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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.

What Evangelicals Could Learn From the Pope

Ryan Gear | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Ryan Gear

The Pope is expressing a gracious and loving attitude toward the world, not the militant condemnation and separatism conveyed by some conservative evangelicals. He is moving toward the people, not away from them.

How Will Churches Grow Without Becoming Megachurches?

Andrew Johnson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Andrew Johnson

Many evangelicals in their 20s and 30s believe that the bigger the church, the more difficult it is to have genuine and authentic relationships with other church members and church leadership.

Why Evangelicals Are Attacking Pope Francis on Abortion

Neil J. Young | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Neil J. Young

On Tuesday, Pope Francis issued a letter decreeing priests could absolve women who have had an abortion who now seek forgiveness. The disapproving reactions from evangelicals may surprise observers since they have been the Catholic Church's closest allies on many political issues.

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?

Make Love Not War: A Basic Intro to Just War, Pacifism and Just Peacemaking

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

In the broad scope of understanding how we as humans in general, and Christians specifically, are called to live in a world with violence, there are a few big ideas. The first is Just War, the second is Pacifism, and the third is Just Peacemaking.

"Evangelicals Love Donald Trump!" Wait, What?

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I understand why Donald Trump's sideshow antics are appealing. Who doesn't love locker room humor in a presidential election? What I don't understand is why all this mean-spirited craziness is appealing to evangelicals.

Hispanic Evangelicals: No to Nativism

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

Many evangelicals are wondering when we will return to the grown-up conversations that we were having just a short time ago. Evangélicos are calling for bridge-builders and solutionists who seek to wisely and circumspectly "break down walls of separation."

Our Bigender God

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

My wife and I have been thinking a lot about gender lately. An article my daughter posted pointed out the layers of complexity of the issue which Caitlyn Jenner brought to America's door step.

Bigotry in Numbers: Why Academics Look Down on Evangelicals

David Briggs | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The one finding I would most like to share after more than a quarter-century of traveling throughout this country reporting on issues of faith is how similar people are in their basic desires and ambitions.