JERUSALEM (AP) — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.
(RNS) — Despite three Olympics without a medal and frustration over the Russian doping scandal, Uhlaender says, 'Quitting is never an option, so why would I quit on God?'
(RNS) — After overcoming a life-threatening illness two years ago, Olympic pairs figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim lost much faith in herself, but her faith in God grew.
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — With the music blaring and the disco ball glittering, the honored guests — ranging in age from 14 to 74 — were shocked to see Tim Tebow himself show up for the prom at Putnam City Baptist Church.
(RNS) — Four powerful and irreversible forces are rapidly transforming the Jewish and Christian worlds.
(RNS) Christian women online have found new platforms to teach, preach and connect. "God isn't trademarked," says Sarah Bessey.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) — Artisans in and around Bethlehem specialize in carving wood from a tree that makes several appearances in the Bible. They consider the work — a millennium-old tradition — holy. But clashes between Israelis and Palestinians threaten this year's Christmastime sales.
(RNS) — The actress gives voice to Abby, a creature not mentioned in Scripture but who is charged to convey the excitement of the news of the birth of Christ.
(The Conversation) — There are many little-known details in early Christian storytelling about the relationship between Mary and Joseph. Listen up, Jim Zeigler.
(RNS) — 'Given the baggage it’s taken on, the term is probably not salvageable. The effort to redeem it is probably not worth the cost in time and energy,' writes Tom Krattenmaker.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — As he celebrates his birthday today, in what his son described as "stable" health, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is kicking of a yearlong celebration of the preacher's past.
(RNS) — I have no objections to a president’s urging us to pray. But just praying is not enough.
(RNS) — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell openly encourages his students to carry guns, but fears public prayer from Christians who openly embrace nonviolence. (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) — Now that ISIS has been driven from Mosul in Iraq, Muslim traditionalists say it is imperative to start reconstructing the Mosque of the Prophet Jonah, which had marked the site since the 12th century, along with the ruins of a seventh-century Christian church.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — An evangelical pastor and author says he was removed from Liberty University after a concert and threatened with arrest if he returned to campus.