John Burnett http://nhpr.org en Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community http://nhpr.org/post/statue-homeless-jesus-startles-wealthy-community A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.<p>The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.<p>Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.<p>The reaction was immediate. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:43:00 +0000 John Burnett 46668 at http://nhpr.org Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community Fort Hood Memorializes Shooting Victims, Obama Attends http://nhpr.org/post/fort-hood-memorializes-shooting-victims-obama-attends President Obama joined families and troops paying tribute to the three soldiers killed last week by a fellow soldier. Obama was there in 2009 after another mass shooting at the base. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:18:00 +0000 John Burnett 46509 at http://nhpr.org Obama Honors Victims Of Fort Hood Shooting http://nhpr.org/post/obama-honors-victims-fort-hood-shooting President Obama is traveling to Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday to attend the memorial service for those killed in last week's shooting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 John Burnett 46476 at http://nhpr.org Second Deadly Shooting At Fort Hood Raises Multiple Questions http://nhpr.org/post/second-deadly-shooting-fort-hood-raises-multiple-questions Attention is focused on the mental state of Army Specialist Ivan Lopez, who's accused of killing 3 people and injuring 16 at Fort Hood on Wednesday. A verbal altercation may have lead to the shooting. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:02:00 +0000 John Burnett 46186 at http://nhpr.org Fort Hood Suffers Another Shooting Tragedy http://nhpr.org/post/fort-hood-suffers-another-shooting-tragedy Military officials say a soldier opened fire at the base killing three people before taking his own life. A senior officer says the shooter was being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:51:00 +0000 John Burnett 46109 at http://nhpr.org SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost http://nhpr.org/post/spacex-could-give-struggling-texas-city-boost The space company SpaceX has identified a remote spot on the southern tip of Texas as its finalist for construction of the world's newest commercial orbital launch site.<p>The 50-acre site really is at the end of the road. Texas Highway 4 abruptly ends at the warm waves of the Gulf surrounded by cactus, Spanish dagger and sand dunes.<p>"Welcome to Boca Chica beach, Brownsville, Texas. It's where the U.S. really begins," says Gilberto Salinas, executive vice president of the Brownsville Economic Development Council. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:32:00 +0000 John Burnett 42748 at http://nhpr.org SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost Televangelist Paul Crouch, Who Started Trinity Network, Dies http://nhpr.org/post/televangelist-paul-crouch-who-started-trinity-network-dies Televangelist Paul Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at the age of 79. The Pentecostal minister's broadcasting network came to be the world's largest Christian television system with Praise-a-Thon fundraising efforts that brought in as much as $90 million a year in mostly small donations. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 John Burnett 39501 at http://nhpr.org Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix? http://nhpr.org/post/texas-oil-man-commanded-bible-drills-israel They say an oilman has to be a gambler, but can he be a prophet?<p><a href="http://www.zionoil.com/%20" target="_blank">Zion Oil & Gas</a>, based in Dallas, is a publicly traded company that believes it is commanded by the Bible to search for oil in Israel, both to help the Holy Land and <em></em>make money for investors. The 22 employees of Zion Oil in Texas and Israel, and many of its 30,000 investors, believe the company is on a mission from God.<p>"God creates this. He provides the money and the place where to drill. Now why we haven't got the oil yet, I don't know. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:03:00 +0000 John Burnett 39185 at http://nhpr.org Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix? To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer http://nhpr.org/post/stave-decline-churches-attract-new-members-beer With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.<p>Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 09:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 37866 at http://nhpr.org To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling http://nhpr.org/post/serpent-experts-try-demystify-pentecostal-snake-handling Two weeks ago, NPR <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/04/226838383/snake-handling-preachers-open-up-about-takin-up-serpents" target="_blank">reported on a group</a> of Pentecostals in Appalachia who handle snakes in church to prove their faith in God. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:12:00 +0000 John Burnett 37023 at http://nhpr.org Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel http://nhpr.org/post/church-songbooks-there-was-lined-out-singing <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrDLj_dmugE</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:15:00 +0000 John Burnett 36764 at http://nhpr.org Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents' http://nhpr.org/post/snake-handling-preachers-open-about-takin-serpents Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.<p>Pastor Jamie Coots warns about the scent in the snake room behind his house in Middlesboro, Ky.<p>"It's strong, so I'll go ahead and tell you that," he says as he unlocks the squeaky door. We're greeted by the rattles of dark-complexioned pit vipers lying about in glass cages. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:35:00 +0000 John Burnett 36231 at http://nhpr.org Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents' Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas http://nhpr.org/post/deep-fry-chefs-keep-it-hot-and-poppin-texas Every year, the State Fair of Texas awards the most original food that is battered and plunged into a vat of boiling oil.<p>And it gets weirder every year. The obvious choices came and went in previous competitions — concoctions such as fried ice cream, fried cookie dough and chicken-fried bacon. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:12:00 +0000 John Burnett 34229 at http://nhpr.org Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas Cowboy Church: With Rodeo Arena, They 'Do Church Different' http://nhpr.org/post/cowboy-church-rodeo-arena-they-do-church-different It's Sunday morning at the Cowboy Church of Santa Fe County, N.M. You know you're there because of the chuck wagon parked by the highway.<p>You couldn't find a more nonreligious-looking building. The church is a charmless metal warehouse on a concrete slab. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 21:04:00 +0000 John Burnett 34206 at http://nhpr.org Cowboy Church: With Rodeo Arena, They 'Do Church Different' Should Military Chaplains Have To Believe In God? http://nhpr.org/post/should-military-chaplains-have-believe-god The United States military chaplaincy program has a proud heritage that stretches all the way back to the Continental Army during the American Revolution.<p>"They are rabbis, ministers, imams and priests who serve our nation's heroes and their families as committed members of the U.S. Army," according to <a href="http://www.dvidshub.net/video/283830/us-army-chaplain-corps-spiritual-leadership-army-family#.UflLt9Kcc3M">one video</a> produced by the U.S. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:25:00 +0000 John Burnett 32315 at http://nhpr.org Should Military Chaplains Have To Believe In God?