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Why Did Pope Francis Meet With County Clerk Kim Davis?

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

In meeting with a lightning-rod figure who has been embraced by two of the most conservative Republican candidates for president, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, the Pope of Inclusiveness has alienated many who were just starting to feel more included in the Church.

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.

Politics and Religion Should NOT Mix

Barbara Hammond | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Barbara Hammond

Everyone I know is sick of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk, and so am I, but I want to share a couple of stories about her religion and Mr. Huckabee's, as well. He's Southern Baptist and she's Apostolic/Pentecostal which is more rigid in their edicts for women and their boisterous rituals.

What Kim Davis's Apostolic Christian Church Is All About

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion

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Gay Pentecostal Pastor Leads Largely LGBT Congregation In Brazil

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - With his booming voice and high-voltage charisma capable of working crowds of hundreds into a lather, Marcos Gladstone has all ...

Pope Francis's Preferential Option for the Latin American Poor

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis returns to Rome from his South American tour as a bona fide partisan of Liberation Theology.

Pentecost 2015: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls on Sunday, May 24 in 2015. History The second chapter of the Book of ...

Pope Francis

Martin Marty | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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.

The Competitive Spirits of Latin America

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Religious economy with its focus on the dynamics of competition gives insight into the larger Latin American trends confirmed by the new Pew survey.

Hillsong Church Founder Defends Handling Of Father's Sex Abuse Case

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey & Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The founder of Hillsong, one of the most influential religious brands across the globe, on Thursday (Oct. 16) denied allegations that h...

Hillsong Church Pastors Won't Speak Out On Gays Because Jesus Didn't Either

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

UPDDATE: Hillsong pastor Brian Houston has issued an update to his original statement. You can find that information here. Hillsong Church's Ne...

Pentecostal Titans Macedo and Malafaia Square Off in Brazilian Elections

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pentecostal presidential candidate Marina Silva didn't make it into the runoff against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but her charismatic faith remains a significant factor in the final round of voting.


Martin Marty | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chica...

Women's Rights, Immigration, Slavery, Martyrdom: Pentecost as Liberation

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The word "Pentecostal" has implications that, unless you identify already as a Pentecostal Christian, is usually a bit of a turnoff. But if we consider the Pentecost story -- the birth of the Christian Church, as many understand it -- as a story of liberation, it's actually pretty exciting.


Martin Marty | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Biblically informed observers observe that there is something biblically-nuanced about movements which, though obscure and once-powerless, are now changing the Christian Church in European and other parts, while the big and powerful churches rarely prosper. Yes, how ironic.

Strutting With the Spirit: A Proposal for Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

However we preach, whatever we teach, whenever we speak, we should be prepared. How? Through a life of study, the practice of learning, even the discipline of memorizing.

Pope Francis Joins the 'Samba School' of Charismatic Catholicism

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis is a charismatic. Though I made the case for this in another HuffPost blog almost a year ago, the Argentine pontiff's penchant for Spirit-centered Catholicism has been one of the most underreported aspects of his dynamic papacy.

Pentecost 2014: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls this year on Sunday, June 8. History The second chapter of the Book o...

Pentecostalization and Pluralization: The New Latino Religious Landscape

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The most salient trend, by far, is the impressive pluralization of Latino religiosity. On one hand, Catholicism is no longer the hegemonic faith among Latinos.

Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

Michael Gilmour | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

This strange early twentieth-century expression of religious faith is not widespread -- confined to a small number of churches in the southeastern United States -- but has its roots in a literal reading of a cluster of biblical metaphors.

El Chapo Guzman's Patron Saints

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The capture of el Chapo, the world's most powerful drug lord, has thrust his hometown folk saint, Jesus Malverde into the media spotlight.

Pentecostal Groups Vow To End Racial Divide

Religious News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When he was a boy, the Rev. Thomas Barclay noticed a difference between the worshippers of his small Pentecostal denomination and churches he vi...

Faith Healing Couple Will Go To Jail For Son's Death

Religious News Service | Amanda Murphey | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A Pentecostal couple who believes in faith healing has been sentenced to 3 1/2 to seven years in prison for neglecting to take their sick son to...

Does Castaway's Tattoo Reveal His Religion?

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Like so many other aspects of his story, the nature of the castaway's faith remains cloaked in mystery.

Pope of Paradox

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

What are we to make of Pope Francis so far? Is he a cautious reformer? A fence straddler? A middle of the road compromiser trying to please everyone all around?