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Our Lady of Revenue: NYC Churches Go on the Market, Leaving Parishioners Cynical
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it’s a coveted real estate asset. O ...

If the U.S. Is a Christian Nation, Whose Christianity Do We Follow?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. has never been a “Christian nation,” and we shouldn’t want it to become one. A recent  survey  found that 57 percent of Republicans agreed that Christianity should be e ...

Cloudy Drugs and 'An Abundance of Caution' Delay Atlanta Woman's Execution as Tens of Thousands Protest
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Kelly Gissendaner's scheduled execution was given an 11th-hour delay yet again — this time by the Department of Corrections late Monday evening. An Atlanta woman’s scheduled ...

Southern Baptists Urge Obama to Defend ‘the Least of These’ against ISIS
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

The letter was released just before the Jewish holiday of Purim, which recalls the deliverance of Persian Jews by Queen Esther. Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd ...

The Gospel of Kelly Gissendaner
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

There’s a Georgia case that would suggest that all this may not be in vain — that of Billy Moore. Georgia clergy just delivered 500 signatures of faith leaders and 40 boxes of nam ...

Faith Leaders Nationwide Call for Stay in Atlanta Woman's Execution, Scheduled Tonight
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

If carried through, it will be the first time since 1976 that the state of Georgia will execute an individual who was not the person physically using violence in the crime. It is ...

Bill O’Reilly, Brian Williams, and Jesus: On Goodness and Love
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

I enjoy seeing posts on Facebook and Twitter that mock my theological and political opponents. And that’s a huge problem, because it erodes the Christian soul. Christianity isn’t about being “good.” In fact, ...

Transpartisanship: An Alternative to Political Dysfunction
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Extreme partisanship has crept into our political normality. As revealed last year by the Pew Research Center, our civic temperature is methodically rising, perhaps beyond the boiling point. ...

A Voice For the Voiceless? Thoughts on Privilege and the Single Story
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

When we accept speaking for people as a solution to complicated issues like poverty, health, and human rights, we avoid having to ask ourselves hard questions. Throughout my past ...

Church of England Accused of Double Standards Over Low Wages
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

outside London and 9.15 pounds for those in London. Britain has a government-set national minimum wage ...

Southern Baptists Try to Diversify Churches — But Will It Work?
Originally Posted: 02/24/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist ...

Justin Welby slams 'false distinction' between saving souls and doing politics
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:01am | Type: Press

February 22, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Woods ...

San Francisco Archbishop Rejects Lawmakers’ Criticism on Morality Clauses
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Five members of the state Assembly and three state senators sent Cordileone a letter urging him to remove the clauses, which they said were discriminatory and divisive. San Franci ...

Italy and Vatican On Guard after Threat from Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross.” The Italian government is on high alert ...

From Generation to Generation
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

What do you want to pass on to your grandchildren? What will you give to future generations? What do you want to pass on to your grandchildren? What will you give to future gener ...

Obama: Alleged War on Islam Is ‘An Ugly Lie’
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 that governments across the globe are obligated to confront the “warped ideologies” that lead to terrorism, “especially their attempt to use Islam to justify their violence.” ...

Weekly Wrap 2.20.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

1. Because Extreme Cold Always Brings Climate Deniers Out of the Woodwork … Bill Nye, yep, the Science Guy, offers the media this helpful prompting: “‘Let’s not confuse or interchange climate change with glob ...

Taking Lent to Repent
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

Lent must be a time to reflect and repent — in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It’s time to turn around. I spent yesterday at the World Bank, where President Ji ...

New Government Program to Root Out Extremists Is Seriously Flawed
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Clothed in the language of community policing, the effort sounds like a kinder, gentler alternative to the well-documented surveillance of American Muslims. As my kids have grown ...

Obama: No Religion Responsible for Terrorism
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

President Obama said Feb. 19 he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. ...

Why Malcolm X’s Image as a Separatist Lives On, 50 Years after His Death
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

In a sense, Malcolm X was considered militant because he had a much more radical critique than other activists of the time, Muhammad said. Rodnell Collins stood next to his uncle ...

The Gospel of Mark: Manifesto of Political and Religious Defiance
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

In the first half of Mark, every account of Jesus' healing or forgiveness stands in direct defiance of some political or religious rule. I’m starting to think that Che Guevar ...

Can Obama Walk the Tightrope of Religious Rhetoric in a Polarized America?
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

No, say experts who keep a close eye on presidential God talk. It’s a perilous walk, taken without a safety net as news and social media voices wait to savage him in a nanosecond. ...

