May 18th, 2010
06:27 PM ET

Billy Graham: Back for more?

He’s already shared the Gospel with more than 215 million people in 185 countries, according to the evangelistic association bearing his name, but it seems the Rev. Billy Graham - who's slowed down in recent years - may have one more message to deliver.

While appearing in Charlotte, North Carolina, last month for the reopening of the Billy Graham Library, the Baptist preacher indicated that he’d like to give another sermon, said Graham’s spokesman A. Larry Ross.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Baptist • Christianity • Faith • Sermon

May 18th, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Faith-based weight loss

Interesting story on "American Morning" Tuesday about churches trying get fit.

Here's this post from CNN Medical Producer Matt Sloane:

When I first arrived at the Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, I noticed two things – the barbecue smoking in the parking lot, and the band setting up inside the sanctuary.

I was there to report on the Fit Body and Soul program – a marriage of prayer and calorie counting – which used the tenets of the bible and the help of local nurses to explain to parishioners why weight loss was so essential.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Culture & Science • Faith • Food

May 18th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

Explainer: What’s Shavuot? Hint: It starts tonight

At sundown tonight, Jews will begin to observe Shavuot – a holiday that commemorates when the ancient Israelites at Mount Sinai were given the Torah, Judaism’s founding texts.

The holiday comes seven weeks after Passover, signifying when the Israelites escaped Egypt, where they had been slaves. After wandering in the desert, led by Moses, they came upon Mount Sinai. And with the Torah, also known as the Five Books of Moses, Judaism officially began.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Faith • Holidays • Judaism

May 18th, 2010
11:33 AM ET

Congressman resigns: 'I sinned against God'

From CNN's Political Ticker:

Rep. Mark Souder, R-Indiana, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, after acknowledging that he “sinned against God” by engaging in a relationship with a member of his staff.

The 59-year-old married father of three, who just won a competitive primary, said he will leave office at the end of the week ...

"I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," he said. "In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C, any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain.

As if religious conservatives needed another reason to be upset with the GOP.

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Filed under: Politics

May 18th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Beagley trial: foregoing medical care for prayer

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Earlier this year, Jeffrey and Marci Beagley of Oregon City, Oregon, were sentenced to 16 months in prison for negligent homicide after not seeking medical care for their 16-year-old son.

Instead, the couple - who attend Followers of Faith Church - chose to rely on prayer to treat their son, Neil, who suffered from complications from a urinary tract blockage. He died in June 2008.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Culture wars • Science

May 18th, 2010
06:33 AM ET

Opinion: Attack on cartoonist a threat to us all

Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A special assistant to President Bush in 2001-02, he is the author of six books, including "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again" and is the editor of FrumForum.

By David Frum, CNN Contributor

Firebombed. Cyberattacked. Attacked by a shouting mob. That's what happened to Lars Vilks in the week ending May 16.

And if you think: "Well thank goodness my week was a lot quieter," think again. The attacks on Vilks were an attack on you too.

Lars Vilks is a Swedish cartoonist. In the summer of 2007, he was invited to submit three drawings to an exhibition sponsored by the town of Tallerud. The exhibition's theme: "the dog in art." Vilks produced three pencil sketches of street dogs with human faces, the face (Vilks said) of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Even if you don't know the rest of the story, you can easily imagine.

Read the full column by David Frum

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Islam • Opinion

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