Weekly News Round Up, August 17, 2012

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I've come across throughout the week to help you keep current on what's happening in the the church, both in America and abroad. I also post up some fun things that I come across. I post these up to inform and get you thinking, not because I endorse the content.

Evangelist Billy Graham returns to western NC home

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Evangelist Billy Graham is out of a North Carolina hospital following a two-day stay for treatment of bronchitis.

Pulmonologist Daniel Fertel said in a statement Tuesday that the 93-year-old had a quick recovery and responded well to his treatment at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

The doctor said that despite the illness, Graham is remarkably healthy for a man his age.

Tebow balancing faith, fame and football with Jets

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - The most important call of Tim Tebow's day comes far away from the huddle.

It's usually sometime at night, when football is the furthest thing on the New York Jets backup quarterback's mind. That's a rare moment these days for Tebow, particularly during training camp. But one of his closest friends - an "accountability partner," as he describes him - is always a phone call away to keep his priorities in order.

Family Research Council shooting leaves security guard wounded

An employee who was wounded in the Family Research Council shooting and who is being hailed as a hero tells ABC7 that he was simply where he needed to be and isn’t comfortable with being called a hero.

Leonardo "Leo" Johnson, 46, was shot in the left arm Wednesday afternoon at the Family Research Council offices near Chinatown. The Family Research Council is a conservative lobbying organization whose president supports, among other issues, Chick-fil-A’s public stand against same-sex marriage.

Police: MMA fighter found naked in Calif. church

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Mixed martial arts fighter and reality show host Jason "Mayhem" Miller was in jail on suspicion of burglary Monday night after deputies responding to reports of a break-in said they found him naked inside a Southern California church.

Miller was being held on $20,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Orange County jail records showed. The pastor at Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo called authorities when he found evidence of a break-in Monday morning, including books and CDs that were strewn about, white powder on the floors and missing boards from a previously broken window, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Deputies arrived and said they found Miller naked on a couch.

9 Religious Companies Besides Chick-Fil-A

As the controversy over Chick-fil-A’s founder publicly opposing same-sex marriage continues – Mike Huckabee is pushing for a Chick-fil-A day, while the Jim Henson Co. is cutting ties to the chain - we’re republishing our list of 10 other religious companies.

Here are 10 well-known companies that don't make religious products - we're not talking kosher foods manufacturer Manischewitz here - but that nonetheless take their religious sides seriously (listed in no particular order).

Democratic Party Backs Same-Sex Marriage for 2012 Platform

Democrats unanimously voted today to endorse same-sex marriage in their party’s platform, the first time a major political party has supported the issue in its statement of policies.

Today’s action at the platform committee meeting in Detroit sends the document for ratification by delegates to next month’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said in May that he supports same-sex marriage. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney doesn’t.

Sleep Your Way to the Top: How Sleep Equals Success

A growing number of research studies suggest that sleep may be the secret to performing at your highest level, writes David K. Randall. Everyone from the military to athletes are starting to get serious about sleep.