Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation is the subtitle of the book, America's Pastor, an acclaimed sort-of-biography by acclaim-worthy Duke University historian Grant Wacker.
Children in their Sunday best were clutching on beautifully intertwined palm arrangements as they packed into the church compound that also includes the Ahliya School.
There was nothing spectacular or dazzling about Peter or John. They were common, first-century fishermen turned disciples. Nonetheless, what they gave to a man lame from the womb was beyond value or measure.
Scripture affirms this delight at nature; Psalm 19 begins, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." Brilliant skies and captivating views encourage us to believe that there is a creator who is an artist.
Either you are a prix fixe Christian, taking everything on the bible menu, or you are a Christian who believes that passages cannot be taken literally, and often are not what they seem.
The fact of the matter is: the cultural and theological tide has already shifted in many quarters in favor of full equality for LGBT individuals -- and it will continue to shift in that direction. And that's a good thing.
Yet, while we gladly celebrate the Lord's Resurrection as the reality of life and hope, all around us in the world, we can hear the cries and threats of death launched in many parts of the planet by those who believe that they can resolve human conflicts by destroying their enemies, which in itself constitutes the greatest proof of their weakness.
Having to live as neighbors with people you don't approve of isn't a form of persecution against Christians. According to Jesus, it's the very focus of Christian life.
For years I'd written off my conservative sisters and brothers in Christ until I spent time with them and saw the humans behind the labels. It led me to empathize with them as people even if I didn't agree with them on issues.
A pitiful group of about 30 souls were grasping to the overturned raft-- Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians. There was one prayer everyone knew by heart -- the Lord's Prayer.
As Jews and Christians in Philadelphia prepared for the weekend in which we celebrate Passover and Easter, just such sickening sentiments began appearing on 84 buses in our public transit system.
Christians. There are some things we're good at. These things are ideas that most Christians agree on, at least in theory, and get right at least some of the time. For example, caring about those in need, working hard, and treating others as you want to be treated.
Hillary once shared with me that she attended a wonderful Sunday school class during her years in Arkansas. She loved the people, found community, but yearned for a deeper period of study. She didn't lament, she didn't complain, she simply volunteered to teach the class herself, writing lessons from Scripture, largely around the golden rule.
Until mid-June, you'll be able to see some of the greatest sculpture in the world on exhibit here in the U.S. The work is on loan from Florence Cathedral, now on view at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City.
Nope. It's not my Easter yet. And in response to answering this question approximately 34567890987654 times in the last 40 days, this is why.
Growing up with a Catholic father and Greek-Orthodox mother, I just assumed everyone celebrated two Easters. You can only imagine my confusion when I learned that I was the only kid in my second grade class who observed two different Easters.