All posts filed under: RELIGION


Search the iPhone’s app store and you’ll find a variety of religious applications, including some that enable users to send a “personal note” to God, keep track of holidays and explore a variety of faiths. Read the full story here. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Spiritual books

Here are a few religion books that came across my desk recently, in case you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season. * Power, Freedom and Grace – Deepak Chopra writes about living from the source of lasting happiness. He considers the mystery of our existence and its significance in our eternal quest for happiness. Amber-Allen Publishing * Speaking to the Soul – Vicki K. Black, a deacon in the Episcopal Church for more than 20 years, offers daily readings for the Christian year. Based on the Episcopal Cafe’s popular column Speaking to the Soul, these spiritual readings for each day are from many Christian sources — from prayer books to saint biographies. Morehouse Publishing * Songs in Waiting – Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, offers spiritual reflections on Christ’s birth with this celebration of Middle Eastern canticles. The book contains spiriutal meditations that focus on the ancient Middle Eastern songs celebrating the birth of Jesus. Morehouse Publishing * Healing Words for the Body, Mind and Spirit – Caren Goldman discusses 101 words to …

Grave Secrets

Did you know that the religious iconography on tombstones sometimes tells a symbolic story about how a person died? Or that in 16th and 17th century America, it was common to find graves with skulls and crossbones on them? Check out this recent article in The Clarion-Ledger called Grave Secrets. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Shalom, y’all

Marshal Klaven, 30, was kicked out of Hebrew school for being a joker. His teacher had no idea he’d someday grow up to be a rabbi. Today, he’s the director of rabbinic services for Jackson’s Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. You can read more about him here. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Fight Club for churches

A Mississippi church called LifeBridge is encouraging couples to fight . . . for their marriages instead of with each other. You can read The Clarion-Ledger story here. Above, LifeBridge pastor Philip Thurman (center) serves as referee between husband and wife, Steve and Rachel Theim, of Madison. The couple helped illustrate a sermon series called “The Ultimate Fight Club,” which deals with conflict in marriage. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.


New York Times writer Olivia Judson predicted today that Darwinmania will erupt next month upon the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s premiere announcement of the discovery of natural selection. The following year will be the 200th anniversary of his Feb. 12 birth, as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. I have not finished reading The Origin of Species. (I have a habit of buying books, reading part of them, then buying more books.) But I decided to purchase it a while ago as a reference since Darwin’s theory still seems to be the subject of controversy, particularly in public schools where some argue that creationism and intelligent design should be offered in the science curriculum. I guess, because the theory has been controversial, I expected the book to be more philosophical when I began reading it, but it’s essentially a science text about natural selection. The word “evolution” sparks debate, but for some reason, most people seem to be OK with the term “natural selection.” “Natural selection” makes …