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Silence: A Gut-Wrenching Look At Faith

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.12.2017 | Religion
Zack Hunt

The early 20th century French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain once wrote, "If you want to make a Christian work, then be Christian, and simply t...

Meet The American Missionary Turned Thai Prankster

Sara Ruthnum | Posted 05.26.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Sara Ruthnum

When you visit My Mate Nate's channel, you really get the sense that Bartling's motives are pure. Straight up, they're fun, they're happy, and have a thread of wholesomeness woven throughout.

Oklahoma Missionary Sentenced To 40 Years For Sexual Assaulting Kenyan Orphans

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.23.2017 | Crime

A 21-year-old Oklahoma man was sentenced on Monday to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting orphaned children while on a missionary trip in Kenya...

Freedom Collective International: Partnering With Local Non Profits In Uganda to Spark Trade

Plumfund | Posted 11.27.2016 | Impact

Kelly and I embarked on our first endeavor in early November, partnering with Musana Community Development Center in Iganga, Uganda. Our goal was to introduce new designs that utilize local resources and create products that would provide a greater profit margin that would, in turn, create more jobs locally.

Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part III

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

I was raised to conform to a narrative of the good Christian life, and what I am discovering is that God is about busting the status quo of the narratives we have created. God wants us to write different scripts, explore off-beaten paths, and move upward and away from a prescribed life.

Christianity 101

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

In this broken world with imperfect people, we do often lose our greatest loves. Wives walk away from husbands. Children turn their backs on parents. Faithful members exit the doors of church.

Nepal Calls: Part Two

Debbie Davis | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
Debbie Davis

The following is from Reuben Rai, pastor of Mission Nepal (, Christian Mission Projects in Nepal: The images are of Sindhupalchowk, ...

How Jesus 'the Glutton and the Drunk' Embraced Life Beyond the Religiously Accepted Limit

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the greatest challenges any Christian faces is the risk of falling in love with the idea of being like Jesus (WWJD?) while failing to recognize what a life lived in his footsteps truly looks like.

Grieving Town Buries Brutally Murdered Italian Nuns Who Served Africa More Than 50 Years

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Thursday (Sept. 11) in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo ...

Kenneth Bae: When One Hurts, All Hurt

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

May is AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) Heritage month. During this month, we need to remember the case of Kenneth Bae. We need to make a moral appeal for his release and put the spotlight back on his case.

'Operation Laura' Helps Missionary With Brain Condition

Lemont Patch | Posted 11.15.2013 | Religion

Lemont native Emily Fox once roomed with a girl named Laura Reed at Colorado Christian University. Their cohabitation was brief, in the grand scheme o...

Don't Judge A Book Of Mormon By Its Cover: The Musical As Conversion Tool

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

I met two Mormon missionaries on a chilly spring evening when my husband and I attended the musical "The Book of Mormon." They were handing out copies of the LDS Scriptures -- aka the original Book of Mormon -- near the theatre entrance, and I couldn't resist talking with them.

From The Bible Belt To Liberation Theology

Tobias Roberts | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

For several years, I have waged an internal battle on how to bridge the gap between these two worlds: Latin America became one reality, and the Bible Belt of Kentucky another. In this disjointing of my life, the plague of stereotypes has become all too common.

A 'Musicianary' Witnesses Heartbreak and Healing in Haiti (SLIDESHOW)

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 10.02.2012 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Although Scott England spends much of his year touring the US with his band members, he travels frequently to countries Latin America and Africa, pitching in on building or medical missions and offering his talents in song with his trusty acoustic guitar.

Disciples Established Among Every People

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Matthew thinks that the church is fundamentally a missionary church, and he conceives of its mission concretely as a "going" to all nations in not being a fuel of domination and power but in making disciples.

Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Rev. Eric C. Shafer | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eric C. Shafer

Jesus Christ's compassion does not wear thin, even as he must repeat his saving activity for us again and again as we all fall short of his hopes for us. But like the disciples, we are not Jesus.

Astoria Characters: The Modest Missionary

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.29.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Eartha Thompson-Washington sparkles in the sunlight. Her tunic, the color of blushing pink rosebuds, is studded with mini-mirrors and gold sequins.

"Machine Gun Preacher" Poses Tough Questions

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

And while Sam Childers doesn't condone violence, he asked me what I would want him to do if the child he was trying to save were mine?

Christian Missionary Conduct Recommendations

Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion

By A. James Rudin Religion News Service (RNS) "Missionary" is one of those words where the meaning depends entirely on who's saying it -- and who'...

Blasphemy in The Book of Mormon

Silpa Kovvali | Posted 05.28.2011 | Entertainment
Silpa Kovvali

In a genre not known for its subtlety, this musical stayed away from stereotypes, portraying its two missionary heroes as deeply earnest, deeply flawed, and often deeply conflicted about their own beliefs.

Predicting the Haiti "Orphan" Rescue

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

Unfortunately, you cannot automatically assume that any Haitian orphanage you are considering funding is really putting the best interest of the children first. Do your homework before giving.

Does Evangelical Giving Do the World Good?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

When a person's altruistic impulses are directed toward winning converts, it is valid to ask whether they are actually serving human well-being or simply serving a mind virus.