Are #Christian hashtags rallying the faithful or just luring trolls?

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Standing on the sidewalk outside an imposing downtown church, Michael Corral carried a portable loudspeaker and a handmade wooden cross with an old-fashioned… read more

Ferguson pastors urge peace after grand jury doesn’t indict

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Like so many others Monday (Nov. 24) night, the congregants at West Side Missionary Baptist Church were glued to televisions as a grand jury decision in the… read more

This program will save your church!

By Courtney T Ball
The pitch Friends, let me tell you from experience. If you faithfully implement this proven program in your church, you are guaranteed to see results. Follow the authors'… read more

Can Jews and Muslims get along? 60 imams and rabbis meet in Washington to try

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Frustrated by dangerously high tensions between Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land, 60 imams and rabbis gathered Sunday (Nov. 23) to hatch concrete plans to bridge the gulf… read more

Pastors opposed to same-sex marriage vow not to participate in any civil ceremonies

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) What’s the surest way conservative pastors can avoid any government mandate to perform same-sex marriages? According to one prominent religious journal and a growing… read more

Play it safe or take risks?

By John Flowers
The fugu fish, or blowfish, can kill you if you eat it. Yet some people in Japan do just that. They take a huge risk, and with expert chefs cutting out the poison sections, there… read more

Church of England formally approves women bishops

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Twenty years after women were ordained as priests, the Church of England is set to appoint its first woman bishop by year’s end or at the start of… read more

5 things I'd do differently if raising my family again

By Ron Edmondson
What would I do differently if I were raising my family again? I’ve been asked several times recently for my advice on raising a family. The only advice I have is from… read more

The delicate politics of school holidays

By Hussein Rashid / Religion News Service
(RNS) The decision by the Montgomery County (Md.) Board of Education to remove religious names from school holidays, scrapping “Christmas” for “Winter… read more

7 things to remember when hosting a guest preacher

By Deborah Lewis
You know when someone invites you for dinner, and from the moment you arrive you feel thoroughly welcomed and properly hosted? I don’t mean stiff-but-proper Martha Stewart… read more

A Christian should lead Christians

By Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today
(RNS) Is the pope Catholic? Is the president of the Christian student club Christian? These questions might seem equal in their wry obviousness. They’re not. In the massive… read more

What is your church known for?

By Joseph Yoo
During the ratings dominating days of the talent finding reality show “American Idol,” my favorite part of the season was the beginning. I absolutely loved the awful… read more
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