Religion News: Groups team up to launch scripture campaign

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The American Bible Society and Scripture Union/USA are chartering a National Scripture Campaign, joining resources in the fight against declining Bible comprehension and engagement.

This project aims to equip local churches and denominations with the skills to connect the Bible to today's challenges and struggles.

In February 2007, Scripture Union and American Bible Society began an 18-month pilot project to test a new Bible readership program called "The Essential 100 Challenge.” More than 110,000 individuals and churches have engaged in this program.

And in the fall of 2004, the two organizations conducted a research initiative under the title Fan the Flame, which delivered significant findings in the areas of habit-formation research and market research of non-Bible readers in the U.S.

Week in Religion

- On June 17, 1839, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration, which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands.

- On June 22, 1633, the Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the sun, not the Earth, is the center of the universe.

Survey Says

A new Pew Research Center study examined coverage of the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal.

From mid-March (when the pope’s role in a decades-old abuse case in Germany came under scrutiny) through late April, clergy sexual abuse was the eighth biggest story in the mainstream media, beating out coverage of nuclear weapons policy and the tea party movement.

The biggest week of coverage was March 22-28, when news organizations reported on the failure of Vatican officials years ago, including the future pope, to defrock an American priest who had abused nearly 200 deaf boys.

Good Book?

“The Last Christian: A Novel” by David Gregory

It’s A.D. 2088. Missionary daughter Abigail Caldwell emerges from the jungle for the first time in her 34 years, the sole survivor of a mysterious disease that killed her village.

Abby goes to America, only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. A curious message from her grandfather assigns her a surprising mission: re-introduce the Christian faith in America, no matter how insurmountable the odds.

In this fast-paced thriller, startling near-future science collides with thought-provoking religious themes to create a spellbinding "what-if?" novel.


Get to Know … Keith Getty

Julian Keith Getty (born Dec. 16, 1974) is an Irish composer, best known for writing "modern hymns."

Many of his songs are co-written with his wife, Kristyn Getty, and veteran British songwriter and worship leader Stuart Townend.

The most widely used of the Getty-Townend hymns are “In Christ Alone,” "The Power of the Cross,” and “Speak, O Lord.” The hymns cover many biblical and liturgical themes, including the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, the Holy Spirit, Communion, benediction and missions.

He explained at a lecture at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary that the hymns are written in modern way to “create a more timeless musical style that every generation can sing, a style that relates to the past and the future,"

The Word

Redactor: A document editor. The term is often used to refer to individuals who revised books in the Hebrew Scriptures. –

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of France

Roman Catholic: 83 percent to 88 percent

Protestant: 2 percent

Jewish: 1 percent

Muslim: 5 percent to 10 percent

Unaffiliated: 4 percent

- CIA Factbook

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