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Jesus, Demons, Slavery and Freedom: A Day in the Life of an InterVarsity Staff

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

If we were just here to feed the hungry or visit the sick, then there would be no difference between us and the next NGO. But this is the outpouring of a life lived in pursuit of God's redemption and renewal of all things.

What Easter Says About Trusting Women

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Bronwyn Lea

This week before Easter gives me cause to pause and reflect. Haven't men always failed to trust women, because somehow there is an innate belief that women are less trustworthy? But I'm reminded on Easter that Jesus did. And it tells me that somehow, when it comes to bearing witness to Him, He trusts me too.

Pope Francis Has a Woman Problem

Jennifer Labbadia | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Labbadia

Shortly after his election, Francis called for a new theology of women, saying that "it is necessary to broaden the opportunities for a stronger presence of women in the church." To date, the church hasn't gotten the memo.

The Quest for the True Cross of Jesus

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The quest for the true cross of Jesus can never be limited to the touching of a piece of wood or an archaeological marker. Rather, it is a reality that can only be appropriated personally -- an invitation of faith rather than a fostering of proof.

Historic Churches From Civil Rights Era Hold Service of Reconciliation

Jack Alvey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Alvey

Much has changed in Selma in 50 years, and the local faith community has taken the lead in trying to bring together a city once defined by its resistance to integration.

The Cross of Mental Illness

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

For contemporary Christian artist Mary Button, the cross is the key to connecting Jesus' ethics to modern day suffering.

Jesus Is My Homeboy

Yolanda Shoshana | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Yolanda Shoshana

When the movie ended, I was filled with emotion. I did not have any expectations of the film. I had assumed it would be like most religious films complete with a full white cast. Instead it was the most diverse looking religious film that I have ever seen.

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice?

The Faithful Shopper: Don't PassOver the Easter Treats

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 03.30.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Happy Passover - Happy Easter! As always, I focus on the sugary for these joyous holidays - chocolate treats that promise even sweeter days in the spring and summer to come.

A Weird and Wonderful Cabaret Chronicle: Karen Mason Revisits Her Roots at 'Don't Tell Mama!'

Myra Chanin | Posted 03.29.2015 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

To Karen, size doesn't matter. She gives her all, regardless of whether she's performing in a vast symphony hall, in a Broadway theater or in this packed, 85-seat intimate club.

Controversial Gay Jesus Attacked and Labeled as Blasphemy

Kittredge Cherry | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Kittredge Cherry

Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," a controversial series of paintings. The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.

Enter The 'Multi-Sensory' Yoga Stations Of The Cross

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion

Anne Kelley, a Seattle-based attorney, was looking for a way to engage with the stations of the cross on a deeper level when she stumbled upon the ide...

Should Christians See Insurgent?

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

While Divergent hasn't been the focus of conversation in Christian circles the way that the Harry Potter series was several years ago, perhaps it should be, especially since its author, Veronica Roth, is a professed Christian.

Daily Meditation: Oh Happy Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Jesus: A Death Like Ours

Greg Carey | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Many Christians tend to glorify Jesus' death, as if somehow Jesus suffered in ways no one else does. Jesus' death does not distinguish him from the rest of humanity so much as it unites us with him. If we begin to argue that Jesus' death was somehow unique, we embarrass ourselves.

On Bone Boxes and the Brother of Jesus

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

While some scholars question James' being the author of the epistle bearing his name in the New Testament, those five chapters associated with the brother of the Lord offer a rich sense of Jewish wisdom as how to make sense of suffering, how to walk in faith, and how to care for the poor.

A Temporary Goodbye

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.21.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

At this point in time, I prefer not to comment on the subject matter of this material, but from time to time I will keep you informed as to my progress.

Coach Jokingly Talks To Jesus For Help Against Kentucky

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.18.2015 | Sports

Maybe Hampton will get some divine intervention?

When Inclusion Is Exclusion: Radical Ecclesiology

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

For many Christians, being inclusive has become synonymous with being a Christian. In fear of losing what they think or claim is church, groups have formed within congregations and denominations to push for full inclusion.

Pastor Creflo Dollar Wants Your Dollars

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Plain and simple: Pastor Creflo Dollar is a disgrace. Today's headlines read: "Creflo Dollar's lofty plan seeks $65M jet for global missions." And if that wasn't enough, the man bearing the name Dollar, is asking 200,000 people to contribute $200 each to purchase the plane.

A Message to Pakistani Muslims Who Attack My Fellow Christians

Craig Considine | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

My Pakistani Muslim friends are peace-loving people. I admire their strong sense of honor and the respect that they show for my Catholic beliefs. The relationship that I have with these Pakistanis makes Sunday's attack even more appalling to me.

He Won't Be the Next "Darren Wilson"

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Jack* and I opted into the discomfort of racism, prejudice and the history of law enforcement in America among black and brown communities and Jesus met us there. We were honest about our fears, limitations and ignorance about the other because of our cultural lenses.

Judas -- Traitor or Hero?

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Perhaps he was a bit of both. Clearly, his primary association among the canonical Gospels is that of being a traitor, although the "handing over" of Jesus to the authorities is not necessarily to be rendered as a "betrayal" in the Greek.

The Pagan Side of Easter

Yolanda Shoshana | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Yolanda Shoshana

Eostre is the pagan connection to Easter. Does that mean that Easter is a pagan holiday? There is not a simple answer to this question.

How Christianity Really Started

Douglas Boin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Douglas Boin

"The Christians" weren't the standoffish clique historians frequently make them out to be. Many Christians, in fact, were perfectly good Roman citizens. Shockingly, though, very few people have ever gone back to listen to the stories of the quieter ones who lived their lives without any hint of drama.