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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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The Gay, Conservative Christian Who Might Be Trump’s NATO Ambassador

April 27th, 2017
“I am writing to tell you that I am gay and I am a Christian.” That was the opening line of the letter Richard Grenell, a former United Nations official, sent his evangelical parents when he decided to come out in 1999. He had kept his sexual orientation a secret from them for years, but [...]
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Watch This Stunning Illustration Of Religious Peacemaking From Tribeca Film Festival

April 27th, 2017
A Hasidic Jewish man approaches a Muslim man on the streets of New York City. It sounds like the opening line to an inappropriate joke, but it’s actually a scene in a campaign put out by Tribeca Film Festival called “See Yourself in Others.” The stunning one-minute short film, which is posted below, features a [...]
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iPhones And The Risen Christ: What’s The Connection?

April 17th, 2017
A few years ago, Esther Emery was not a believer but she was burnt out. In a “desperate attempt for a reset,” she decided to take a year hiatus from technology. Surprisingly, her digital fast leads her into a profound experience with the Risen Christ and the faith she had previously rejected. Her book, “What Falls From the [...]
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How Feminists Have Failed Christian Women

April 17th, 2017
Championing “women’s issues” is not the same as championing women. That’s according to Allison Trowbridge, author of “Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning.” She claims that while feminists have focused on admittedly important political issues, they have often done so at the expense of personal development. And it’s time for that to change. While [...]
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Why Princeton’s Snub Of Tim Keller Should Outrage Progressives

March 24th, 2017
If you’re a conservative evangelical Christian who feels called to ministry, you’re welcome to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. But you’re not worthy of honor there. That’s the message sent by PTS’ president, Craig Barnes, today. In an email to faculty and students, Barnes announced he reversed his decision to honor Pastor Tim Keller with the [...]
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Turn Your Morning Routine Into A Worship Service

March 20th, 2017
Are your first waking moments holy or horrid? Are they animated by morning breath or the breath of God? In her book, “Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life,” Tish Harrison Warren says we can’t know God in the abstract, but only in the concrete. So she explores ways to transform your mundane [...]
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Ann Voskamp’s 3 Secrets to Writing with Irresistible Style

March 15th, 2017
The New York Times bestseller shares tips for making your writing rise above the pack.
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Ex-Gay Pioneer Joseph Nicolosi is Dead. Here’s Why it Matters.

March 15th, 2017
When I learned that “ex-gay therapy” pioneer Joseph Nicolosi had died, my first response was, “Thank God.” And not like, “Thank God, he’s in a better place.” More like, “Thank God he isn’t around to destroy any more gay and lesbian lives.” I don’t contend that this was the best response. Or the holiest. And [...]
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