• Mideast hub Dubai eases liquor rules for Ramadan


    Associated Press

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  

    The city-state is breaking new ground with its decision to loosen rules prohibiting daytime alcohol sales during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a move that reflects how much Dubai’s rulers value the revenue both tourists and alcohol tax bring into this emirate.

  • Grace Notes 6/18/16: Got rocks?

    Although I don’t think it’s terminal, it is chronic: I have a chronic case of CRS — Can’t Remember Stuff.

    That’s the diagnosis one of my co-workers gave me the other day. He may or may not have been joking.

    I tell people all the time to please, please, please remind me of stuff. It’s the CRS, folks. I just can’t remember stuff.

  • Religious doctrine

    BEIRUT — The gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando is said to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in a 911 call, and a day after the massacre, the extremist group described the shooter as “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.”

  • Prayerful pose

    Can a Christian in good conscience practice yoga?

    It depends on who you ask. For decades, Christian culture has wrestled with what to do with yoga: Is it a religion? Is it, as some believe, actually anti-Christian, a gateway to Eastern religions that deny the deity of Christ and other principles of the Christian faith?

    Enter Holy Yoga, the Christian-based yoga practice developed in 2005 by Brooke Boon, an avid yoga student and instructor.

  • Shoes of grace

    I wish you could walk in my shoes.

    I’m talking about my Skechers round-toed EZ Flex 2 Sweetpea slip-ons with the softest, most cushiony memory foam footbeds that feel like I’m walking on pillows.

    I have three pairs — black, gray and powder blue. Today I’m wearing the powder blue ones.

    They are the most comfortable shoes I own and quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I may have ever worn before in my entire life.

  • Sanctuary in Israel
  • Grace Notes 5/21/2016: How not to 'flunk' sainthood

    On my last birthday I turned 61.

    I thought by this age I’d get the hang of the whole sainthood thing, at least the Protestant definition of a saint as simply being a follower of Jesus, although that somehow doesn’t seem to be enough. Shouldn’t there be more to it than that? Hitting a benchmark of obedience? Praying without ceasing? Saying no to temptation eight out of 10 times, or at least two out of 10?

    If so, then I’m a poor excuse for a “saint.”

  • 'A chocolate whodunit': Evangelism group stages mystery dinner theater

    Ever since Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney first cried out, “Let’s put on a show!” to save the beleaguered orphanage, other nonprofits have dared to do the same. On Friday, May 6, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of Citrus-Hernando ventured into the uncharted waters of mystery dinner theater.

  • Grace Notes 5/14/2015: Shining a light on family secrets

    When my oldest daughter was 4 or 5 we were riding with my mom and Alison blurted out, “Grandma, want to know a family secret?”

    I sat in the passenger seat frozen, not sure what my daughter was about to say.

    “It’s like Dad wearing Mom’s underwear,” Alison said.

  • Keeping the faith

    Diane Dobry


    Aristotle said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference,” and that is ever on the minds of church leaders seeking to involve younger generations in their worship services.