January 24, 2014
A study has found that those who attend church regularly are less likely to commit minor crimes. Researchers from Manchester University believe that spending time with like-minded people makes individuals less likely to get mixed up with "the wrong crowd" and more likely to follow religion's moral teachings. Study participants were asked about eight kinds of bad behavior including littering, skipping school or work, using illegal drugs, fare dodging, shoplifting, music piracy, property damage and violence against the person.
March 8, 2011
Rabbi Richard Flom stood on the bema — the raised platform at the front of the synagogue and proceeded with a crash course in conservative Judaism. Addressing 115 John Muir Middle School students, he explained the 12 tribes of Israel, the ark, the presence of the Israeli flag and the Torah. “You will notice unlike the books you are used to this goes from right to left,” Flom said. “Hebrew is written right to left. You will see the Hebrew on the right-hand side and the English translation on the left-hand side.
December 5, 2009
A recent CNN.com article reported that a growing number of Christians worldwide are migrating from worshiping in the chapel to worshiping on the computer. Internet pastors and parishioners cite their 24-hour access to interactive tools and social-networking platforms in showing their online experiences are as meaningful as those that take place with face-to-face congregations. They argue that online religious services offer convenience to those who are too isolated or infirm to attend a brick-and-mortar church.
December 1, 2007
Remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar? Perhaps some of you recall hearing this story for the first time in a Sunday school class as a child and marveling at how God saved these three men. In the Old Testament, Daniel chapter 3 lists this account that even today as an adult astonishes me. The power of God saved these men. In case you have never heard the story, or do not...
June 9, 2007
I n a new online world called Second Life, users can participate in their own virtual universe — everything from seeing a favorite rock band to buying and selling land. Religious communities have also grown in Second Life. That is, participants who create virtual identities in Second Life take part in the cyber practice of religion, complete with other identities, rituals and practices. There are virtual synagogues, virtual mosques — you name it. For many, Second Life is a pivotal chance to practice their faith while creating a diversity among worshipers that might not be seen in real life.
October 14, 2006
A church in Augusta, Ga., has reportedly begun using ATMs as a way for its parishioners to tithe. The effort, says Pastor Marty Baker of Stevens Creek Community Church, is simply a way to adapt to a credit-card-happy society in which plastic is overtaking paper as a form of payment. Proponents of the "Giving Kiosks" say such a use of technology is a way to boost donations using modern tools while adjusting to an age when churchgoers are more likely to have credit and debit cards in their pockets than cash.
June 9, 2006
Many church leaders have begun to take advantage of the talented actors and singers in the area to draw in new congregants by offering their divine venues as a place to share those talents. Churches in the area are experiencing a growth in their music ministries. They are attracting new congregants and generating excitement in longtime members by integrating music into Sunday services and special performances at other times, church officials said. Music ministry has always played an important role at La Ca"ada Presbyterian Church, said Tony Chunn, director of Worship, Music and Arts.
May 13, 2006
At a time when suburban mega-churches are attracting worshipers, smaller churches are reportedly being forced to change to bolster the size of their congregations, just to keep the church going. Do you see small local places of worship in this position, perhaps even your own? How do you deal with keeping your own pews full and your houses of worship relevant? If survival is the goal, then the church should die. If survival is the goal, then the church should not take up space, time and energy.
May 7, 2005
Rosette Gonzales The National Day of Prayer didn't attract large crowds of worshipers to St. Finbar Church, but of the handful who gathered in the sanctuary Thursday, many would have stopped by anyway. "After I have lunch, I usually come to church," said Mark Flores, a Disney employee. "In my daily life, I'm so busy ... I have to give some time to God." St. Finbar Church hosted an interfaith praise and worship service from noon to 2 p.m., welcoming all to lift their hearts and the nation to God in prayer.