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Military Atheists Get Ready to ‘Rock Beyond Belief’
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

After more than a year of planning, atheists in the military will stage a public festival and rock concert celebrating their lack of religious beliefs at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, one of the largest U. ...

Why is it So Hard to Do Religion in Prime Time?
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Many TV network executives, advertisers and producers would sell their souls to get the kind of audience God has. But giving religion a starring role in prime time? Not so much. M ...

In The Stacks: Wenesday, March 14
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but just don’t h ...

Pastor Nadarkhani Remains on Death Row in Iran
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

After searching for a while, I found a post by the American Center for Law and Justice that confirmed what had become my hope: Reports of Nadarkhani's execution were false. L ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 14, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST: Mississippi, Alabama Primaries: Evangelicals, Evangelicals Everywhere Approximately eight in 10 voters in today’s Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries identify themselves as evangelical Christians, according to preli ...

George Clooney Witnesses War Crimes in Sudan
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

On a recent trip to Sudan's Nuba Mountains, George Clooney witnessed rocket attacks against the Nuban people and the effects of the ongoing violence. George Clooney has been ...

'Homeless Hotspots' a Controversial New Charity
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

A new charity project debuting at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, is sparking controversy. BBH Labs, a non-profit in New York, has started a campaign called “Homeless Hotspots,” in whi ...

Wanderlust: A Sojourn to Elysium
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Bring on the ice breaker questions — I have found the film about my year in intentional community. If there were a movie about your life, what would it look like? Which celebrity ...

Things I Hate (But Shouldn't)
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

I know, Christians, love everyone and everything, right? Mister Bluebird on my shoulder and all that jazz. Well, that ain’t me. Not that I don’t try, but I also don’t try to fake it when I’m not feeling the lo ...

The Hoola Hoop Mission
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It’s a simple joy – hoola hooping. And that seems to be the reason Carissa Caricato left her job to travel the world. A few years ago when Carissa traveled to Haiti for earthquake relief efforts, she brought a few hoops to share with the children. A ...

A Lagniappe of Awesomeness: Jesus Toast
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

I wrote a piece a little while back about a guy in Espanola, New Mexico, who found the image of Jesus in his tortilla. While that was interesting, this is AWESOME. I wr ...

Invisible Children: Using Film and Social Media to Advance Global Justice Advocacy
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 5:35pm | Type: Blog

Social media as an organizing tool also opens up the possibility of creating extensive webs of interactions between activists across the globe. It allows story-telling to be a global enterprise. ...

Doctor Who Championed ‘Death with Dignity’ Dies at 83
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:05pm | Type: Blog

Peter Goodwin, the first doctor in Oregon to campaign publicly for the terminally ill to obtain medical help in ending their lives, died shortly after exercising the right he fought to secure. He was 83. ...

Pastor Says Hospitality Staff Can’t Live by Bread Alone
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

The idea behind Big Table isn't about proselytizing, praying or preaching. The pastor's only goal is to befriend local food industry workers and pamper them at the regular Big Table dinners. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 13, 2012, Video Edition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Improv Everywhere plays a prank during a fake TED talk after the classic “Mac spinning ball” pauses the slideshow presentation. [ Improv Everywhere ] It just doesn’t get much better than seeing Darth Vader take laps around a par ...

Contraception Debate Overlooks the Obvious
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Since Rush Limbaugh’s tirade, calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” for testifying for free access to birth control, the actual subject of debate seems like a distant memory. What were we talking about again? ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 13, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

CNN: The Psychological Toll Of War (OPINION) What motivated an American soldier to allegedly open fire and kill 16 innocent Afghan civilians in cold blood? No one knows at this point. The soldier, an Army staff sergeant, seems to have acted alone, ...

Young Evangelicals: Unaffiliated Does Not Always Mean UnChristian
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

While some of my fellow millenials are jumping ship on Christiainity--many are not so much leaving the big-C “Church,” as they are leaving established churches. There has been a l ...

Jonny Stew on 'You Might Be A Romney If...' and 'My Little Kony'
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

"Everything Mitt Romney knows about the south he learned from a Jeff Foxworthy stand-up routine." "Everything Mitt Romney knows about the south he learned from a ...

Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...

IRAQ REFLECTION: A Small Miracle in Suleimaniya
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

A Christian peacemaker in Kurdish Iraq responds to the sudden killing of an American Christian school teacher by an Iraqi student. The news spread through the city of Suleimaniya ...

Unresolved ... Like Jazz
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

What saves Blue Like Jazz, thankfully, is that it is a memoir with a difference. It isn’t a rose-tinted, romanticized account of some historical or celebrated figure. It is the memoir of someone who is very mu ...

Disagreeing Wthout Being Disagreeable
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

In an apparent bid to add an erudite contribution to our public discourse, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying before Congress in favor ...

U.S. Christians Hope for an ‘Ecumenical Spring’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:00am | Type: Blog

Ten years after multi-denominational church leaders took the first steps toward forming the broad-based group Christian Churches Together in the USA, some have hopes that U.S. churches may be entering a new se ...

