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Jesus Was a Refugee

Ryan Gear | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Ryan Gear

Jesus and his parents were Middle Eastern refugees. The nativity scene, after all, depicts a Middle Eastern family who were looking for a place to stay, only to be told there was no room for them.

Storm in a Coffee Cup -- Attacking Stereotypes in Place of Reality

Pete Williamson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Pete Williamson

This coffee cup doesn't tell us anything about Jesus, Christmas, Starbucks, or evangelical Christians. But I'm hoping it does teach us something about how quickly imaginary problems can become reasons to stereotype entire people groups.

The Irony Behind the Starbucks Red Cup 'Controversy'

Sam Corey | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Sam Corey

By removing snowflakes from their cups, how are people supposed to know it's holiday season and embody its spirit by being decent people to each other?

The War On Christmas Is Real and It's Being Waged by Christians

Zack Hunt | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

By turning Christmas into a battle over ideology and marketing, we -- not Starbucks or Target or anybody else -- strip this holiest of days of the very significance we're claiming to defend.

Should Catholics Still Watch Football?

Martin Marty | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Is it time for Catholic fans to rethink their love of the game?" In a poll of U.S. Catholic readers -- who are not representative of Catholicism at large -- 70% "agree" that "Supporting the NFL is an ethical conflict of interest for Catholics."

Marco Rubio Aide Warned Gay Marriage Would Lead To 'Sin' And 'Suffering'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday tapped Eric Teetsel to serve as his presidential campaign's director of faith outreach. A prominent young voice a...

6 Predictions for the Future of the Religious Right

Neil J. Young | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Neil J. Young

Typically considered a grassroots movement of conservative Catholics, evangelicals, and Mormons, and the political organizations that mobilized their efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, the Religious Right's intellectual and ideological origins trace back further into the twentieth century.

Atoning for Tony: In Praise of Mainline Clergy

Ken Wilson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Ken Wilson

To be an Evangelical is to have at least a dash of contempt for the Mainline traditions (Episcopal, PCUSA, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and company). My Mainline friends tell me the reverse is also true.

How Segregation Fueled the Evangelical Mega-Church Movement

Deborah Jian Lee | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Deborah Jian Lee

His evangelical peers knew little of Soong-Chan's America, and their misunderstanding of his world underscored the depth of racial and economic splintering within evangelicalism. He learned that this divide was largely fueled by intentional racial partitioning by white religious leaders.

Here's How Progressive Evangelicals Can Win Back Millennials

Deborah Jian Lee | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Deborah Jian Lee

I'm part of the recent mass exodus of young people from the church that has evangelical leaders wondering to each other, what went wrong? Surveys from 2013 estimate that after leaving high school about eight million twenty-somethings will leave church by the time they turn 30.

A Saintly Start-Up

Andrew Johnson | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Andrew Johnson

The success of the megachurch model has served as the clearest example of this trend, as churches were built with a corporate headquarters aesthetic and megachurch pastors took on the responsibilities and budgets that resembled those of a CEO.

What Jesus Said No Longer Applies

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Evangelical Christians tend toward a Bible-alone theology, and tend to believe that the scriptures are evergreen in their entirety. The approach generally seems to be that all the rules presented then still apply.

Woot! Leading Evangelical Coalition Catches Up on Climate Change

Charles Redfern | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

The resolution echoes papal statements linking a warming earth with care for the poor: "A changing climate threatens the lives and livelihoods of the world's poorest citizens."

American Evangelicals Are No Longer Strictly Pro-Death Penalty

Religion News Service | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (RNS) The largest coalition of U.S. evangelicals has stepped away from its pro-death penalty stance, which it embraced for the past 40...

Texas Megachurch Hosts Presidential Forum

Leslie Chatman | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Leslie Chatman

Former Senator Rick Santorum spoke of how his faith has motivated him to fight for and lead on issues he cares about most. "What's missing in Washington today is someone who knows how to lead, said Santorum. "We need someone with experience who can lead his country."

Evangelicals Reject Anti-Muslim Hatred

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

It seems there is a growing movement of evangelicals and institutions committed to a new way forward: loving our Muslim neighbors rather than being compelled by hatred.

Boycott The Weddings Of Your Gay Friends And Family, Southern Baptist Leader Says

Religion News Service / USA TODAY Network | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Christians should not attend a same-sex wedding — even of their own child — because it signals &ldq...

Jerusalem's New Museum Reveals Untold History

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

On September 8, 2015, Shimon Perez, Israel's former president, prime minister and Noble Peace Prize winner delivered an address to leaders from within Israel, and dignitaries and guests from around the world attending the official opening of Jerusalem's newest museum, the Friends of Zion Heritage Center.

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?

Donald Trump's Evangelical-Capitalist Resonance Machine

Hollis Phelps | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

Despite the apparent contrast between it and Trump, good segments of evangelical Christianity share the same ethos, the existential revenge or resentment that Trump touts and uses to his advantage.

An Evangelical Case For Animal Rights

USA Today | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion

Barrett Duke didn’t grow up with pets and never gave the welfare of animals any serious thought. Then he met Rusty — the golden retriever ...

Evangelicals Going to the Dogs -- and Cats -- With Major Statement on Animal Welfare

David Briggs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

This is good news for Fido and Kitty and the remaining lions in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. And maybe for the rest of us, say spiritual advocates of animal welfare.

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.

Why Evangelicals Will Pray for the Iran Deal

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

We will be praying for peace in the Middle East, that our leaders continue to work toward the goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon, and that their decisions will protect the security of our citizens and strengthen America's moral leadership in the world.

Pope Francis and 6 Things You Need to Know About the Catholic Church in the U.S.

David Briggs | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a country where segregation is often said to be most evident on Sunday mornings, it is the Catholic Church that is not only one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups, but the changing face of America is also being reflected in its pews.