Christian film critic says Robin Williams accepted Christ in rehab, but “he was always searching”

Details:  Christian Film and Television Commission Chairman Dr. Ted Baehr recently revealed that late comedian Robin Williams accepted Jesus as his personal Savior during one of his rehab stays. Williams committed suicide on Monday, and many friends and fans are still struggling to come to grips with the immense and sudden loss. Dr. Baehr expressed sadness for Williams’ family, [Read More...]

Lauren Bacall’s religion

An interesting detail from The New York Times obit on Lauren Bacall: During her romance with [Humphrey] Bogart, she asked him if it mattered to him that she was Jewish. His answer, she later wrote, was “Hell, no — what mattered to him was me, how I thought, how I felt, what kind of person I [Read More...]

Robin Williams on fear, addiction, grief and “trying to keep hope alive”

A revealing interview from four years ago, in The Guardian: The film [World's Greatest Dad] is a devastatingly funny indictment of the modern grief industry, but when I ask Williams if he thinks it’s getting worse, he says mildly, “Well, I think people want it. In a weird way, it’s trying to keep hope alive.” So [Read More...]

An elephant in Galilee?

Details:  There are many amazing characters and creatures described in the Hebrew Bible, but elephants are not among them. Imagine the surprise of a team of archaeologists who were in the midst of their fourth summer of excavations at an ancient synagogue in Israel’s Lower Galilee when they discovered elephants in a mosaic panel where [Read More...]

Billionaire pastor unveils replica of Temple of Solomon in Brazil

And it’s a doozy. Details:  A Brazilian billionaire preacher inaugurated a massive church building in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week, designed to be a $300 million replica of the original Temple of Solomon, as noted in the Bible’s Old Testament. The temple, which takes over an entire city block, is an 11-story building twice the [Read More...]

“We live out our awareness that we are called to be the Body of Christ”

A friend sent this my way, from an Anglo-Catholic parish, St. Paul’s, in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC. They’re looking for a new rector, and have published a Rector Qualification Sheet, which describes the parish, its mission, and what it seeks for the new boss. I like how the parish describes itself: In our [Read More...]

It’s Monday. I’m sure a lot of us feel this way.

Oh, yeah… [Read more...]

What’s up with the Jesuits?

Blogger and teacher Matt Emerson poses the question over at the CNN Belief blog:   Is Andrew Garfield, star of films such as “The Social Network” and “The Amazing Spiderman,” considering the priesthood? Last month, paparazzi snapped a picture of Garfield walking as he carried “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” the Rev. James Martin’s insightful overview [Read More...]

A new Catholic Bible? Check out “The Message”

Those of us who grew up with the “Good News for Modern Man” in the 1970s can be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu. But here’s some news about a new translation of the Bible that you’ll be hearing about, from NCR: The Message is relatively unknown to Catholics because it is a Protestant [Read More...]

The world’s most successful coach of endurance runners is…a Catholic missionary?!

Yep. Great story about a remarkable man, whose legacy has been dubbed “the stuff of legend in Kenya”: In 2012, David Rudisha, a Masai warrior from Kenya, ran what many say was the greatest race in the history of the Olympics. He led the 800m final from the front and smashed his own world record, [Read More...]


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