Presbyterians scrap ad campaign deemed offensive to minorities

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) is scrapping an ad campaign for the needy after it was blasted for being culturally and socially insensitive. The One Great Hour of Sharing… read more

On the wrong side of Jesus

By David Horton
It was my honor to pray with Muslim students at Duke University. God must have been smiling on that beautiful day in spring 2013. The warm sun shone and a fresh breeze swept… read more

‘American Sniper’ or ‘Selma’: How Christian is your movie choice?

By Mark Lockard
It’s no surprise when we talk about the influential power of the Christian pocketbook when it comes to politics, culture, or any other part of the social fabric in the… read more

Churches in Niger and other former French colonies torched over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, Kenya ( RNS) Cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are proving costly for Christians in majority-Muslim countries in Africa. At least 45 churches were torched over… read more

‘The Hobbit’ and the generous heart

By Mike Poteet, LinC (Living in Christ)
This holiday season’s most successful movie was “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” While set in the fantasy world of Middle-earth, one of its themes is … read more

Why Christians should ditch monuments in favor of messages

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) I was working with a historic church, whose majestic facility was built long ago by wealthy industrialists. The church needed to raise $3 million each year just for… read more

Duke and the call to prayer: 3 things to keep in mind

By Robert A. Ratcliff
Have you ever noticed how cookbooks, in spite of their plain intention to include “just the facts,” will every now and then insert an unexpectedly dramatic instruction … read more

Distractions: a poetic reflection

By Marilyn E. Thornton
DistractionsI wanted to write something about Robin Williams But the armed conflict in Ferguson, MO keeps distracting me.I remember when the tanks rolled down the streets of… read more

Hundreds of Duke students rally with Muslims at Friday’s call to prayer

By Yonat Shimron / Religion News Service
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) In the end, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (Jan. 16), as hundreds of… read more

Duke cancels Muslims’ call to prayer after Franklin Graham leads revolt

By Mariam Sobh / Religion News Service
(RNS) Officials at Duke University abruptly dropped plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the iconic bell tower of Duke Chapel after online protests led by evangelist… read more

Here’s the faith in the ‘American Sniper’ you won’t see in the film

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, … read more

Supreme Court weighs a church’s right to advertise services

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Monday (Jan. 12) considered a tiny church’s curbside sign in a case that could raise the bar on government regulation of speech, and… read more
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