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March 12, 2012
God, Allah and Rick Warren
At the Dome of the Rock on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, centuries of Islamic doctrine have...
March 05, 2012
Glimpse of Bono as a young believer
One thing was clear, back in the winter of 1982. No one at the famous...
February 27, 2012
So a bishop talks theology in a bar …
"Atheocracy" is not the kind of word that gets tossed around very often in bars....
February 20, 2012
Transfiguring the Crystal Cathedral
It doesn't take a doctorate in church architecture to know why every pew in every...
February 13, 2012
Gagging the military chaplains 2.0
Every now and then, bishops write letters for their priests to read to the faithful...
February 06, 2012
T.D. Jakes and the Trinity
For more than a decade, Pentecostal Bishop T.D. Jakes has lived in the shadow of...
January 30, 2012
The pope, the president and religious liberty
Pope Benedict XVI cut to the chase when meeting with the visiting bishops from Washington,...
January 23, 2012
Concerning the prayers of Tim Tebow
Moments after the New England Patriots smashed his Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow stood before a...
January 16, 2012
A long Anglican road to Rome
In the fall of 1979, a cluster of Episcopalians made another trip to Rome seeking...
January 03, 2012
Religion 2010 — Rose petals in Pakistan
In terms of giant headlines and spilled ink, there is no question that the lightning...
December 26, 2011
When is Christmas, anyway?
For those who follow Christian traditions, Christmas begins when the darkness of Christmas Eve yields...
December 19, 2011
Baptists in an age without safe labels
Journalists have been known to jump to premature conclusions if a denomination has the word...
December 12, 2011
Helping the young stick to faith
At first, there didn't seem to be much an 80-something grandmother could do to help...
December 05, 2011
God in the Gallup details
Decade after decade, the Gallup Organization reported some of the most familiar numbers in American...
November 28, 2011
That changing God lobby in DC
Believe it or not, politicians used to be able to assume that when the U.S....
November 21, 2011
And with your spirit, once again
There is nothing new about church leaders arguing about worship, including whether the rites have...
November 14, 2011
Education wars among Georgia Baptists
When it comes to higher education, Georgia Baptists are of two minds these days. On...
November 07, 2011
Bishops change course on religious liberty
When it comes to changing course, ecclesiastical bureaucracies are like giant oceangoing vessels that struggle...
October 31, 2011
God and The New York Times, once again
When it comes to the daily news, the recently retired editor of The New York...
October 24, 2011
Southern Baptists vs. Mormons, again
If Southern Baptists gather for a seminar on what Mormons believe, the odds are good...
October 17, 2011
Steve Jobs, saint of the ’60s
It was in 1994 that author Umberto Eco, drawing on his studies in symbols and...
October 10, 2011
God, Tebow and the NFL
Once upon a time, there was this controversial quarterback. Even his strongest defenders admitted that...
October 03, 2011
Golf as religion, spiritual discipline
If golf is a religion, then the smell of freshly mown Bermuda grass is the...
September 26, 2011
Goodbye to old-time mountain faith
Travelers who frequent the winding mountain roads of Southern Appalachia know that, every few miles,...
September 19, 2011
Evangelicals learn to (heart) New York
Pastors have their own brand of insider humor, just like doctors, lawyers, accountants and other...
September 12, 2011
Bill Keller vs. the religious aliens
Less than a year after 9/11, a New York Times columnist stunned the newspaper's remaining...
September 05, 2011
From Texas Baptist to Orthodox saint?
Wherever bishops travel, churches plan lavish banquets and other solemn tributes to honor their hierarchs....
August 29, 2011
No Hooters apparel in Mass!
Deacon Greg Kandra was well aware that modern Americans were getting more casual and that...
August 22, 2011
Orthodoxy in an American elevator
There is nothing unusual about a priest who is dressed in clerical garb having a...
August 15, 2011
Churches ignoring the digital playground
GILFORD, N.H. -- Everywhere computer professional Brian Heil looked at SoulFest 2011 he saw packs...
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