Jordan welcomes throngs of tourists at site where believers say Jesus was baptized

By Dale Hanson Bourke / Religion News Service
AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) For most Americans, Epiphany (Jan. 6) passes with little celebration. For Eastern Rite Christians, Epiphany (also called Theophany) emphasizes the revelation… read more


By Rueben P. Job
The subject of what happens when we die is not easily or often talked about in our culture, but it should be and must be talked about if we are to live fully, claiming our… read more

Jesus may have been tried here: Archaeologists uncover Herod’s palace

By Michelle Chabin / Religion News Service
JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where Jesus may have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, is now open to the public for the very first time. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the… read more

Worship for Kids: February 15, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View The focus of Transfiguration Sunday is that Jesus is the divine Son of God. Halfway between the celebration of "God with us" in the baby born in a… read more

Worship for Kids: February 8, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Mark 1:29-39. The contrast between these healings and the previous one at the synagogue makes it clear that Jesus did not heal to impress big… read more

The many sins of Newsweek’s exposé on the Bible

By Justin Taylor
(RNS) It is a tradition in American journalism as predictable as Easter and Christmas itself: a cover story purporting to reveal the true story behind the Bible we thought we… read more

Race and excessive police force

By Alex Joyner
Two weekends in December Just when it seemed it couldn’t get any more difficult to talk about, it did. For weeks in the fall of 2014, after the shootings of unarmed… read more

9 personal discoveries I made in 2014

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) It was a year of tragedy, terror, political dysfunction and an economic recovery mainly benefiting the precious few. Even so, I can name these nine personal discoveries in… read more

Worship for Kids: February 1, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Setting the scene is an important part of presenting this passage. Children need to know before the reading that… read more

2014: Looking back / looking forward

By Katie Shockley
Christian hope Many years ago, I worked as a software engineer in telecommunications. I did not hide the fact that I taught Bible studies at my church. One day my boss asked me… read more

Can you question the Virgin Birth and still be a Christian?

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) It’s a tough sell: A young, unmarried teenager gets pregnant, but the father isn’t a man but God himself. And the girl is a virgin — and (some believe)… read more

Forgiveness and faith

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
The difficulty of forgiveness In her book “My Grandfather’s Blessings,” Rachel Naomi Remen tells about going to a Yom Kippur service at which the rabbi was to… read more
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