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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 ...

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

Cathleen Falsani Fame, Faith, and the Heart of J ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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

For three years running, "Lent Madness" has taken to the Internet as a competition between Episcopal saints in a single-elimination bracket tournament resembling the one followed by March Madness fan ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Vatican Website Hacked for Church’s ‘Crimes’
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Secret hackers group Anonymous targeted the Vatican website for what it called its "absurd and anachronistic precepts," and the "crimes" of the sexual abuse scandal and cover-up. ...

The Naked Rabbi: Driving Mrs. Roosevelt
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

To celebrate Purim and International Women's Day, we give you the latest instsallment from one of our favorite storytellers — Rabbi Allen Secher (aka The Naked Rabbi) — and his tale of chauffeuring former ...

'Purim Drunk': L'Chaim!
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

When is it appropriate — nay, even encouraged, both socially and spiritually — to turn up at your house of worship in full costume, make a boisterous racket, and proceed to get drunk as a lord? Well, if you&# ...

After the Storms Have Passed
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

To understand American politics, follow the money. But to understand American goodness and resolve, follow the storms. As I boarded a flight in New York, television monitors in th ...

Mass. Alumni Don’t Want Liberty to Get Free Campus
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Rankled at the prospect that "extremist" Liberty University might soon own the campus where they spent their prep school years, alumni of Northfield Mount Hermon School are petitioning to stop it. ...

Jews Worry About Purim’s Endorsement of Alcohol
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

Purim commemorates the survival of ancient Jews against the threat of extinction and children dress in costumes and exchange gifts and candy. But some worry about binge drinking. ...

Jesus Tortillas: Deconstruction, Preconceptions and God
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about God, and this guy finds Jesus in a tortilla. Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about ...

The Problem with Daniel Pearl's Mormon Baptism
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

A simmering interreligious controversy resurfaced recently with the news that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had posthumously ``baptized'' a number of deceased Jews, including Daniel ...

Breakaway Anglicans Ordered to Return Property by April 30
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

A Virginia judge has ordered seven congregations that broke from the Episcopal Church to return all property to the local diocese — from valuable land to sacred chalices — by April 30. ...

“Pray For Us”: How Can We Pray Effectively for the People of Syria?
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

A headline from Reuters stopped me in my tracks earlier this week. It read, ‘"Pray for us" say Syria rebels as army closes in’." I was struck by how moving I found this statement, this plea. ...

Catholic School Teacher Fired for Gay Wedding Plans
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

NORMANDY, Mo. — A popular music teacher at a Catholic Church was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York, where same-sex marriage is legal. ...

An Excerpt from Christian Piatt's New Memoir 'PregMANcy': The Pee Stick
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

“Screw it.” These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household, back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed ...

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews Say No.
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Commemorating Queen Esther's efforts to save the Jews of Persia from extermination, Purim calls on Jews to rejoice in costume and to give goodies to neighbors and friends. But it's not Halloween. ...

The Heart of All Anxiety: Fear of Loss
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 8:07pm | Type: Blog

I got emails from my mom and uncle about Nana, my last living grandparent. The news isn’t great. She’s struggled with dementia for some years now and hasn’t recognized me the last several times I’ve seen her. ...

Lost in Translation: Eugene Peterson and His 'Message'
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Eugene Peterson has written more than 30 books on theology and the life of faith in his 80 years, but he is perhaps best known for the one book he didn’t write: The Bible. Eugene ...

N.J. Leaders Seek to Ease Anger Over NYPD Probe of Muslims
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Amid concern over the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims beyond New York City, New Jersey and federal law enforcement officials plan to hold a summit Saturday (March 3) to assure Muslim ...

Catholic Voter Guide Differs From Two Catholic Candidates
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

In unusually strong, populist tones, the guide's authors decry efforts to cut government programs for the poor and middle class while protecting tax rates for the "super-rich." They "denoun ...

Faith at the Tipping Point
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 10:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Ada María Isasi-Díaz and Elizabeth Palmberg An interview with theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz on solidarity, public life, and the blessin ...

Against the Night
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Belle Fox-Martin We are the lay of the land— / pocked, hilled, knowing every ember / and seed imprinted on our bones. ...

