Religion

Religion

God Squad: After the death of a loved one, everlasting hope helps us cope

Q: You wrote almost a year ago about your deep personal loss with the death of Father Tom Hartman. All who have lost such a close, personal, human connection – whether family or friend – understand something of what you feel. I wrote some time ago in response to a question you asked in one of your columns about the one question we would ask if guaranteed a truthful answer. Your loss of ‘Tommy’ raises one that has bothered me for years. Is the loss of a good friend or human connection more devastating, or less, depending upon whether the survivor does or does not believe in some kind of survival of the essence of the departed? – R

Religion

God Squad: Time to play the name game

Q: Recently some friends and I were discussing name origins. In the long ago, we only had first names, like Herbert son of Michael or Herbert of Dix Hills. That got us to my question to you: How did Jesus of Nazareth become Jesus Christ? What is its meaning? Was Mary Magdalene from Magdala? I told my friends that this was a question for the sage of Temple Beth Torah who is more knowledgeable than Google. – H&C

Wake County

Christmas: a simple birth, a major production

It takes hundreds of clergy members and thousands of staffers and volunteers to bring the story of Christmas to churches across the Triangle each year. As they pray for peace on Earth, many will be happy Sunday afternoon with just a little peace and quiet.

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Billy Graham at 98

Billy Graham will celebrate his 98th birthday Nov. 7, 2016. The world-famous evangelist, was born in 1918 on a dairy farm in Charlotte, N.C..
Charlotte Observer
Billy Graham at 98 6:03

Billy Graham at 98

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral already a Raleigh landmark 1:26

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral already a Raleigh landmark

Evangelist Franklin Graham speaks about HB2, Hurricane Matthew and upcoming election during Raleigh visit 2:03

Evangelist Franklin Graham speaks about HB2, Hurricane Matthew and upcoming election during Raleigh visit

Greenville prays to stop rising flood waters 1:53

Greenville prays to stop rising flood waters