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Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: A Response to Our Critics

Brandan Robertson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Unfortunately, the arguments leveled against us by our critics had little to do with our mission. Instead, we faced mischaracterizations that bore only a passing resemblance to our statement of belief, and even faced some misguided attacks on our personal standing as evangelical Christians.

The Surprising Friendship Between Billy Graham And Bono

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

Billy Graham has had many high-profile friends over the years, and among them is U2 frontman and international rockstar Bono. Bono is open abou...

Is It Time for Government to Recognize the Rights of Pastafarians?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Whether or not you think the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a joke, the stakes are quite serious. Indeed, they go right to the heart of two essential questions: What is nature of religion, and what is the role of government?

Mars Hill Church Begins Church Closures

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

Mars Hill Church announced on Sunday the closure of three of its church locations due to financial strain, with a possible fourth on the horizon. D...

Victoria Osteen's Sermon Seriously Upset A Lot Of Christians

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Osteen received backlash from the Christian community after video footage of an August sermon surfaced showing Oste...

Who Is Actually Following Jesus -- Atheists or Christians?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?

Pastors Blast Mark Driscoll In 4,000-Word Letter

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A letter from nine Mars Hill Church pastors to their fellow elders offers the most trenchant criticism yet of controversial megachurch pastor Ma...

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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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.