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An Invitation To Rob Bell

Greg Carey | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Bell doesn't have to call himself a liberal or anything else, short of lover of Jesus. But it might be wise to reach out in a new way to people who have been his partners even before he preached his first sermon.

6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There is one thing I think all Christians should remember, and that is the one simple thing Jesus once said would be the one-and-only thing the world would know us by: "They will know you are my disciples by your love" (John 13:35). When we love, what more needs to be said?

Why Evangelicals Have All The Bestsellers

Mickey Maudlin | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Mickey Maudlin

Are "The Prayer of Jabez" and the "Left Behind" series the most God-blessed products because of their miraculous sales numbers?

Christian Witness And Immigration

M. Daniel Carroll Rodas | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
M. Daniel Carroll Rodas

There is still much work to be done to open the eyes of all Christians to the love of God for the outsider. The movement to reach out to the strangers in our midst, though, has begun.

The Disappearing Frontier: Religious Momentum For Gun Control

David Briggs | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is not going to be easy given the powerful cultural and lobbying forces opposing gun control. But religious groups may have to play a major role in changing America's gun culture.

Confession of an Evangelical

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

The establishing of the State of Israel I have and do support. However there are conflicting messages I no longer can ignore. While eating dinner overlooking the Shepherd's Field in Bethlehem, I noticed that on the crown of the hill sits a recently built Jewish settlement.

The Supreme Court's Chance to End the Anti-Prostitution Pledge, Save Lives, and Help End HIV/AIDS

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
John-Manuel Andriote

The only message the government should be sending is that it is committed to saving lives and supporting those who are working to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. That is a moral agenda worth advancing.

Why I Am Still An Evangelical

Alister Chapman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Alister Chapman

I still want to call myself an evangelical. I do so knowing that evangelicals have made mistakes, in America, in Britain and probably in every other country. We need to ask for forgiveness for when we have failed

Evangelical Christians: The First American Liberals

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

How did evangelical Christians, who have been dedicated to the care of all people and at the forefront of social reform in America, come to be broadly identified with intolerance and a lack of compassion?

The 'Pro-Life' Movement's Success Is About Raw Politics

Tracy Weitz | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Tracy Weitz

Historically, evangelical Christians had stayed away from politics, believing that such engagement would taint their religion. However, opposition to abortion became a way for the Republican Party to appeal to this disenfranchised group, mobilizing huge numbers of new voters (and donors).

Is This The End Of 'Evangelicalism'?

Skye Jethani | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Skye Jethani

There are a great many Christians who are looking for a new public identity -- a new banner -- that is distinct from the tainted brand of evangelicalism we've inherited from the religious right.

Louie Giglio's Missed Opportunity

Emily Timbol | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Emily Timbol

He could have apologized. He could have said that, like most Christians, he has been changed by his friendships and relationships with gay friends and family. He could have even used this opportunity to shed some light on the conversation. But he didn't.

Roe and Religion

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

In the years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, clergy were among the staunchest supporters of women seeking an abortion.

The Evangelical Grassroots Mobilization for Immigration Reform

Don Golden | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Don Golden

The unprecedented grassroots effort includes many channels to keep challenge participants inspired and informed, including a social media campaign that has already reached over hundreds of thousands of people.

How Do Religious People Feel About Abortion?

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Pew releases a new survey on abortion with a breakdown of views among the religious. No fallout yet over the pro-gay Episcopalian chosen to pray at Obama's inauguration but will there be? This and more in the latest religion headlines.

Will the Real Francis Schaeffer Please Stand Up? A Tribute

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The most wonderful tribute to Dad and to my book came many years later, last Sunday, when I got this email (used by permission of the writer) that really speaks to who Dad was and to the man I knew and loved. I've reproduce it here unedited.

Welcome To The 'Radical Middle'

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Having visited this metaphorical space in my own city of Portland, I am moved by what I've witnessed: liberal secularists setting aside their suspicion of evangelicals and going to work with them to improve public schools and bring health care to the poor.

Free Massachusetts Campus Given To Christian Foundation

Religion News Service | G. Jeffrey MacDonald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service (RNS) Christian institutions hoping to win a free campus in western Massachusetts might soon face co...

Gun Violence: A Moral Challenge For 'Pro-Life' Christians

John Gehring | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

If the sanctity of human life in the womb galvanizes evangelical Christians and Catholics to march on Washington, create sophisticated lobbying campaigns and hold members of Congress accountable, there is no excuse for pro-life timidity on this issue.

Dear Dr. Dobson: Your God Isn't Irrelevant; Your God Is Anathema

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

If we let Dobson speak for Christianity, then we fail to counter the toxic theology masquerading as the Good News of God in Christ and we fail to stand up for Jesus.

3 Ways Republicans Can Lead Immigration Reform

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 01.29.2013 | Latino Voices
Pablo Manriquez

As Republicans continue to toe the waters of what has been one of the most angry and divisive debates in American politics, below are three ways the GOP can lead on immigration reform.

Peter Gomes And Billy Graham: A Holy Love

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Michael G. Long

"Rev. Graham is a man of character," Gomes told me, with an easy smile. His high assessment of Rev. Graham stemmed from a terribly difficult period that began when Gomes announced in 1991 that he was "a Christian who happens as well to be gay."

If Jesus Hates Anything Maybe It's Theology

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

  Having elevated the Bible -- or at least the nicer bits that they like -- to the status of a magic book  evangelicals  have demoted God. The...

'Twilight' And Evangelical Christianity's Eternal Girlhood

Linda Kay Klein | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Linda Kay Klein

De-sexualizing religious girling goes deep. Real deep. Girls are told that if they become the wrong kind of woman not only will their eternal life be threatened, but the eternal lives of men and boys who trip over them on their path to God will be at risk.

The New Evangelical Agenda

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The ironic and tragic thing about the religious right is how little of their own agenda they have achieved. By voting for a conservative ideological agenda, they have actually hurt the poor, resisted immigration reform and promoted endless wars. There is a new evangelical agenda for a new evangelical demographic.