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Isolation, Integration, and the International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States currently spends more than $711 billion per year on military expenditures, which is – by far – the most of any coun ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

Ambassador Stevens’ Death: Tragic, Hopeful, Ironic
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

The majority of Libyans simply want peace, a safe place to raise a family and the basic resources to provide a decent quality of life for those they care about. Not unlike all of us. When we think in these ter ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 6:03am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we ...

How the Lord’s Prayer Saved a 9/11 Survivor
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

“There are thousands of stories from 9/11. Some are stories of pain and survival. Many are stories of heroism. Mine is a story of faith.” For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colo ...

Where Is God in 9/11?
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

While watching the replayed video of the plane colliding with the first tower, the second tower attack came. And then there were the reports of similar attacks at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. At that mome ...

Concerts and Controversial Opera Bring Faiths Together in St. Louis
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Terrorism stories are rarely happy stories, and yet the path Timothy O'Leary has taken — from bringing the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" to St. Louis last year to a Sept. 11 mem ...

Mother Teresa As a Psalm
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of the psalms are pure jubilation, but just as many — the “psalms of complaint” — sound like … well, like the private Mother Teresa. On Sept. 5, 1997, the world mourned when ...

Healing the Gospel: Did Jesus Die to Save Us From God?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

When did the good news become bad news? 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? Ho ...

Rebels FOR a Cause
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

Friends, it’s time to wake up and get off the couch. It’s time to perform a “chuck fest” on our souls. “In order to serve our world," Bono once said, "we must betray it. ...

How a Mormon Scholar Went From Doubter to Believer
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

As an 11-year-old boy, Don Bradley went looking for gold plates. After all, Mormon founder Joseph Smith said he was directed to a set of such plates, buried in a hill near his house in upstate New York. ...

Women's Rousing Political Convention Speeches Make Their Silence in the Church Deafening
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Not having the voices of women in the Church is not just sad for women. Truthfully, it’s sad and a deep loss for the Church. Before you throw stones or want to endorse me as a ca ...

UPDATE: Democrats RESTORE "God" to Party Platform
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

UDATE: (Posted 9/6/12) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized ...

Sometimes Love is a Battlefield (Even with Jesus)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, to see our true faith, it has to be challenged, smacked in the face. Sometimes in pursuit of our real and true selves, which is the only soil where real and true faith can flourish, we have to face ...

Bromosapien: The Evolution of the Postmodern Male (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

I like potpourri; my wife digs the nickel defense. I changed more diapers in the first month of my son’s life than my dad ever did on me. I take care of the kids when Amy goes to meetings in the evenings, and ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ Author David Niose
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

David Niose is president of the American Humanist Association and vice president of the Secular Coalition for America, a group that lobbies on behalf of nontheist and secular Americans. In his new book, “Nonbe ...

Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 8:25am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling business empire and presided ove ...

A Conversion of Connections in the Global Village
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

As an expression of faith, and in response to the gracious love of God and call to follow Jesus, the time has come to function in ways that restore the global village into that which God is calling it to be. W ...

Church No More: Part 6 — Back to Church Again
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The saying “you can't go home again,” probably originated from Tom Wolfe's novel, You Can't Go Home Again. It's the story of an author who leaves his home, writes about it from a distance a ...

Survey: Economy Continues Negative Effect on Churches
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The economy continues to weigh on pastors, with a new survey showing that nearly two-thirds say it has affected their churches negatively. The economy continues to weigh on pastor ...

Tyler Clementi’s Parents Leave Their Church Over Homosexuality Views
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 6:37am | Type: Blog

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The parents of Tyler Clementi have left their longtime evangelical church due to its views on homosexuality. RIDGEWOOD, N.J.  — The parents of Tyler Clementi ha ...

I Need a Hero ... ?
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

I'm not one to elevate sports stars as role models or some kind of symbol of perfection. It's just not real. So here's my question: Who needs a hero? The scandal du ...

Filmmaker Spike Lee Focuses on Faith in 'Red Hook Summer'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Spike Lee is not about to give up filmmaking but – at least for a moment or two – he sounded a bit like an expert on the challenges facing the church as he promoted his new movie Red Hook Summer. ...

Obama, Romney Discuss Role of Faith in Their Lives
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

In a recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, fewer than 50 percent of Americans identified Obama as a Christian. About 60 percent knew Romney is Mormon. The two discussed their faith in eight ...

Human Rights Lawyer: Denise Siwatula
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Denise has seen the destruction of her home through natural disaster and the pain of thousands of Congolese women who are raped every year. Still, she is faithful with the calling that she has been given—worki ...

