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Charles Honey

Charles Honey is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Charles Honey

In Assisi, seeking love and forgiveness in the shadow of St. Francis

By Charles Honey — October 1, 2012

ASSISI, Italy (RNS) Swimming against a global tide of religious violence and political polarization, about 550 religious and humanitarian leaders met recently here in the birthplace of St. Francis to propose a new way forward: love and forgiveness. By Charles Honey.

Many, but not all, Hispanic voters swing to Obama

By Charles Honey — October 29, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Naomi Gonzalez grew up poor in Chicago, bouncing among nine foster homes while her father served time in prison. The single mother of four believes Barack Obama understands her struggle. “He’s come from poverty, he comes from a single mother, he’s experienced racism,” said Gonzalez, 30, “A lot of […]

Chaplains counsel patience as GM downsizes

By Charles Honey — October 23, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service WYOMING, Mich. _ David Karel does not know what comes next for him and his 1,500 fellow workers at the GM metal stamping plant, following last week’s announcement it will close by December 2009. But of one thing the Baptist minister is certain: God will be there for them. “God […]

Son says evangelist father wouldn’t recognize the GOP

By Charles Honey — October 15, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As a crusading evangelist and author, Francis Schaeffer urged conservative Christians to politically battle abortion and engage the secular culture. But he would have recoiled from the “snide” comments and jeering at this summer’s Republican National Convention, his son Frank says. “My father would have been embarrassed to be […]

COMMENTARY: Blinded by the might, leaders lose common touch

By Charles Honey — October 1, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ Mandy Helton Jones had planned to spend the next couple of months traveling to Asia and Australia with her new husband, Jon. But when she spotted a blog looking for couples to carry a handwritten Bible across America, their travel plans changed in a hurry. “We […]

36,000 will write the Bible, one verse at a time

By Charles Honey — October 1, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ Mandy Helton Jones had planned to spend the next couple of months traveling to Asia and Australia with her new husband, Jon. But when she spotted a blog looking for couples to carry a handwritten Bible across America, their travel plans changed in a hurry. “We […]

Young Muslims getting the word out about faith

By Charles Honey — August 27, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ From their cramped office behind a barber shop, four young men try to get the word out: This is who we are, this is what we believe. As Muslims in this overwhelmingly Christian community, they feel a responsibility to tell what Islam truly teaches _ to […]

Belief in hell dips, but some say they’ve already been there

By Charles Honey — August 15, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Ernie Long believes he has been to hell. He can even narrow it down to a particular moment. His mother was dying of cancer. As she lay on her death bed, he swiped her last $5 and the car keys from her purse, went out and […]

Nun, 93, preaches the gospel behind razor-wire fences

By Charles Honey — May 29, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service MUSKEGON, Mich. _ Sister Elizabeth Barilla rolled in a wheelchair past inmates playing basketball as a pleasant breeze blew across the campus of the Muskegon Correctional Facility and sun glinted off the razor-wire fences. The Dominican nun was impatient to arrive for her monthly 6:15 p.m. class teaching the Bible […]

Have you been tested for nomophobia?

By Charles Honey — April 4, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Soon after the 2007 release of Christopher Hitchens’ best-selling atheist manifesto, “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” another journalist took sharp issue with it _ his brother, Peter Hitchens. Although praising the book’s elegance and wit, Peter Hitchens wrote in London’s Mail on Sunday newspaper, “I also […]

Sculptor nun hears God’s voice in her chisel

By Charles Honey — March 5, 2008
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Deep in the basement of the Marywood motherhouse, tucked among water pipes and storage rooms, Sister Phyllis Mrozinski patiently chips away at a chunk of pink New Mexico alabaster. Mrozinski gently pounds a chisel, kicking up flying chips of stone and sprays of dust. Ping, ping, ping: The sound echoes through […]

Couple urges truce in war between faith and science

By Charles Honey — February 27, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The poster in Deborah Haarsma’s office at Calvin College bears the bold title, “Long, long ago in galaxies far, far away” _ appropriate “Star Wars” jargon for an astronomy professor. It shows photos of galaxy clusters spied by Haarsma and two of her students using one of the world’s […]

Christian Reformed Women Study for a Job They May Not Get

By Charles Honey — May 15, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ On a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon, Meg Jenista steps to the pulpit of Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church and confidently reads Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John. “I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener,” Jenista reads to about 65 worshippers at the […]

Trek Through Africa Leads to Physical and Spiritual Scars, and Hope

By Charles Honey — April 7, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The rebel soldier with an AK-47 slung over his shoulder glared at Erik Mirandette with deadly eyes. He wanted money. So did the mob of more than 100 angry people crowding around the young man from Kentwood, Mich., stuck on a mountain in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This […]

Puritan Seminary Draws Pious-Minded Students

By Charles Honey — March 6, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ A dozen heads bow as Derek Baars prays that God will bless their day at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. “Holy Father, as we gather for prayer, we thank thee so much for the opportunity to come to thee,” prays Baars, a blind student from British Columbia. […]
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