(RNS) For years, Southern Baptist leader Frank Page did not share the painful details of his daughter’s suicide, fearing that some Christians might speak ill of her if they knew. Mental illness and suicide were taboo topics for many churches, seen as a kind of spiritual failure. That may be starting to change.
As I’ve followed the story of Matthew Warren’s suicide, I’ve been bracing myself for evidence of ignorant trolls who blame the Warrens for their son’s death. I haven’t seen much of that at all, however. Is our nation’s awareness of mental illness finally beginning to change?
(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham has rubbed elbows with celebrities ranging from presidents to journalists to musicians. In “Billy Graham & Me,” a new book in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul’’ franchise that was released Tuesday, 101 people who have met Graham on the public stage share their private memories of the 94-year-old preacher.
(RNS) The Daniel Fast diet is gaining popularity during Lent, when participants will eat only food from seeds, drink only water and practice daily devotions. Proponents say it gives new meaning to Jesus’ sacrifice — and can be good for a nation that could afford to shed a few pounds.
Here’s our list of (real and imagined) possibilities. Some are obvious, some less so. For our betting dollars, we’re banking on someone in Louie Giglio’s profile: unique but not necessarily a household name.
(RNS) Americans’ acceptance of gays and lesbians is continuing to grow, with a new poll showing that just over a third of Americans view homosexuality as a sin, down from 44 percent a year earlier. By David Gibson.
(RNS) “Oh, God!” That cry has echoed ever since news of the horrific Newtown school shootings. As the names of those who died are made known, that cry is followed by a question: Why? Why does God allow evil? By Cathy Lynn Grossman/ USA Today.
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI starts tweeting on Wednesday, and like the Dalai Lama, the pope doesn't plan to follow anyone. Will the tweets be infallible? Will he use OMG or would that be sacrilegious? What holy hashtags will he create? By Regina Brett.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to unite under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leadership says the code will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across 40 denominations. By Chris Lisee.
Rick Santorum may be up…again. Thanks to evangelicals. Rabbi Boteach may run for Congress. Rick Warren is slimming. Prop 8 is hanging fire. More women priests in the C of E than men. But as bishops? Usury is still a sin, and The Onion is still satire.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) As megachurch pastor Rick Warren struggled to submerge members of his flock in the baptismal pool one by one, he realized his parishioners were heavy and that he, too, was fat, setting a terrible example. By Lilly Fowler.