microphones and Christmas lights from his church last week.

"I can't believe they robbed me," he said in the aftermath.

At Sunday morning's service, praise and music echoed as loud as ever.

That's because the burglar returned for forgiveness."He wanted prayer. He wanted help so they wouldn't get him," Scott said. "And ironically, the name of the church is The Embassy, so we protected him, and today he showed back up to church. We prayed for him. He cried and joined the church."

Read the full story from CNN affiliate WJXT.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Courts • Florida • United States

October 11th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Curiosity of Jewish roots inspires indie singer's album

Clare Burson

Three years ago, Clare Burson - a musician by trade and a woman obsessed with Jewish history out of innate curiosity - received a grant from Six Points Fellowship, a non-profit that supports Jewish artists, that was going to enable her to write an album of Jewish music.

She used some of the money to travel from her home in Brooklyn, New York to Eastern Europe to research her family roots.

It struck her during the journey that she couldn't just do a record of Jewish music.

“I thought I was going to spend most of the time exploring a more spiritual aspect of Judaism,” Burson, 34, said recently by phone, “because I really hadn’t spent a lot of my life experiencing that part of my Jewishness. But I ended up delving more into my cultural and historical and ancestral connections.”

So her latest CD, the indie-folk “Silver and Ash,” was ultimately born from a quest to learn more about her family’s attempt to escape the Holocaust.


- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Judaism • Music

October 11th, 2010
08:22 AM ET

My Take: Islam is a religion of peace, or it isn't

Editor's Note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of NYU's Islamic Center.

By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN

Last week, New York University hosted the Intelligence Squared Debates at its Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Four panelists, two for and two against, presented arguments on the motion of "Islam Is a Religion of Peace."  About 800 showed up to learn the answer.

Problem is, there is no one answer.


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Filed under: Islam • Muslim • New York • Opinion • United States

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