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Does Pope Francis Endorse Heresy? No, But He Does Raise Questions
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross. ...

Memorial Day: From Suffering to Hope
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Memorial Day reminds us of the men and women who have died for our country, but also the Savior who died on the cross. We recall their deaths with gratitude, because they continue to move us from suffering to ...

Pastor’s Tornado Tweets Stir Up a Theological Debate
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirred up a theological debate that was set off from a series of deleted tweets referencing the Book of Job. Oklahoma’s devastating tornado stirre ...

Pope Francis on Celibacy, Feminism, and More in Two New Books
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Two new books offer further insights into the heart and mind of the former Jorge Bergoglio through his own words. In his two months as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Cat ...

Pope Francis: God Redeemed Everyone, ‘Not Just Catholics’
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is warning Catholics not to demonize those who are not members of the church, and he specifically defended atheists, saying that building walls against non-Catholics leads to “killing in the name ...

The Megachurch vs. Minichurch: Do Popularity and Growth Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In a Westernized culture captivated by success and money, we often make judgments based on the size of a church — or organization, ministry, and community. But our preconceived opinions are often wrong. ...

Chelsea Clinton to Promote Interfaith Work at NYU
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Chelsea Clinton is wearing a new professional hat, one that will take her into a religious direction. WASHINGTON — Chelsea Clinton is wearing a new professional hat ...

The Dangers of Christian 'Marriage Worship'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

What we end up with, often times, is a vacuous silence when it comes to the real, difficult issues of sexual identity, impulse, and expression. Add to that the Christian emphasis on marriage, and the result in ...

God, a Tornado, and John Piper’s 'Satanic Theology'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

While most of my friends on Facebook and Twitter lamented the devastation wrought by the Oklahoma City tornado, John Piper decided to show off his biblical acumen with this insensitive tweet. ...

Survey Shows Catholic Priests Don’t Like Mass Changes
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

A poll, conducted by researchers at St. John’s University School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., showed that almost 60 percent of priests surveyed did not like the new Roman Missal, as the liturgi ...

Godless Funerals Thrive in ‘Post-Catholic’ Ireland
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Many newly minted civil celebrants are starting their own businesses as part of Ireland’s “post-Catholic” economy. DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior des ...

The Revolution is Upon Us
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Now comes a new millennium, and Christianity wears so many different faces that it’s difficult to speak of a single “Christian movement.” Religious historians say that every 500 ...

Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

emotion and faith. We cannot understand Psalm 8 unless we read with it the  23rd  and the  137th , ...

Is Grief a Mental Illness? New Diagnostic Changes Say 'Maybe'
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At issue are questions as fundamental as how long we grieve, what clinical label we assign to sadness, and when grief transforms into mental illness. The modification also rekindles long-standing debates about ...

Humanists Find Ways to Say ‘I Do’ Without God
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

The Center for Inquiry has 23 celebrants. Because of the demand she’s seeing for marriage and funeral ...

The Christian Inferiority Complex
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians have a confidence problem. They love Christ but are ashamed of everything associated with him. They want to be known as a Christian — just not that type of Christian. ...

Canadians Turning Away from Organized Religion
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

TORONTO — A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Results from the 2011 National Househo ...

Congregations Tend the Soil and the Soul with Vegetable Gardens
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

Henderson’s congregation is one of a growing number throughout the country that are raising fruits and vegetables for soup kitchens and food pantries in what are often called food justice programs; in some syn ...

Harold Camping May Be Facing Doomsday, But Not the One He Intended
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, radio evangelist Harold Camping was predicting the end of the world. Now, longtime aides say his false predictions are likely to result in the end of his California-based Family Radio ministry. ...

Canterbury Cathedral Says It’s Not Closing Its Doors
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

pounds ($23 million) by 2011, said Andrew Edwards, chief executive of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust. ...

Washington National Cathedral Wins $100,000 in Preservation Funds
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

The Washington National Cathedral, still recovering from a rare 2011 East Coast earthquake, has won $100,000 in preservation funding after being the top vote-getter in the “Partners in Preservation” campaign. ...

Ariel Castro: 'I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help.'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

We lie to ourselves if we imagine that our sin is no less ugly in the eyes of God than the worst imaginable. Is my, or your sin, really so different? Like everyone else I would gu ...

If Cheerleaders Don’t Convert You, Chuck Norris Will
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Texas high school cheerleaders recently won a local lawsuit which allows them to continue to paint Bible verse on the large butcher paper banners the football players burst through when storming the field. Not ...

Christians: It's NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high ...

'Greater Works Than Mine'
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

of reputation. [ JUNE 23 ] Silence and Sanity 1 Kings 19:1-15; Psalm 22:19-28; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke ... and self-control” (5:22-23). The robustness of Paul’s language is matched in Luke’s gospel by the shocking ...

