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First lady visits Atlanta church, encourages healthy living
First lady Michelle Obama visits Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Wednesday.
February 9th, 2011
07:23 PM ET

First lady visits Atlanta church, encourages healthy living

By John Murgatroyd, CNN

The faith community surrounding Atlanta played host to first lady Michelle Obama for a speech marking the first anniversary of her Let’s Move initiative.

Let’s Move is a program to get children to live more active lifestyles and eat healthier.

Co-hosts were Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. She spoke in Alpharetta.

“No matter your religious persuasion or political persuasion, we all believe as our children go, so does the nation and as our children’s health goes, so does the nation,” said Andy Stanley, Northpoint’s senior pastor.

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Filed under: Belief • Faith & Health • Georgia

Vatican issues warning for new Confession app
The Vatican says the app is not meant to replace Confession.
February 9th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Vatican issues warning for new Confession app

By Hada Messia and Dan Gilgoff, CNN

Rome, Italy (CNN) - Yes, the Roman Catholic Church still supports the new app designed to help Catholics make confession. To a point.

The Vatican qualified its support for "Confession: A Roman Catholic App,” on Wednesday, a day after the program’s developer announced it was the first app to have official church sanction.

“It is essential to understand well the sacrament of penitence requires the personal dialogue between the penitent and the confessor and the absolution by the confessor,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters on Wednesday. “This cannot in any way be substituted by a technology application.”

“One cannot talk in any way about a ‘confession via iPhone,’ ” Lombardi said.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Technology

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality
February 9th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Editor's Note: Jennifer Wright Knust is author of Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire.

By Jennifer Wright Knust, Special to CNN

We often hears that Christians have no choice but to regard homosexuality as a sin - that Scripture simply demands it.

As a Bible scholar and pastor myself, I say that Scripture does no such thing.

"I love gay people, but the Bible forces me to condemn them" is a poor excuse that attempts to avoid accountability by wrapping a very particular and narrow interpretation of a few biblical passages in a cloak of divinely inspired respectability.

Truth is, Scripture can be interpreted in any number of ways. And biblical writers held a much more complicated view of human sexuality than contemporary debates have acknowledged.

In Genesis, for example, it would seem that God’s original intention for humanity was androgyny, not sexual differentiation and heterosexuality.

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Filed under: Bible • Homosexuality • Opinion • Sex

February 9th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

Muslim group awaits decision on Willowbrook, Illinois mosque

The DuPage County Board has put off today's scheduled vote on a controversial proposal to build a new mosque near Willowbrook, Illinois. The issue has been sent back to a Development Committee, which will take it up next Tuesday.

The Muslim Educational Cultural Center of America, or MECCA, wants to build the new prayer center, school and recreation center in a residential neighborhood.

Members currently hold their prayer services in cramped quarters near a K-Mart store on Plainfield Road.

Read the full story on WGNTV.com
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Illinois • Islam • Muslim • Uncategorized

February 9th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Man aided by church helps save sanctuary from flames

A portion of a Rutherford County, Tennessee church was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning but it could have been much worse.

Only an outbuilding on the property of Miracle Baptist Church on Murfreesboro Road in LaVergne, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, was scorched by flames, thanks, in part, to a man who was down-on-his-luck and reached out to the church for help just days earlier.

Ronald Kehl placed the critical call to the 911 just before 5 a.m. after he woke up, looked out his window and saw smoke turn to flames.

Read the full story on WKRN.com
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Baptist • Church • Tennessee

Brandon Heath finds trust at the top of the hill
February 9th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Brandon Heath finds trust at the top of the hill

You'd think that Christian music singer Brandon Heath hardly ever has a bad day at work. Especially with the No. 1 song (Your Love) and No. 2 album (Leaving Eden) in Christian music. Especially when you consider in the past three years he's been named newcomer of the year and twice been selected male artist of the year.

But that's not necessarily true.

Making "Leaving Eden," his third album with Reunion Records, tested Heath. He didn't always see eye-to-eye with executives at the label and with noted producer Dan Muckala during the early production days. Not that's a bad thing.

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Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Music

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