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

Meet the Muslim actor playing Jesus in Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) “Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him.” This was the reaction of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman’s mother after she learned that her son had… read more

Give up going to church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
This week of Lent, my suggestion is to give up going to church. Some of you already have. The rest of you may be wondering why on earth I would make this suggestion. Isn’t… read more

Zero-sum faith

By David Person
I wonder what non-Christians would think of us Christians if they could see us practicing tolerance. I have to wonder, because tolerance of divergent views in the church seems to… read more

Church growth isn't the goal; it's the outcome

By Len Wilson
A recent parody poked fun at innovation in the church by pretending that an ancient church, 1,700 years old, had rebranded its name to match an American, nondenominational… read more

Marriage in the PCUSA

By Heidi Hall
The pastoral letter from Presbyterian Church (USA)’s leadership shot through our ranks in the minutes after last week’s deciding presbytery vote approving same-sex… read more

Predictions of evangelical concessions on LGBT rights are premature

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) Pardon the yawn. The 1.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) on Tuesday (March 17) voted to officially approve of same-sex marriage, an announcement that… read more

Helpful hosts don't assume

By Joseph Yoo
"Just take APS and you can't miss us! We're on APS," said the person on the phone. "APS? What is that?" I asked. "Oh, uhm, it's the street that we're on." "The street's name? How… read more

‘Dig’ TV series starts adding up: Watch the numbers

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
RNS) “Dig,” the new action-thriller series from the USA Network, is starting to add up — at least in terms of its religious content. The third episode, broadcast … read more
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