Pope Francis Diversifies His Cardinals. But Will They Have Clout Where It Counts?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

of Tonga, which has just 15,000 Catholics out of a population of 100,000 spread across 176 islands. The 15 new cardinals who are of voting age — five new “honorary” cardinals are over 80 and ineligible ...

Statue of Controversial Missionary Junipero Serra Could Get Booted from U.S. Capitol
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, an openly gay Los Angeles Democrat, wants to replace a bronze statue of Serra with a monument honoring the late Sally Ride, the nation’s first female astronaut. ...

Why Christians Can’t Ignore the Mote in Their Own Eye
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Our hands are stained. Plain and simple. Despite the fuming of a former Republican governor, President Obama didn’t offend “every believing Christian in the United States” when he ...

The Echoes of Abraham Lincoln in President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

When Obama tells Americans to get off their “high horses” and realize that sin has been present throughout human history, even American history, he echoes Lincoln’s words on that rainy morning on March 4, 1865 ...

Three Muslim Students Shot Dead in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old white male, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder, according to a Chapel Hill Police Release. Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year ...

What Makes a Christian Argument?
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Paul's famous passage on love isn't about the content of our arguments. It's about the process. I’m not talking content here, folks. I’m talking  style . I’m not ...

Handwriting on the Wall for Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it’s leaving little doubt which way it’s leaning. The Supreme Court will decide w ...

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

the crowd grew to as many as 15,000. There were taunts, cheers and laughter. Reporters described hearing ...

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus rejects the “whiteness” of the Transfiguration and presses into the sea of human need — humanity in all its diversity and fullness — by descending the mountain and setting his face toward the Jerusalem. ...

Why Suing Over a Biblically Based Theme Park Isn't Really Biblical
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Answers in Genesis and its president, Ken Ham, last week announced their forthcoming lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, its governor, and its tourism secretary. America is a n ...

What Can We Expect from Pope Francis' Address to Congress?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

The Francis Revolution is crossing the Atlantic and coming to the heart of the nation’s Capitol. News broke yesterday that Pope Francis has accepted Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a rare joint se ...

Weekly Wrap 2.6.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

The assassination of MLK's mother, Harper Lee's new novel, no prayer in public schools, Republicans against prisons. 1.  MLK's Mother Was Assassinated, Too: ...

It’s Official: Pope Francis to Address Congress in September
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

No pope or religious leader who serves as a head of state has ever addressed Congress, according to the U.S. House Historian’s Office. Pope Francis will make an unprecedented add ...

Obama Condemns ‘Distorted’ Faith at National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Feb. 5 called for an emphasis on what is just about the world’s religions as a way to counter the ways faith has been distorted across the globe. President Oba ...

Vaccines and Abortion? The Links Are Cloudy and Complicated
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011.  Via  ...

Executions Are Down and Abolition May Not Be Far Behind
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. January was set to be the deadliest month for U.S. executions in 2015, but nine of the 15 executions were stopped. ...

From the Archives: March 1988
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Garry Wills A Marketable God RELIGION AND electoral politics tend to be mutually debasing. Take the apparent ...

Christie’s Vaccine Statements Aside, N.J. Already Allows Parents to Refuse on Religious Grounds
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

A parent need only submit a signed statement indicating “immunization interferes with the free exercise of the pupil’s religious rights,” according to the health department website. ...

Religious College Presidents Concerned with Common Threats to Their Schools
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Should religious colleges be bound by the same union and labor rules as secular universities? Or be rated by the same criteria? Should religious colleges be bound by the same uni ...

Choosing the Side of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today.  THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIA ...

China Warns Obama Against Meeting with Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

China warned the United States on Feb. 2 that it was opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama “in any manner” after the White House said U.S. President Barack Obama would attend an event with the exiled ...

Gatekeepers of Redemption: Conservative Evangelicals Are Changing Their Mind on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

persecutor of Christians ( 1 Cor. 15:9 ) – changed perspectives; instead of persecuting them, he sought ...

Freedom of the Press Trumps Respect for Religion in a New Survey
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Most Americans who know about the deadly attack on the Paris headquarters of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine say it’s OK that the weekly featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. ...

Vatican to Offer Haircuts, Shaves as well as Showers to Rome’s Homeless
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. T ...

‘American Sniper’ Studio Condemns Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

As American Sniper continues raking in money at the box office, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee remains worried about “serious threats” being made to Arabs and Muslims. ...

Alliance of Catholics and Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce or Cohabitation
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

A high-profile group of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions “a graver threat” than divorce or cohabitation, o ...

The Social Cost of Not Vaccinating Children
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Anti-vaccine parents are turning their children into little walking time bombs. They ought to be charged for endangering their children and others. The entirely preventable Calif ...