Travel along, if you dare, with Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit" – either in J.R.R.Tolkien's beloved 1937 novel, or through the first installment of Peter Jackson's film trilogy based on the book, which opens in theaters on Friday (Dec. 14).
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) The former rector of the nation's largest Episcopal church has become a Roman Catholic.
The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008.
PELHAM, Ala. (RNS) Five years ago, Living Word Church had dwindled to 40
members, had lost its founding pastor and was unable to pack more than
about 80 people into its 280-seat sanctuary and unsure of the future.
Now, it's part of one of the nation's largest megachurches -- and
could serve as a model for the thousands of small U.S. churches that are
closed every year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) EWTN Global Catholic Network, the
Alabama-based international media enterprise founded by Mother Angelica
in 1981, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic
(RNS) Jewish and Muslim groups want to know if they have a place in
Alabama after Gov. Robert Bentley, just hours into office, said people
who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his "brothers and
Lord have mercy
Apr 09, 2015
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).