Is James Foley a martyr? Brutal death sparks faith-based debate

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s… read more

More Christian than Jesus

By Dave Barnhart
Far be it from me to criticize Jesus, but he doesn’t always argue like a Christian. For one thing, like an internet troll, he uses distraction and ad hominem (personal)… read more

Not every sermon needs to mention Jesus

By Tom Fuerst
A few years ago I was preaching a sermon from an Old Testament text filled with lots of symbolism, cultural background, great theology, and, of course, misunderstanding. I walked… read more

Susanna Wesley, Adam Hamilton, and our kids

By Clifton Stringer
Adam Hamilton's new book, “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It,” appeared prominently on my radar screen after my friend Shane Raynor told me it is Hamilton's best book… read more

Mark Driscoll to step down while Mars Hill elders review charges

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll will step down for at least six weeks while Mars Hill reviews formal charges lodged against him from previous pastors. Returning… read more

When Christians rush to judgment

By Shane Raynor
How are Christians handling the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the controversy surrounding Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle?   When… read more

After Ferguson, churches must confess the sin of abandonment

By Carl W. Kenney / Religion News Service
(RNS) The ride to the church seemed too short to give me time to unleash all those tears. I had to preach. What would I say? How do you preach what you feel when you’re one… read more

James Foley’s parents draw on faith after son’s execution

By Melanie Eversley / USA Today
(RNS) They’ve done this before. Once again, John and Diane Foley appeared on national television Wednesday (Aug. 20), to speak in clear and deliberate voices about their… read more

Bishop Palmer speaks out about Ferguson crisis

By Gregory V. Palmer, Brian Milford
United Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer and Brian Milford discuss the shooting of Michael Brown, the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and justice and race issues as they relate … read more

Questions

By Don Underwood
From January 1946 to September 1947, the great American fiction writer Flannery O'Connor kept a prayer journal. A practicing Roman Catholic from Savannah, Georgia, she had, at age … read more

After evangelical virgin guys marry, then what?

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) For decades, evangelical leaders have touted “virginity pledges” as a way for teens and young adults to “save themselves for marriage.” But what… read more

Ferguson, ISIS, and the problem with American news

By Shane Raynor
I was up much too late watching television last night. I have five news channels, and when major events are taking place around the world, you’ll usually find me switching… read more
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