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Book Review: Guidance for living with the wounds of grief

By Marcia Dunbar, Special Contributor… When the One You Love Is Gone Rebekah L. Miles Abingdon Press, 2012 112 pages, paperback One of the most difficult times in a person’s life is the death of a loved one. Dealing with death is a struggle that is different for each person, and there is no right […]

Book Review: Resource for teaching local church stewardship

Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life Bob Crossman Abingdon Press, 2012 With Committed to Christ, the Rev. Bob Crossman and his co-authors provide a stewardship program to guide churches beyond the yearly financial campaigns and into a lifestyle of giving. Dr. Crossman, a longtime pastor and director of the Arkansas Conference New […]

Book Review: Much to savor, and debate about, in American Bible

By David N. Mosser, Special Contributor… The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation Stephen Prothero HarperOne, 2012 544 pages, hardcover May we quickly disabuse ourselves of two notions pertaining to the title of Stephen Prothero’s new book The American Bible? First, some readers may be irked because they’ll assume that […]

Is our idea of heaven all wrong?

By John Murawski, Religion News Service…  The oft-cliched Christian notion of heaven—a blissful realm of harp-strumming angels—has remained a fixture of the faith for centuries. Even as arguments will go on as to who will or won’t be “saved,” surveys show that a vast majority Americans believe that after death their souls will ascend to […]