One of the latest trends in church outreach is to allow pet owners to bring their critters to church. "Parishioners request prayers for homeless animals and homeless people. One man requests prayers for a deceased pet who `went over the rainbow.' There are prayer requests for people, as well. When the offering plate is passed, people place their gifts inside and take squares of cheese for the dogs. `You feel good when you leave,' says Pam Weiss, with Baxter, a Pomeranian mix." Sorry, Andy. You are staying home! Click here: Church services put paws in the pews - USATODAY.com#Close#Close
Dogs in church isn't a new idea. The Dutch Reformed allowed dogs in church back in the 1600s. They even had church wardens to exhort owners to clean-up after fido. Click here: Riddleblog - The Latest Post - Preaching to theDogs?
Cub's fans can rejoice. Not only is there a good chance your team will be in the World Series this year (if you can beat the Dodgers), but now there's a Cubs-themed cemetery complete with an ivy-colored brick wall. Not even the Yankees can boast of that. Click here: Cubs-Inspired Cemetery Opens Wednesday - Sports Biz with Darren Rovell - CNBC.com
Speaking of baseball, Joel Osteen will profane the New Yankee Stadium this Saturday. According to Osteen, "My message is not about doctrine. I don't have to get 50 references from Scripture in a sermon for it to be a good sermon. Churches that are helping people live out a Christian life are growing and flourishing." As for preaching in Yankee Stadium, "When I first came to the Garden [in New York], I thought, 'I'm a preacher with a Southern drawl from the Bible Belt. How will they receive us?' he said. `But I got a greater reception here than anywhere in the world. People are so open, they stop me on the street.'" Click here: Televangelist promises hope, positivity | lohud.com | The Journal News. I wonder if any of the "bleacher creatures" will show up on Saturday? Not likely.