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RELIGION IN THE MEDIA

On TV:

Sunday: "Bobby Jones Gospel Hour": With James Hall, Rhue Webster and Trinity. (9 a.m., BET)

"National Geographic Explorer": In "Through These Eyes," two National Geographic photographers take to the streets of New York City to record a city and nation in mourning after the terrorist attacks. "Iran: Behind the Veil" captures the face of Iran 20 years after its Islamic revolution. (8 p.m., MSNBC)

"A Billy Graham Music Homecoming": Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, the Winans, Andrae Crouch, Ray Boltz, Avalon, and Vestal Goodman honor the evangelist. (10 p.m., TNN)

Poetry:

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special religious poetry contest sponsored by the New Jersey Rainbow Poets. There are 28 prizes in all.

"We think great religious poems can inspire achievement," said Frederick Young, contest director. "Our desire is to inspire amateur poets and we think this competition will accomplish that. New York has produced many wonderful poets over the years and we'd like to discover new ones from the Buffalo area."

To enter, send one poem only of 21 lines or less to: Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave., PMB 70, Linden, N.J. 07036. Deadline is Nov. 2.

Publications:

"The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica," written by Kathleen Norris and illustrated by Tomie dePaola (Putnam Publishing Group, 38 pages, $16.99). Norris of "Dakota" and "The Cloister Walk" fame, teams with illustrator dePaola to recreate the story of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica.

"Recommendation Whether to Confiscate, Destroy and Burn All Jewish Books: A Classic Treatise Against Anti-Semitism," by Johannes Reuchlin (Paulist Press, 100 pages, $9.95). Originally written in 1510, this small but mighty volume (Johannes Reuchlin's actual text is less than 60 pages) is now available in English for the first time.

"The Glenstal Book of Prayer: A Benedictine Prayer Book," by Glenstal Abbey (Liturgical Press, 159 pages, $17.95). This handy Benedictine prayer book is divided into three sections: daily prayers, familiar prayers and ritual prayers.

Music:

"Worship," by Michael W. Smith (Reunion, 68 minutes). Smith's new CD couldn't be more perfectly named. The 13-song album, recorded live, is a worship experience. It's like having church right there in your study or in your car or at the office.

Web site:

http://allsouls.gospelcom.net/

Pulpits in America are naturally full of urgent talk about the recent terrorist attacks and the nation's response. But the same issues are occupying the minds of preachers abroad as well. This Web site allows you to hear what the parishioners at one London church have heard since Sept. 11. (Click on "Current Audio Sermons.") A sermon by Christopher J.H. Wright finds comfort in the midst of trouble in Psalm 138. Another, by Paul Williams, asks, "What Would Jesus Say?"

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