Church shoppers, preaching, pluralism and the Donald

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of News and Religion, the panel and I discuss a recent poll that shows the top qualities church shoppers are looking for. We also talk about pluralism in America… read more

'Tis the season: Character matters

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. Before we turn to the relationship of religion and politics, the separation of church… read more

'Stranger Things' and a theology of monsters

By Nance Hixon
My wife and I just finished watching Stranger Things, Netflix's latest hit series. If you haven't seen this show: watch it. Now. It's a relatively tame (TV-14)… read more

Don't call me honey

By Kira Schlesinger
Earlier this month, The American Bar Association revised an ethics rule that now “forbids comments or actions that single out someone on the basis of race, religion, sex… read more

'Tis the season: Reconciliation

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. Where are we in our series? We’ve been looking at the gifts the Church and… read more

Stop the execution of Jeff Wood, in the name of Jesus

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) Some folks will argue that the death penalty is necessary for the most heinous crimes, the “worst of the worst.” But it is increasingly clear that when it comes… read more

Denominations in decline, middle class politics and the disappearing church building

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of the News and Religion podcast, the panel and I discuss whether or not church planting is the solution to the problem of declining denominations, why politicians … read more

'Tis the season: Sacrifice in politics?

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. A thrilling moment from my childhood has stuck with me ever since it happened on… read more

Data shmata: Are we counting the right stuff?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
We have a love/hate relationship with data. Even as big data shapes almost all our online experiences, we’re not so sure how we feel about data in the life of the church… read more

'Tis the season: Humility

By James C. Howell
Read Rev. Howell's previous 'Tis the Season articles covering the 2016 election here. In a presidential debate at Wake Forest back in 2000, George W. Bush spoke wisely:… read more

Pope Francis treats homeless to pizza and swim at the beach

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
ROME (RNS) As millions of people around the world enjoy their annual summer vacations, Pope Francis is providing a beach escape for those who cannot afford them. In the latest… read more

Political preachers, clergy compensation and Afterschool Satan

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of the News and Religion podcast, the panel and I discuss preachers who endorse political candidates from the pulpit, a recent study showing that clergy… read more
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