Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr's endorsement of Donald Trump has provoked important questions about Evangelicals in retail politics.
It's an old storyline. A purported Evangelical ignoramus makes outrageous public claims to universal ridicule, often led by other Evangelicals.
No, I'm not converting, although I enjoyed my 1983 visit to the Vatican. But yesterday, columnist Kirsten Powers announced on Fox News that she was joining the Catholic Church today. Not many years ago she moved from non belief to Evangelical Christianity, and she has been attending an Anglican church with friends of mine.
Hillary Clinton's much publicized visit to Foundry United Methodist Church yesterday brought back many memories.
A thoughtful Religion News Service commentary notes that some conservative Christians are now troubled by the sentiment of "God Bless America" in a time of state imposed same sex marriage. This trend of spiritual ambivalence towards the nation will likely continue and is itself troubling.
Media reports of the last week have speculated that recent fires at black churches are racist arsons somehow linked to the horrible murders at the historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Conservative Christians are in a funk after the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.
There are no winners, and the biggest losers are children in America who are the chief victims of the breakdown of marriage and family.
The nine Bible study attenders murdered in Charleston were targeted for their race but they can rightly be honored as Christian martyrs, slain in their church while examining God's Word and offering hospitality to the disturbed visitor who became their killer.
Can Evangelicals who are liberal politically continue to affirm orthodox Christian teaching about marriage and sex?
Dictatorships, especially totalitarian ones, recognize no objective truth, only what is determined or accepted by the state or ruling elites. Truth is a tool of control, enforced by coercion. The primary tools against this subversion of fact are the transcendent authority of religion, and what is observable in nature, confirmed by conscience.
Fortunately, the April riots in Baltimore eventually subsided, although the underlying causes no doubt persist.
Recently a longtime United Methodist official, lamenting that Israel's Independence Day obscured the Palestinian "Nakba" or catastrophe, urged boycotting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. until the Palestinians have their own Holocaust museum.
Memorial Day is primarily about honoring the legacy of the dead, especially persons who served sacrificially in the military.
Richard Norton Smith's outstanding new biography of Nelson Rockefeller does not directly focus much on the religious beliefs of the wealthy scion and long-time presidential aspirant.
Czech church reformer Jan Hus was burned at the stake 600 years ago this summer.
Famous anti-death penalty campaigner Sister Helen Prejean, who inspired the Susan Sarandon movie "Dead Man Walking," testified Monday on behalf of the Boston Bomber facing possible execution for murdering four, including an 8 year old child, and wounding 264, many of whom lost limbs.
A new Pew survey shows the number of Americans identifying as Christians declining from 78% to 70% since 2007.
Recently a group of mostly liberal Protestant clergy (but including a Catholic bishop) signed a Nashville Tennessean op-ed denouncing conservative Tennessee legislators who oppose Obamacare-facilitated Medicaid expansion in their state.
Does Russell Crowe's new WWI-era film The Water Diviner aim to demonize Christianity and exalt Islam?
Here's a marvelous story of the CIA operative who helped some of the 65,000 South Vietnamese who escaped in the final few days before Saigon fell to the Communists on April 30, 1975, just in time for May Day, the international Marxist holiday.
The Baltimore riots reminded me of a passage I read last eve from Richard Norton Smith's excellent new Nelson Rockefeller biography about the 1971 Attica prison riot.
Religious Liberty, Marriage & Liberal Protestants vs. Ecumenical Consensus In the United Methodist Church
These bishops completely ignore that United Methodism officially affirms laws in civil society defining marriage as the union of man and woman.
The ultra liberal United Church of Christ, which boasts of its inclusivity and radical hospitality, has now dropped below 1 million members for the first time. Its latest stats, for 2013, show it at 979,239.
A unlikely founder of American Christian Zionism was a zealous Methodist preacher and business man named William Blackstone, who was a Dispensationalist and Restorationist.