Faith and fitness: LATimes explores God’s role in weight loss

There’s a healthy dose of religion news on the front page of today’s Los Angeles Times. “God is their fitness co-pilot,” proclaims the print headline on this Column One feature. The online version goes with “Cross training” (get it?). Believe it or not, there’s no mention of that Northwestern University study from a few years [Read More...]

Results vary as media follow Rick Warren’s return

Over the weekend, Rick Warren returned to the pulpit for the first time since his son’s suicide nearly four months ago. This made national headlines — and rightly so. The coverage that I saw ranged from weak to adequate to truly exceptional. On the weak side, the Los Angeles Times did a bare bones report that [Read More...]

WWROD? Another stab at defining the word ‘evangelical’

Long ago, I asked the Rev. Billy Graham a question that I really thought he, of all people, would be able to answer. The question: What does the word “evangelical” mean? As I have reported several times, the world’s most famous evangelist tossed the question right back at me: “Actually, that’s a question I’d like [Read More...]

Out front: the stigma of mental illness

In 2011, I traveled to rural Oregon to report on a minister who helped bring healing to his small town after a string of suicides. As part of that Christian Chronicle story, I noted that 35,000 Americans died by suicide in the most recent year for which statistics were available: Victims range from teenagers harassed [Read More...]

Myopic coverage of Warren in tragedy?

Of the many sad stories this weekend, one was the news that Rick Warren’s son Matthew killed himself. Suicides are difficult to cover and there’s some (though probably not enough) debate about when and how to cover them. In this case, the news was announced in emails to the congregation and staff of Saddleback Church, [Read More...]


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