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Confessions of a One-Night VIP

Ben Stevens | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Ben Stevens

It struck me that no person, elite or otherwise, would ever be moved to seek God by seeing in me what he could just as easily have found in himself.

Should Christians Support the Movie Noah?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

You've probably heard the controversy about the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie Noah. In the last few weeks, I've seen numerous blogs, social media ...

If You're Going to Bring Them to Jesus, Then Bring Them to Jesus

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

In the Great Commission, he called for the making of disciples -- people who followed a teacher in order to bring about his or her vision of the world. So I say, if you're going to bring them to Jesus, then actually bring them to Jesus!

Kentucky Church Offers Gun Giveaway

Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion

A Kentucky church, Lone Oak First Baptist Church, has hit on an unconventional way of attracting nonreligious people to their services-- by offering t...

A Response to Bill Maher's Comments About God

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

It's OK with me for God to give the fundamentalists a different version of His story if what I've heard from Him simply doesn't work for the way they're wired, but I'll be damned if I'm going to let their gospel be the only one that atheists like Bill Maher get to hear.

The Subtle Evangelist

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

Initially, I didn't tell anyone of my intention or the meaning of the pins. Again, I was fearful that someone would ask me to explain. They did ask, and once I told the first person, the cat was out of the bag, and I now had to live with the possibility that other people, maybe strangers, were actually going to ask me what the numbers meant.

My Experience in a 'Christian' Cult

Jake Dagel | Posted 11.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Jake Dagel

We all have dreams and aspirations, and we often will do anything to achieve those dreams. Because I was not willing to listen to those with more wisdom I fell into a trap that has changed my life forever.

What Should Christians Do to Change Their Perception?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Without the Christian community altering their historic principles, or tossing them out altogether, what do you think are the five most important things Christians could do today that would start to change your perception?

How to Attract Young Adults: 7 Characteristics of Highly Successful Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

As fewer young people fill the pews of houses of worship, some congregations are trying innovative ways to halt the exodus of young adults from organized religion. But it is a massive challenge.

Counting U.S. Catholics: Signs Of Growth And Decline On The Road To 100 Million

David Briggs | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

There is only one U.S. religious group that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet, to hear some critics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape.

The Dangers Of Evangelism

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sometimes our zeal for sharing something that's important to us blinds us to the havoc we can be wreaking in the process. We're so intent on the end result we seek that we'll say or do a lot of things we shouldn't to get what we desire.

Politics and Religion

Peter Clothier | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Peter Clothier

I send metta to the American voter in the coming days, hoping that those many who hear the voices of evangelists and vote on biblical principles will vote on principles of the New Testament rather than the Old.

Could Wine And Conversation Be The Answer To Interfaith Misunderstanding?

Christine Organ | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Christine Organ

By engaging in the intentional practice of faith sharing, perhaps we can shed our ignorance and connect with humanity on a deeper and more respectful level.

The Church's Doomed Pursuit Of The Elusive Young Adult

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

It seems that everywhere you look today, "the church," especially within historic traditions, is talking about reaching that ever-elusive young adult demographic.  Sometimes it feels like we are on some National Geographic safari trying to observe and conserve some rare creature.

10 Antidotes To Harmful Christian Cliches

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Somewhere along the way, Christian outreach became more about personal conversion than about empathy and compassion. One of the biggest turn-offs I hear about Christians is that folks see us as trying to make everyone like us.

10 Cliches Christians Should Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching the words most commonly associated with "Christian," the list ain't pretty.

'Jaws' And The Kingdom of God

Bert Montgomery | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Being "fishers of men" is not about getting people to take our bait. It's about casting huge nets of grace and bringing all the people within our reaches along with us into the current of God's Kingdom.

What's Wrong With Evangelism And How We Can Save It?

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

But is it possible that God put us here, not to recreate other believers in our own images, but instead to live and learn and grow alongside them not despite our differences, but because of them?

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sometimes the hurtful act is specific, like when my youth leader threw a Bible at me for asking the wrong questions. Sometimes it's rhetorical, either from the pulpit, in a small group study or over a meal.

The Gospel Redefined

Carl Medearis | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Carl Medearis

I don't want to redefine salvation. But I do want us to redefine the Gospel. It's a person to be followed. To believe in. To love and worship. Not a religion. Not even ours.

Evangelical 2.0: The Deception of Driscoll's Acts 29 Network

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

But of course, underneath the veneer of something new lies the same old evangelical doctrine. And this is what bothers me more than my personal objections to most evangelicals' theology.

This Easter Season, Remember: Church Growth Is About More Than 'The Marrieds'

David Crumm | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
David Crumm

Single adults and single parents tell me that they immediately sense when all of the spiritually rewarding experiences in a congregation are aimed at nuclear families. That's not a welcoming place.

Love Is Violent

George Elerick | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
George Elerick

The other violence inherent with such an ideology is the claim that sharing the gospel is done in love. But, I think this is where the ideological assumptions fall flat, because love is not present in such tactics.

6 Decades Of Billy Graham Audio Files Now Online

AP | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six decades' worth of recordings from America's most famous evangelist are now available in a searchable online database. The file...

'Jesus-Ween': Christian Group Pushing Godly Alternative To Halloween

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion

It's got costumes, it's got candy, but for some, what Halloween appears to be lacking is Christianity. To combat this apparent imbalance, one Chris...