iOS app Android app

Martin Luther

What is Gospel Music?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In the mid-1800s two men developed a new kind of religious music that was to become today's Gospel music. The two men were famed evangelist Dwight L. Moody and his music director and soloist, Ira D. Sankey, known as the "Sweet Singer."

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.

Europe's Populist Reformation

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalists and pundits are treating this nationalism-inflected populism as if it were somehow a new phenomenon. In fact, this populism can be traced back to the end of the Cold War.

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

Comedy, Tonight!

George Heymont | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A popular show business axiom insists that "Dying is easy, comedy is hard." While any performer who has bombed onstage will quickly acknowledge this bitter truth, the bottom line is that comedy depends on good ideas and solid execution.

Who Is Pope Francis, Really?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

It does appear that Pope Francis has, to date, reflected the "culture of solidarity" he called for in Brazil, but does this really mean that we are looking at a potentially different Catholic church?

3 Ways to Better Control Your Mind and Thoughts

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

Descartes, father of modern philosophy, pointed to both the distinguishing characteristic of human beings and to the biggest curse of human beings when he made his famous statement, "I think. Therefore, I am."

PHOTOS: 11 Horrific Book Burnings In History

Posted 05.10.2013 | Books

Eighty years ago today, 40,000 people gathered in the Opernplatz in Berlin to witness one of the most famous book burnings in history. Books by author...

With Election Of New Pope, Is It Time For Protestants To Rejoin Rome?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Might this be a moment when all sides of the Christian church lay aside their differences? More specifically as Protestants, has the Reformation passed its day?

Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

In the 10-15 years following Emancipation, there was some experimentation with surnames, so it's not unusual to find a family with one name in the 1870 census and an entirely different one in the 1880.

German Catholics Wary About Upcoming Luther Festivities

Reuters | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion

* 500th Reformation anniversary a major Protestant event * Catholics ready to attend if focus is wide enough * Bishop wa...

Martin Luther: Here I Stand

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.28.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As African Descent communities of faith, may we welcome those moments when they arise in others. May we pray that those stances of leadership will be in the shaping of future prophetic leaders. May we be people who can't sit still in the face of injustice, error and oversight.

Searching For The Real Martin Luther

Religion News Service | David Steinmetz | Posted 10.18.2012 | Religion

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Protestants have traditionally celebrated Oct. 31 as the anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, a movement that di...

Do Christian Denominations Have a Future?

David Lose | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Despite my obvious denominational loyalty I'm not sure Christian denominations have a future -- or whether they even should. Here are five reasons that I not only suspect the day of denominations has passed.

The Power of the Written Word

Susannah Meyer | Posted 06.04.2012 | Teen
Susannah Meyer

We can spread awareness of anything happening in the world, large or small. We may be able to prevent a negative outcome that could have arisen from help coming too late. And that can make all the difference.

Would Martin Luther Vote For Barack Obama?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.30.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If Luther was living today and had the opportunity to vote, I believe wholeheartedly that the political views of President Barack Obama would resonate with his vision of universal needs for all.

Christopher Hitchens as a Martin Luther

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Hitchens (like Luther before him) forced everyone, including Christians, to be better people. Mess up and he called you on it. One couldn't afford to be an apologist hack around him. You either stepped up or got out of the way.

Psalm 46 And Living After The Death Of A Loved One

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Finality can bring you to the edge of despair and change your inner make-up. Those changes can be both painful and seem endless but also can give life.

Protestantism Today

Mark Noll | Posted 12.24.2011 | Religion
Mark Noll

Most of the world's Protestants adhere to a characteristic message that defines peace with God as a result of the'gospel: God's merciful gift revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Rethinking Christian History: Understanding Christopher Columbus And Martin Luther

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1517, Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses. So began two stories that have shaped the West since the 16th century. But what happens if we link the two?

WATCH: Because The World Needed A Rap About Picking Up Poop

Posted 09.17.2011 | Comedy

What's wrong with dog owners in Washington? Apparently, no one is scooping their pooch poop, which is bad for the delicate Puget Sound ecosystem. So t...

Does Islam Really Need A Martin Luther?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

When Christians call for a Muslim Martin Luther, they are assuming not only that Islam lacks reformers but that Luther's version of Christianity is a perfect model that any Muslim reformer should strive to emulate.

The Gay Marriage Revolution Started Centuries Ago

James Peron | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
James Peron

It was only in 1546 that the Roman Catholic Church declared that a marriage was only valid if performed by a priest. The idea that marriage was a "sacrament" had more to do with the politics of the day than it did with theology.

Stage Door: Wittenberg, Arcadia

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Blending pop-culture references -- from The Wild One to Shakespeare to Freudian therapy -- playwright David Davalos sets his dynamic comedy in 1517 Germany.

Greeley MLK Denouncer Has Gun Permit Revoked

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GREELEY, Colo. — A Colorado radio station owner who aired an editorial denouncing the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has lost his gun p...