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Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Bay Psalm Book sold

One of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in English in America, fetched $14.2 million at Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan. 

       
Rick Warren's Daniel Plans

Rick Warren shares good news about Daniel’s weight loss plan

Rick Warren's new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life, details a lifestyle program that helped the megachurch pastor lose 65 pounds and propelled members of his congregation to drop more than 250,000 pounds collectively.

       
Lost Faces

Forensic scientists reconstruct ‘Lost Faces of the Bible’

A new four-part TV series on the National Geographic Channel, Lost Faces of the Bible, follows forensic experts as they recreate long-gone faces utilizing the same state-of-the art technology used by police investigators.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Cathedral to charge admission

Facing a $26 million earthquake repair bill and years of financial woes, the iconic Washington National Cathedral will start charging visitors in 2014.

       
good old age

What makes a good old age?

People often say they want a good “quality of life” in their older years. But what does they mean when they say it?

       
Facing Death

Americans divided on facing death

Fight it, choose it or let it come? Death may be inevitable, but one in three want doctors never to quit fighting it. And that number has nearly doubled in 23 years, a new survey finds.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Civil rights icon honored

C.T. Vivian—a civil rights veteran who started his social justice work in the 1940s, nonviolently protesting segregated lunch counters well before Martin Luther King Jr. became involved in the movement—received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

       
Jerusalem film

Tribute to the holy city comes to the giant screen

The newly released movie Jerusalem, filmed in 2D and 3D and playing on IMAX and other giant-screen theaters across the United States and the world, gives viewers grand, hallmark panoramas, at once awe-inspiring and intimate.

       
Churchy lingo

Churchy lingo turns off Millennials

If there were an 11th commandment, for Millennials it might be “thou shalt ban pious slogans from thy midst.”

       
Hillsong

Australia’s Hillsong Church exports its influence

The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” echoes through the worship centers of many American churches any given Sunday. Few probably realize it comes from a megachurch on the outskirts of Sydney, which has emerged over the past 30 years as one of the most influential evangelical bodies on the world stage.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Vatican to display St. Peter's relics

Vatican to display bones of Apostle Peter; Westminster Abbey marks Kristallnacht anniversary.

       
hymn controversy

Controversy underscores importance of theology in hymns

Worship leaders seldom welcome controversy. But some church musicians delight in the dust-up one line in a hymn created earlier this year.

       
Singing Faith

Worship songs reflect and shape theology

When congregations join their hearts and voices any given Sunday, the choice of worship songs both reflects and shapes their theology, church musicians agree.

       
singing hymns

Truth endures, but hymn styles change

What enables some songs to span centuries, cross denominational lines and contribute to the worship of multiple generations in diverse settings?

       
worship relationships

Worship centers on relationships, not rules, scholar insists

Authentic worship focuses on relationships—with God and within the faith community, New Testament scholar Gerald Borchert told doctoral students at the B H. Carroll Theological Institute.

       
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