Religion

Reflections: The best Valentine ever!

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? Is it a diamond, a rainbow, mountains or art? One of my favorite sites is a sparkling lake with snow capped mountains behind it. What is the most amazing thing you’ve ever heard? Perhaps it’s a favorite genre of music, the giggle of a ...

First Lutheran in Williston to hold lutefisk and meatball dinner on Feb. 23

First Lutheran Church in Williston will hold its 86th annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at the Fellowship Hall in Williston from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 23. Tickets are available at the church office, Monday through Friday. The cost is $18 for adults, or $15 before Feb. 20; $8 for ...

Rev. Rick Steele is new pastor at UCC

Rev. Rick Steele has joined Minot’s Congregational United Church of Christ as its pastor. An ordained minister in the UCC, Steele grew up in Chicago, attending a UCC church. He was called to full-time ministry after a career in information technology, with AT&T, John D. and Catherine ...

Men Rise Up

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot wants to help men reconnect with their faith and about what it means to be a man of God. They are taking part in the Men Rise Up challenge, which individual men and churches all over the world will be participating in this spring. Church member ...

Ready, set, grow Part 3

Let’s continue our discussion on maturity from the book of James in the Bible. There are five chapters in James, and each chapter teaches us a mark of maturity. In chapter one the mark of maturity is “How do I react to problems?” In chapter two, “How do I treat other people?” In ...

Minot Christian Women’s Luncheon to be held Tuesday

The Minot Christian Women’s Club will hold a non-denominational luncheon from 12:15 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Grand Hotel in Minot. The cost is $13. Chocolatier Lesli Getzlaff, of Mikey’s Country Candy, will share. Musician Larry Nelson will perform. Kelly Reuer, Kenmare, ...

Cowboy churches feel like home for many

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The church occupies a corner of the shopping center, behind the Taco Express, squeezed between the karate dojo and the massage and tattoo parlors, a few doors down from the medical marijuana shop. "Lord God, we thank you for this place, this church," the Rev. ...

Ready, set, grow Part 2

Last week we started a discussion on maturity as described in the book of James in the Bible. The first test of maturity is, “How do I react to problems?” Every problem in my life can either be a stepping stone to further maturity or a stumbling block holding me to immaturity. That is the ...

Vatican magazine denounces sexual abuse of nuns by priests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's women's magazine is denouncing the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and the resulting scandal of religious sisters having abortions or giving birth to children who are not recognized by their fathers. The February issue of "Women Church World," a monthly ...

Ready, set grow Part 1

Towards the end of the New Testament of the Bible there is a fascinating book full of practical wisdom: the book of James. I highly recommend reading through James at least once a year. In most Bibles it is only several pages as it contains five short chapters. But, it is not a book to read ...

Our Lady of Grace to host Family Faith Night Amazing Race

Family Faith Night Amazing Race will be held February 6 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot. Volunteers will be dressed in costume depicting many of the titles of the Virgin Mary, including Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and others. Others will ...

Pope brings World Youth Day to prisoners, hears confessions

LAS GARZAS, Panama (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday brought World Youth Day to Panama's juvenile delinquents, celebrating an emotional penitential liturgy inside the country's main youth prison since the inmates couldn't participate in the Catholic Church's big festival of faith ...

Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again. The Vatican on Wednesday provided ...

Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) — Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God ...

Hard core values

In 1982, Tylenol, made by Johnson and Johnson, was the leading pain-killer medicine. They held 35 percent of the market share. Sadly, there were seven mysterious deaths via poisoning within a short time in the Chicago area. Detectives put the details together, realizing the source of the ...

‘Wisdom’ my choice for 2019, for me and you

Since 2008, I’ve chosen a word to guide my new year. Selecting it involves prayer, as well as tuning into what might be needed most in the next 12 months. Some years, I struggle with my “one word” selection, but this year, I thought of my friend Vicky Westra, a partner in bringing a ...

Yes, there is a war between science and religion

(THE CONVERSATION) As the West becomes more and more secular, and the discoveries of evolutionary biology and cosmology shrink the boundaries of faith, the claims that science and religion are compatible grow louder. If you’re a believer who doesn’t want to seem anti-science, what can you ...

Sudanese family finds Christmas joy in Fargo

When Charles and Rosa Mukhtar left Sudan with their young son Aronah for America 14 years ago, they likely felt a bit like Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus fleeing Bethlehem more than 2,000 years earlier to escape oppression and possible death. Certainly, like the couple from Nazareth, they clung ...

Distraction can lead to inaction

Joseph and Mary, who was with child, traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to participate in a mandatory census. While they were in Bethlehem the time came for the miracle baby to be born and Mary “gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because ...

Egyptian novel explores Christians under controlling church

CAIRO (AP) — Shady Lewis Botros says his recently published novel — "Ways of the Lord" — can be broadly viewed as an attempt to answer one question: What it's like to be a Christian in Egypt? The answer, given in stories narrated by the book's chief character, is complex and often ...