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Speak Out Sunday Helps Faith Communities Address Tough Issues
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Christian women are subject to sexual and gender-based violence — but when is the last time you heard about this issue in a church? At a routine doctor’s appointment recently, my ...

'Gothic Piles' No Longer Necessary for Finding Faith
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

It’s a struggle, both here and elsewhere in the 21st-century Christian world. Buildings with “beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God,” as Luke described the temple in ancient Jerusalem, are falling into d ...

Serpent Handler-TV Star Has New Cause: Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover,” Mark 15:16-17. He plans ...

Vatican to Display Bones of St. Peter for First Time
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican said it would display for the first time bones believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the leader of Jesus’ 12 apostles, to mark the end of the Year of Faith on Nov. 24. ...

An Advent Tune-Up for Faith
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Advent gives us time to 'winterize' ourselves. Thinking back, I haven’t always been great about getting my car “winterized.” I grew up in fairly temperate Kansas, and mo ...

12 Unique Gifts With a Positive Impact
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities. ...

AUDIO: A Song for Newtown
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A choral piece dedicated to “all who grieve and in memory of the children and adults of Sandy Hook Elementary School.” ...

Hunger Is Not a Game: Why I Volunteered to Be a Tribute
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

He can't light a match, but he's volunteered to follow in the footsteps of Katniss Everdeen and become a tribute. I cannot start a fire. Often, this is the case even wit ...

Key Domestic Violence Resources
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 5:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Check out these resources to help you and your faith community address the sin of domestic violence. ...

Westminster Abbey Marks Kristallnacht Anniversary with Interfaith Service
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

At an emotional worship service, considered one of the largest gatherings of Christians and Jews, some 1,600 British men and women filed into Westminster Abbey Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallna ...

Rise in Italian Catholic Church Attendance Attributed to "Francis Effect"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

There’s word Roman Catholic Church attendance is climbing throughout Italy. Blame it on “the Francis effect.” First, the name  “Francesco” leapfrogged to No. 1  on the list of t ...

What Good Is a Ph.D. for Reading the Bible?
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

masters," the meaning of the text is clear. American slave masters in the 17th and 18th centuries read ...

Five Traits of a False Prophet
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

I got to thinking about what folks like Theresa Caputo have in common, be they prosperity-preaching ministers, self-help “Jesus light” media darlings, or channels for the dearly departed from Jersey Shore. Fol ...

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Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Product

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Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Product

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Women and Taboos: Leaning In, and Getting Frank About Faith, Sexuality and the Bible
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

While Sheryl Sandberg's Leaning In focuses on issues such as long work hours, daycare, and more flexibility for working moms, the 40 women essayists in Talking Taboo look at faith, sexuality and biblical ...

Honor Veterans Day by Working for Peace
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

In a culture of war and empire, it’s time to reclaim Nov. 11 as a day of peace. World War I hostilities ceased at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, Armistice Day, 1918. D ...

An Edgy Pastor Whose Edginess Isn’t Just Shtick
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

At the moment, Pastrix (which debuted last month at No. 17 on the New York Times Best Seller list) ...

Addiction to Consumerism, Superficial Bickering Clouds Our Real Mission to Help a Hurting World
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Church leaders now spend more time trying to placate parishioners than they do facilitating world-changing ministry. And, theologians and pastors seemingly make a living disagreeing with one another. Instead o ...

Despite 'Huge' Hesitancy, Seminaries Branch Out in Online Degrees
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

Theological education has increasingly left brick-and-mortar schools and headed back to congregations and family homes as more seminarians study online. Theological education has ...

Mandy Patinkin, 'The Princess Bride,' and Justice, Revenge, and Jewish Spirituality
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years after 'The Princess Bride' became a pop culture icon, Mandy Patinkin began to hear one of his lines from the movie that he’d overlooked when he spoke them two decades ago: ...

