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Prosperity Gospel

Self-Deprecating Narcissism Among Christian Leaders

Jack Watts | Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion
Jack Watts

These leaders have taken self-deprecating humility and made it an art form, cleverly masking their compulsive craving for attention, approbation and admiration.

Why Throw Stones At The Crystal Cathedral?

Tony Campolo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tony Campolo

As the news of the financial woes of the Crystal Cathedral is heralded across the country and around the world, a host of critical voices have been raised. This criticism must be addressed.

The Slow Yet Public Demise Of Bishop Eddie Long

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Morris W. O'Kelly

If you should happen upon Bishop Long standing on the corner of Peachtree St. in Atlanta with the obligatory "The End is Near" sign, don't laugh. From his perspective, he's probably right.

The Holy Spirit, Jesus And Social Justice In Black Churches: Making Noise Or Making A Difference?

Brad R. Braxton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad R. Braxton

Has our style of worship become more important than the substance of worship? Has having a good time in church become more important than living a good, disciplined and empowered life?

The Myth of Progress

The Myth of Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

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Jim Bakker and the Counterfeit Hell Robbers

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daniel Krotz

The point is not that Televangelists are scoundrels, or that many Christian pastors are hypocrites, but that these grand ministry failures represent examples of what many mainstream churches have, in desperation, come to believe is relevant.

Market's Hand, God's Embrace

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

As profits and people are increasingly disconnected, does our hope lie in the market or with God? Or have the two become one, turning the market into the Market?

Do Religious People Make Easy Targets For Scams?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service (RNS) Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff bilked billions of dollars out of thousands of fellow Jews, in...

Prosperity Gospel: Will Jesus Buy Me A Double-Wide Or What?

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

What began as a humorous look at a troubling phenomenon took a serious turn when the U.S. economy tanked in 2008. Prosperity preaching wasn't just something to report on; it was a personal attack on Zacharias' faith.

'God Bless America!' And The Sin Of Arrogance

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

God blesses us -- as a nation and as individuals -- when we realize we cannot simply live only for ourselves or for our nation, but for God and for each other.

Can Evolution Tell Us What God Wants?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I believe that in evolution itself we can find what God wants. Even as we wreak havoc on the ecosystem, produce more babies than we can feed, and go to war against one another, the call echoes forth: keep life alive.

The Case For The Prosperity Gospel

Grant Brooke, M.Div. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Grant Brooke, M.Div.

What if the consensus about the prosperity Gospel is wrong? What if it actually hastens development, fosters upward social mobility, and makes great strides in establishing a middle class in impoverished nations?

Bishop Bling And The Gay Fling: Rev. Eddie Long's Downfall

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

It was obvious that Bishop Bling's goal was to create a smokescreen to obscure the alleged gay fling. His tactic was to cast himself as a victim of a cruel world that was out to get him.

The 'If-Only' Folly: The Insatiable Emptiness of Consumerist Culture

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The error of the protagonist of the Parable of the Fool was not only to imagine that his life and security could be found in affluence, but that his things actually belonged to him, that he actually owned them.

Christians: No Fair Heeding Paul on Gays, But Not Jesus on Wealth

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

How can any Christian take what Paul said about homosexuality literally, and at the same time ignore or seriously waffle on what Jesus Christ said about money?

Atlantic: Did Christianity Cause The Housing Crash?

The Atlantic | Hanna Rosin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

America's churches always reflect shifts in the broader culture, and Casa del Padre is no exception. The message that Jesus blesses believers with ric...

Christianizing the Health Care Debate

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Christianizing the health care debate means applying the inspiring power of religion to promote self sacrifice and compassion in one of the most pressing issues of our time.

The Ten Worst Religious Stories of 2008

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

10. Jews feel the financial and image pain of Wall Streeter Bernie Madoff as his money lies damage Yeshiva University and Elie Weisel as well as sma...

Phony Christians Embrace Bull

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kerry Trueman

(Image courtesy of Wonkette) It's not even Halloween yet, but a bunch of folks masquerading as Christians descended on Wall Street the other day to...

The Meek Shall Not Inherit

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

In my work-related news reading this morning, I came across an interesting take on Obama's exchange with "Joe the Plumber." The truth is that Obama in...