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Evangelicals, Trump And The Politics Of Redemption

August 15th, 2017
Jonathan Merritt, who writes On Faith & Culture for RNS, invited Peter Wehner — senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing op-ed writer at The New York Times — to write this guest column on his blog. (RNS) — We’re at a hinge moment in the public witness of American Christianity. The evangelical Christian [...]
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Eugene Peterson Had This To Say About Same-Sex Issues In 2014

July 26th, 2017
One of the pastors I spoke with about Eugene Peterson is Fred Harrell, pastor of City Church in San Francisco. He attended a conference in 2014 in which Peterson shares insights that are interesting in light of recent events. Below is the video of the Q and A with Peterson at Western Seminary. Around the 2:23 [...]
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Eugene Peterson Backtracks On Same-Sex Marriage

July 26th, 2017
(RNS) — “The Message” author Eugene Peterson says he regrets telling me he would officiate a same-sex wedding if asked to do so today by a gay couple who were “Christians of good faith.” “On further reflection and prayer, I would like to retract that,” the evangelical author said in a statement. Since we published [...]
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Eugene Peterson On Changing His Mind About Same-Sex Issues And Marriage

July 26th, 2017
When a journalist has a chance to interview a paragon of the Christian faith like Eugene Peterson, there’s a lot of pressure to pick the perfect questions. I’d asked him about why he was leaving the public eye and if he was afraid of death. I’d asked him about Donald Trump and the state of American Christianity. But there was one [...]
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Eugene Peterson On Donald Trump And The State Of American Christianity

July 26th, 2017
During the last election cycle, prominent Christians of all stripes voiced their opinions about the American political landscape. Eugene Peterson, however, did not speak out at that time. Perhaps this is because the 84-year-old was busy finishing his final book, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words [...]
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Eugene Peterson On Why He’s Leaving Public Life And Whether He Fears Death

July 26th, 2017
(RNS) After writing more than 30 best-selling books, 84-year-old Eugene Peterson has decided to hang it all up. The theologian, pastor and writer is best known for “The Message Bible,” a contemporary paraphrase of the Christian scriptures, which has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. Peterson just released his final book, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire,” and is [...]
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Is The Bible More Pro-Woman Than You Assume?

July 26th, 2017
I’ve heard many progressive Christians make the case for feminism using the Bible. But I’ve never heard a bona fide conservative Christian do it. That is, until Wendy Alsup. She is honest about the way some traditional readings of the Bible have harmed women. But she contends that the Christian scriptures, rightly understood, are pro-woman. [...]
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Karen Handel And The Spurious Christian Case Against LGBT Adoption

July 26th, 2017
You know you’ve made it in American public life when you land on the cover of The New York Times. Republican Karen Handel secured that honor this week when she won a contentious special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Most political commentators have spent the week parsing the implications of Handel’s victory as a referendum for (or against) President [...]
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Southern Baptists Embrace Gender-Inclusive Language in the Bible

June 20th, 2017
Southern Baptists have long defended literal approaches to the Bible, but their recent translation of the Good Book might have them switching sides. Last fall, the publishing arm of the 15-million member Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) released the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). LifeWay Christian Stores, America’s largest Christian retailer, which is owned by the SBC, [...]
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Rob Bell Once Questioned hell: Here’s Why He Is Now Taking Aim At The Bible

June 20th, 2017
In his 2011 book “Love Wins,” former pastor Rob Bell famously questioned the existence of hell. The bold move made him a pariah among some conservative Christians, but the furor catapulted the book onto the New York Times bestsellers list. Bell’s name did not grace that list again for the next six years despite publishing several books during that time. [...]
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This Vatican Adviser Is Moving Catholics Toward LGBT Inclusion

June 20th, 2017
(RNS) In 1992, the Vatican under Pope John Paul II published the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which stated, among many other things, that “homosexual tendencies” are “objectively disordered.” One of the principal theologians who shaped the document was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would succeed John Paul II as Pope Benedict XVI. He too would take a hard-line stance against [...]
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Mainstream Rap Has Grown More Christian. So Why Is Christian Rap Going Mainstream?

June 20th, 2017
Much has been written about mainstream rap’s religious revival. Popular hip-hop artists — most notably Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Kanye West — are weaving Christian themes into their music without apology. Surprisingly, the secular music marketplace is eating it up. But as mainstream rap has become more Christian, Christian rap has become more mainstream. Artists [...]
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This Woman Preacher Is Schooling The Christian Boys Club On The Crucifixion

May 21st, 2017
If you are embedded in a Catholic or conservative Protestant community, you might assume that theology is a man’s job. After all, most theological books are penned by male authors. Women are prohibited from becoming Catholic priests and are similarly forbidden from pastoring in many evangelical traditions. And most Christian conference rosters are dominated by male speakers. [...]
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Why I’ll Take Courageous Jen Hatmaker Over Her Cowardly Critics Any Day

May 16th, 2017
Does someone somewhere have a list of the nastiest character assassination attempts committed since the advent of the internet? And, if so, how many of the top spots are occupied by evangelical Christians? I think of evangelical pastor John Piper actually believing he had the authority to excommunicate then-pastor Rob Bell via Twitter because Bell [...]
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Forget Millennials. How Will Churches Reach Generation Z?

May 1st, 2017
For the last decade, church experts have been wrestling over the best ways to reach and retain “millennials,” which is a phrase the describes individuals born from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s. Data shows that many millennials leave the church during their college years, and some never return. The fastest growing religious identifier among this generation [...]
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