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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.

Aretha Franklin The Queen Of Gospel?

AP | Posted 08.15.2012 | Black Voices

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- For one night, Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Gospel – not just Soul. Franklin has been inducted into the GMA Gospel...

Celebrating The 100th Birthday Of Clarence Jordan

Kirk Lyman-Barner | Posted 10.12.2012 | Religion
Kirk Lyman-Barner

His Koinonia Farm continues today, striving to be a demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God focusing on farming, food, peacemaking and is seen a model community for the New Monastic Movement.

We Stand With The Nuns

Emilie Haertsch | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Emilie Haertsch

We will put up with a lot from Rome, but when you start disciplining nuns for carrying out the Gospel message, that's where the American Catholic laity draws the line.

Why Virginity Is Not The Gospel

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

The so-called "virginity movement" is not nor should it be equated with Christianity. To do so sells the Gospel short and leads to all sorts of false notions of where young women find their true worth and what young Christian men should prize in them.

The Gospel And Social Media: 10 Tips For Spreading The Good Word On The Web

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

It's a new day in church work: the computer has replaced the pen, 15 minutes seems like eternity, and if you don't get your message out fast, the audience disappears. Here are some rules for social media evangelization.

The Dinner Party's Successful First Season

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.05.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

We had a hugely success first season of The Dinner Party at the Mayne State, complete with sold out shows and knock-out guests and chefs, and in the fall we'll take our show on the road and broadcast live from Expo Chicago at Navy Pier!

Preach The Gospel At All Times?

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

St. Francis recognized that the Gospel was all consuming, the work of God to restore all of Creation unto Himself for His glory.

Church Clothes

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Is our communal worship experience supposed to be nothing more than a fashion show with religious music playing, as we two-step down the sanctuary?

Understanding Civility in Civil Disobedience

Pamela H. Long | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Pamela H. Long

Am I aiding and abetting, harboring and transporting? Lord, I hope so. I'm taking Matthew 25: 34-40 seriously. When meeting the physical and social needs of the "least of these" becomes an act of civil disobedience, I must disobey.

Bible Translation Controversy Opens Theological Debate

AP | TOM BREEN | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion

One of the largest Bible translators in the world is undergoing an independent review after critics claimed language in some of their translations int...

When A System Demands our Allegiance Away From Christ

Jeremy John | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

Let us remember that when we do not act to end a system that results in injustice, we are culpable ourselves.

The Hunger Games: An Allegory Of Christian Love

Julie Clawson | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Julie Clawson

While it might seem strange to say that a dystopian young adult novel about children killing each other for the entertainment of an indulgent privileged class is about love, as the trilogy unfolds love emerges as the theme holding the narrative together.

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.

Review: Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Wrecking Ball stands as Springsteen's best album release in almost thirty years. It's both wrenching and jubilant; looking back and looking forward; steeped in sorrow as well as celebratory and undaunted.

What Is The The Core Of The Gospel?

Greg Carey | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

If we emphasize Jesus' death, cut out from the whole tapestry of his life, we reduce his crucifixion to perverse ritual rather than a direct consequence of his confrontation with the powers of his day.

Vatican Requests 1,500-Year-Old Bible Held In Turkey

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.24.2012 | Religion

The Vatican has allegedly issued an official request to examine a 1,500-year-old Bible that has been held in Turkey for the past 12 years, the Hurriy...

The Soundtrack Of Black America: Celebrating The Top 10 Gospel Songs

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Gospel music is the most authentically black cultural expression and the most glorious music on earth with a sound and a feeling all its own.

Jesus Concerned About The Poor? You Must Be Joking, Says The Christian Right

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

When President Obama used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to say that for the fortunate to pay a little more to help the less fortunate "coincides" with Jesus' teachings, he must have touched a nerve.

The Saving Grace Of Gospel

Posted 02.02.2012 | Arts

Vy Higginsen was born and raised in Harlem and graduated from college in the 1970s, quickly rising through the ranks in the urban magazine world -- as...