Supreme Court seems increasingly wary on death penalty

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court — the last stop for condemned prisoners such as Scott Panetti, a Texan who is mentally ill — appears increasingly wary of the death… read more

This Advent, will faith stay safe or stand tall?

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Early on the first Sunday of Advent, I logged in to Pandora and heard the familiar chant “Adoro Te Devote.” As a child, I knew Thomas Aquinas’ beloved text … read more

Obama immigration action may split evangelical coalition

By Alan Gomez / USA Today
MIAMI (RNS) In announcing his decision to protect nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, President Obama turned to Scripture, calling on Americans to protect… read more

Partisanship

By Steve Harper
I believe historians may look at our generation and name partisanship as the largest contributive factor to our local/global gridlock. Whether in civic or eccesial societies, our… read more

Creedal faith

By David F. Watson, William J. Abraham
Imagine you went to the doctor and the doctor walked into your room and said, “I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.” “Okay,” you respond… read more

10 things you *SHOULD* say to a grieving person

By Tom Fuerst
My post a few days ago, “10 things you should never say to a grieving person,” sparked a lot of discussion, both affirming and challenging to my ten points. Most… read more

Why the post-racial label only perpetuates racism

By Hussein Rashid / Religion News Service
(RNS) The shooting of Michael Brown and the failure of a grand jury to indict the shooter, Darren Wilson, are symptoms of a wider malaise. It is part of a deep-seated illness that … read more

Theological studies are for everyone

By Justo L. González
For most of us, theological studies are a preparation for the ordained ministry, much as medical studies are a preparation for the practice of medicine. For this reason, many of… read more

Sorry, Mr. President. You’re wrong on Exodus and immigration

By Mark T. Coppenger / Religion News Service
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) President Obama is drawing on Exodus 23:9 to make his case for shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation: “You shall not oppress a … read more

Understanding biblical colorblindness

By Dave Barnhart
“Go, you swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth…” (Isaiah 18:2) When I’ve taught Isaiah’s oracle concerning the Ethiopian Empire in college… read more

Can a nation so wounded by its divisions survive?

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) For those of a certain age, Thanksgiving week will always be the week President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. In the same way, Sept. 11 will be the day… read more

Think like a Wesleyan

By William H. Willimon
“I believe that . . .” “I have faith in . . .” What we believe is what we trust—what we know to be a truthful account of reality. Critical reflection … read more
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