Tim Keller, Other Evangelicals Stand by Doug Birdsall After Dismissal From American Bible Society
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

A group of leading evangelicals is expressing concern over the recent dismissal of the American Bible Society‘s new president after just six months on the job. A group of leading ...

Talking Taboo: The Christian ‘Lean In’?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

In recently released Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith, edited by Erin Lane and Enuma Okoro, 40 women under age 40 write essays in, what Femmevangelical’s blogger Rev. Jennifer Cru ...

'Church Rescue' Propels Unlikely Reality TV Stars: Church Consultants
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

They’ve rescued bars and restaurants and shabby houses, but this month reality television stars are set to rescue something new. They’ve rescued bars and restaurants and shabby ho ...

As Catholic Bishops Meet, the 'Francis Effect' Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather on Monday for their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, one of their chief duties will be choosing a new slate of leaders to guide the American hierarchy for the next th ...

Conservatives Shift Tone on Gay Anti-discrimination Bill
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

As a law extending workplace protection to gay, bisexual, and transgender workers makes its way through the Senate this week, there’s a shift in the political air: Arguments that stand purely on religious grou ...

The New Commonwealth of God
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Magazine Article

7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;  Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 WE TOO EASILY stoke the controversy ...

Not So Merry Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Sorry, kids, but Santa has some bad news. DESPITE THE heart-felt and hand-written requests from ...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Philip Metres If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled? The c ...

A Protocol of Respect
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

The elders called their attention to Acts 17:26-27: “From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit ...

Alternative Seasonal Reading
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books that can be interesting, grounding, and inspiring companions for a complicated time of year. ...

A Pilgrimage Not of Her Choosing
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Debbie McLeod Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf. I CAN’T WRITE a completely unbiased, academic revie ...

Works of Economic Fiction
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The Fatherless series (book one and two). FaithWords. JAMES DOBSON and Kurt Bruner get thr ...

Atheists Use Popular Bible App to Evangelize About Unbelief
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Like lots of college students, Lauren has a smartphone loaded with some of the most popular apps around — Facebook, Twitter, and eBay. And like a lot of unbelievers, she asked to not use her full name because ...

VIDEO: The Poet of Poverty
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope. As Andrea Ferich wri ...

A Whale of a Lesson
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

The blue whale and the second graders modeled sympathy and compassion for all of us. This SOLE lesson brought heart to my classroom. “A blue whale’s heart is as big as a Volkswage ...

Faith and the Executioner
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Liturgical Press. IN ...

Let's Go Beyond Consumerism, Citizenship, and Individualism
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Deeper than individual rights and responsibilities, we are called to surrender our prerogatives and take on the burdens of others — not because we have to, but out of love. Over t ...

Making Once Enough
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins About Time is funny, beguiling, and even profound. I RECENTLY saw a photograph of me taken on ...

A Benevolent Baron
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The Post's credible voice for corporate centrism is a large part of what Bezos wants for his $250 million. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A blog by David Hilfiker / Sing to the Moon by Laure Mvula / High Rise Stories:Voices from Chicago Public Houses by Audrey P ...

Sitting Down at Ann Romney's 'Family Table'
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Ann Romney is a gracious woman. Ann Romney is a gracious woman. Such is my first and lasting impression of Mitt Romney’s wife of 44 years and matriarch of a Romney clan that in ...

Digging
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrea Ferich Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship, edited by Laurel Dykstra ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

'A Sower Went Out to Sow'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation. ...

Beyond Anger Management
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Tony Lapp What your church can do to address abusive behaviors. IN THE PAST, programs like Menergy were often ...

Naming the Sin
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle D. Bernard Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it? JULIE OWENS had no way of ...

Holy Innocents in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Leonard Rodgers Decades ago, Christians and Muslims mingled at Youth for Christ events in Peshawar. What happened? ...

Called to Lead
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Jackson More and more African-American women are called to ministry—yet still excluded from the pulpit. ...

AUDIO: A New Life for Weapons
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Mike Martin An interview with Mike Martin, founder of RAWTools. ...