Religion

Jerry Jones Met With The Pope

Jun 21, 2017 By Dan Solomon

The pontiff did not weigh in on if Dez caught the ball during the 2015 playoff game against the Green Bay Packers (but come on, it was a catch).

Going Secular at SXSW

Mar 19, 2014 By Maurice Chammah

The band Gungor is using the festival to broaden its fan base outside the churches where it made its name. Can it escape the stigma of Christian rock without alienating its devoted followers?

Mission, Texas Has Exempted Churches From Its Noise Ordinance

Dec 2, 2013 By Dan Solomon

After a criminal noise complaint was filed—and quickly withdrawn—over the sound of the church bells at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission, the city council voted to exempt churches from the noise ordinance. As the Rio Grande Valley shifts away from being monolithically Catholic, what does this mean for the other religious communities in the area? 

Tattooed Jesus Billboards Flood Lubbock

Oct 10, 2013 By Sonia Smith

Lubbock, long a stronghold in the Bible Belt, is home to a new religious marketing campaign featuring a tattooed Jesus. The billboards picturing inked Jesus have irked some in the community (where churches outnumber tattoo parlors 25:1) and left others impressed with the message.

Rick Perry Is Still Newsworthy

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

From Satan to sleep apnea, five headlines about Rick Perry following his Friday night appearance at the Texas Tribune festival and the publication of Oops, a presidential campaign e-book by the Trib's Jay Root.

The Battle of Athens Continues

Jan 21, 2013 By Sonia Smith

Some 5,000 people rallied in Athens to support the nativity scene displayed outside the Henderson County Courthouse that has been criticized by an atheist group.

Church Burners

Jan 21, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Why did Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister, two Baptist boys from East Texas, set fire to ten churches across three counties last year?

A Q&A With David Dorado Romo

Jan 20, 2013 By cathysze

Not everyone can claim to be related to a certified saint, but David Dorado Romo can. The author and El Paso native traveled to a tiny town in the Mexican state of Jalisco to learn more about his father’s second cousin, Santo Toribio Romo, and discovered some interesting things about his family—and himself—along the way.

Jailhouse Flock

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

What is ex–football star Bill Glass’s plan for reforming hardened prison inmates? God is in the details.

A Bittersweet End for Beren Academy

Mar 4, 2012 By Jason Cohen

The Beren Stars fell to the Abilene Christian Panthers, 46-42, in Saturday night's TAPPS 2A final, but people are still talking about how the Houston Orthodox Jewish day school got there. 

Gunfire and Brimstone

Jul 31, 2011 By Don Graham

Fort Worth preacher J. Frank Norris paved the way for today’s televangelists. But he’s probably best known as the defendant in a wild 1927 murder trial.

Happy Doomsday

Jun 30, 1997 By Robert Draper

In the wake of Heaven’s Gate, the media marched en masse to Abilene, the home base of the House of Yahweh, whose charismatic leader, Yisrayl Hawkins, was supposed to be the next David Koresh. Not even close.

I’m a Believer

Aug 31, 1995 By Sheri Fowler

With so many people attacking the Religious Right these days, being a Christian isn’t easy. But I keep the faith.