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Getting Serious With the Gospels: Chomsky on the Church

Abel Collins | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Abel Collins

I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis.

Self-Help and the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

The problem with the self-help gospel is that it expects nothing from us. In the end, it leaves us unfulfilled. And it stands far removed from what it means to live in Christ.

Saint Francis, Pope Francis, and the Gospel

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

I think it's fair to say that today's off-script remarks in Cagliari, Sardinia, represents one of the most "Franciscan" actions of his pontificate so far.

The SCOTUS Decisions on Marriage: What to Do With This New Day

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

Perhaps showing compassion for those who disagree with us can help take us closer to that day when all of us will rejoice at these SCOTUS rulings and the confirmation of every American's inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

Live Into The Gospel: Stand Up Against Anti-Muslim Hatred

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

We don't have any official confirmation yet whether or not the two brothers who Boston Marathon bombers are Muslim or not. There are many reports, though, and already anti-Muslim statements are being made. Today I am praying for my Muslim friends. Because I know they are afraid.

The 5 Cs Of Christian Mansplanation

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Christian mansplanation usually involves a guy with a low social IQ whose expertise in the faith obliges him to do things like asking patronizing, predictable rhetorical questions of complete strangers in social media in order to help them become experts in Christianity too.

The Three Nails In Christ's Cross

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

There is so much to consider and experience at the Cross. So much we cannot afford to miss. Unless we look long enough at the Cross, the Resurrection will never mean nearly as much to us as it did to Christ.

5 Thoughts On Building A Faithful Church Of The 21st Century

Rev. Mieke Vandersall | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mieke Vandersall

The act of standing with same-sex couples seeking God's and their communities' blessings, coupled with the greatly changing nature of what it means to be disciples of Christ in the 21st century, has helped me think long and hard about the future of our church.

Jacquie Wayans, Uplifting Souls and Spirits Through Song

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

In sharing her story through song, she has also made her dream project a reality -- her dream was to create an album that would speak to the souls everyone who listens to it as well as speak to the human condition.

Winans Family Member Sentenced To Nearly 14 Years In Prison

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

DETROIT -- A judge sentenced a member of gospel music's Winans family to nearly 14 years in prison Wednesday for an $8 million financial scam that was...

Why Do Liberals Love Billy Graham?

Steve Posner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Steve Posner

Many folks assume that Billy Graham is a right-wing ideologue because he shares many of the most literal interpretations of the Bible espoused by Christian fundamentalists. But as an evangelical, his beliefs are more nuanced.

WATCH: Jamie Foxx Makes God and Fred Hammond Big Winners on NBC's NAACP Image Awards

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 04.07.2013 | Celebrity
Tanya Young Williams

Fred Hammond is one of gospel music's biggest stars and yet, on NBC's live broadcast of the 44th NAACP Image Awards, he was granted a mainstream "coming out party."

The Gospel Of Nudge

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

This is an essentially incarnational approach to the work of Christian theology, if only because it insists on regarding with equal seriousness the aspirations our faith teaches us to have for the fullest of our humanity, and the realities we are discovering about our essential and universal frailty.

Gospel Purée, Newtown, Little Kids And Grace

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

As I grew up and went into ministry I got a bit bothered by the purée of Gospel that is the typical church nativity play. But this week, I went to a Christmas Program and nativity play at my son's parochial school, and I survived.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Gospel Stars Mary Mary Talk Babies, Breaking Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.06.2012 | Black Voices

Life for Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell was starkly different in the spring of 2000. The sisters and then-roommates, now better known by their stage n...

Advent Resolutions For A New Church Year

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Will we let such resolutions go the way of so many of our new-calendar-year's resolutions? Or will we take seriously the liturgical cycle that provides us with the Gospel model for making and sticking with what we set out to do as recommitted Christians in our age?

We Were Blind: How A Homeless Couple Taught Us To See

Tony Kriz | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Tony Kriz

How does one heal from an addiction of selective sight? How does one stop dismissing anyone who is "other"? How can I grow to see every person as a potential friend or even my teacher?

Your Neighbor's Bowl And The Gospel of Louis CK

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I've been working most recently on a chapter about God's notion of justice as compared with the human idea about justice, and once again, C.K. provided a wealth of material.

Chaka Khan Announces New Jazz & Gospel Albums

Posted 10.17.2012 | Black Voices

World-renowned singer/songwriter Chaka Khan announced today that she will join the David Foster and Friends Tour, set to kick off in European and Asia...

Winans Family Member Pleads Guilty To Ponzi Scheme

Posted 10.10.2012 | Black Voices

After years of etching their name into gospel music history, the Winans' family legacy has taken a slight detour with allegations surfacing that Micha...

Vatican II: A Call To Break Down Barriers

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

We should look to the Second Vatican Council for guidance and wisdom as we seek to make our house a place where no door is ever locked, but only awaiting a knock.

Toxic Faith: Did Jesus Die To Save Us From God?

Derek Flood | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? How could someone ever truly love or trust a God like that?

What I Learned From Drag Queens About The Gospel

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

When it came time for me to preach on one of the hard texts in the Gospel, where Jesus compares a woman begging him for help to a dog, I asked, "Did Jesus just call that woman a bitch?" And then I remembered Latrice Royale.

The Gospel Glory Story According to Elizabeth Cook

Michael Bialas | Posted 11.11.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

When Elizabeth Cook comes to your town one of these days (and pray that she eventually will), expect a show of faith from the woman who had enough balls to become High Priestess in Americana's House of Worship.