It is reported that only 30 people attended the funeral of legendary author C.S. Lewis. His death occurred on the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963. The media, including in Britain, flooded the news with coverage of the U.S. president's death and that meant that Lewis' passing was not announced until after his funeral, according to Mike Stranks of the C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival committee in Britain.
Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day, the authors of a website dedicated to Lewis state. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.
Lewis wrote more than 30 books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. C. S. Lewis's most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics in The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies, according to CSLewis.com, and have been adapted into three major motion pictures. more >>
The head of a major Christian retailer presently suing the federal government has proposed a Bible class elective for an Oklahoma high school.
Steve Green, president of the Oklahoma-based retail giant Hobby Lobby Inc., has proposed a class for Mustang High School with a curriculum focused on various aspects of the Holy Bible.
"There's still some fine-tuning, but the curriculum breakdown would include an intro course covering the Old and New Testaments and the Bible's impact on society. Three advanced courses would focus on deeper history and cultural influence," reported KOCO 5 News. more >>
They pastor in different parts of the country and have vastly different teaching styles, but according to the iTunes store's latest "Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality" chart, Joel Osteen, Mark Driscoll, Timothy Keller and Charles Stanley are some of the most-listened to Christian ministers — both in the U.S. and abroad.Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality (U.S.) on iTunes:Joel Osteen Audio Podcast Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscoll Audio Timothy Keller Podcast Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley Your Move with Andy Stanley Podcast The Village Church (Matt Chandler) The Potter's Touch (T.D. Jakes) Joyce Meyer TV Audio Podcast Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast Bethel Church Sermon of the Week (Bill Johnson)
An obvious stand-out on the list of top 10 religion and spirituality podcasts is Pastor Andy Stanley's "Your Move…" and "Leadership" podcasts both ranking in the lineup.
Also noteworthy is that podcast programs from Mars Hill Church, Joyce Meyer, Mars Hill Bible Church (founded by Rob Bell) and Bethel Church also appear on the "top 10" lists for religion and spirituality on the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Norway charts. more >>
Author Kimberly Lock gives us five holiday tips on maintaining our sanity, peace, and avoiding a negative balance in our account in a list she calls "The 5 G's to Having a Good Holiday Season."
'Tis the Season to Remain Virtuous: The 5 G's to Having a Good Holiday Season more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a middle school teacher by a public school district over the religious images that the teacher had in his classroom.
In a four to three decision, the Court decided that Mount Vernon City Schools had the right to fire science teacher John Freshwater for the various religious displays he had in his classroom.
These included a poster of the Ten Commandments, a poster of George W. Bush and Colin Powell praying with a Bible verse inscribed, and the Bible on Freshwater's desk. more >>
A California pastor is now expressing outrage at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif., after he stumbled upon a shelf in the store that had Bibles on display as "$14.99 Fiction" while shopping for a gift for his wife last Friday.
"All the Bibles were labeled as fiction," Caleb Kaltenbach, lead pastor at Discovery Church in southern California, told Fox News' Todd Starnes. "It seemed bizarre to me."
The pastor explained that he tried discussing the matter with Costco representatives at the store but no one was available to discuss it. So he snapped a picture of the display and tweeted it to his followers on Twitter. more >>