We can't run away from aging

By Missy Buchanan
Early each morning of our recent vacation, I took a low-rise beach chair from its perch above the high-tide line and moved it down to a place where the turquoise water of the… read more

Parents of murdered boy want life for Boston bomber

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald / USA Today
BOSTON (RNS) Parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013, called on the government Friday (April 17) to end their quest for… read more

Is a state Bible a shallow Bible?

By Kira Schlesinger
In the state of Tennessee this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would make the Bible our state book. Although it was subsequently defeated by the state… read more

I'm not a worthless sinner

By Tom Fuerst
Sometimes I hear Christians say the oddest things. And, no, I’m not just talking about odd Christians who predictably say odd things. I’m talking about the normal… read more

Jesus is alive… so now what?

By Matt Rawle
Jesus is alive! He has risen. He has risen indeed … So what am I supposed to do now? Although they shared grief and sorrow (and fear) when Jesus was in the tomb, at least… read more

Affirmation isn't a civil right, and it can't be coerced

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) The limiting of religious freedom is a perpetually contested question in American public life. Most recently, as states consider new laws and the U.S. Supreme… read more

Sex and Samson: Reading old texts with modern eyes

By Dave Barnhart
“Tell me how you may be bound.” These would be kinky words on the lips of any lover, but the fact that they are in the Bible makes them especially scandalous… read more

Confusing Jesus with Daredevil

By Mark Lockard
Like many comic book fans, I spent the weekend binging on "Daredevil," Marvel’s newest release. The entire first season was created for Netflix, and it dropped in its… read more

John Wesley, mysticism and enthusiasm

By Clifton Stringer
If the report below is correct, John Wesley is a mystic who hated “mysticism.” Further, he offers a rigorous and transformative mystical spirituality that guards… read more

The problem with creating ‘Christian’ versions of things

By Scott Christian / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) If someone offered you the chance to live in a world designed to look and feel like the real one, but is actually a tidier, more ordered Stepford-ish facsimile… read more

‘…Tenderly cradled in freefall’

By LinC (Living in Christ), Brent Lamberth
These title words, written by Kayla Mueller in a letter to her parents, described her state of mind while being held captive by ISIS in May, 2014. Kayla Mueller was a… read more

Must Christianity change its sexual ethics? History may hold the key

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) Whenever people today say that Christianity needs to update and adapt its moral standards for the 21st century, I hear echoes from 100 years ago. Back then, the calls for… read more
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