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Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

How refreshing it was to be in the presence of leaders of faith -- heads of these huge churches that represent millions -- who are more interested in the needs of the poor and the call of Christ than in being "conformed to this world" and its shallow interests or reducing gospel concerns to a few hot-button social and sexual issues.

Losing Their Religion: Rise of the Nones

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

While Americans are still much more religious than Europeans, the overarching trends, highlighted by Pew, suggest that American society is indeed secularizing.

Janie Velencia

More Americans Are Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than With An Evangelical One | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

More Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christia...

Finding Common Ground in Portland

Kevin Palau | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Kevin Palau

If there's one thing we have learned in Portland, it's that great relationships are possible around common-ground issues, even with those with whom we might disagree. In fact, I would say these sorts of unlikely relationships should be eagerly pursued by every one of us.

Mike Huckabee: "We Are Moving Rapidly Toward The Criminalization Of Christianity"

Reuters | LUCIANA LOPEZ | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion

By Luciana Lopez DES MOINES, Iowa, April 26 (Reuters) - Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa and elsewhere have recently begun so...

Why Worship Matters

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

It's not that the goal is for people to not "get anything" from worship; the problem is, "getting something" seems to have insidiously become our criteria for what entails good worship, and we've lost our ability to even ask ourselves what it is that we are giving in worship.

Traditional Worship Is the Future

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

What Conservative Christians are really upset about, deep down, is not that one or a few or dozens or hundreds of their fold are being attracted by liturgical traditions and progressive theology. What they are really upset about is that their ways and their positions of privilege in the world are dying.

A Short Note to the Supreme Court on Marriage Equality

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Frank Ligtvoet

I don't smile any more, however, since my piece is now used in US Courts.

Billy Graham

Martin Marty | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

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.

Jewish National Fund Award To Anti-Gay Pastor Angers Some Jews

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Decrying Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley’s “sordid history of virulent homophobic statements and actions,” a gay Jewish group is protesting...

What Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter Don't Understand About Christianity and RFRA

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The source of my aggravation? The casual assumption that there is a "Christian" position on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity, an uncontroversial point of doctrine that all Christians share in common.

Why 400+ Catholic, Evangelical Leaders Want To Kill The Death Penalty

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Holy Week is used by many Christians to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday, and now more than 400 Catholic and evangelical leade...

Fixing Indiana and Arkansas: Republicans Up Against the Wall

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

This battle is pitting the two wings of the Republican coalition against each other. Social conservatives are being confronted by all kinds of corporate business interests, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, of all things. It's taken great skill for Republican leaders to paper over this inherent split, but that day is over.

Latino Evangelicals Call For An End To The Death Penalty

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A leading group of Latino evangelicals has called for an end to state-sanctioned capital punishment, the first national association of evangelic...

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

A Christian Oligarchy to Call Our Own

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The disparity in power between a corporation and its employees is huge, and only widening. Now imagine they have both the ability to enforce their religious beliefs on its employees and control the government.

Reflections on Scientific and Evangelical "Perceptions"

Greg Cootsona | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

As the immensely influential early Christian thinker Augustine commented: "Let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found it belongs to the Master." I wish I had said that. I also wish that any believer would nod in agreement.

Prominent Megachurch Stops Asking Gay Christians To Be Celibate

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgen...

70 Percent Of Evangelicals Believe Religion And Science Are Not In Conflict

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The sociologist who busted myths last year with her study finding that the majority of scientists are religious, not God-denying athe...

Billy Graham Has A 'Rapid Response Team' Working In Ferguson

Reuters | Richard Valdmanis | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion

Hours after two police officers were shot at a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, last week, a black Kenworth truck in North Carolina hauling a collaps...

Rachel Held Evans Defends Leaving Evangelicals For Episcopalians

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with ...

Evangelical Churches Grapple With Including Gay People

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Pastor Stan Mitchell's announcement that his evangelical GracePointe Church would fully affirm gay members met with a standing ...

Pope Francis

Martin Marty | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Depressed, weary, or frightened by stories of USIS and ISIS and other horrors, plus by debates over "religious extremism" and the role of Islam, we focus instead on the not-unimportant figure of Pope Francis, who makes news and inspires reflection.

Former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell: A Church That Doesn't Support Gay Marriage Is "Irrelevant"

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion

Rob Bell, the widely popular and controversial former megachurch pastor, is now convinced that a church doesn’t support same-sex marriage will "cont...

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 2 of 3)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting a few of the many Black Christian leaders I've had the privilege of learning from throughout my career.