Racial reconciliation demands Christians reconsider the death penalty

By Antipas L. Harris / Religion News Service
(RNS) A new report by the Equal Justice Initiative documents in horrific detail the nation’s widespread practice of lynching and points to a link between lynching and a… read more

Give up on giving up

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
In this last installment on what to give up for Lent, beyond doughnuts and lattes, to things that make a real difference, I have to end this way: Give up giving up! It’s… read more

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s new religious freedom law Sunday (March 29) while refusing to say if it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians… read more

Jesus is all over the small screen, and that’s no accident

By Patrick Ryan / USA Today
(RNS) Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood’s holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where three TV projects — National Geographic… read more

Keeping the baby vs. abortion: Americans' muddled morality about the unborn

By Trevin Wax / Religion News Service
(RNS) On March 18, Michelle Wilkins answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. When she arrived at the seller’s home, Dynel Lane, a former nurse’s aide, attacked her… read more

You may not recognize Jesus this Easter

By Courtney T Ball
You may not recognize Jesus this Easter Mary Magdalene thought he was a gardener. Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus mistook Jesus for a fellow traveler until he broke… read more

How to watch a Bible movie without making everyone miserable

By Shane Raynor
‘Tis the season when Hollywood gets religion. On Easter Sunday, ABC will be airing Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments” for the umpteenth… read more

Southern Baptist race summit calls for focus on reconciliation

By Heidi Hall / Religion News Service
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptists did not mince words about their racist past during a two-day summit here devoted to making churches more diverse. During the first… read more

Disciples look to pull convention from Indiana over religious freedom bill

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) Though the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made Indianapolis its headquarters for nearly a century, the denomination is considering pulling its next biennial… read more

The promise of the Good Friday-Passover overlap

By A. James Rudin / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) This year, Good Friday and the start of Passover occur on the same date: Friday, April 3. The coincidence is no accident. Jesus’ pilgrimage to Jerusalem to… read more

Death and resurrection of an urban church

By Robert King
For an idea of how Broadway United Methodist Church is turning the model of the urban church inside out, look for a moment at its food pantry, clothing ministry and after-school… read more

Sharing the what, why or how of Christianity?

By Jeremy Smith
As an extrovert, I often strike up conversations with people on my 15 minute train ride every day from my home to my church in Portland, Oregon. Sometimes I’ll say… read more
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