Happy St. George Day! And Who Is Saint George?

April 23 celebrates the date of the martyrdom of St. George, a little-known saint by Americans, but one who, through the centuries, has stood as a shining star among all saints. He is also the patron saint of England. His origins, however, are obscure. George is thought to have been a British soldier who was put to death in April a.d. 303, under Diocletian, though the story's origins are uncertain. According to the fifth-century Apocryphal Acts of Saint George, he held the rank of tribune in … [Read more...]

The City of God v The City of Man

by Wendy MurrayAmid the perpetual dissent that arises from President Trump’s many actions and policies, I have been perplexed by some who have appealed to the teachings of Jesus as the reason for standing against him. (This has been especially true in the case of his Executive Order on the status of refugees coming from hostile countries.) Some Christian leaders have gone so far as to say that a person cannot support Donald Trump while calling him or herself a Christian.  Many th … [Read more...]

My Visit with Fred “Mister” Rogers, Part Two (Audio) ~ Television as Holy Ground

By Wendy MurrayContinuing my conversation with Fred Rogers on the day we met in his office in October 2000,  I probed him on his desire to go to seminary as part of his preparation for the work he was doing in television. What was behind his desire to study theology? In what way did he see seminary training as germane to the work he was already doing in television?[Listen to Part One of this interview here.]In the portion of our interview that is included below Fred explains the … [Read more...]

My Visit with Fred “Mister” Rogers, Part One (Audio) ~ His Family & the Puppets

By Wendy MurrayThis posting marks the first of what I hope will be ongoing audio portions of actual interviews I've conducted with thought leaders and fascinating people over the decades of my career in journalism.In October 2000 I had the opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh to spend a day with Fred "Mister" Rogers and his colleagues for a cover story that appeared in Christianty Today. The project had been a pay-off assignment for me in the aftermath of intense traveling, … [Read more...]

Who Is the *Real* Francis of Assisi? A New Book Hasn’t Found Him

A Review of When Francis Saved the Church, by Jon Sweeney(This review is part of the Patheos Book Club.)  by Wendy MurrayWhen I was living in Assisi, Italy to work on my book about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi -- titled A Mended and a Broken Heart -- a friar and scholar with whom I regularly consulted exhorted me with a statement I have never forgotten: He said, “Francis is an ocean--don’t say we caught him.”In this way I am always curious to read new … [Read more...]