Religion Briefs February 9, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Temple B’Nai Israel to host folk singer
Born on a diary farm in upstate New, folk singer Tom Neilson grew to become an activist, historian, educator, and basketball coach. His music blends humor, sophistication, wit, and astuteness.
He has performed in over 20 countries and his music has been used in eight documentaries, as he tells the stories of people’s tribulation, injecting a good deal of levity along the way.
Neilson will perform at Tupelo’s Temple B’Nai Israel on Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Tupelo Unitarians.

Deaths at faith-based organizations rise
New data from church violence researcher Carl Chinn shows that 75 deaths from attacks at faith-based organizations occurred in 2012–a 36 percent increase over the previous year.
Chinn’s tally of 135 “deadly force incidents” (DFIs) in 2012 brings the total number of DFIs to 638 since Chinn first began recording them in 1999. Guns were used in 389 (58%) of incidents.
According to Chinn’s website, the data “includes abductions, attacks, suspicious deaths, suicides and deadly force intervention/protection.” Attacks prompted by domestic violence spillover, personal conflict, and robbery account for over half of all reported DFIs.
CT previously spotlighted the surge in church violence and noted how the increasing number of church shootings has prompted pastors to rethink security at church services.

Christian worker quits over 666 on tax form
Walter Slonopas said he quit his job last week in order to save his soul.
Slonopas, 52, resigned as a maintenance worker at Contech Casting LLC in Clarksville after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number 666.
“If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil,” he said.
Bob LaCourciere, vice president of sales and marketing for Revstone Corp., which owns Contech Casting, said the number refers to the order in which the forms were mailed out.
This isn’t the first time that the satanic number has caused Slonopas trouble at work.
When he first started, he was supposed to be assigned the number 668 to clock in, but ended up with 666.
Slopnas complained and received a new number, but when the company changed time clock systems, Slopnas’s number reverted to 666.
LaCourciere said the firm planned to mail out a new W-2, but Slopnas said he was uncertain if he would return.

This week’s answer
Q. WHO DID Jesus say was the chosen vessel to carry his name before the Gentiles and the people of Israel?
A. SAUL (Acts 9:15)

This week’s question
Q. HOW MANY TIMES did a dead child sneeze before he came back to life for Elisha?