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Gimme Shelter: The Biblical Roots of Contemporary Sanctuary Cities

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The fine line between prosecution of the guilty and persecution of the innocent is a perennial problem, and a major theme in the Bible. It is addresse...

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science
Clay Farris Naff

If religion were the vehicle that delivers morality, then atheists, the disaffiliated, and those who have never heard of God's laws should show comparatively inferior moral behavior. They don't.

Q&A: What Can We Learn from Studying Translations of the Bible?

The National Book Review | Posted 02.11.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

Aviya Kushner's book The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible is profoundly personal. Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking, scholarly household in which the Bible--read in the original Hebrew--was often the center of conversation and debate.

Why Lent Doesn't Have To Be 'Another Self Help Routine'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the 40-day season of Lent, during which many Christians around the world will abstain from certain foo...

Would a Little Less Certainty Have Saved Wheaton Professor's Job?

John Backman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
John Backman

No one has ever seen God. Obvious? Of course. But stay with it a second. Turn it over in your mind. Ponder its implications. If Wheaton College admi...

Daily Meditation: Ash Wednesday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can b...

Romance in the Bible?

Jonathan Kaplan | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Kaplan

In contrast to the cold treatment of women and men in those scenes, there are some stories in the Bible that we might perceive as romantic. For instance, in Genesis, the patriarch Jacob loves Rachel so much that he pledges to his kinsman Laban to work for him for seven years to gain her hand.

Why We Forgive With Love in Romance, Family and God

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 02.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Anhvinh Doanvo

To feel the searing pain of betrayal through a broken heart and continue to love in spite of it is the manifestation of what differentiates love's profundity in all of its forms.

My Response to "The Bible Answer Man" Objections

Andrew Farley | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Andrew Farley

Recently, a caller asked Hank Hanegraaff ("The Bible Answer Man") about the message of grace that I share in my book "The Naked Gospel." Below are Mr....

Ash Wednesday 2016: History, Dates, Traditions Of Lent's First Day Of Fasting

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion

Ash Wednesday is observed on February 10, 2016. The Christian holy day marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting that is considered pre...

10 Good Bible Verses Every Business Needs for 2016

Melinda Emerson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Melinda Emerson

As we put our vision and dreams on paper in our business plan this year, , there are two things I am sure will help you succeed: Faith and a spirit of gratitude, and that means even being grateful for the bad days.

Christians Should Vote for Competence, Not Faithfulness

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

With the Iowa caucuses upon us, it seems like every Republican tramping through the snow claims to be a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christian. Some trot out their parents; others offer personal conversion stories. Some defend persecuted Christians; others explain their policies in Biblical terms. It's a fruitless exercise.

The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

Hey! Where'd You Get That Torah?

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Carrying a sizeable, velvet-mantled scroll in my arms, from its ark in the sanctuary toward a celebration at a nearby student residence, the watchful guard at the Seminary gate, Mr. MacMillan, challenged me: "Hey! Where'd you get that Torah?"

Walls: Not in My Backyard (Luke 4:21-30)

Greg Carey | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Greg Carey

Lots of our public conversations these days relate to boundaries. In a presidential election year, with seemingly countless candidates and endless debates, it's hard to avoid the angry voices and fierce scowls.

The Bible Unlocked: What Does it Really Mean to Repent?

Kristina Kaine | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

The Baptism of Christ by Francesco Francia 1509 "Repent," "turn," "stop sinning," "ask God for forgiveness," is the clarion call from pulpits all ov...

Should Christians Drink?

Michael W. Austin | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

Like many other goods, we may choose to abstain from alcohol for the sake of our relationship with God or our love for others and their welfare. But we may also choose to enjoy it, if we are able to do so in ways that are honoring to God.

God's Own Party

Herb Silverman | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
Herb Silverman

I don't think that politicians in our secular country should be quoting the Bible to make their case for legislation. That's why I half agree with Vir...

Tamir Rice and the Anguish of Our National Sin (Nehemiah 8:1-10)

Robert Williamson | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Robert Williamson

Facing the anguish that must surely arise, we must not tarry in our guilt too long, but take action to right the wrongs we have done. To make reparations to those we have oppressed. For it is in this just peace that the Lord takes joy. And the joy of the Lord will be our strength.

"Ethiopian Lives Matter--The Social Conscience of The Saint John's Bible III"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Do people share a common humanity, and if so, what is its character? Whereas Genesis 1:1-2:4a calls for setting aside time for worship, renewal, and r...

Jake Myers Wants You to Make Love with Scripture

Greg Carey | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Greg Carey

Myers writes with a distinctive, glib, even hip style. Imagine conversations at a coffee shop, or maybe in the gym's free weights section, and you get the picture. He freely mixes examples from pop culture, mixes hashtags and acronymns into his prose.

Stones, Hearts, and Lottery Tickets

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Some 371 million Powerball tickets were sold last week, and to all but an astronomically fortunate and minuscule number of individuals, the universe seemed to return an answer of, "No, not you."

GOP Lawmaker Says Conservatives 'Own' Christian Tradition

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion

A Republican lawmaker in Virginia suggested President Barack Obama and other Democrats shouldn't cite the Bible because conservatives "own the entire ...

Has Ted Cruz Ever Actually Read the Bible?

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. His dad was/is a pastor and he's a Christian. Surely, Ted has read a least some of it at some point in his life, right? Maybe... and maybe not.

Manifested Hospitality for the Greater Good (John 2:1-11)

Rev. Shively Smith | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Rev. Shively Smith

The activities of the Christian community should be no less vigorous as we enter the mid-month point in January 2016 and the energy of the Christmas Season has passed. In fact, it is on this Second Sunday after Epiphany that an honest evaluation of our situation locally, regionally, and abroad should be made.