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Apostle Paul

Our church suspended in-person worship until 2021. This one question sealed the deal

By Andy Stanley — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — Decisions about when to reopen churches quickly became political and divisive when the pandemic hit. The answer depends on what questions we ask.

What happens when the church leaves the building

By Ed Stetzer — April 3, 2020

(RNS) — Christians are called to ‘redeem the time.’ This pandemic is perhaps the best opportunity for paradigm change we’ve seen in our lifetimes.

The new science of spiritual fortitude: The key to enduring faith

By Jamie Aten — December 9, 2019

(RNS) — Resilience has been touted as the key to a successful life. But the concept didn’t resonate with my personal experience of suffering from cancer.

Mormons criticize LDS curriculum’s treatment of slavery in the New Testament

By Jana Riess — November 5, 2019

(RNS) — The LDS Church’s curriculum on Philemon asks class members to consider a situation from the slaveowner’s point of view. What the heck?

Bible scholar: Paul’s letter to the Romans is what we should read in the Trump era — backward

By Jana Riess — July 25, 2019

(RNS) — The evangelical New Testament scholar says we need to hear Paul tell us to treat one another as siblings and tolerate one another in our differences.

Politics, persecution and ‘ardent love’: New movie aims to show why Paul is still relevant

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 30, 2018

(RNS) — And it stars Jim Caviezel, who played the role of Jesus in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film ‘The Passion of the Christ.’

N.T. Wright on the Apostle Paul’s sudden popularity

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 28, 2018

(RNS) — The author of the new book ‘Paul: A Biography,’ calls the apostle ‘one of the great intellectual, cultural, spiritual thinkers of the whole world.’

Progressive Christians can embrace Paul too

By Verdell A. Wright — December 12, 2017

(RNS) — Here are some ways to get the best out of Paul.

When conscientious differences threaten our relationships

By David P. Gushee — April 11, 2016

Both convictions and relationships are precious. Which gives way when they utterly conflict with each other?

Some say Apostle Paul was sexist, but this mainline mega-pastor calls him ‘an exemplar’

By Jonathan Merritt — July 21, 2015

Pastor of America’s most influential mainline Protestant church wants Christians to give the Apostle Paul a second look. “Paul gives us an exemplar for the way in which God calls all believers to live,” he says.

Can churches disagree and still stay together?

By Jonathan Merritt — April 8, 2015

When it comes to church, theologian Scot McKnight says, different is good. He argues that it should be comprised of people who are dissimilar ethnically, socioeconomically and, to some degree, doctrinally.

On death penalty, should Christians side with Jesus or Paul?

By Jonathan Merritt — May 5, 2014

Jesus’ love-your-enemies ethic is often juxtaposed with Paul’s sword-bearing theology in Romans 13. Who should Christians side with?

Philippians 4:13: How many Christians misuse the iconic verse

By Jonathan Merritt — January 16, 2014

This verse has become a favorite quotable among preachers, quarterbacks, and other Christians. But it is largely misunderstood.

Can the church turn the world upside down? I’m going to investigate.

By Jonathan Merritt — May 3, 2013

Tearfund is pioneering new ways to restore communities through mobilizing local churches.

Did The Bible finale stick to the story?

By Jonathan Merritt — April 1, 2013

The finale to the hit series’ reportedly left viewer’s in tears. But how accurate was its storyline?

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