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Uganda's Anti-Gay Law and America's Right Hand

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

While every American has a right to free exercise, I believe two initiatives of the U.S. government, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the G.W. Bush administration's expansion of the Faith-Based Initiative, have perpetuated a very asymmetrical view of religious freedom.

First Steps on a Pilgrimage: A Reflection on the Thinking of Lee and Vines

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If the Church was able to clarify its understanding of Scripture based on Galileo's new information about the heavens, then we can surely clarify our reading of the Bible based on new information about same-sex relationships.

Michael Sam and the Last Few Yards: Will We Fumble?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Clay Farris Naff

The Supreme Court has broad independence, but it is not immune to public pressure. What pressure does its conservative wing feel? The signs aren't good. The Christian right has great discipline, huge resources, and an unwavering focus on its theocratic goals.

How to Be Evangelical After World Vision

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I want to suggest an evangelicalism that truly values mercy over sacrifice, restorative justice over religion, neighbors-as-people over theological gnats. In other words, an evangelicalism after World Vision.

A Catholic and a Protestant Leader Should Talk Climate: A Jewish View

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We change the climate when we lack restraint and awe, when we stop serving and guarding. Like his predecessors, Francis sees addressing and reducing climate change as a moral imperative.

How You Can Tell If a Christian Is Really 'Saved': When They Stop Needing to Be Right

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Jesus told his followers to take up their crosses and follow him before he was crucified, that is to say, before the cross became any kind of religious.

Faith Communities Stress Moral Dimension of Carbon Pollution at EPA

Peter Adriance | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Peter Adriance

What drove me and more than fifteen representatives of other faith communities to deliver compelling testimonies at a hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency last week? The need for robust carbon standards for new power plants in the United States.

Three Reasons You're Not Too Smart for Orthodoxy

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In my experiences within both conservative and progressive Christian circles, there seems to be a kind of mutual playing in the politics of fear with regard to the other.

I "Heart" Ron: Young Life, Youth Ministry, and Me

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

I "heart" Ron. He was the main reason I went to the local chapter of the evangelical Christian youth group, Young Life. Yes, I went because I loved--and love--Jesus. But the whole truth is that I initially went to Young Life because I fell head-over-heels in love with Ron in an adolescent, puppy-love kind of way.

Brain Damage in the NFL: A Moral Thorn for Christians

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Pro football has a serious morality problem. I am not talking about promiscuous players or racist team nicknames. Nor am I referring to the "obscene" amounts of money changing hands between the masses obsessed with football and the sports industrial complex that keeps them supplied.

15 Things Not to Say to a Recovering Fundamentalist Christian

Samantha Field | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Samantha Field

There have been plenty of things I've heard since I left Christian fundamentalism after spending 14 years (more than half my life) in it, and most of them make me want to tear my hair out.

When God Talks Back

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

You pretend that God is there beside you listening with utmost attention to your questions and concerns. Eventually, the game becomes what is experienced as an actual conversation -- or maybe becomes an actual conversation.

Christian Salvation As Pentecost

Morgan Guyton | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

In the prophecy from Joel that Peter quotes on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, God makes an incredible promise: "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh." What if this statement is taken as the centerpiece of God's salvation of humanity and the world?

April Is Officially Missional Church Conference Month

Steve Knight | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Steve Knight

It's a perfect time to get equipped for missional living and service in the neighborhood for the summer and all year long.

New York Pastor Tim Keller Responds To Questions About His Gay Marriage Comments

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Tim Keller's comments on gay marriage, which I wrote about earlier this week, appear to have caused something of a stir inside the evangelical Protest...

Introducing Holy Week's Dangerous Jesus

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

My childhood's tame, cultivated Jesus couldn't seize a temple or sweat blood in a garden or mount a cross -- and he'd shun the morning light even if he were raised from the dead. Such a Jesus may seem comforting, but He is not life-giving.

What Happens When An Evangelical Protestant Falls In Love With The Catholic Church?

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

It's time I come clean. I'm an evangelical with a secret. A covert "real me" peaks from the shadows and longs to leap into the sunlight. World events compel me to throw caution to the wind and blare my confession: I'm a wanna-be Catholic.

Will Evangelicalism Last?

Tim Suttle | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Whatever the subject, there's more uncomfortable tension in the evangelical family than a Sacha Baron Cohen movie. This has many evangelicals wondering if we have a future together at all.

Steve Chalke Drops the Bomb in Support of Committed, Faithful, Same-Sex Relationships

Tony Campolo | Posted 03.22.2013 | Religion
Tony Campolo

"Too often, those who seek to enter an exclusive, same-sex relationship have found themselves stigmatised and excluded by the Church. I have come to believe this is an injustice and out of step with God's character as seen through Christ."

Real America?

David Trumble | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
David Trumble

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Torn by Justin Lee: Gay Evangelical Writes A Coming Out Story Your Conservative Grandmother Could Love

Lillian Daniel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Lee is beyond charitable throughout his story. He's written a book that your Southern Baptist grandmother could read and then sigh at the end, "Well, bless his sweet heart."

Why Al Mohler Doesn't Get Rachel Held Evans

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Christians today who want to share the Gospel with any credibility in postmodern culture must learn how to talk like Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, et al. Otherwise our evangelism is about as effective as a black and white "Reefer Madness" video in a junior high health class.

Jesus And New England: Open Letter To The Christians Who Want To 'Convert' Us

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I know you think you know us. Except here's the thing: Jesus is already here. He has been for a very long time, and we already knew him, long before you came.

Billy Graham Is Not An Anti-Gay Bigot

Steve Knight | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Steve Knight

Let me tell you about Billy Graham, just as he is, because based on what I experienced working for the man for six years, two statements issued under his name last week significantly collide with the well-established values of this great humble faith leader.

Baptists Say Church That Prevented Black Couple From Marrying Should Reject Racism

AP | JEFF AMY | Posted 09.29.2012 | Black Voices

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. — Townspeople prayed for racial reconciliation Monday, but the black man whose wedding was rejected by a predominantly wh...