Eau de Francis * Mainline 2.0 * Messiah returns: Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

Remember baby Messiah, who was told he couldn’t have that name because a judge said “it’s a title that has only been earned by one person – and that one person is Jesus Christ”? Turns outhe gets to keep his name after all.

Three Norman Rockwell originals are going up for auction, including the iconic “Saying Grace.

“Saying Grace” (1970), by Norman Rockwell. RNS file photo

“Saying Grace” (1970), by Norman Rockwell. RNS file photo

Here’s something that sparked a newsroom discussion here yesterday: writer Carol Howard Merritt says she’s dropping the term “mainline Protestant” because it evokes images of people who “hang out at the Country Club and eat cucumber sandwiches in fancy hats.”

Ed Stetzer says bigger isn’t necessarily better for megachurches, and says the newest trend is going multi-site, not mega-building.

Kabbalah Centre founder Philip Berg was buried in Israel, and among the funeral attendees were Ashton Kutcher and girlfriend Mila Kunis.

It’s a good question from Jonathan Merritt: With Rick Warren’s new crusade against mental illness, will gun control become a new focus for the purpose-driven pastor?

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