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Why the Millennium Development Goals Need the Church (and Vice Versa)

Richard Stearns | Posted 11.29.2013 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Christians care intensely about ending poverty, yet too many care little or are completely unaware of history's most significant--and perhaps successful--efforts to end global poverty.

Pat Robertson Is New CEO Of What?

Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion

Televangelist Pat Robertson will be taking the wheel of Regent University as the school faces the sudden resignation of its president, Carlos Campo, a...

Evangelicals Trying To Influence 'Baby Veronica' Adoption Case

Religion News Service | Angela Aleiss | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The Baby Veronica case, named for the girl at the center of a contentious child custody dispute, has stirred powerful emotional responses from m...

10 Thoughts on Tyler Perry and Bishop Jakes, Evangelicals, and Money

Myisha Cherry | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Myisha Cherry

The audience' response to Tyler Perry and Bishop Jakes is psychologically intriguing. It is Bishop Jakes who is receiving the million dollars and yet the audience is rejoicing as if they are Bishop Jakes.

Nine Inch Nails Liberated My Voice

Chris Sosa | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

While other kids unable to conform were using drugs, harming themselves, or committing suicide, I was able to process my seething hatred through music that helped me understand the source of my anger. It was a catharsis that led to processing and release.

Building Amish: Young Women, Baptists Among the Real Seekers of Anabaptist Life

David Briggs | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

"I am a Christian. I don't like the way the English teenagers live. I have always treasured the simple life and the way the Amish live and am looking to hopefully become Amish when I'm old enough," said one teen who described herself as "a modest young lady."

What the Christian Left Can Learn From the Christian Right

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

If the drama in North Carolina represents the rise of a Christian left in this country -- and recent polling data indicates it might -- many liberal hearts like mine will gladden. Yet whatever better angels I have in my nature are counseling caution.

What Makes Evangelicals Different?

Brett McCracken | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Brett McCracken

As Miroslav Volf says, "to make a difference, one must be different." If evangelicals are going to make any difference, it won't be because they've self-consciously endeavored to repair their PR image.

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren't Ready to March in the Pride Parade

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

While your child is still alive, don't worry about what your friends will think. Twenty years from now, your friends' opinions won't keep you up at night. But your remorse about not loving your child while you still had the chance will. Trust me on this.

I'm Probably Right About the New Religious Right

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

The catalyzing force behind what appears to be the rise of a new religious right from among the neo-reformed ranks is, of course, marriage equality legislation.

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

Felons Deserve the Right to Vote

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

While most issues hold no common ground between humanists and Christian evangelicals, this one could be an exception to that rule. Many humanists and evangelicals agree that felons have the potential for reform, albeit for different reasons.

When Doing the Christian Thing Isn't the Right Thing

Greg Damhorst | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Greg Damhorst

I believe that the problem evangelicalism faces today is that we have forgotten the very example that we claim to follow. The example of a servant, preacher, and prophet who was a friend of those that religious leaders considered sinners and outcasts.

Evangelical Shift on Gays: Less Fear, More Heart

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

The more promising direction is the one framed by Alan Chambers, and by a widening stream of younger Christians who follow Jesus toward a more open-hearted relationship with their gay fellow citizens. Less fear. More heart.

Our Beloved Samaritans: A Vision for Evangelicalism in the 21st Century

Frank Fredericks | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

It's pretty hard to learn from someone if we only see them by their external identity. Bart isn't my gay friend, he's my friend who just happens to be gay. Without this level of humanization, we'll never have a chance to build community with others and learn from them.

Christian Fundamentalists to SCOTUS: We're the Real Victims

Fred Rich | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Fred Rich

Fundamentalist dogma holds that a modern, secular, diverse and tolerant society victimizes evangelical Christians, because tolerance of sin and error is intolerable to them. This Orwellian inversion, where your freedom must be limited in order to assure my own, is no longer a fringe or schismatic belief.

7 Signs of a Gay-Friendly Congregation

David Briggs | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is difficult to stereotype. Individual congregations, not denominations, ultimately decide how they will respond to gay and lesbian worshippers.

Gay Equality in Conservative Churches -- the New Frontier

Timothy Kurek | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Timothy Kurek

Thousands of dynamic, unsung heroes of the cause are stepping forward and challenging the status quo. They are straight men and women, gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals alike, and while their message is unified, their methodology is innovative and unique.

The Most Patriotic Religious Group Is..

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 07.04.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) When it comes to God and country, white evangelicals report the most intense patriotic feelings in a new poll, with more than two-thi...

6 Evangelicals You Don't Know... But Might Want To

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

In the words of Jim Daly, the man who replaced Dobson as head of Focus on the Family, a new evangelical leadership is emerging. And while they share much of the old guard's theology, they scarcely resemble the evangelicals we have gotten to know over decades of culture war.

Evangelicals Are Too Political and Other Myths

Skye Jethani | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Skye Jethani

In the wake of the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings, evangelicals shouldn't only be investigating their view of marriage, sexuality, and politics, but also their perception of themselves and who is shaping it.

Why Christians Make Miserable Addicts

Heather Kopp | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

For more than twelve years, I was a Christian drunk living a double life. By day I wrote books about parenting and prayer, and by night I drank myself blotto from a stash in my closet.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

DOMA Decision Spells Doom for Old Time Religion

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Evangelicals can crank up the fire and brimstone all they want, but it's not going to work. Young people know lesbians and gays. They know that the anti-gay propaganda videos are biblical baloney, they know that "gay cures" are bunk and they know that LGBT people are just like them, differing only in sexual orientation.

Anti-Gay Bigots for Jesus

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.26.2013 | Comedy
Frank Schaeffer

When frightened, anti-gay evangelicals and Catholics like Franklin Graham and the so called Catholic League get together to try to hang onto their traditional power, here's what they produce in the name of Jesus.