Want to Know God? Get Religion.
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

God is bigger than the craft that is religion. God is not what we do. Nor is God some Collective Self. God is more than we can contain in even our most imaginative moments. God is more than the people who have ...

Why I Prayed With the Sikh Community Last Night
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

As a follower of Jesus, I am called to stand with the victimized, the oppressed, and hurting. It is what I’m here to do and the very essence of who I am as one “in Christ,” to quote the Apostle Paul. ...

Narrative Theology: 'You Might As Well Love'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 8:01am | Type: Blog

Last Sunday, the Catholic singer/songwriter/poet/theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama (who hails from County Cork, Ireland), took to Revolution NYC's "barstool pulpit," to share stories, poems, and wisdom ...

Sikh Calls for Peace Echo Amish Shooting Response
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

At its heart, both the Sikh and Amish message is that of the indomitable human spirit, guided and inspired by faiths that practices peace, particularly when it is met with quite the opposite. ...

Separation Anxiety: God is Dead! Long Live God!
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Standing in the pulpit of Riverside Church, a congregation build by Rockefeller money, Henry Emerson Fosdick calls out all of Protestant Christianity. In our desire to meet the criticisms of atheists, in our d ...

Sikhs and Sacred Ground
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Amidst terror and confusion, Sikhs offered food and water to the growing crowd of police and news reporters outside the gurudwara as part of langar — the Sikh practice of feeding all visitors to the house of w ...

Good Men and the Secret of Happiness
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Mark's portrayal of Sarge's goodness is what I liked best about the book (and what Estelle knew I'd most appreciate). See, my father was a good man too. Shriver was an extroverted, energetic, Ca ...

Amish Report Staggering Growth in Midwest
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

The Amish are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in North America, according to a new census by researchers at Ohio State University. MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — The Amish are on ...

Survey: Most Americans Keep Faith Private Online
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Survey: Half of Facebook users don't list their religious affiliation on their profile. Meet the social media “ nones .” A new survey finds that Americans, whil ...

Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election ...

Church No More: Part 4 — I Don't Want to Go Back
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is. There's no dogma complicating the path to God. It is more than refreshing to escape the games church-folk play with ...

Snoop Drops the 'Dogg,' Becomes Snoop Lion
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

Unlike dogs, lions hold a place of pride in Rasta theology, explained Edmonds, author of a forthcoming history of the religious movement. Back in in 1993, Snoop Dogg scored a huge ...

A New Kind of Sexuality: Finding a Theological Framework
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

Whether wrestling with one the of non-heterosexual identities or the exigencies of birth control, the hidden costs of pornography, or the viability of chastity, 21st-century Christians have been confronted wit ...

Billy Graham is NOT an Anti-Gay Bigot
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

I sincerely fear that Billy has become a puppet for the political persuasions of Franklin Graham (and to a lesser extent, Anne Graham Lotz). All sides of this debate should at least stop and question why &quo ...

Science, Faith, and An Ongoing Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Harry Emerson Fosdick was famous for lots of things, particularly the sermon "Shall The Fundamentalists Win?" which he preached on May 21, 1922. It was a call to arms of sorts within the church, enco ...

I Love How History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itself. Yes, history is a human construct. Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itse ...

GODSPEED: Former Sudanese 'Lost Boy' Now Running for God (and Team USA)
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

To coincide with the opening of the 2012 London Olympics on Friday, Christianity Today had an insightful profile of Team USA member and former "Lost Boy" — runner Lopez Lomong, who was abducted from ...

Margot's Monday Minute: On Neighbors and Neighborliness
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Neighbors and neighborliness. They're messy, surprising, and all of us. The Messiness Neighbored ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Vol XXIV
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

For all you Arabic number snobs, that’s volume 24 of your favorite cringeworthy church signs. Order up!!! For all you Arabic number snobs, that’s volume 24 of your favorite cringe ...

More Than Words
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Here’s the challenge for those concerned with words in worship: Can we ever argue that it doesn’t matter what we say, as long as we say it properly? I don’t think so. “Words! Wor ...

Poll: Most Americans Would Vote for an Atheist Presidential Candidate
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:59am | Type: Blog

For the second time in less than a year, the Gallup poll reports that a majority of Americans would vote for an atheist for president. For the second time in less than a year, the ...

What Christians Mean When They Bless You
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:34am | Type: Blog

Christians toss out blessings like beads at Mardi Gras. They get offered so often and in so many contexts that it’s hard to know what exactly it means. So I thought I’d break down at least some of the kinds of ...