May 21 Doomsday Message Is Doomed Say Local Clergy @NJShorePatch

Harold Camping’s controversial rapture prediction draws ire of local clergy, but serves as reminder to live well. Family Radio founder Harold Camping’s widely publicized prediction that Jesus will rapture his church on Saturday May 21 is foolish and irresponsible, said local… Read More

Christian Music, Divorce, & Triathlons: An Interview with Big Tent Revival’s Spence Smith @TheHuffingtonPost

When I talked to Spence Smith, a founding member of the five-time Grammy-nominated band Big Tent Revival, he had just come back from a run, which was appropriate given that Smith is a triathlete who took up the sport after… Read More

Worshiping in Silence at Barnegat Friends Meeting House @BarnegatPatch

Quaker congregation meets and explains its values. “Let us hold President Obama and all those with the power of decision making in the Light.” These were the only words spoken during the meeting of the Barnegat Friends, or Quakers, yesterday… Read More

Revisiting Islamophobia after bin Laden’s Death @NJShorePatch

A follow-up conversation with Muslim activist Engy Abdelkader. Two weeks ago, when I covered an Islamophobia discussion at Lacey Township High School forLacey Patch, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Osama bin Laden seemed like a distant memory.In the past week, terrorism, bias,… Read More

What Does It Mean to Live Out Vocational Calling in a Local Context? @TheHighCalling

David Greusel has designed stadiums for major league teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros. Yet this principal architect at Convergence Design in Kansas City, Missouri, suffered for years under the message that his work didn’t matter. “It’s all… Read More

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