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Pope Francis

Martin Marty | Posted 02.23.2015 | 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. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Rev. 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.

Evangelicals Pull Support For Portland's Christ Church Over LGBT Stance

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) An up-and-coming evangelical pastor has been told his denomination will no longer support his new church in Portland, Ore., because of his suppo...

If God Could Only Calculate: International Adoption, Family Preservation and Money

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Frank Ligtvoet

I know that God is almighty and just and leads his flock to do the right thing. I don't doubt him in general in his work in international child care, even after my calculations.

Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim. Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands. Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

Black Evangelical Leaders Who Are Changing the World

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

I've had the privilege of working alongside a prodigious group of Black Christian leaders throughout my career as a social justice activist. Their lives and ministries have shaped me deeply and continue to do so as I grow in my own ministry of racial reconciliation and justice.

Candomblé, Afro-Brazilian Religion, Struggles Against Evangelical Hostility

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion

SANTA CRUZ, Brazil — The religious ceremony had only just begun when Caroline Linhares unleashed a long, guttural roar, clearly audible over the dru...

Top Catholics And Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce Or Cohabitation

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) A high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage...

Gender Sovereignty: A Spiritual Declaration of Independence from the Gender Wars

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

If the unconditional love one would think a parent would have for a child instinctively is not enough, and the unconditional love evangelical Christians claim to believe God has for all people is not enough, then let us declare a spiritual revolution and claim our sovereignty as trans people.

If The Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage In 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Americans can be wed in 35 states and the Distr...

Could Charlie Hebdo Happen Here?

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

The killing in France of cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo who satirized the Prophet, among other religious figures, immediately prompted me to question whether something similar could happen in America. Could someone from my faith engage in such heinous violence?

MEvangelicals: Faith in the Rand Scheme of Things

Russ Pierson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Russ Pierson

Reagan-era conservatism is a far cry removed from the Ayn Rand-infused Libertarian ideals the MEvangelicals often flirt with these days.

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

Truly Bad Grits: The GOP's Curse of the South

Steven Kurlander | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

With convening of the 114th Congress and the swearing in this week of new governors and state representatives, the GOP on paper is sitting very pretty in the Capitol and the nation's statehouses.

Musical Artist Fernando Ortega On Doubt, Racism and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father's work with the U.S. Department of State.

On Martin Luther King Day: Questions for Evangelicals

David Moore | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
David Moore

I have concluded that America's Evangelical church covers up America's structural racism, helps to hide it, and is thereby complicit in the abuse.

What Newsweek Gets Wrong About Evangelicals

www.cnn.com | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion

(CNN) "They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations," writes Kurt Eichenwald of evangelical Christians. "They fall on their k...

How Adoption Forces Evangelicals To Grapple With Race Relations

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Before she and her husband adopted a son and daughter from Ethiopia, popular evangelical blogger Jen Hatmaker said she had a different view abou...

Pastor Mark Driscoll Is Back With A Flashy New Website

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: Pastor Mark Driscoll's website was temporarily offline on Monday, December 29. It appeared to be working again Monday evening. Pastor Mark ...

A Word to White and Black Evangelicals in America

David Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
David Moore

These marches are not only about recent cases. Some of us have been all too conscious of police abuse our entire lives, and it has been underway for generations. It's just that we have, as a country, come to a different place.

The Legacy Of Evangelical Preacher George Whitefield

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) If YouTube had existed in the 1700s, George Whitefield, hailed by scholars as the best-known evangelist of that century, would have been all ove...

Hispanic Evangelicals Call For Criminal Justice Reform

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

We should be asking how we can best respond to crime in ways that help communities to be safe, healthy, healed, and whole. We should work to prevent crime before it's too late. We should hold people accountable for the harm they have caused, but we should do it in ways that create opportunities for different choices in the future.

A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

What This Gay Atheist Learned From Being an Evangelical Christian

Chris Sosa | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
Chris Sosa

After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.