Religion Briefs December 29, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Local churches hold Watch Night services
• Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Tupelo will hold a Watch Night service at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Jeffery A. Gladney.
• United Christian Faith Tabernacle in Tupelo will hold a Watch Night service at 9:30 p.m. on Monday.
• Poplar Springs CME Chuch of Shannon will hold a Watch Night service at 10 p.m. on Monday, preached by the Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays.
• Pine Bluff Missionary Baptist Church of Myrtle will host a community Watch Night service at 10 p.m. on Monday. The service will feature guest pastors from the community as well as music by local area churches.

Showtime orders ‘The Vatican’ Pilot
Showtime has ordered “The Vatican,” a contemporary drama thriller centered around the Catholic church, the network announced Dec. 20.
“The Vatican” is the cable network’s first pilot order for 2013, written by Oscar-nominated Paul Attanasio and set to be directed by Sir Ridley Scott. The project will be Scott’s television directorial debut.
According to Showtime, the drama focuses on “spirituality, power, and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church.
The series will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world’s most hidden institutions.”

Most pick ‘emphisis on God’ rather than guns
In August, Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service surveyed more than 1,000 Americans regarding their attitude toward gun control. One question of interest:
What do you think is the most important thing that could be done to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States?
Only 8 percent of white evangelical Protestants said “stricter gun control laws and enforcement” are the most important solution, whereas 19 percent said “better mental health screening and support.”
A plurality (36 percent) chose a third option: “Put more emphasis on God and morality in school and society.”
Meanwhile, a plurality (41 percent) of minority Christians favor focusing on gun control, whereas 20 percent favor focusing on mental health. Only 14 percent favor focusing on God and morality.
By comparison, 27 percent of all Americans favor focusing on gun control, 22 percent favor focusing on mental health, and 20 percent favor focusing on God and morality.

This week’s answer
Q. What verse in the Bible contains every letter in the alphabet except the letter Q?
A. Daniel 4:37
This week’s question
Q. What did Joel say young men would see?
Questions by Claude Wilemon