gateHouse briefs for Faith & Values for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

Posted Online: Jan. 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
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White House announces prayer leader for inauguration
Civil rights activist and Medgar Evers' widow Myrlie Evers-Williams will deliver the invocation at the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21. Atlanta pastor Louis Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction, but backed out after a sermon he gave about homosexuality in the 1990s surfaced and was called anti-gay by activist groups.
CNN reported Tuesday that Evers-Williams was chosen because "Following her husband's murder she worked tirelessly not only for justice for his murder but for justice for the nation as well," according to one source via CNN. She is also a civil rights activist and headed the NAACP from 1995 to 1998.
Giglio released a statement Thursday saying "Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda a focal point of the inauguration. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ." In sound clips from the sermon, Giglio says that homosexuality is a sin.
Giglio is leader of the Passion movement, which seeks to end sex slavery and human trafficking worldwide. The movement also aims to mobilize young people to the cause and holds events at college campuses.
There has not yet been an announcement of who will now deliver the benediction.

Survey Says
According to a Dec. 24 Gallup poll, people identifying as Mormon are the most religious Americans. Eighty-seven percent of Mormons asked said the religion plays an important role in their daily lives, followed by 79 percent of Protestants and non-Catholic Christians, 78 percent of Muslims, 70 percent of Catholics, 50 percent of people identifying with "other non-Christian religions," and 41 percent of those who identify themselves as Jewish.

Good Book?

"Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work" by Timothy Keller with Katherine Leary Alsdorf
In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it?
Tim Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times bestselling author, has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than twenty years.
With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work-that we work to serve others, not ourselves-can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship-not just of self-interest.

Quote of the Week

"I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone." - Francis of Assisi

The Word
Lama: A Tibetan Buddhist teacher or master.

Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Brazil, according to CIA World Factbook:
73.6 percent: Roman Catholic
15.4 percent: Protestant
1.3 percent: Spiritualist
0.3 percent: Bantu/voodoo
1.8 percent: Other
7.4 percent: None


Local events heading

  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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