Pastor performs a 1-minute church service so he can watch the 49ers play

January 13, 2014 | 2 comments

Yesterday, Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Montana had a schedule conflict…

On the one hand, he wanted to see the 49ers play the Panthers in the playoffs, and on the other hand, he was somewhat obligated to hold his church’s second Sunday morning service. Both were supposed to happen at 11:00.

His solution? a 60-second service…

(via Digg)

10 Christian book covers you’ll wish you could erase from your brain

December 19, 2013 | 7 comments

I’m not well enough informed to compile a list of this year’s ugliest and weirdest Christian books myself or to confirm the exhaustiveness of someone else’s list, either. However, I’ve got to believe that the covers compiled by Englewood Review of Books for their worst-of-2013 are at least close to as bad as they come. I’m not sure how they could get much worse.

Here are some from their list followed by excerpts from Amazon’s descriptions…

(NOTE: You will doubt that some of these are real. Feel free to click on the covers to confirm their existence. Maybe you’ll even want to buy one or two — because, hey, just because an Amish romance has an ugly cover doesn’t mean it isn’t actually a really awesome Amish romance.)

Mail Order Margaret

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…Are things the same in post World War I Minnesota as they were in 1880? Maggie lost her fiancé in the war, and nothing in her hometown feels right anymore. When she runs across an advertisement for a mail order bride, she can’t help but be intrigued.


I Went to Heaven and This Is My Story

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Couple’s clever holiday card elaborately gives equal space to both their religions [3 pictures]

December 18, 2013 | 3 comments

So how do you create a card to send to your friends and family if you and your significant other celebrate different traditions?

You could go boring and generic with some sort of Happy-holidays theme. Or you could do this…

2-religion Holiday Card

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Ultra-minimal nativity scenes rely on wood blocks and entrenched cultural awareness of Christ’s birth [6 pics]

December 9, 2013 | No comments

Obviously, the Christmas story is iconic in our culture, but just how iconic is interestingly shown by how few details are needed in order to call forth in our minds the scene of Jesus’ birth as its typically imagined. Two designers have put this familiarity to use, each creating a nativity scenes out of wood blocks and as little specific information as possible, one using printed names and the other simply color.

Emily Vourin is an artist who focuses on modern interpretations of Catholic iconography. She explains…

The holy scene that has been broadly reproduced is here recognizable by the names only, giving free rein to people’s imagination…

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Pope prays and lays hands on a severely disfigured worshiper [4 pictures]

November 7, 2013 | 10 comments

As the pope greeted crowds of pilgrims yesterday in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, a man suffering from the rare and debilitating disease neurofibromatosis approached him for a blessing. Looking at the photos of the man meeting the pontiff, it is not hard to see why people in his condition are often discriminated against. But not this time.

Pope Francis paused with the man for several minutes, hugged him, held his face in his hands, and then gave him a kiss and a blessing…

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