Here is a couple of faith and culture-related stories in the news this week.
The head of the Hobby Lobby chain has received a special award. Steve Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, is this year's recipient of the John M. Templeton Biblical Values Award.
The award is sponsored by the National Bible Association, and it is given to an individual who "literally lives the Bible.”
As you may have heard, Hobby Lobby has stood by its Christian standards in the face of mounting pressure from the federal government. It has refused to accept the government's new mandate requiring businesses to offer employees health care coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.
The Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby has 525 arts and crafts retail stores with more than 20,000 employees in the U. S. A decision to close stores on Sunday cost the company over $100 million in product sales annually.
By the way, nearly half of Hobby Lobby's annual profits are donated to causes that reflect Biblical principles. In the future, the company plans to open a fifty-thousand square foot Bible museum in Washington, D.C.
In other faith news, The American Bible Society has ranked the nation's most and least “Bible-Minded Cities.”
The rankings are based on the percentage of citizens who read the Bible at least once a week and believe in the accuracy of the Scriptures. Based on those criteria, the nation's most Bible-minded city is Knoxville, Tennessee, followed by Shreveport, Louisiana; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Jackson, Mississippi;
The survey found the LEAST Bible-minded city to be Providence, Rhode Island. Interestingly, the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, named that city in in honor of “God's merciful providence.” How far we’ve come!
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.