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The 12 most dangerous countries for Christians

January 16th, 2018
A protester defiantly waves an Egyptian flag with the emblems of Christianity and Islam ( the cross and the crescent ) added – a message of religious unity. Clouds of tear gas are lit up with an eerie glow by the sinking sun. – Courtesy of Alisdare Hickson via Flickr Creative Commons (http://bit.ly/2mhL29P) – Egypt [...]
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Sexuality, Race, And Gender: 3 Explosive Insights About America’s 100 Largest Churches

January 3rd, 2018
Last October, evangelicalism was rocked by the launch of ChurchClarity.org, an organization that reports churches’ LGBTQ+ policies and rates congregations based on their level of clarity. The website angered Christians on both sides of the issue. Some conservatives attacked the CC’s liberal leadership, while some progressives claimed that labeling churches undermined progress. Nevertheless, Church Clarity persisted. Over the past two months, CC [...]
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Forget ‘Happy Holidays.’ Let’s Talk About Congress This Christmas.

January 3rd, 2018
The following is a guest post from Cheryl Bridges Johns and Alexei Laushkin The season leading to Christmas can be so busy and bustling that we overlook the staggering invitation to peace and tranquility. But Advent is a reminder that God stands ready to invite us into his kingdom. And this should be good news for allpeople, [...]
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After Roy Moore, Evangelicals Must Trade Wishful Thinking For Soul-Searching

December 15th, 2017
Everyone agrees that Democrat Doug Jones won yesterday’s hotly contested Senate race in Alabama. Everyone, that is, except Republican candidate Roy Moore. The controversial candidate refused to admit defeat in a speech delivered late last night. Instead, he asked his supporters to “wait on God and let this process play out.” Moments after Moore’s speech, however, it [...]
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Amid A Sex Abuse Crisis, A New Conservative Christian Vision For Womanhood?

December 15th, 2017
In times of cultural crisis, societies have no choice but to enter a period of rethinking. America has crossed the rubicon with the recent tidal wave of sex abuse scandals. Dozens of influential men have lost their jobs and reputations due to their offensive, predatory, and often illegal behaviors. These allegations have torn down the facade of [...]
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Understanding The Evangelical Obsession With Israel

December 15th, 2017
Donald Trump isn’t the first president who has promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy there. But he is the only one to keep it. Trump made his announcement last week claiming, “old challenges require new approaches.” The decision is widely considered to be politically motivated in order [...]
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Needed: A Coalition Of Feminists And Conservative Christians

December 2nd, 2017
In 2006, conservative theologian Wayne Grudem released a 272-page jeremiad decrying feminism as a “slippery slope” to liberalism and “a system of thinking that denies the complete truthfulness of the Bible as the Word of God.” Despite its breathlessness, the book was embraced by many believers and religious leaders. Evangelical Feminism’s popularity is not altogether surprising. The religious right [...]
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A Funeral Director Says Many Churches (Unknowingly) Promote A ‘Death Negative’ Narrative

December 2nd, 2017
What do you think about when you think about funerals? Most of us probably think about death, grief, mourning, tears, and the well-dressed corpses of lost loved ones. But Caleb Wilde, a longtime funeral director, says that working funerals has taught him about joy, community, faith, and the beauty of a life well-lived. His new [...]
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Against Clarity: A Progressive Christian Opposes Rating Churches On LGBT Acceptance

December 2nd, 2017
(RNS) —As reported by RNS senior columnist Jonathan Merritt, an organization called Church Clarity wants to label as many congregations as possible “affirming” or “non-affirming” of LGBTQ+ members. For decades, I have been an ally and advocate for ordination of LGBTQ persons in the church and for same-sex marriage in the church and society. Though we’ve experienced significant legal [...]
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Why Pastor Robert Jeffress’ Interview With Sean Hannity Was So Maddening To So Many

December 2nd, 2017
(RNS) — Who knew that a simple meeting between a preacher and a pundit would be so controversial? But it starts to make sense when you consider the preacher. And the pundit. And the meeting itself. At First Baptist Dallas last Sunday, pastor Robert Jeffress took time out of his worship service for nearly 15 [...]
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Why Liberty University Kicked An Anti-Trump Christian Author Off Campus

December 1st, 2017
Jonathan Martin, a prominent anti-Trump Christian author, was escorted off the grounds of Liberty University by campus police officers Monday night. He was told to never return or he would be arrested for trespassing. Liberty has been known for its conservative politics since it was founded in the 1970s by Jerry Falwell Sr., a prominent figure on the [...]
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Roy Moore And The Moral Mirror Of Hatred

November 16th, 2017
Judge Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions’ ascension to attorney general, has long been a purveyor of pietistic hate speech. The self-proclaimed Christian has used racial slurs in public speeches, blamed 9/11 on godlessness, and said that homosexual behavior should be illegal. But last week, The Washington Post uncovered multiple [...]
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Church Clarity Pressures Pastors And Churches To Disclose Views On Homosexuality

October 21st, 2017
(RNS) — Jim has happily attended his church for more than six months. But he decided that this past Sunday would be his last. Why? Because he attended a membership class and discovered the church’s position on homosexuality. Jim feels this is an issue over which he cannot compromise, so he has no choice except [...]
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Alan Jacobs’ Antidote To Christian Anti-Intellectualism

October 21st, 2017
Conservative theologian J.P. Moreland once wrote, “The contemporary Christian mind is starved, and as a result we have small, impoverished souls.” Indeed, Western Christianity, particularly in its evangelical Protestant expressions has often been accused of anti-intellectualism by the secular academy. Enter Alan Jacobs–both a Christian and distinguished professor of humanities at Baylor University–and his newest book, [...]
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First Look: Trump Talks Israel On Mike Huckabee’s New TBN Show

October 21st, 2017
The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), America’s premier Christian television station, is not just for televangelists anymore. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will launch a new TBN talk show, “Huckabee,” which will air each Saturday at 8 pm Eastern. The promotional materials for the show positions it as a show for heartland conservatives, who often feel [...]
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