How Ferguson and now Baltimore are altering our perception of law enforcement

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) I enjoy cop shows on television. My favorite is “Blue Bloods,” following the “Reagan” family from terrorist threats to homicides to domestic… read more

Baltimore riots and the vocation for order

By Mark Tooley
The Baltimore riots reminded me of a passage I read last eve from Richard Norton Smith’s excellent new Nelson Rockefeller biography about the 1971 Attica prison riot. About… read more

A perilous shift

By Steve Harper
The last persecution of Christians by the Roman empire was A.D. 303. A decade later, Christianity was the official religion of the empire. This meteroric rise from the bottom to… read more

Are we entering an era of extraordinary darkness?

By Shane Raynor
If current events are any indication, it’s about to get a lot more difficult to be a half-committed Christian. Religious persecution is on the rise in many parts of the… read more

Are transgender Christians welcome at church?

By David Person
This past Friday night, a self-described conservative Republican revealed what may be the church’s next and most challenging frontier. Bruce Jenner, celebrated Olympian and… read more

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Mike Poteet
A significant backlash On March 26, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed into law Senate Bill 101, a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). “With the passage of this… read more

In Boston, engaging both sides of the church’s debate on gays

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
BOSTON (RNS) Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist Church on a typical Sunday, but the historic church was once so prominent that legendary… read more

'House of Cards' and the perversion of friendship

By Cameron Merrill
"You know what Francis said to me when he proposed? I remember his exact words. He said, 'Claire, if all you want is happiness, say no. I'm not gonna give you a couple of kids and … read more

Our climate kairos moment

By Fletcher Harper
Recently, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori labeled climate change denial "sinful."   This summer, Pope Francis will release an encyclical—an… read more

The Prius shall lie down with the pickup

By Christian Hawley
Today — Wednesday, April 22nd — a little church on the outskirts of Austin, Texas will celebrate the Feast Day of John Muir (founder of the Sierra Club) and… read more

They weren't supposed to teach you that in seminary

By Dave Barnhart
Every Sunday I hook up our church trailer and pull it to our venue. I back it up. (To make the trailer disappear in your side mirror, turn the wheel in that direction). I’ve … read more

Why you should stop obsessing over the end of the world

By Tom Fuerst
I want to write this post for everyone, no matter your particular view of the end times (what scholars call eschatology). I have voiced my thoughts on the end of the world to some … read more
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