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Southern Sundays and Sex: A Memoir

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Sharon Kay Edwards

Looking back, I can't help but laugh at the irony of the situation. We failed to see eye-to-eye on the simplest of doctrines, but had zero problem meeting crotch to crotch in the middle of the night.

Mountains as Sacred Centers

Ginna Kelly | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Ginna Kelly

I personally draw great spiritual strength from mountains. While climbing a mountain, I am fully in the present moment. I come face to face with what seems to be ultimate reality.

Daystar's Day of Reckoning: My Interview With NPR's John Burnett

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Aside from claiming nonprofit status -- which means a media company like Daystar is exempt from paying taxes on its revenue -- churches in particular have extra layers of protection from government oversight with regard to their financial operations. So what does it matter?

The Pope's Anti-Abuse Commission: Action or PR Stunt?

Dan Arel | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Can a Vatican-appointed commission bring about real change and be trusted to give a non-biased and honest report about the scale and severity of the abuse and offer real solutions that will be accepted by the Church?

New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I believe the church is in need of new wineskins. As the past few years have hinted at, and last week made crystal clear, evangelicalism is an old wineskin that is long past its expiration date. It was a new wineskin once and served the church well for a time, but it has become dry, brittle and broken.

Why I'm Committed to Lent

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

In Fairhope, Alabama, I grew up in a family of six where giving up something for Lent was an expectation, not a choice. A few days before Ash Wednesday, the dinner conversation revolved around one question: 'What you are giving up for Lent?'

'Slow Church' Movement Says No 'Fast Food' Way To Salvation

Religion News Service | Bob Smietana | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Going to church these days can be a bit like eating at a fast food joint. It might be quick and tasty. But it won’t satisfy your soul. ...

What 40-Year-Old Me Would Say to 25-Year-Old Me

The Unappreciated Pastor | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion
The Unappreciated Pastor

I was 25 when I became a senior pastor. That was 15 years ago. Time has gone by so quickly. I have been reminiscing about life in the ministry. In looking back I have come to the conclusion that it would have been great if there were a mentor in my life to prepare me for ministry.

Out of Darkness, a Light Breaks

Daniel Davis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Arts
Daniel Davis

Such cruel tragedies are never easy to handle, and doubly so when the victim was a young woman whose spirit brightened the lives of all around her. But Ben was a contemporary Christian artist and worship leader at a large church. How was this soul-rending tragedy going to square with his faith? How could a loving God allow such things?

Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

Why Do People Go to Church?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What are we doing in worship? We are sorting through our mixed motives and mysterious desires. We are learning God's story again. We are returning home so that we can go with power into the everyday world.

Televising Religion in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We talked about the challenges of being a pastor under Communism, his involvement in the revolutionary changes in 1989, his best and worst programming moments, and why he agrees with Soren Kierkegaard that when everything is Christian, nothing is Christian.

21 Reasons to Finally Take That Trip to Italy (PHOTOS)

minube | Posted 03.06.2014 | Travel
minube

"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words cliché for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at to help you make up your mind.

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew

Derek Flood | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

We have come to associate guilt today with negative ideas like "guilt-trips," and with feelings of shame. As a result, when the subject of guilt and sin are brought up, our defensive walls go up, too.

Church and Pornography -- A Bad Mix

Gerard Kersey | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Gerard Kersey

There are more Christian outlets today than ever before. There are more Christian books available now than ever in history. Mega churches are popping ...

How Human Was Jesus?

John Backman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
John Backman

If Jesus can be this human, so can we. By living into all the facets of the human spirit, including the less attractive ones, Jesus invites us to do the same.

David Lohr

Church Organist Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 5 Boys Over 30 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime

Authorities in New Jersey have charged a longtime church organist with molesting at least five boys during the past 30 years. Joseph Cuthbert, 71, ...

Why You Really, Really Don't Want to Live Forever

Brett Gallaher | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

I honestly think humans gets so hung up on living forever because we feel like we don't have enough time. We think that one lifetime just isn't enough. We cling to the idea of eternity because it feels secure.

WATCH: Minister's Husband Talks About The 'Strange Thing' That Happened When His Wife Got Cancer

Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

Bill Eville has been in love with Cathlin Baker even since they were kids growing up together in New Jersey and she was the cool punk rock skateboardi...

Falling: Recovery, Silence and the Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

My friend had been told that clergy shouldn't show weakness. They shouldn't admit to perceived failures. Somehow we have taught that Christians are people of perfection, and not people of redemption.

Churches Confront Sexual Violence

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

To those cynical about churches, the notion of their intervention in the sex abuse epidemic might seem like sending the fox back to the hen house. But the solution is not to throw out religion, but to summon religion at its best to help change things for the better.

Hackchurching: A New Approach to the Christian Lifestyle

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

Once I began just being a Christian instead of thinking about church, I could bring church anywhere at any time. I found a much stronger community because I could both mentor and be mentored at the same time, and my friendships kept me accountable. I began hackchurching.

My Personal Interpretation of the Lord's Prayer

William Stillman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
William Stillman

There's a trail through a wooded area near my house where I like to take long walks. It is here that I recite the Lord's Prayer. However, I've recently put emphasis on not just reciting but interpreting -- what is the true intention of each verse as it pertains to me.

Why the Church Needs Some Masculine Feminists

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Men making decisions about women's lives and bodies isn't something new. Men have been running the show forever -- not because that's what God wanted, but because they could.

6 Most Beautiful Churches in America

Budget Travel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

No matter what your religious affiliation is, everyone can find enlightenment in the towering domes, mosaic artworks, and impressive sculptures, not to mention the stories behind these buildings.