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5 Reasons Christians Need the Local Church

If you’re dissatisfied with the local church, don’t leave it. Pray for it. Bless it. Serve it. Love it to life.

Reza Aslan defends controversial new book on Jesus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the third time, Jesus is about to change Reza Aslan’s life. As a teenager, Aslan turned … Continued

What can we know about Jesus?

May 3, 2013A boy kisses an icon of Christ as he prays during Good Friday at the St. Sava temple … Continued

Why many Methodists still oppose same-sex marriage

Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site on Tuesday, May … Continued

Allow nuns as U.S. military chaplains

It is time for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to consider allowing nuns to serve as … Continued

Despite censures, Womenpriests movement grows

If heading a religious community is a lonely job for any woman, a Catholic Womenpriest might be the loneliest of … Continued

Scholars piece together a ‘new’ New Testament

Is the New Testament missing a few books? In a move that may seem heretical to some Christians, a group … Continued

Honest questions about the Argentine pope

Even as a non-Catholic, I was filled with hope when an Argentine cardinal said to be passionate about serving the … Continued

The Iraq war: How our nation lost its soul

The Iraq war was not a Just War. It has been a moral, fiscal and geopolitical disaster for the United … Continued

Has there ever been a black or African pope?

Amid all the fevered speculation about who might succeed Pope Benedict XVI, one possibility seems particularly tantalizing: that the conclave … Continued

Breakaway group offers more progressive form of Catholicism

FAIRFAX, Va. — About 30 people are gathered in a dark, makeshift sanctuary at St. Anthony of Padua Church as … Continued

‘Jesus wife’ Coptic papyrus is a fake, declares Vatican newspaper

AP In this Sept. 5, 2012 photo released by Harvard University, divinity professor Karen L. King holds a fourth century … Continued

‘Jesus wife’ papyrus provides additional confirmation on early church history

Karen L. King (C) KAREN L. KING 2012 You know there’s a buzz out there when 100 emails come into … Continued

Did Jesus have a wife?

KAREN L. KING A newly discovered fragment of Coptic writing suggests some early Christians believed Jesus was married, a Harvard … Continued

It’s Official: Coke and Pepsi are OK for Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY — Maybe now, reporters, bloggers, outsiders and even many Mormons will accept that the Utah-based Church of … Continued

N.T. Wright asks: Have we gotten heaven all wrong?

The oft-cliched Christian notion of heaven — a blissful realm of harp-strumming angels — has remained a fixture of the … Continued

Why did Jesus need to die?

Christians know why Jesus died: He died for our sins. That’s what we’re taught from the earliest days of Sunday … Continued

What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

Every Christian knows the story: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. But … Continued

Mary Magdalene to Rush Limbaugh: Your apology is too little, too late

Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio talk show host, attempted to silence women’s voices in the public square through sexual shaming. The … Continued

Should Christians be socialists?

LUCAS JACKSON REUTERS A Wall Street sign hangs on a signpost in front of the New York Stock Exchange August … Continued