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Pope Francis: Good Christians Should Pray For Bad Leaders

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday (Sept. 15) gently chided Christians to pray for politicians,...

Ooey Gooey Burger Goodness!

AP | BRIAN BAKST | Posted 08.27.2013 | Travel

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors of ice cream. The Nook has 31 types of burgers. They're ooey-gooey and oh-so-good....

What's Become of Syria's Christian Sites?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

As politicians debate the fate of Syria's Christian minority, reportedly targeted by Muslim fundamentalists for supporting Bashar Al Assad's regime, t...

Some Want to Send Latino Kids 'Away.' Kelli Porthan Wants to Send Her Latino Students To College.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Jesse Kornbluth

Gracias a Dios por Kelli Porthan. For months now, Congress has been debating an immigration bill. Without success, it seems --- every day the passage...

America's Best French Fries

U.S. News Travel | Posted 05.21.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

A disappointing french fry is hard to come by, but which eateries make the cut as America's finest potato-handlers?

LOOK: Minnesota Mayor Re-Names City Bridge In Honor Of Gay Marriage Vote

Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman made his stance on Minnesota's same-sex marriage vote known in a very big way this weekend. On Twitter, Coleman annou...

Is Gay Marriage a Civil Right?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Redefining marriage as a civil right strips it of its defining feature as a reproductive union. This problem is seldom explicitly acknowledged. Yet, it is expressed indirectly in the semantics of the gay marriage debate.

Hospital Loses Dead Baby In Laundry

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota hospital apologized Wednesday for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was found in linens that had been sent t...

Cleaning Out The Leaven On Passover -- In Body And Spirit

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

The cleaning out of our homes should also be a cleansing of our spirits, a renewal to the meaning of our Exodus experience and the new Creation that is spring.

Christians And The American 'Baby Bust'

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

People concerned about falling birth rates could more constructively spend their energy loving the neighbors they already have.

Christianity Before Paul

James D. Tabor | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

The fundamental doctrinal tenets of Christianity can be traced back to Paul -- not to Jesus. In contrast, the original Christianity before Paul is somewhat difficult to find in the New Testament.

Carpe Diem!

Alice Carey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Travel
Alice Carey

As I watch Syria collapse into masses of stones, dust and mortar, do I even more keenly realize the importance of Carpe diem.

Full Cycle (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 12.16.2012 | Good News
Bus 52

Bikes can be used both as a means of transportation and as a way to enjoy a sunny afternoon exploring the local area, but for a group of young adults in Minneapolis, Minnesota, they are providing much more than that thanks to Full Cycle.

What to Do after 11 Years of War? How About Occupying Your City Council?!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

While electoral politics tends to suck the oxygen out of the room (and apparently out of many people's brains) in these last few weeks before an election, a number of U.S. citizens committed to ending the wars took to the streets this week.

Last Chance Love On A Friday Night

Ann Bauer | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty
Ann Bauer

He of the sweater vest reached out and pulled the librarian close. It lasted perhaps four minutes, but that was four minutes of sheer, all-out bliss. Their bodies were pressed together, his hand on the bare part of her arm, and they looked, each of them, profoundly grateful.

What's St. Paul's Beef With Oxen? Animal Compassion In Light Of 1 Corinthians 9:9-10

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

My question is whether or not there is a way to read 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 that does justice to Paul while minimizing bias against nonhuman species among his readers?

Real Choices: Ranked Choice Voting Elections in 6 Cities

Rob Richie | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

This month many Americans had a chance to vote in state and local elections. FairVote was particularly focused on the first-ever use of ranked choice ...

Deconstructing Harry Jackson: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "The Doctrine of Devils"?

Timothy King | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Timothy King

"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."

Studying Conversion: What Stories Count?

Neil J. Young | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Neil J. Young

I've been thinking a lot about change recently because of the course I'm teaching this semester, which looks at the experience of conversion from historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives.

The Search for the Historical Paul: What Paul Thought About Women

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

The historical Paul is being pulled -- kicking and screaming -- away from Christianity's radical past and into Christianity's Roman future. As with owner and slave so also with male and female.

Joy Resmovits

Education Loses In Minn. Government Shutdown Compromise | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.17.2011 | Education

On Monday afternoon, highway cars and intense security surrounded Minnesota's capitol building, where only officials, legislators and their aides were...

Slaying Dragons, Wrestling God: Soldiers Of Peace In Christian Symbolism

Eric Simpson | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

There is no indication however, that this imagery may justify the use of violence or coercion in the name of the Gospel. We are called, as Paul writes to Timothy, to fight the good fight of faith.

When Loyalty To Family Conflicts With Loyalty To God

Eric Felten | Posted 07.14.2011 | Religion
Eric Felten

As attractive a moral strategy as it may be to always put God first, does loyalty to God really mean casting aside every other commitment we have?

Finding God In The Ordinary

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

How does one find God in the everyday situations of life? How do we find God in the everyday things that we do, or can we? Is God present in everything or only in those things that we would traditionally call holy?

Mysticism In Religion: Three Ways To View The Sunset

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

It is hardly an exaggeration to say that "us-and-them" seeing, and the dualistic thinking that results, is the foundation of almost all discontent and violence in the world.