What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Creation of the Sustainable Development Goals More than 15 years ago, a small group of United Nations development specialists drafted a set of eight development goals for poor… read more

Vatican synod’s ‘war of words’ will have real-life consequences

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The overriding interest in the global meeting of Roman Catholic bishops that finishes here on Sunday (Oct. 25) has centered on whether the churchmen will… read more

Those pagan kids

By Matt Rawle
I recently read a Facebook post from someone upset that so many churches were celebrating that “pagan” holiday, Halloween. This irritation is as perennial as church… read more

Anti pop culture Jesus (the Jesus that I know)

By David Dorn
The Jesus that gets played out in pop culture is not the Jesus of the Bible. The Jesus that gets preached from political platforms is not the Jesus I know. Here is just a taste of … read more

On truth tellers

By David F. Watson
The older I get, the more grateful I am to have truth tellers in my life. These are people who care about me enough to disagree with me, show me my blind spots and speak honestly, … read more

The masks of hypocrisy

By Tiffany Manning
Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday in America (following Christmas). While children are focused on trick-or-treating and candy, teenagers are more often… read more

Thank God: Evangelicals shrink back from support of death penalty

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) In 1983, a broadcaster from New Hampshire asked President Ronald Reagan about accusations that he had moved away from the principles that got him elected. His response is… read more

Sixth St. Louis-area church damaged by fire; $2,000 reward offered

By Lilly Fowler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS — A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the culprit in a string of fires that have now hit six predominantly… read more

The most revolutionary part of the 10 Commandments

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
With the passage of time, the extraordinary can become ordinary. The revolutionary can seem normal. Take trial by jury. When introduced in England, jury trial was a monumental… read more

Far from dreadful: finding God in the horror genre

By Michael Miller
In an era with a seemingly endless parade of new shows in all manner of mediums, Showtime has managed to create something utterly unique and frighteningly intelligent with their… read more

If you're wanting more from your devotionals, try this

By Tom Fuerst
I want to propose a different Bible-reading practice that I think will challenge your devotional experiences in ways you never imagined. No, no, I don't have a trendy new… read more

Biblical witness, ethics and good romance novels: An interview with Celia Wolff

By Clifton Stringer
Recently I was able to visit with Celia Wolff about topics ranging from Christian faith to her scholarly work on the book of Acts to the goodness of reading (good) romance novels. … read more
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