A team of scientists and scholars claim to have discovered the world's earliest-known version of the Gospel, dating back to the first century A.D., which was found on a sheet of papyrus used to make an ancient mummy's mask in Egypt.
Live Science is reporting that Craig Evans, a professor of New Testament studies at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia, and an associated team of three dozen researchers and scholars have unmasked what is thought to be a written portion of the Gospel of Mark, that possibly dates back as early as 80 A.D.
Although most people think of Egyptian mummy masks being made of gold, Evans explained in a seminar that most ancient Egyptians, that were not pharaohs nor part of ancient Egypt's elite social class, were mummified with masks made out of used sheets of papyrus because that was the most cost efficient way for the families to preserve the bodies of their loved ones. more >>
A survey has found there is a significant gender divide when it comes to religious beliefs in Britain. While 54 percent of men in their 40s said they were either atheists or agnostics, women were twice more likely to believe in God and life after death.
"Among believers, women are also much more likely to be definite than men, and among non-believers, men are much more likely to be definite than women," said David Voas, professor of population studies at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex.
Lawmakers in Mississippi have introduced two pieces of legislation that, if approved, would make the Holy Bible the official book of Mississippi, even though such a move might conflict with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
With Mississippi lacking an officially designated book of the state, three Mississippi lawmakers, Reps. Tom Miles, Michael Evans, and William Arnold (also a non-denominational pastor), are sponsoring bills in the state legislature that would label the Holy Scripture as the state's official book.
Evans told AL.com that the idea of making the Bible the official book of Mississippi came about when he was discussing with his constituents about all the "wrong in the world" and how if more people read the Bible things could be better. more >>
The Overflow, the world's first-ever Christian and gospel on-demand music streaming service, went live today, and co-founder Stephen Relph hopes listeners grow closer to God.
Unlike other streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, TheOverflow offers a subscription to faith-based and family-friendly music, helping Christians discover, share, and listen to music.
"I was an avid listener of Christian music but it was always difficult to find," Relph explained of the TheOverflow. "Our goal is to reduce a lot of that complexity and provide options in Christian music genres." more >>
Although God made this girl a little different, she still delivers a powerful message. Not everyone is made perfectly. We must accept what we are given, and never envy others. Most of all, wake up every day and just say to yourself that you are "beautiful."
Waking up to tell yourself this, will make you feel so much better about yourself. The point is to love yourself and that will help you love others around you.
A powerful message like this can really touch someone's heart and give them hope. Especially when it is coming from a girl that is missing an arm. Being put in a situation like that can be very stressful, but Sarah just lives her life and doesn't let anything get in the way. more >>
In keeping up with a long-standing Texas gubernatorial tradition on Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry passed down Texas' historic governors' Bible to his successor, and underlined text from Matthew 20:25-28 to help guide Gov.-elect Greg Abbott to success in his tenure as Texas' new executive.
In a tradition that began in 1925, when Gov. Pat Neff handed down the same leather-bound Bible to his successor Gov. James Ferguson and marked the words from Psalm 119, Texas governors have since shared the gospel from this nearly century-old Bible with their successors.
The tradition calls for the outgoing Texas governor to not only pass down Bible, but also pick an appropriate verse or passage in the Bible that they want to share with the incoming governor. more >>