Some Protestant churches feeling ‘mainline’ again Is it possible that a mainline church is actually growing? St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is classic mainline Protestant in nearly every respect: It embraces an interpretive approach to Scripture rather than taking the Bible literally. It makes a strong commitment to social justice and social action drawn from Gospel teachings. Classic in every respect but one: St. Mark is growing. Membership has jumped from 500 to 1,200 people since 1997, and Sunday attendance climbed from 200 to 500.
Depression not easy to shake Major depression often retreats only after patients have tried multiple drugs, and a large minority still have disabling symptoms even after using many medications, a landmark study suggests. The good news from the federal study of 3,671 patients is that about two-thirds were depression-free after trying up to four different combinations of drugs or therapy.
Bible-carrying teen dies after stun-gun shot A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting “I want Jesus” was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a St. Louis hospital, authorities said.
Study: Divorced women have more illness Women may give up more than a husband by divorcing — they may also lose some of their good health. During the years immediately after divorce, the divorced women reported 7% higher levels of psychological distress than married women. They did not report any differences in physical illness at that time. A decade later, however, the divorced women reported 37% more physical illness, but no difference in psychological stress that could be directly linked to the divorce.
Kerry, White House exchange words over Iraq ‘bad joke’ A bitter dispute about Iraq that dominated the 2004 campaign between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry resurfaced Tuesday as they traded barbs a week before voters decide control of Congress. Kerry told a college crowd Monday: “You know education, if you make the most of it, and you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
2 arrested in Hank Williams book theft Nashville police arrested two people accused of stealing a 59-year-old Hank Williams notebook containing notes and unpublished song lyrics. Sony/ATV Music Publishing said the book was stolen and was valued by music experts at as much as $250,000.
Anti-Youth-Smoking Ads May Have Opposite Effect The surest way to get teenagers to do something is to tell them not to.
Fired Up Against Teen Smoking An ex-cigarette researcher is now lecturing students on the danger of addiction.
More classes on campus taken online Students mix in-person classes with Internet courses to provide added flexibility to their schedule.