Weekly religion rail, with items on a boy who didn't want to go to church, religious speech, getting to know Ralph Winter, and more.
A 7-year-old boy in Plain City, Utah, led officers on a car chase in an effort to avoid going to church, police say.
According to wire reports, dispatchers received reports of a child driving recklessly on Sunday morning. Police said two deputies caught up with the boy and tried unsuccessfully to stop the Dodge Intrepid. The car reached 40 mph before the boy stopped in a driveway and ran inside a home.
Police said that when the boy's father later confronted him, the boy said he didn't want to go to church. No citations were issued, but police advised the father to keep track of his car keys.
Religious speech allowed on Navy for Moms Web site
The U.S. Navy recently removed restrictions on religious speech on its Navy for Moms Web site, an online community for mothers and other loved ones of sailors.
According to Liberty Council, a nonprofit that offers legal assistance in the areas of religious liberty, a group called “Christian Chat” was established on the site. A NavyForMoms.com administrator said the group’s name had to be changed because religious speech is too divisive for a public forum.
After receiving criticism from site users and a letter from the Liberty Council, the Navy, which was concerned about compromising the purpose of the Web site, decided to change its policies to allow religious and political debate.
-- Christian Newswire
Today, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Mormon groups make up 58 percent of Utah's population and 1.7 percent of the total U.S. adult population.
That’s according to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life in 2007.
“Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love” by Carl Anderson and Eduardo Chavez
Between Dec. 9 and Dec. 12, 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to a Native American Christian convert on a hilltop outside of what is now Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe's message of love replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture, and built a bridge between two worlds — the old and the new.
In this book, Anderson and Chavez trace the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the 16th century to the present, discussing how her message was and continues to be an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation.
Looking at Our Lady of Guadalupe as a model of the Church and Juan Diego as a model for all Christians who seek to answer Christ's call of conversion and witness, the authors explore the changing face of the Catholic Church.
Get to Know …
Ralph D. Winter (Dec. 8, 1924 – May 20, 2009) was a Presbyterian missionary who founded the U.S. Center for World Mission, William Carey International University, and the International Society for Frontier Missiology.
As a missiologist, a Christian focused on the world-changing activities of Christian churches and organizations, Winter shifted global mission strategy from a focus on political boundaries to a focus on distinct groups of people, which he called “unreached peoples.”
Winter argued that instead of targeting countries, mission agencies needed to target groups who faced cultural and linguistic barriers and had not heard the gospel.
He also developed the first Theological Education by Extension program, a type of theological distance education program that made it easier for church leaders anywhere in the world to learn and be ordained as ministers.
Transubstantiation: The belief, held by Roman Catholics, that during the Lord's Supper, the Holy Spirit transforms the wafer and wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus. – www.religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Nauru (small island nation in the South Pacific)
Nauru Congregational: 35.4 percent
Roman Catholic: 33.2 percent
Nauru Independent Church: 10.4 percent
Other: 14.1 percent
None: 4.5 percent
Unspecified: 2.4 percent
- CIA Factbook
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