Conservative Presbyterians launched a new denomination on Jan. 19, saying that the Presbyterian Church (USA) is too consumed by internal conflicts and bureaucracy to nurture healthy congregations.
Published in 2012 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS) -- As churches and denominations in the United States slog through divisive arguments over homosexuality, many Protestant progressives have sought to claim the historical and moral high ground by aligning their cause with abolitionism. But while there are striking parallels, historians caution that important differences emerge upon close examination.
Published in 2010 Archives
FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) -- The United Methodist Church at its General Conference in Fort Worth held to its traditional rules on homosexuality, refusing to support or celebrate same-sex unions and maintaining language that calls homosexual activity “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Published in 2008 Archives
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin’s underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the “Taiwanese Tebow.” But while Lin and quarterback Tim Tebow share similar Christian convictions, Lin’s rise to stardom is even more miraculous.
Published in 2012 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS) -- President Obama has turned to a group of fresh faces -- including two Baptists -- to manage religious issues in his administration. Each of these seven people has become an essential member of what might be called Obama's “spiritual cabinet.”
Published in 2010 Archives

WASHINGTON (RNS) -- First, the silver lining: people of faith are better citizens and better neighbors, and America is “amazingly” religious compared to other countries, Harvard University professor Robert Putnam said. Now, the cloud: young Americans are “vastly more secular” than their older counterparts, he added.

Published in 2009 Archives
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 00:00

Would Jesus sue over WWJD letters?

BECKER, Minn. (RNS) -- A Minnesota couple is suing a debt collection agency for putting the initials “WWJD” on its collection letters, arguing that it breaks an anti-harassment law by portraying debtors as hell-bound sinners.

Published in 2009 Archives

WASHINGTON -- A year after stepping down as director of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins is embarking on a new venture -- one that may be even harder than deciphering DNA. Collin’s new BioLogos Foundation aims to be a bridge in the debate over science and religion and provide some answers to life’s most difficult questions. Through an interactive website, gatherings with pastors and scientists, and possibly developing science curricula for Christian schools, Collins aims to tell others about the deep compatibility he sees between Christianity and science.

Published in 2009 Archives

Like most 24-year-old men, Stephen Jones is keenly interested in sin. But while many of his peers enjoy their youthful indiscretions, Jones takes a more, shall we say, Puritanical stand. The weekend of June 12-15, Jones and 4,000 other young Christians packed into a convention center in Palm Springs, Calif., to hear preachers tell them that they are totally depraved, incapable of doing the right thing without a mighty hand from God, and -- most importantly -- have absolutely no control over their eternal fate. The mind behind that message is John Calvin, the 16th-century Reformer often better known for condemning sinners and heretics than for igniting evangelical zeal. But as Presbyterian and other Reformed churches prepare for the 500th birthday of their spiritual godfather on July 10, increasingly, it is young American evangelicals who are taking up his theological torch.

Published in 2009 Archives

WASHINGTON (RNS) -- Friday afternoons find Ann Holmes Redding at the Al-Islam Center in Seattle, reciting Muslim prayers. Come Sunday, she heads about two miles south to kneel in the pews of St. Clement’s of Rome Episcopal Church.

Published in 2009 Archives
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