(RNS) Pastor Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the “Snake Salvation” reality television show, died Saturday (Feb. 15) after suffering a snakebite during a church service. He was 42.
An East Tennessee serpent-handling pastor’s legal woes are over for now. After a hearing on January 8, a grand jury decided not to indict Andrew Hamblin on charges of violating a state ban on possessing venomous snakes.
Fans of a beloved contemporary Christian hymn won’t find any satisfaction in a new church hymnal. The committee putting together a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) dropped the popular hymn “In Christ Alone” because the song’s authors refused to change a phrase about the wrath of God.
A Catholic hospital in Colorado has argued in court documents that it is not liable for the deaths of twin seven-month-old fetuses because those fetuses are not people under state law. So far, courts have sided with the hospital. But the hospital’s line of defense appears to contradict Catholic teaching that human life is sacred from the moment of conception.
In a few weeks Mark Simpson will lace up his sneakers, set out some five-gallon water coolers and start waiting for a miracle. Over the past ten years, Simpson, a 47-year-old pastoral counselor from Clinton, Mississippi, and his wife, Robin, have helped train more than 3,000 people to run a marathon.
For Nathan De Lee, going to church as a kid was an ordeal. De Lee, a Unitarian Universalist, grew up in rural Kansas, where members of his faith were few and far between. Attending services meant an overnight trip to Kansas City, Missouri, where the nearest Unitarian Universalist congregation was.
c. USA Today 2012 NASHVILLE (RNS) For the past 24 years, Richard Land has used his folksy charm and fiery rhetoric to become one of the leading voices of the religious right and the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant group.
c. 2012 USA Today NASHVILLE (RNS) One of the largest student religious groups at Vanderbilt University is leaving campus in a dispute over the school's non-discrimination policy that bars student groups from requiring their leaders to hold specific beliefs.