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Church: A Country Club or a Table?

Josh Cobia | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Josh Cobia

I believe in a community where we don't just preach about the wonderful things that Jesus did but where we truly put those things into action. Do we actually do what He modeled? What does it look like in our context to heal the sick? To teach? To serve the least of these?

Biebs, I Hear Ya!

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Justin, I saw in Relevant Magazine this past week that you are renewing your Christian faith. As a United Methodist minister, I am delighted for you. Way to go, man.

Christianity Needs a Progressive Revolution

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically active congregations, churches that live the gospel, not just preach it.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Ted Peters on God and Cosmos

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

In his 1979 book Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson wrote, "As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known we were coming."

Churches Could Fill Their Pews With Millennials If They Just Did This

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

I'm all for love and a personal relationship with God, but I choose to follow the man who teaches that political action is worship, that social justice is love. What we're looking for is a church that preaches not just transcendental love, but that prophetic fire that makes Jesus so appealing.

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

The Outpouring of the Spirit

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

As Jesus followers gathered on Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after the Sabbath following his crucifixion, they were startled by rushing winds and tongues of fire.

Churches Offer Fugitives Running From The Law A Safe Place To Surrender

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The first people that fugitives encountered when they surrendered themselves on a humid September weekend weren’t cops, j...

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Begins: How Can Faith and Science Inform Each Other?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Does the universe make any sense? Does the cosmos have purpose? And what about us human beings? Do we matter? Is there any way to know? Listen to so...

"The Rock Of The Church"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Peter's confession in the Gospels marks the turning point in Jesus' ministry. In Mark and Matthew, the setting is Caesarea Philippi--the headwaters of the Jordan River, where a cave descends deep into the earth.

Engaging the Spiritually Disconnected: Inviting the Culture to Move to the Deeper End of Life's Pool

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Last Sunday at the church where I am assisting priest I spoke with an obviously frustrated woman just before Sunday school. I know her as a caring, active servant and wonderful counselor.

A Letter to Pope Francis from a "Miami Cuban"

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

I only have three questions to pass on to you, which I often hear from my Cuban-American counterparts when it comes to the Church and Cuba, which most of us ask ourselves, but remain totally unanswered.

Pope Francis Will Visit Some Truly Historic Churches In The U.S.

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.17.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) When Pope Francis visits the U.S. in September, he’ll make stops at prominent churches that have drawn the faithful and th...

Why This 103-Year-Old Woman Was Banned From Her Church

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion

UPDATE: On Sept. 27, members of Union Grove Baptist Church voted to fire its pastor, Rev. Tim Mattox. But Mattox has reportedly ignore...

What Real Estate Battles Say About Church

Richard Flory | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Richard Flory

In fighting for its building, St. James the Great has shown that a church is more than just a building. It is also its members, however and wherever they manage to gather to create community--even in a park.

I'm Tired of Churches Teaching Male Headship

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I'm tired of it because, at best it silences women and keeps their voices out of the pulpits and the classrooms. At worst it traps women and girls in abusive and damaging situations, and fuels a culture of male privilege and power.

Recent Rash of Hate Crimes in San Francisco

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 09.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

As I passed Little Zion Baptist Church on the corner of Divis and Ellis, I noticed something on the sidewalk. A swastika.

The Art of Being Alive Series: A Glimpse of the Realities Facing Our Generation (Syria, Climate, Population and Global Awareness)

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Adedayo Fashanu

I don't believe our inaction is because we don't think about the change but rather it is because we imagine the story is deeper than what we are told...

Why Going To Church Was A Painful Experience For This Teenage Introvert

The Quiet Revolution | Eden Kennedy | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

As a quiet toddler in 1967 suburban Denver, I didn’t mind an hour in church once a week. It was mostly a chance to wear my special clothes—I remem...

This 'River Church' Does Religion Right

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.05.2015 | Religion

There are no walls or pulpit at River Church, a Christian community in rural western North Carolina. Instead, members see, hear and feel God in natur...

5 Signs of the Resurrection of the Mainline Church

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

What might this risen church look like? Here are some signs I see of this revival in the Presbyterian Church. I invite you to watch for them in all the mainline American churches. Do you see them too?

Joss Carter Takes us to the Deep End of the Pool

Ken Ludden | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Joss Carter is a young British choreographer who embodies the purest principles of fine art, having distilled them in the incubator of his own soul.

Real Spiritual: Decline

Brian Akers | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Brian Akers

While traditional church may be in decline mine is just starting to thrive. If I listen to this narrative that "churching" is going out of style I might hang up my hat and think, "I got to the party too late and now no one wants to dance anymore."

What the Church Must Learn from Josh Duggar

Abby Norman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Abby Norman

Some will say that the Duggars are an extreme brand of Christianity, and Josh Duggar is an extreme brand of sex addict, and maybe all of that is true, but when looking at the facts, it seems pretty clear to me that the lessons we learned in youth group only made matters worse.

Hispanic Churches Look Within To Nurture Musical Leadership

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.30.2015 | Religion

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Andrea Hernandez picks out intricate arpeggios as a member of La Banda Revelation, which performs at Iglesia Hispana Emanuel, a Pr...