The Bible’s Inspiring Stories – In the Rose Bowl Parade

On New Year's Day, chances are you were among the 450 million television viewers watching the Rose Bowl and, before that, the Rose Bowl Parade.  The theme for the 2015 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade was “Inspiring Stories”--and the seventh float in the line-up celebrated the most inspiring story of all.   The float designed and constructed by Lutheran Hour Ministries, the only Christian float in the Parade, was named "The Bible ... God's Story."  It featured an open Bible, a nativity sce … [Read more...]

The Madonna of the Candelabra

Madonna of the Candelabra stamp

Back in 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Christmas stamp titled "Madonna of the Candelabra."  The stamp, which is still available for purchase today, is sold in books of 20 self-adhesive "Forever" stamps.  It features Mary and the Christ Child, with a lantern behind them.The stamp may have shown up on cards and letters in your mailbox; but you may not be aware that the image was edited to fit the standard size postage stamp, and that in editing for size, the USPS omitted some of the … [Read more...]

Beauty Meets Grace in Detroit’s Historic Churches


My fingers tugged at the wrapper, and I held my breath as I rushed to open Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship.  I’d visited many of Detroit’s oldest churches through the years, and I was looking forward to reviewing this new book; but I was delighted by the explosion of color and fine detail on every page of this beautiful coffee table book, released in September 2012 by Wayne State University Press.“Churches and synagogues have played a crucial role in Detroit for generations,” said Nancy … [Read more...]