August 29th, 2016

Religion

Taking them to church

By Transporter on August 27th, 2016

Megan Trimble THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – TRENTON, N.J. Police in New Jersey’s capital city have reinstated a curfew for juveniles, but the decision to drop some of them at area churches has led to push back from critics who believe the ordinance breaks church-and-state separation and arbitrarily targets Trenton’s youth. Last month, police in Trenton ... Read More »

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Helping one may benefit many

By Submitted Article on August 27th, 2016

Helping Hand Jacob M. Van Zyl Third of three parts It moves people when someone takes trouble to help them in a crisis. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Jesus went out of his way to help people in trouble. Braving a severe storm on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus sailed with the ... Read More »

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Gold for Christ the Redeemer

By Submitted Article on August 20th, 2016

Jacob M. Van Zyl While the best of the world competed in Rio de Janeiro, the renowned statue of Christ the Redeemer towered over them with outstretched arms. Panoramic views of the city, including the statue, often featured in televised Olympic reports. People around the globe got a subtle but profound reminder of redemption in ... Read More »

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Jason Ingram leads 2016 Dove Award nominations

By Transporter on August 13th, 2016

The Associated Press – Nashville Christian songwriter Jason Ingram has seven nominations at this year’s Dove Awards, including song of the year, while singer Lauren Daigle has six, including artist of the year. The nominations were announced Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Gospel Music Association will hold its 47th annual Dove Awards show on ... Read More »

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Going out of one’s way for others

By Submitted Article on August 13th, 2016

Jacob M. Van Zyl Second of three parts When King Saul was plagued by morbid spells, David, a shepherd-boy of Bethlehem, travelled repeatedly to the afflicted king to ease his discomfort with soothing harp music. David also travelled to his brothers on the battle front with food to renew their strength. When nobody dared to ... Read More »

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Helping those who can’t repay

By Submitted Article on August 6th, 2016

Helping Hand First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl Everyone appreciates a friend in need, especially when that friend is a stranger going out of his/her way to help us in a crisis. In facilities for the aged, helping hands are in high demand as these places are often understaffed. Each patient has specific ... Read More »

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Path to God’s goal may be unpleasant

By Submitted Article on July 30th, 2016

Jacob M. Van Zyl Does God always know exactly what he wants to do – why, when and where – or does he sometimes struggle with himself? What about the incarnated Son of God in the garden of Gethsemane? Jesus prayed often, keeping every day of his life in complete harmony with his Father (John ... Read More »

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Pope facing a dark past with Auschwitz visit

By Transporter on July 30th, 2016

Vanessa Gera The Associated Press – WARSAW, Poland Two Holocaust survivors took to a stage at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto this week to perform lively prewar tunes – the 91-year-old played drums and the 88-year-old was on accordion, keyboard and vocals. In the audience several elderly Christian Poles who saved Jews during ... Read More »

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Is God austere or friendly?

By Submitted Article on July 23rd, 2016

Struggling with God Second of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl When man struggles with the Almighty, God always wins, but he does it in such a way that his triumph benefits man as well. In Genesis 22, Bible scholars are so focused on Abraham’s faith that they lose sight of Isaac’s fear. What impact ... Read More »

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Past promises, present crises

By Submitted Article on July 16th, 2016

Struggling With God First of three parts Jacob M. Van Zyl The Almighty, who can vaporize the universe with one word, allows people to wrestle with him. We should use this grace sparingly and respectfully. When God told Abraham about his plans for Sodom and Gomorra, Abraham was concerned about the possibility that there might ... Read More »

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Churches no longer just a place of worship

By Transporter on July 16th, 2016

Churches convert into tango schools and daycares to stay financially stable Linda Nguyen THE CANADIAN PRESS – TORONTO When parishioners of The Meeting House gather for Sunday service each week, they don’t sit in pews in some grand historic church. Instead, their place of worship is an auditorium with a big screen, arcade games and ... Read More »

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