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Obedient Slaves, Silent Women And Understanding Biblical Literalism

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Heaven knows that I am no biblical scholar. I am a pastor with a seminary education. That said, I do not believe we get to that Truth by interpreting Scripture literally.

The Architecture of Mormonism: A 2012 Campaign Guidepost

Paul Gunther | Posted 08.07.2012 | Home
Paul Gunther

With a presidential campaign reaching fever pitch earlier than ever, and with all professional prognosticators predicting a close call, LDS temple architecture deserves closer inspection.

Being A Mom, Being The Church

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

When I am asked why I go to church, I pause. I go to church for many reasons. Church reminds me of God's on-going activity, God's word to us in countless forms. Church helps me reorder things, reprioritize.

Letting You Leave Church

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

It's dicey to say, hard to hear and runs the risk of sounding flippant, yet I see it as a necessary act of truth-telling for the sake of the Church: If you're not being spiritually fed within this church's walls, please, be blessed as you seek another faith community to encourage you.

Getting Churchy In A Time Of Chaos And Hate

Gary Nelson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Gary Nelson

Always one to tell others that religion has been a crutch for the weak and the cause of everything abhorrent, I had to eat a little crow. I found something I was looking for in the most unlikely of places.

Faithfulness Is Perseverance In Purpose: An Interview With Roland Martin

Lavaille Lavette | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Lavaille Lavette

As a journalist and author, he is candid and meticulous, and faith plays a major part in his success at making the most of his God-given time.

The Unexpected Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It sounds cliche to say that being a pastor is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it's true. And yet, I can't imagine doing anything else.

Ten Commandments For Education Reform

Dan Ross | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Dan Ross

We must never forget that there is no task more sacred than teaching our children, and for this reason, people of faith can no longer stand idly by as our education system betrays our kids.

Is The Underground Church Dead Or Alive?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.29.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

If a church continues to pillory gay people, denying dignity and equal treatmnt, refusing hospitality and expression of God's love, well, don't preach love until you show a little.

The Power of Corn Starch

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

hen I was growing up, my parents worried about me getting in a fistfight after school. Now parents have to worry about guns and knives in the school cafeteria.

Cast Your Vote For A Queer Positive Church

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

St. Mark's is a progressive, welcoming (church speak for LGBTQI friendly) racially diverse, high energy, soulful congregation. In a time of decline, we are growing and growing fast.

The Boy With A Broken Heart Is Born

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I wrote a story a while back about a family in our church back in Pueblo whose baby was due just after we left town. There was a good chance he'd need surgery in utero or immediately after being born.

Why Are Millennials Leaving The Church?

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Pastors and priests seeking to fill their pews with young churchgoers have a tough task ahead. Many younger Millennials have already moved away from the religion in which they were raised, mostly joining the growing ranks of the religiously unaffiliated.

Five Lessons The Church Could Learn From A Mother

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

I realized that since the world is far from perfect, showing my children that what the world does offer is perfectly good enough was important. It also made me realize that being good enough as mother was a worthy goal for me.

Redenhall Church And A Quiet Revolution

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Katharine Quarmby

I somehow think that God, whatever and whoever God is, would have liked the bareness of the service that evening -- just 10 people feeling their way through a kind of service with battered old hymn books and a CD player.

Why Young Adults Forget The Church To Follow Jesus

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There is still a significant interest in, and pursuit of, a life following the path lived out and described by Jesus. We younger adults are starving for the very community we're wary of.

David Lohr

California Pastor Held In Torture Of Boy Who Was Forced To Dig His Own Grave | David Lohr | Posted 04.10.2012 | Crime

Authorities in California said they have uncovered a case of incredible cruelty involving a pastor and two members of his church. The three men are al...

In Spite of It All.. A Glorious Easter

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

I knew in those moments it was not time to critique; it was time to celebrate. It was time to express my faith - untouched by the troubles of a deeply troubled church.

A Resurrected Christianity?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 06.07.2012 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

The crisis is real. Like Andrew Sullivan, I feel its sad and frustrating urgency. But I also know the hope of possibility, for every crisis bears the promise of something new.

Build Multiracial Congregations: Heal Racism

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Racism and profiling can seem overwhelming. But when we gather rooted in our faith and connected to others who seek change, our spirits and our communities may take steps toward transformation.

The Grandeur And Fanfare Of Malta's Good Friday Celebrations

Meg Pier | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Meg Pier

Scanning the faces of the multitude assembled, I saw that their countenances were reverential rather than delighted, and deeply moved more than amused; some had tears in their eyes.

Between Sundays: Holy Week And The Importance Of Weekday Christians

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To me, the most comforting part of Holy Week is not the waving of triumphal palms on one Sunday morning, or the flowers and joyous hymns on the next. It's what happens in between.

Four Reasons I Came Back To Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I left the church as a teenager on less than good terms. My youth leader threw a Bible at me for persisting with my questions. Fortunately, I found a new community that represented something different.

With God And Church On Their Side: Which God Is That?

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

Political leaders will continue to milk audiences, manufacturing untruths that, while inaccurate, serve as the driving force toward political victories. Setting the desire for political victories aside, this dazzling Godly rhetoric is ultimately diverting.

A Conversation With Diana Butler Bass On 'Christianity After Religion'

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Diana delves into the roots of the crisis that churches of all kinds are facing, causes ranging from 9/11 and religious violence to the abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.