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Spring marks the opening of the ‘Church of Baseball’

On Easter Sunday, 50,000 people packed into Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.,and heard Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., compare the striking similarities between baseball and religious life.
       

Barna: Four in 10 'unchurched' have been hurt by churches

Nearly four of every 10 "unchurched" Americans avoid worship because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people, according to new research by The Barna Group.
       

Faith Digest

Muslim and Sikh groups praised the Transportation Security Administration for rolling back screening rules on passengers arriving from 14 primarily Islamic countries, even as some worry that profiling will continue.
       

A culture of debt, a culture of thrift

Hard work, thrift and philanthropy seem counter-cultural in a time and place where debt is pervasive, with individuals, families, companies and even the government borrowing increasing amounts of money.
       

Barbie gets ordained, and she has the wardrobe to match

With her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie has at last found her true calling—as an Episcopal priest.
       

Michigan Hutaree militia a cult, experts say

Nine members of the Hutaree "Christian" militia in Michigan have been charged with planning to kill a local law enforcement officer and to attack the resulting funeral procession, targeting law enforcement vehicles with improvised explosive devices.Video Included
       

Christians outside the West view Scripture differently

Christians in the developing nations read Scripture differently than their brothers and sister in the affluent West, according to missiologist Caleb Oladipo.
       

Reading the Bible through the eyes of poverty yields different interpretations

Status in society can influence how people read and interpret the Bible—and often how they will act on it, according to some Christian leaders.
       

Churches wrestle with drop in donations

The number of churches that reported a drop in giving due to the sour economy rose nearly 10 percent last year, according to new survey.
       

Analysis: Churches can help poor people avoid predatory lending trap

Payday loan outlets have grown like kudzu in recent years. Texas has more payday lender outlets—about 3,000—than it has McDonald’s and Whataburger restaurants combined.
       

Baylor study links religion to racial prejudice

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King lamented that 11 o'clock Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America, a Baylor University study suggests that religion itself may be a contributing factor in racial prejudice.
       

Congregational-health expert terms churches 'in crisis'

During his installation as president of the Center for Congregational Health, Bill Wilson said churches and ministers are "in crisis." That's a breath-sucking observation from the head of an organization that has dealt with struggling congregations for nearly 20 years.
       

Waterproof Bible aimed at outdoorsmen

Waterproof BibleAmong all the attributes of the Bible celebrated by some evangelicals, add “waterproof” and “durable” to that list.

       

Biologist who attempts to reconcile religion and science wins Templeton

A biologist and former Dominican priest who has attempted to reconcile religion and science has won this year's Templeton Prize -- an honor awarded to scholars who study how science and religion intersect.
       

Jokester Jesus?

Scholars agree that Jesus' humanity would include a sense of humor. But just how funny was the Man from Nazareth?
       
 
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