The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod plans to raise and distribute $1 million worth of aid and supplies over the next three weeks in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan tore through on November 8, causing wide-reaching devastation and more than 10,000 deaths. The church planned to have members from ... More >>
"Nobody wants to shit on the street." That was just one blunt reaction at a wide-ranging town hall meeting on homelessness Tuesday night, exactly seven days before the fate of the emergency homeless shelter at New Life Evangelistic Center goes before the city's Board of Public Service. A diverse cr ... More >>
Reverend Larry Rice, the embattled director of New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis, is facing one of his toughest battles yet -- an effort by downtown residents and business owners to revoke his hotel license and shut New Life's homeless shelter down for good. This particular fight, ... More >>
The battle between the city of St. Louis and New Life Evangelistic Center head Rev. Larry Rice wages on. The latest clash began last night as the city enacts "special enforcement" on a section of Locust Street west of 14th Street, right outside the NLEC. The sidewalk is often lined in the wee hour ... More >>
One usually thinks of bikers as "sinners" and churchgoers -- especially those who attend a chapel called Peace Free Will Baptist -- as pretty moral folks. Perhaps even too moral. But, oh, no! Lordy, no! Not according to what has got to be one of the most frivolous local lawsuits in years. And ... More >>
The New Life Evangelistic Center has sent out a press release announcing that Reverend Larry Rice will file a federal lawsuit against both the City of St. Louis and St. Louis Public Safety Director Eddie Roth for shutting down his tent city, Integrity Village.
Like everything else, there are rules to tongue-speaking. Peter Marina, now a visiting assistant professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis spent four years embedded in a small Pentecostal church in Brownsville, an impoverished neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, doing ethnograph ... More >>
Claiming to be fed up with handling complaints leveled at Larry Rice's Veteran's Coming Home Center, Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has formally requested on behalf of Springfield civic leaders that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rescind the deed to the center.The move wou ... More >>
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image viaCOGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake.If you're not, gird your loins: Early this morning those 40,000 members descended upon our fair city for their annual Holy Convocation. This is good news for the city's restaurants since the church members have just completed 30 days of fasting ... More >>
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Beethoven may smile again, thanks to KWMUFans of Classic 99.1 (KFUO-FM) officially lost their beloved classical-music outpost in early May, when the FCC approved the sale of the station to Joy FM. The latter is "a listener-supported station that plays Christian music and broadcasts simultaneo ... More >>
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod cleared the last hurdle this week in its attempt to sell Classic 99.1 (KFUO-FM) when the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale. Friends and financial backers of KFUO have been waging a year-long battle to save the station and had hoped that the FCC ... More >>
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Image viaPam Tebow and the son she chose not to abort, Heisman Trophy-winner Tim.By now you've read about the kerfuffle over Tim Tebow's Super Bowl ad, the one where he and his mom Pam talk about how, when she was pregnant with Tim, she refused to have an abortion for health reasons. You've ... More >>
After 61 years on the airwaves, a last-ditch effort to save Classic 99.1 (KFUO-FM) was all for naught. Yesterday the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod announced the sale of the classical music station to Christian music broadcaster Joy FM. The church owns the rights to KFUO and began quietly negotia ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
A group of homeless St. Louis residents and advocates plan to march on City Hall and the social service agency St. Patrick Center this morning. Not expected to take part in the protest is the Rev. Larry Rice, director of the downtown homeless shelter New Life Evangelistic Center and a frequen ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 16. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
9 p.m. Friday, May 4. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
8 p.m. Saturday, October 14. Saint Louis University's Billiken Club (Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Boulevard).
7 p.m. Thursday, September 7. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).
Friday, January 20; the Focal Point (2720 Sutton Avenue, Maplewood)
The defiant Reverend Larry Rice infuriates big developers and city leaders over a proposed shelter in a downtown federal building
Saturday, Oct. 27; Fox Theatre
St. Louis African Chorus
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Special-Event Concert
Despite glowing coverage of local gay events in the Post-Dispatch, bigotry is alive and well
Published the week of March 15
Before you get to heaven, you gotta raise a little hell
A simple, happy message helped him become the nation's favorite preacher. Thanks to a Popsicle-slick PR machine and a talent for dodging tough questions, we've forgotten what Billy Graham is really all about.
A quiet revolution is taking place as religious groups begin ministering to the poor using government money -- and succeeding where government couldn't. But eternal vigilance may be the real price.
An outsider gets to know -- and love -- Soulard