Anita Snell never dreamed she would be one of nearly 700,000 women who lose their husbands each year. But in October 2007, the unthinkable happened. Snell became part of that statistic when her pastor husband, Jack, died from pancreatic cancer.
"Singles" are not monolithic but fall across every age range and life spectrum. They are never married—like Belcher—divorced, separated and widowed. And they come in all ages, from very young adults just out of high school to senior adults who have lost a spouse after
Using data collected between 1972 and 2008, a Duke University professor of sociology and religion says America not only is losing its religion, but also has lost confidence in religious leaders and wants them to be less involved in politics.
In the 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks there have been signs of hope for the future of interfaith relations. But along with progress has come polarization—threats of Quran burnings, protests of proposed mosques and fears of Islamic law in the U.S. legal system.
Jesus' call to discipleship is clear. It is exampled in foot washing (John 13:5), self-denial and cross-bearing (Luke 9:23). How often Jesus had to remind his disciples that seeking places of pre-eminence had no place in the kingdom of God (Matthew 20:20-27).
A recent trip to Oklahoma City gave me a chance to visit and reflect on two cities that lost about 160 people each to catastrophic events. Downtown Oklahoma City was the site of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building