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Why are so many famous and ordinary people’s lives imploding?

By Eric Geiger — May 1, 2018

(RNS) — Well-respected community leaders, coaches, and pastors seem to be imploding at epidemic levels. Stories of abuse, affairs, lapses in integrity, and self-destructive behaviors seem to fill our news feeds at a relentless and alarming pace. We should not be surprised.

Was ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ anti-Semitic?

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 2, 2018

(RNS) — There were parts of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ that troubled me. But they’re not worth losing sleep over.

Jesus and the ordination of women

By Roger Vermalen Karban — April 27, 2017

(RNS) One of the Catholic Church’s traditional arguments against the priestly ordination of women revolves around Jesus of Nazareth being a man. But the authors of the Christian Scriptures would never have understood that logic.

The most prolific author in history has died

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 10, 2016

Jacob Neusner has died. He revolutionized American Jewish studies.

Jesus is never mentioned in Psalms, but best-selling author Tim Keller sees him there

By Jonathan Merritt — November 19, 2015

The New York Times best-selling author finds Jesus in book compiled centuries before Christ’s birth. “There are two ways to read the Bible,” Keller says. “The one way to read the Bible is that it’s basically about you. … Or you can read it as all about Jesus.”

Confucius for Christians? Evangelical college professor learns from unlikely source

By Jonathan Merritt — September 8, 2015

There are Christians, and there are Confucians. But according to Gregg Ten Elshof, there should also be “Confucian Christians.”

Becca Stevens believes her ‘farmer’s theology’ can change the world

By Jonathan Merritt — July 17, 2015

“We need to till the earth of our hearts, watering it and weeding the unruly places,” says the episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms.

Stop making deals with God: An interview with author Doug Pagitt

By Jonathan Merritt — June 17, 2015

We all have stories about God in our head, and some of them are flat out misleading. One of the most common, according to pastor and author Doug Pagitt, goes like this: “If I’m faithful in doing this, then God promises to do that.”

Give Anne Lamott (and the rest of us) a little grace on transgender issues

By Jonathan Merritt — June 12, 2015

Bestselling author Anne Lamott incited public outrage by making offensive comments about Caitlyn Jenner. Jonathan Merritt asks, “Can we not offer each other a little grace in such a moment?”

Shepherds, shamers, and shunners: The rise of church discipline in America (Part 2)

By Jonathan Merritt — June 4, 2015

Some conservative Christians are promoting a more aggressive approach to church discipline. But others say this approach does more damage than good.

Shepherds, shamers, and shunners: The rise of church discipline in America (Part 1)

By Jonathan Merritt — June 3, 2015

Some conservative Christians are promoting a more aggressive approach to church discipline. But others say this approach does more damage than good.

Who are ‘the least of these’? Scholars say Mother Teresa and others may be wrong

By Jonathan Merritt — May 22, 2015

The common understanding of Jesus’ famous phrase may be inaccurate and inconsistent with the way most Christians throughout history have understood it.

Meet the gay celibate Catholic who’s shaking up the sexuality debates

By Jonathan Merritt — May 6, 2015

Eve Tushnet is a popular blogger and author of “Gay and Christian.” But is she missing something about the uniqueness and importance of erotic intimacy?

Are Christians dead wrong about the execution of Jesus Christ?

By Jonathan Merritt — April 29, 2015

“Jesus did not teach that God’s wrath burns against us but that God loves us,” says theologian Tony Jones. He argues that the traditional Christian view of atonement was largely a medieval invention.

Latino evangelicals call for end to death penalty. Will others follow?

By Jonathan Merritt — March 27, 2015

The National Latino Evangelical Coalition urged their 3,000 member congregations to end capital punishment. They are the first major evangelical association to take this position publicly, but support for the death penalty among Christians is waning.

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