October 11, 2009 |
The night before his Sept. 5 wedding, all of Hannibal Jackson's groomsmen went out on the town. Jackson returned instead to his hotel room, opened his Bible, and bowed his head. Prayer brought him to this juncture, Jackson believed, so it would be prayer that ushered him through his last night of single life. In telling the story of how he came to marry Kellie Williams, the actress who played Laura Winslow in the '90s sitcom "Family Matters," Jackson, 33, starts in October 2001.
April 10, 2013 |
Over the past 150 years, Seventh-day Adventists have built one of Christianity's most inventive and prosperous churches — while praying for the world to end as soon as possible. A small band of believers has mushroomed to more than 17 million baptized members, including 1.2 million in the U.S. Nearly 8,000 Adventists schools dot dozens of countries. Hundreds of church-owned hospitals and clinics mend minds and bodies around the world. You might expect Adventists to celebrate their success...
September 19, 2009 |
Anne Graham Lotz enunciated precisely, speaking in distinctive clipped cadences reminiscent of her famous father, evangelist Billy Graham. She was calling to talk about her new book, "The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-Filled Life," but of course she was willing to give an update on how "Daddy Bill" is doing. "He'll be 91 in November," said Lotz, the second of Graham's five children. "He has a hard time seeing and walking, but his mind is clear. He's very affectionate and content.
September 28, 2012 |
If you want some God with your grits, plan to show up around 9 a.m. That's when the line starts forming for the first of two gospel brunches held each Sunday at the Hamilton, a nightclub that opened in December in the shell of a shuttered Borders bookstore on 14th and F streets NW. Queues used to wrap around this corner in the name of Harry Potter. Now, the Sunday morning scrum includes churchgoers, church skippers, extended families and hung-over tourists, all eager to hear a choir deliver the good news...
June 22, 2012 |
The historic significance of the day was not lost on the congregation that packed St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Foggy Bottom two Sundays ago. People from across the region gathered to celebrate the anniversary of a church founded 145 years ago . They also had come to hear the morning's prized speaker: the 82nd attorney general of the United States, and the first African American, Eric H. Holder Jr. St. Mary's, the church my wife,...
April 26, 2009 |
I've been bad-mouthing organized religion since the late '70s, when my father had a spiritual epiphany on our living room couch and announced that he wasn't going to church anymore. My mom had always been a member of the Drinking-Coffee-Alone-in-My-House Church, so that was the end of that. But then, last March, in a perfect storm of personal calamity, my marriage imploded the same week that my best girlfriend and I broke up. The events weren't directly related, but it was colossally bad timing.