Weekly religion rail, with items on Oral Roberts University, the church that houses Shakespeare's grave, getting to know a Christian rapper, and more.
After two years of struggling with debt and a financial scandal, Oral Roberts University is out of the red, according to wire reports.
The Tulsa, Okla., evangelical school was facing $55 million in debt after then-university president Richard Roberts and his wife were accused of spending university money on personal luxuries.
Richard Roberts, the son of Oral Roberts, stepped down in November 2007, and Mart Green, a billionaire Oklahoma City businessman, took over. The heir to the Hobby Lobby craft supply store made a $70 million donation, and a matching gift campaign and increased donations helped the school eliminate its debt.
Roof over Shakespeare’s grave rotting
The England church that is home to the grave of William Shakespeare is seeking money to repair a rotting beam that supports its roof.
According to wire reports, workmen in the 800-year-old Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon were doing repairs when they discovered a support beam was rotting away. The beam supports the roof of the chancel, the part of the church that contains the altar and Shakespeare’s burial spot. Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity in 1564.
The church needs to raise $80,000 to make the repairs.
According to a recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, almost half of Americans (45 percent) say they personally know someone who is Muslim.
Also, slim majorities of the public are able to correctly answer questions about the name Muslims use to refer to God (53 percent) and the name of Islam's sacred text (52 percent), with 41 percent correctly answering both "Allah" and "the Koran."
“Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life” by Robert J. Wicks
Blending insights from Christian contemplative practice and Buddhist mindfulness, Dr. Robert J. Wicks -- a well-known speaker, therapist and spiritual guide -- introduces what he calls "prayerfulness," a way of being truly in the present to experience God and life in dynamic new ways.
Wicks offers a rich array of insights including seven practical steps, a 30-day retreat, and a Spiritual Mindfulness Questionnaire.
This creative combination of ancient wisdom and contemporary psychology is designed to help readers develop a loving, clear, and spiritually balanced outlook.
Get to Know … KJ-52
KJ-52 is the stage name for Jonah Sorrentino, a Christian rapper originally from Florida.
The "KJ" part of his name refers to "knowledge and justification," while "52," which is pronounced "five two," is a reference to the Biblical story of Jesus feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fishes.
Sorrentino converted to Christianity at 15, and after working in youth ministry for several years, he pursued hip-hop full time. He has since released six albums, plus several side projects. He was awarded the Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for "Never Look Away" and Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the 2007 GMA Dove Awards.
His most recent album, “Five-Two Television,” was released Tuesday.
Rede: Old English word for a law or rule. The Wiccan Rede is the main behavioral rule for Wiccans. In modern English it can be translated as "As long as it harm non, do what you wish." – religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Guinea
Muslim: 85 percent
Christian: 8 percent
Indigenous beliefs: 7 percent
- CIA Factbook
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