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Will Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” Disappoint Christians? It Depends

“Unbroken” takes a story that’s based on faith and doesn’t pay much attention to it.

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From Hell to Oprah: What Happened to Rob Bell?

The former megachurch pastor exchanged his evangelical bona fides for the blessing of Oprah.

Do #Christian Hashtags Rally the Faithful or Just Lure Trolls?

Hashtags cut both ways, as they can easily be hijacked or lampooned by detractors.

Why Mars Hill’s Breakup Is a Warning for Megastar Pastors

Pastors with megabrands are raising new issues for fast-growing churches.

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Evangelical Leader Denounces Ex-Gay Therapy

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore said evangelicals had an “inadequate view” of same-sex attraction.

Is California Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions?

Seven churches were told that abortion coverage would be required by employee health plans.

Mark Driscoll Tells of Family Woes

Days after resigning from his Seattle megachurch, Driscoll spoke publicly for the first time Monday.

Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill Church

The divisive megachurch pastor’s resignation came shortly after the church concluded its investigation.

Woes Continue for General Theological Seminary

Stanley Hauerwas declined his scheduled lecture series after the controversy at the flagship seminary.

Bringing Science to the Seminary

Ten seminaries were awarded a total of $1.5 million to include science in coursework.

Marilynne Robinson: “My Praying Turns Into Thinking”

An interview with the Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist on the language of faith in fiction.

A Face Off During Hollywood’s Year of Faith-Based Films

“Left Behind” and “The Good Lie” both aim to attract a faith-based crowd, testing Hollywood’s appetite for religion.

What Do Americans Pray For?

Most people are either praying for themselves, a favorite sports team, or the winning lottery ticket.

Eight Faculty Strike at Oldest Episcopal Seminary

Recent tensions at General Theological Seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools.

How Lecrae Found Success Mixing Rap and Theology

Lecrae’s popularity has been brewing for a few years, but the rapper became the hottest Christian in the mainstream this month.

First Woman to Head Episcopal Church Will Not Seek Re-Election

Katharine Jefferts Schori’s time as presiding bishop has been lauded by theological liberals and bemoaned by conservatives.

Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary Launching NYC Campus

The partnership reflects the influence of Reformed theology on evangelicalism and megachurches on theological training.

Mars Hill Pastors on Mark Driscoll: Step Down from All Ministry and Leadership

A letter from nine current Mars Hill pastors to fellow elders offers the most trenchant criticism of Mark Driscoll yet.

Mark Driscoll to Step Down While Mars Hill Reviews Abuse of Power Charges

The Seattle megachurch pastor leaves his pulpit amid increased controversy and scrutiny.

Mark Driscoll Charged with Abusive Behavior by 21 Former Mars Hill Pastors

Former Mars Hill pastors say Driscoll has failed to change his pattern of abusive and intimidating conduct.