The Pope We've Been Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger To have the "poor one" at the center of the Catholic faith is right and just. I W ...

From the Archives: June-July 1974
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Edith Black The Mark of True Faith COMING TO know Christ can be likened to culture shock, when all the old eg ...

Loving Like Christ
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Thanks be to God for the life of Gordon Cosby. GORDON COSBY was perhaps the most Christian human b ...

A Mother's Love
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this poem at the cemetery as we laid to rest the ashes of her first-born daughter Katherine (“Katie”). Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this at the c ...

Left Behind: Families Struggle to Navigate Life After Suicide
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Today, though most religions still condemn suicide, there’s an understanding in many faiths that those who take their own lives don’t always have full control over their actions. ...

Redefining Faith
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

We often assume and speak as if faith = belief. If this leads to action, that is wonderful. Yet we still assume it is possible to speak about faith even if there is no action. La ...

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried in Undisclosed Location
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

An undisclosed community on Wednesday accepted the body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which is now “entombed,” according to police in Worcester, Mass. An undisclose ...

Reflections Along the Way of Terminal Illness
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

“IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING” was written the day we learned that Katie’s incurable Leiomyosarcoma had taken a turn for the worse. In memory of Katherine (“Katie”) Elizabeth Slaikeu Nolan. ...

'Created to Do Good Works?'
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

is to make followers even more shallow and hypocritical than themselves (Matt. 23:13-15); and the story ...

Dalai Lama Wows Maryland Crowd, Rubs Noses With Governor
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

His English was terribly broken, and punctuated by sudden fits of giggles. But for nearly an hour, the Dalai Lama entranced an arena full of admirers, who said his message came across just fine. ...

Creating Connections by Erasing Boundaries
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Yes, it’s a tough time to be a denominational partisan, to believe one’s own tradition is absolutely right and all others wrong. But that was never God’s desire. God has wanted oneness, not separation; and hum ...

God Won’t Mind If We Laugh at Ourselves
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Shadyac is not Catalyst’s usual fare of trying-to-be-hip pastors. But that didn’t seem to bother the zany director in the slightest. He moved from quick-witted one-liners to deep discussions of faith and God’s ...

What Jesus Didn't Say
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Rather than telling people caught in desperate sin how far their sin has removed them from God, why not invite them to come to worship? Think of how much difference there is between saying “Stop being such a s ...

Why I Made My Teenager Go to Church
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In this age when the “spiritual but not religious” seem to have more relevance than churchgoers, it’s easy to wonder why church attendance matters at all. But I believe that we need common spaces, more ground ...

Church Leaders Tackle the Stigma of Mental Illness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Matthew Warren’s suicide last month has prompted a number of evangelical leaders to talk about how churches can better help those dealing with mental illness in their congregations. ...

We Are Christ: Broken and Shared For the Life of the World
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

A respectful, bright young high school student asked me yesterday if Baptism and the Eucharist were not merely symbols. "When Paul talks about Christ being 'in us' or about 'putting on� ...

Yoga As a 'Connection to God'
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

At the beginning of the year, I embarked on a two-month sabbatical to recover from a rough 2012. I needed to recharge, and resolved to rest, spend time with the people I love most, and find some kind of physic ...

Beneath the Stereotypes, a Stressful Life for Preachers’ Kids
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

The day Franklin Graham was born, he received a telegram. “Welcome to this sin-sick world,” the Western Union message said, “and to the challenge you have to walk in your daddy’s footsteps.” ...

National Day of Prayer: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Text of President Barack Obama's Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer. Editor's Note:  Below is the text of President Barack Obama's Proclamation for t ...

We Don't Need Your Cookies
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

When we complete a task, it is good to celebrate the end result, but what do we really remember? Is it not the people, the things we did, and the lessons learned in the process of completing the task? ...

Former Pope Benedict XVI to Return to the Vatican on Thursday
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

More than two months after his resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on Thursday to live in a small convent that has been recently renovated for his needs. ...

The Spirituality of Sports and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

I like Wallis’s three rules, but I think there is an important one missing when it comes to the common good. If the common good is for everyone, then how do we treat the team that loses? And if we happen to lo ...

Modern Hymn Writers Revive a Lost Musical Art
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Most songwriters in Nashville want to get their songs on the radio. Keith and Kristyn Getty hope their songs end up in dusty old hymnbooks. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most songwriters in ...

‘In a Time of Hunger:’ The New Archbishop's Social and Spiritual Challenges On The Road to Canterbury
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

“[O]nly 40% of churchgoers are convinced that the new Archbishop of Canterbury can resolve the problems of the Church of England," said the new Archbishop, Justin Welby, in his Easter sermon last month. & ...

What We Find On Higher Ground
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Of course the higher ground, the refuge from tragedy, is God’s. People seem to sense that instinctively, regardless of faith tradition. The harder, more humbling realization is that all of it — the flooded pl ...