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Despair and hope in Holy Week

By Thomas Reese — March 31, 2021
(RNS) — Our world, like Holy Week, is full of bad news. We need to remember to also look for goodness.

Being a resurrection people in a time of death

By Valerie Cooper — April 12, 2020
(RNS) — Even if this Easter comes and goes with me standing alone in my home, in my heart, I will have been standing with my people: the faithful, across all time and generations, our arms and hearts and spirits linked in love.

Church that prayed to resurrect girl from the dead is moving on with memorial service

By Alejandra Molina — December 23, 2019
(RNS) — Bethel Church announced Friday (Dec. 20) that the two-year-old child it prayed to resurrect from the dead, "hasn't been raised."

Christianity as we know it is dying. Let’s welcome the new life ahead.

By Amy Butler — October 30, 2019
(RNS) — A new survey confirms that people aren't leaving faith; they are leaving Christianity. Imagine if, instead of preserving dying institutions, we used our time and money to transform how we do good in the world?

Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday

By Brent Landau — April 21, 2019
(The Conversation) — Among the important disputes settled at the A.D. 325 Council of Nicaea, the church council also resolved that Easter should be fixed on a Sunday, not on the traditional day of the Jewish Passover.

Easter service portrays Jesus’ resurrection at Md. cemetery’s replica tomb

By Adelle M. Banks — April 19, 2019
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (RNS) — Unlike the cast of cemetery workers, the crowd has no instructions to remain silent as a grave digger portraying Jesus appears in the dawn’s first light.

How Lent prepares us for what is lost

By Kate Bowler — March 14, 2019
(RNS) — What happens when an accident, old age or illness robs loved ones of their memory, and we forget that they are a child of God?

South African pastor’s resurrection stunt draws mockery and memes

By Paul O'Donnell — March 5, 2019
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — A viral video of a man purportedly being raised from the dead has punctured the credibility of Africa's increasingly influential Pentecostal churches.

Do not be afraid

By John H. Vaughn — April 9, 2018
(RNS) — As we face relentless attacks on our rights and our lives, what role does fear play in our lives today?

Modern-day crucifixions

By Jennifer Jones — April 6, 2018
(RNS) — Black men nationwide are still disproportionately killed by police. Each name turned hashtag reminds us that the scales of justice seem permanently tilted away from black and brown people in the United States.

Author: Jesus didn’t believe in ‘original sin’ and neither should we

By Jonathan Merritt — January 13, 2017
One theologian says that Jesus didn't believe this doctrine, and we shouldn't either.

‘Passion of the Christ’ sequel in the works

By Lauren Markoe — June 10, 2016
(RNS) Mel Gibson has signed on to a script that will pick up where 'The Passion' left off.

Why was Jesus killed?

By David P. Gushee — March 23, 2016
What do you see when you look at the Cross?

More ‘Passion’ than sense (REVIEW)

By Robert Bianco — March 21, 2016
Fox's "The Passion" reduced a tale that launched one of the world's great religions to broad, borrowed pop-song bromides.

Why the Internet meme that God raped Mary is wrong (COMMENTARY)

By Brandon Ambrosino — December 23, 2015
(RNS) Consent is not only part of the story -- it’s the cornerstone of the story.
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