Rapture Pet Rescue Business Wishes Harold Camping Would Keep Predicting
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:19pm | Type: Blog

A business that promises to care for the pets of Christians who are swept up in the Rapture saw a jump in business last year ahead of Harold Camping's prediction. It's sorry to see Camping's pre ...

Top Ten Reasons Why I (Heart) Kristin Chenoweth
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:46am | Type: Blog

"I'm a very controversial figure in the Christian world. I don't believe if you're gay or you have a drink or you dance, you're going to hell. I don't think that's the kind o ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

While The Beach Boys are still kings of good vibes, the minions from Despicable Me give them a run for their money with a little wit, rhythm, and charm of their own. (And don't we all know someone who always has to take it a little too ...

It's the Comedy, Stupid.
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Over the weekend, Newt Gingrich decided to wade into a minor cultural skirmish by claiming that the new ABC dramedy GCB is an attack on faith fueled by anti-Christian bias. Over ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 12, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Nuclear ‘Implementation Study’ President Obama and his advisers are in the middle of a once-in-a-decade study of the nuclear arsenal and nuclear war plans. For strategic and budgetary reasons, they need to further reduce th ...

16 More Lives and the Full Cost of War
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

There is no way to measure the loss for the families of the victims, no way to understand the harm done to peace process in the country and no way to calculate the additional deaths of Americans, Afghans and o ...

Belieber!
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Product

and the highest-grossing concert film of all time, the 17-year-old pop star has legions of fans around the globe who hang ...

Four More (BIG) Reasons Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

There are a plethora of reasons young adults are leaving the Church. Adding to yesterday's list, Christian Piatt explores more. There has been a surprisingly positive respons ...

Bono Chimes in on 'Kony 2012'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Amidst controversy over the viral 'Kony 2012' video produced by Invisible Children, Bono lent his words of support in Ireland's Sunday Times edition. Amidst controv ...

Epic Fail: A Tour of Ill-Conceived Church Signage
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

There are plenty of websites that generate fake church signs, but thankfully there are still more than enough real examples of church messages that can evoke emotions across the spectrum. I’ve collected a few ...

KONY 2012: Who's Telling the Story?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

These stories determine who you believe you are and how you believe you can engage in the world and with others. Powerful. Potentially dangerous. Always in some way failing in it’s accuracy and exclusive to so ...

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

From time to time I revisit the question: Why are young adults walking away from religion? Although the answer(s) vary from person to person, there are some general trends that I think apply in most cases. ...

U2's Joshua Tree: 25 Years In God's Country
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

On March 9, 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree, its fifth studio album and one that would catapult the Irish rock quartet from popularity to international superstardom. Its spiritual and socio-political heft ha ...

Atheists Likely Will Outnumber Christians in the UK by 2032
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is waning in England and could be outnumbered by nonbelievers within 20 years, according to a new study. LONDON — Christianity is waning in England and could be outnu ...

Saints Compete for Top Ranking in 'Lent Madness'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

for 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert to be the first winner of the Golden Halo. In 2011, he was invited ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: March 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Stop motion animator PES demonstrates the art of making fresh guacamole with some of the most unlikely, food resembling objects. [ Junk Culture ] As spring training is underway for Major League Baseball players, one pitcher is b ...

God's Church is Not a Building
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 8:45pm | Type: Blog

The increase of church foreclosures is heartbreaking. But God’s church is greater than the bricks and mortar that hold his disciples. What is a church? Is it the stained-glass ...

Historic Meeting Held in Cape Town – Kairos SA & ANC
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

hosted 17 "Holy Land" Muslims, Christians and Jews in Cape Town for a 10-day workshop, where ...

In The Stacks: Friday, March 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

Among my must reads are the Sunday New York Times Book Review and other book reviews I come across in various media outlets. There are too many books being published that I would love to read, but just don’t h ...

Mormon Church Blocks Whistle Blower’s Access to Baptism Data
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A technological crackdown has effectively blocked a prominent whistle-blower from accessing the Mormons' database that chronicles so-called baptisms for the dead. A technolog ...

Bishops Face Internal Challenges in Contraception Battle
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in the contraception battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. ...

Jews are World’s Most Migratory Religious Group
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

-- The No. 1 destination for Buddhists. About 1.7 million foreign-born Buddhists live in the United ...

Afternoon News Bytes: March 8, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. Top Destination for Christian, Buddhist Immigrants, Study Says The U.S. is the top destination for the world's migrating Christians and Buddhists, as well as those with no particular religious affiliation, includ ...

Doing Nothing For Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: SojoMail

March 8, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "She is wondering if sh ...

Christians Can Find Humor in 'GCB'
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

It’s a television show that 1) follows “Desperate Housewives” and 2) only got “meh” ratings for its Sunday premiere, so I was slightly taken aback by the mini-firestorm over ABC’s new “GCB.” ...

Doing Nothing for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

What struck me most indelibly is how at ease — content, yes, but more than that — Peterson is in his own skin. Fully present. Mellow but absolutely alert, energized, fascinated by the world and the people arou ...