WEEK IN RELIGION

A U.S. federal appeals court recently ruled that the “In God We Trust” inscription found on the nation’s currency doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit by 27 atheists and two atheist organizations, which had argued the motto violated the Constitution’s prohibition of an establishment of religion nor the guarantee of free exercise of it. The Court said the inscription didn’t violate the Constitution because America’s founding had many examples of “official acknowledgements” of religion. Judge Raymond Grounder wrote, “Convenience may lead some Plaintiffs to carry cash, but nothing compels them to assert their trust in God. Certainly no ‘reasonable observer’ would think that the Government is attempting to force citizens to express trust in God with every monetary transactions.”

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STUDY SAYS

Most senior pastors very satisfied in their calling

According to a recent Barna poll, 72 percent of U.S. senior pastors said they were very satisfied with their vocational calling, and 53 percent said they are satisfied with their current church.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not” by Craig Croeschel

In “Hope in the Dark,” Craig Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” In the man’s sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man’s battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today. As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain: “Where was God when I was being abused?” “Why was my child born with a disability?” “Why did the cancer come back?” “Why are all my friends married and I’m alone?” He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief.

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THE WORD

yahrzeit: In Judaism, the anniversary of the death of an immediate family member, marked by the lighting of a yahrzeit candle that burns for 24 hours.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Jordan is:

— Muslim: 97.2 percent

— Christian: 2.2 percent

— Buddhist: 0.4 percent

— Hindu: 0.1 percent

— Jewish: 0.1 percent

— Folk religionist: 0.1 percent

— Unaffiliated: 0.1 percent

— Other: 0.1 percent

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