Weekly Religion News with how Pastor Duke became a blogger, "Choose Joy Participant's Guide" by Karen Warren and more.
Never in his wildest imagination did Pastor Duke Taber of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Pine Haven, Wyo., think that his personal blog would reach over 500,000 people in its first year.
Taber's Truths started out as an extension of his weekly column in the local newspaper. He had received good reports from the people in his community about his writing, and so he took it online. In just a year, it has grown to over 50,000 people per month visiting his site.
"First I just published what I was writing for the newspaper,” said Pastor Duke, as he likes to be called. "Then I started giving people things that would help them in their faith like lists of Bible verses on popular topics and Christian quotes from various denominations. Now I have expanded to do Christian news and commentary, world missions news, Christian living, etc. I have ended up with a total Christian News magazine! I have posted over 300 articles in one year."
Pastor Duke's story becomes even more unique when you take into account that he is both single and divorced. He has been a trailblazer for other single and divorced Christians who want to serve the Lord and the Church.
Taber's Truths celebrated its one-year anniversary this April. In recognition of that, Pastor Taber has purchased a whole new Web layout and now offers subscriptions.
When asked what he thought of all this, he replied, "This is all way beyond me. They didn't teach this stuff in Bible college 30 years ago. It has to be a God thing.”
Week in Religion
- April 11, 1506, the foundation stone of the new St. Peter's Basilica was laid under the patronage of Julius II. The church was not completed, however, until 1626.
- April 12, 1914, an 11-day constitutional convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, ended. During its sessions, the Assemblies of God denomination was founded.
- April 13, 1853, Loyola College in Baltimore was chartered under Roman Catholic auspices.
-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
Nearly four-in-ten Americans (38 percent) now say there has been too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders, while 30 percent say there has been too little.
-- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
"Choose Joy Participant's Guide" by Karen Warren
Everyone knows how to be joyful in the peaks of life. But what about the valleys? When nothing seems to go your way? When everything is falling apart? When God is silent, and you feel all alone? Where does joy fit into those moments? Designed to be experienced with the DVD, this guide is filled with provocative questions and discussion starters that will put you on the path to true, lasting joy no matter what you're going through. Kay Warren shares that joy is deeper than happiness, lasts longer than excitement, and is more satisfying than pleasure and thrills.
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Quote of the week
"Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car." -- Garrison Keillor
Carmelite: A Roman Catholic contemplative order founded by hermits at Mount Carmel in Palestine in the 12th century. It is associated with St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, two mystics who lived in 16th-century Spain. The order’s reformed branch, the Discalced Carmelites, included St. Theresa of Lisieux. Carmelites disavow ownership of personal or communal property.
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Indonesia (2000 census)
Muslim: 86.1 percent
Protestant: 5.7 percent
Roman Catholic: 3 percent
Hindu: 1.8 percent
Other or unspecified: 3.4 percent
- CIA Factbook
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