The Francis Effect: Is this the next ‘Great Awakening’?

By James A. Harnish
Might Pope Francis be the defining witness for the next “Great Awakening”? I started asking that question as I watched and listened to Pope Francis as he made his made … read more

Pope Francis embraces Washington's hungry: ‘No justification for homelessness’

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Pope Francis went straight from charging the U.S. Congress to care for the neediest to blessing and encouraging Washington’s hungry and homeless on Thursday … read more

Political dissident leads revival behind bars

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
Politics landed Vano Kalembe Kiboko in prison in his native Democratic Republic of Congo, his siblings say. But God’s power is enabling the United Methodist to lead his… read more

A secret Muslim president? Been there. Done that.

By Stephen Prothero / USA Today
In a Republican primary season that has stoked fears of the undesirables and the undocumented in our midst, it now seems to be the Muslims' turn. Last week, Donald Trump let slide … read more

The cosmic ritual

By Dave Barnhart
Hebrews 9:11-14 The crowd stands and sings the national anthem. Someone throws out the first pitch. People wear goofy outfits, take a seventh-inning stretch, sing “Take Me… read more

What does it mean to be a peacemaker?

By David Dorn
My friend Andy Nixon challenged me recently to be a peacemaker. What does that mean? Will you be one with me? David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary Pastor for Marvin United… read more

To heaven and back

By Tiffany Manning
On January 18, 1989, Don Piper was on his way home from a conference when a truck crushed his car in a terrible accident. When rescue workers reached the scene, they found… read more

Joe Biden, Layman-in-chief

By David Person
Vice President Joe Biden, like President Obama, is open about his Christian faith. And after his recent appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, his moniker one day, if… read more

Ahmed Mohamed is owed an apology

By Ruth Nasrullah / Religion News Service
(RNS) Ahmed Mohamed is a winsome and nerdy boy from Irving, Texas, who wears rectangular glasses and has the classic look of a 14-year-old hovering on the cusp of adulthood. His… read more

Inerrancy and the death by a thousand qualifications

By Marc Cortez
Every now and then, someone asks if I believe that the Bible is “inerrant.” And with some regularity, the conversation unfolds something like this: Person: Do you… read more

The legacy of Christ

By Chris J. Hayes
Mark 13:1-8 Jesus’ conversation found in the beginning of today’s text was difficult to hear and hard to understand for the disciples who sat with Jesus so long ago… read more

The global refugee crisis is a moral test for all of us

By David Gushee / Religion News Service
(RNS) Western claims to stand for human dignity and human rights usually look pretty hollow whenever a major refugee crisis hits. That is what is happening now, as millions of… read more
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