No more sides!

By Steve Harper
Jesus was able to make friends with people who were unable to make friends with each other. This was a deliberate choice on his part—another way of revealing what life in… read more

Frank Underwood just dissed God. Would a real president do that?

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) All presidents beseech God to bless the United States of America. Many pray for divine aid for themselves or their policies. Some can only wonder at the inscrutable ways of… read more

50 shades of sadness

By Michael Miller
Recently my girlfriend Kalie and I jumped on the cultural bandwagon and went to see "50 Shades of Grey." We had no burning desire to see the film, nor had we read any of the… read more

Freedom of the pulpit — Responsibility to the covenant

By Justin Coleman
When I was a seminarian, I dreamed about becoming a culturally relevant prophetic preacher who spoke truth to power in such a way that irritated, inspired, and renewed… read more

Give up the Golden Rule

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or, treat others the way you want to be treated. Everyone knows the Golden Rule. With regrets to Jesus and Rabbi Hillel and… read more

Can we talk about this?

By Melissa L. Drake
This particular conversation for a handful of clergy in our corner of Iowa began formally in 2013 with a question: “Could we get some people together to talk about… read more

Our Lady of Revenue: NYC churches go on the market, leaving parishioners cynical

By Rick Hampson / USA Today
NEW YORK (RNS) Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it’s a coveted… read more

Southern Baptists urge Obama to defend ‘the least of these’ against ISIS

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd and former leaders of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination on Monday (March 2) called on… read more

2 biblical truths that guide small group ministry

By Steve Cordle
“What curriculum should our group meetings follow?” “How often should our group meet?” “What is the role of a group leader?” There are a… read more

Activists: Islamic State group now holding 220 Christians in Syria

By Jane Onyanga-Omara / USA Today
(RNS) The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, activists said Thursday (Feb. 26). The United Kingdom-based Syrian… read more

Supreme Court wrestles with accommodating religious faith on the job

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Samantha Elauf was a teenager who loved clothes and applied to work in an Abercrombie & Fitch Kids store in her native Tulsa, Okla., in 2008. But Elauf, a… read more

New online atlas ‘heat-maps’ views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Anyone from politicians to scholars to the simply curious can now see just how deeply the nation is divided on abortion or same-sex marriage — and discover… read more
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