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This Minister's Son Preached The Prosperity Gospel While Reportedly Running a Megachurch Ponzi Scheme

Vice | Grace Wyler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

From the fake revelations of revivalist preacher Peter Popoff, to the 80s excess and false lashes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, to Greater Ministries ...

Oil Crashing in the Same Car?

J. L. Morin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
J. L. Morin

Most media attribute oil price slumps to oversupply from US fracking, omitting the fact that governments are discussing whether oil companies will be allowed to extract all the fossil fuel they've already priced into their stocks.

At 9 Years Old, Grace Has Already Beaten Cancer. Now She's Taking On Child Homelessness

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

Making a difference in a stranger’s life takes determination--and a certain amount of Grace. Grace Callwood is a 9-year-old cancer survivor who i...

She Asked A Tough Question About Religion And Dating -- And Got A Tougher Answer

OWN | Posted 09.12.2014 | OWN

Renee, age 48, is contemplating the idea of leaving her place of worship. She and her 14-year-old daughter are happy at their current church, a place ...

Poorer States Have Best Paid Megachurch Pastors

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s one of the conclusions on chu...

Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Progressive Churches: A New Agenda for Care and Justice

Rev. Cody J. Sanders | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cody J. Sanders

For progressive churches in the U.S., there is a "sweet spot" of meaningful engagement in LGBTQ justice that many congregations are missing. While we're celebrating gains in marriage equality, we often overlook the well-being and livability of life for the homeless LGBTQ youth.

Saving Christianity in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Luay Al Khatteeb

The White House warned last week that the situation in Iraq risks becoming a "humanitarian catastrophe." The dilemma of persecuted minorities in the region must now surely override any debate over using military power to defeat ISIL.

Eve's Expectations: How Bias Impacts Christian Women in Science

Emily Ruppel | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science
Emily Ruppel

If it's harder to become a scientist just because you're a girl, imagine how much harder to start on that path as a member of a religious group that's often marginalized by leading scientists in the public sphere.

Why Nobody Wants to Be Around Christians Anymore

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I am a Christian who loves the Bible and I look to it for guidance every day. But I do not worship the Bible. And, while I have not left the Church, I fully understand why millions of believing people have.

Did Daniel Pierce's Coming-Out Video Upset You? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do

Justin Lee | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin Lee

Last week, a viral video depicted Daniel Ashley Pierce, a young man who recorded his family's violent reaction to his having come out as gay -- yelling about the Bible, physically assaulting him and kicking him out of the house. Daniel's boyfriend posted the video online, and people around the world were horrified by what they saw.

The Duality of Being a Gay Christian

Glenn Garner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Glenn Garner

As a gay Christian, I have only faced true discrimination for one of these identities. Here's a hint: It's not Christianity. When I tell someone I'm Christian, they don't come up with a series of offensive questions and remarks. I have never felt threatened or in danger when praying or practicing my Christian beliefs. Christianity is not an oppressed identity.

Can This Southern Restaurant Prove It Isn't Biased?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Unlike those big corporations, Mary's doesn't hate! Mary's simply wants to reward its favorite customers with a 15% discount. What could be wrong with that?

Grab a Piece of the P.I.E.! Luke 4:14-21

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The church is being called to a P.I.E. ministry: outreach which is Participative, Interactive and Experiential One high-end Italian restaurant in Was...

On Bedside Baptist

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

I recognized the heaviness and sadness to be a tremendous feeling of guilt. Guilt that I would somehow impairing or negatively impacting my children's spiritual development all in the name of a few extra winks.

Interviewing the Gospel Ambassador: How Bobby Jones Impacted the Culture of Television

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Standing atop a stage dressed in a jeweled suit with custom designer shoes, an electrifying roar automatically fills the studio. It feels as though a rockstar has just surprised the crowd, but this is no new face.

The Cloisters: Escape the City in the City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Cloisters is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art given over to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. With a collection of over 2,000 medieval pieces, the museum's structure is itself part of the exhibit.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

Ministry on the Margins: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

"Who in their right mind would want to be a minister?" It's a question I hear a lot nowadays, especially with news reports about how many in ministry experience low pay, high burnout and potential unemployment.

A Letter to the Church of Abbotsford and Beyond

Ward Draper | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Ward Draper

In this broken city teeming with hurt and frustration a looming tragedy approaches. This tragedy is not new; we have seen it before and will most assuredly will again.

Irreverence Is the New Reverent

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

While I agree there's a social maturity required in expressing irreverence through appropriate channels, the Church is missing out on a deep authenticity of the human experience if we continue to fear irreverence, instead of finding beauty in it.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

Three Ways the Internet Is Good for the Religious

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

The internet is being used as a tool to do good in religious communities all over the world trending under the hashtag #ReligionDoingGood. For every nasty attack uttered online, somewhere there is a person of faith turning their cheek in an act of mercy.

The Tyranny of Consensus: How Your Church Can Make Better Decisions

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Too often the church becomes a place where we don't want to alienate anyone. And so, we alienate everyone. And slowly we stop becoming a community of disciples, and we start becoming a museum of a faith community that once was.

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.