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Is God Boosting Stephen Colbert’s Ratings?

September 4th, 2017
Before 2017, Jimmy Fallon dominated Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel in the late night talk show ratings wars. But Colbert has since emerged as the victor, besting his rivals in overall viewership for the recently concluded 2016-2017 season. Colbert ended the September-to-May season with an average of 3.19 million nightly viewers, compared to Fallon’s 3.17 million and [...]
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Flaming Hypocrisy In Evangelical Disney Boycott

September 4th, 2017
When it was announced last week that Disney’s forthcoming Beauty and the Beast film would feature the company’s first gay character, many responded with singing and dancing. But some conservative Christians have opted for sackcloth and ashes. Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and a lightning rod of controversy himself, tweeted that while Disney has the right to control the content [...]
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Why Christians Can Stay Hopeful In This Time Of Political Darkness

August 27th, 2017
(RNS) — Seventy percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the way things are going in the United States at this time,” according to a Gallup poll. This presumably includes a large number of Christians — a group of people who claim to have reasons to hope no matter how dismal the moment. Christian hope, of course, is [...]
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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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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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