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Dancing at the Perimeters of Faith

Cindy Brandt | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Before social justice became trendy among evangelicals, people of all denominations, faiths, and philosophies had already been steadily working in the trenches without fanfare, caring for the least of these with a quiet strength.

Evangelical Leaders Head To Israel To Show Their Support

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Several high-profile evangelical leaders will travel to Israel next week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip put to...

GRACE Against Sex Abuse

Martin Marty | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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 Chicago...

Cru, Formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, Loudly Trumpeting Troubling Anti-Gay Message Overseas

John Brothers | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
John Brothers

While the idea of "freeing" individuals from homosexuality is offensive to many, this work is happening overseas in the name of Cru.

Love Wins: The Shifting Landscape on LGBT Issues in the Evangelical Church

Rod Snyder | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Today I identify as a gay evangelical Christian, and I have a unique understanding and perspective from both sides of an issue that has become the cultural flashpoint of our generation.

Evangelical Group Plans To Convert Children As Young As Five At Portland Parks, Pools

AP | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An evangelical Christian group plans to try to convert children as young as 5 at Portland apartment pools, public parks and do...

Dear Evangelical Establishment, I know you don't trust or like me and I don't blame you! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you'd better listen up...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

(A 1984 satirical magazine cover depicting "Franky" Schaeffer as a "kid" throwing mud at Christianity Today Magazine and Billy Graham for not be...

Pat Robertson Blames Witchcraft For Boy's Stomach Pains

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion

Tell most people your son is having extreme stomach pains, and they will tell you to get to a hospital as soon as possible. Pat Robertson on the other...

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

12 Biblical Principles You're (Probably) Not Living By

Zack Hunt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm drawing from both the Old and the New Testaments to offer 12 biblical principles you're probably not living by, but should be if you're really being faithful to everything the Bible says.

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

Spit or Swallow? A Gay Christian Challenge to Lukewarm Christian Moderates as the Supreme Court Swings Right

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Where education and "dialogue" with lukewarm Christian "allies" continues to be a one-sided effort to which only LGBTQ Christians and a handful of outspoken allies contribute, perhaps it's time to recognize what Jesus taught in the parable of the sower.

Hey Men, When It Comes To Sex, Why Risk a Sweet Deal?

Laura Stepp | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Laura Stepp

The five justices' decision should remind us how important it is to engage men -- young as well as old -- in conversations about contraception.

When Your Own College Wouldn't Want You Because You're Gay: Evangelical Leaders Ask for Right to Discriminate

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, conservative religionists tried seizing the opportunity to exclude people from their midst whose non-heterosexuality troubles them. The president of my own alma mater was one of them.

Why I Wrote 'We Make the Road by Walking'

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Many of us have walked the road of our tradition to where it currently ends, and we've come to believe that the road isn't finished yet.

The Pope's High-Five

James Robison | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
James Robison

In John 17, Jesus said, "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in m...

Pat Robertson Says Even Jesus Tattoos Are Only For Heathens

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

Tattoos are unbiblical and only fit for heathens -- even if the ink portrays Jesus or other religious subjects, according to Pat Robertson. During ...

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.

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

God Doesn't Need Our Protection

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

God doesn't need the protection of black belt theological defenders. But to the extent that God gets a kick out of anything, I suspect it has to do with the love we show one another and the awe with which we behold the universe.

Roma

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.

Jimmy Carter and the Evangelical Divide

Randall Balmer | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Randall Balmer

Progressive evangelicalism helped propel Carter to the White House. But another group of evangelicals, who eventually coalesced into a movement known as the Religious Right, began agitating to deny Carter, their fellow evangelical, a second term.