Sharia Hysteria
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Muslim cops and football coaches (oh my!) -- the next step in the right wing's efforts to keep Americans in fear ...

The Foolishness and Weakness of God
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

in Washington, D.C. [ March 4 ] No One There, Only Jesus Genesis 17:1-7; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans ...

Christopher Hitchens, Diana Butler Bass and the Third Great Awakening
Originally Posted: 02/29/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

We are not a church or a denomination after all; we are the Greater Body of Christ, or so we claim. And while institutions incline themselves toward permanence, the Body is ever-changing. While the buildings c ...

Don't Blame College for Young People Leaving the Church
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The “war on religion” has become a frequent bogeyman among Christian and political leaders. But the reason church leaders have failed to stem the tide of a generation heading for the exit door is that they kee ...

Eugene Peterson: The Pastor on Preaching, Women Clergy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Peterson, who is a Presbyterian minister (now retired from the pastorate after 30 years), grew up in Montana in the Pentecostal Christian tradition. His mother, in fact, was a preacher who later founded and pa ...

Church of England Goes High-Tech to Combat Copper Thieves
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 8:10am | Type: Blog

LONDON — The Church of England is spearheading a campaign to install high-tech movement sensors on scores of churches in a bid to stop a rash of lead and copper thieves who have targeted the roofs of religious ...

Splinter Churches Realign Mainline Protestantism
Originally Posted: 02/28/2012 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

The question now is whether these breakaway groups signal a seismic shift in American Protestantism, or just a few fissures in the theological terrain. There's a popular sayi ...

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

22: Tell someone what you are grateful for (Sunday) Day 23: Introduce yourself to a neighbor ...

Renown Atheist Richard Dawkins Isn't Entirely Sure God Doesn't Exist
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

LONDON — A controversial Oxford University professor billed by many as the world's "most famous atheist" now says he is not 100 percent sure that God doesn't exist — but just barely. In a 1 ...

Repairs, Fundraising at Quake-damaged National Cathedral Are Slow Going
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

the quake hit on Aug. 23, Callahan was in the shop, and thought he was having some sort of inner ear problem ...

Re-Branding Religion: A Fool's Errand?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

As Madison Avenue advertising executives could attest, as tempting as it is to try to solve a missionary slump with a marketing campaign, religious groups — like commercial businesses — should think twice befo ...

Southern Baptist Will Not Vote on Name Change
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:25am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists gather for their annual meeting this June, they will not be asked to create a new official name after top leaders decided it was not worth pursuing. When So ...

‘BUBBA’ and Other New Names Rejected by Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

As the Southern Baptist Convention recently weighed changing its name, denominational leaders were bombarded with suggestions. Hundreds of them. As the Southern Baptist Convention ...

Lutherans Find Common with Catholics on Obama Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Lutherans and Catholics are not historically known for their theological sympathy, but earlier this month the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the U.S. House that he will "stand with o ...

For Atheists of Color, ‘Coming Out’ Can Be Painful
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

They are calling on atheists of all colors to make the fourth Sunday in February -- Black History Month -- a "Day of Solidarity with Black Nonbelievers." As a child, Ali ...

How to Forget Paris
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

A friend of mine — one who’s wiser and kinder and more thoughtful than I — knows the difficult, painful unweaving I’m talking about. She, too, was carroted down the rabbit trail of a hope-filled future shared ...

Why Ash Wednesday Belongs Out of the Church and Out on the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

We are going into public with our ashes because Jesus died in public. He didn’t die in the Upper Room surrounded only by his disciples. DURHAM, N.C. -- There is something decide ...

On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians Take it to the Streets
Originally Posted: 02/22/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

This year, at least 49 Episcopal parishes across 12 states will offer ashes to passersby at train stations, bus stops and college campuses on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) as Danieley's "Ashes to Go" ...

Fat Tuesday and Skinny Wednesday
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

In a world filled with clutter, noise, and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we think and live.In a world of instant gratification, it’s a chance to practice delayed gratification. ...

Conversation on Prayer with President Obama
Originally Posted: 02/23/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

As we shook hands and shared this brief conversation, I was reminded that despite President Obama being arguably “the most powerful man in the world” – beneath it all was simply another broken and fallen man w ...