By: Arthur Brown
Christians can choose to live lives ruled by faith or by fear. Given the hostility and simple avoidance so many Christians treat those who are different from them, fear seems to be the dominant paradigm.
By: Blake Hart
Fear causes us to take our trust away from Jesus and to place it in lesser things. We may not pray to golden calves, but we place a lot of confidence in border fences, armies, guns, bombs and predator drones.
By: Drew Smith
Jesus calls those who hear his message to a belief that is more than simply mental conformity to God's rule. He called and continues to call folks to the actions of faith.
By: Drew Smith
Jesus' power to do miracles may be credited to his faith in God to work miracles through him. The Gospel of Mark shows Jesus as the example of faithful discipleship.
By: Jon Kuhrt
Faith must make a difference in how we live. Even small acts can make big differences to others. Here are six ways your faith should influence your life.
I’m not saying that we should all go out and try walking on water. But I am saying we need to get over this idea that because Jesus is the Son of God he can do everything and because we are not we can do nothing. In this story he seems to suggest that the same power and presence of God that was in him can be in us, not to the same degree perhaps but to some degree. [W]e may have more of God’s presence and power than we have dared to believe.
By: Brian Kaylor
A report challenged the influx of corporate money in U.S. political campaigns as harmful to democracy and the needs of the poor. But will anyone pay attention to it?
By: Leroy Seat
Your community of faith and the Bible shape what you believe, but other things can reshape it. You believe what you believe because of what you think about the most or consider the most important.
Jesus prepared his disciples for this grand opportunity and strategic task. This was his investment strategy. He gave them the deep roots and strong wings they would need for their own public ministries after he was gone. It was now time for them to go back into a sinful world to offer hope to those seeking a better life and into a broken world to offer healing to those who were wounded.
John has come to know and believe that faith is not an easily-packaged reality. It is not the same, exactly, for everybody... no one-size-fits-all. There are different levels and types of faith, different layers, if you will, to one’s understanding and ability to believe... which, I would imagine, is just as true of us who are gathered here today.[John} wants his readers to be encouraged in knowing that whatever level of faith is theirs, it is still regarded as true faith in the eyes of the kingdom of heaven. He wants them to believe that their faith has validity, no matter how deep or wide it may be, because they have believed even when they haven’t seen the Risen Christ.
By: Matt Sapp
Many of us live as if faith was only an intellectual exercise, but faith is more than intellectual assent to a set of propositions. Here are three things we often forget about faith.
By: Colin Harris
Does scientific understanding represent an assault on the truth of the Bible? Rather than pit science and faith against each other, we can be religiously faithful and scientifically honest.
What makes this story so interesting is that the beggar was not the only person who was blind. The religious leaders who had ignored him for years and who criticized Jesus for healing on the Sabbath were also blind. They could not see what was important to God, where God was at work in the world, and how God could use them to help those who were suffering. [ ]We can have 20/20 vision and be blind. This is because light comes not just from the world around us, but from the faith within us. What does faith help us see which our physical eyes cannot detect?
What we think we know about God can actually put God in a box of our own making and hinder us from believing and trusting in the true God who cannot be contained. The mystery of God cannot be fully captured by our human understanding. [ ]God is a divine mystery. But God is also a saving mystery.
One of the greatest gifts you can give those you love is to share with them the potential you see in them. Let those around you know of the talents, skills, abilities and gifts you believe they possess, and offer your help as they develop them. [ ]Every person needs a support group, a loving, encouraging community where their dreams can be planted and grow. Shouldn’t the church be one of these places?
On this journey, be far less adamant about impressing others with what you know and more interested in learning what you need to know. Use everything you have learned about yourself and life as a stepping stone which will take you places you have never been, reveal truths you have been unable to see and help you to catch a glimpse of the “God beyond your God.”
In your life, who sets an example of what running the marathon of faith is like? What have they set aside in order to run the race toward Jesus? Like the saints of old, we are all running the same marathon of faith; and our goal is Jesus, who has gone before us as a pioneer, and who is waiting at the finish line to perfect us.
[F]aith is not a possession; it’s not something we have and hold. Faith is not an activity that we schedule in our day. Faith is a never-ending movement in response to an ever-seeking God. God is calling each of us to take up the journey of faith. Our journey is made up of the smallest of actions and responses that come to us moment by moment. In those responses, we become people of faith.
This understanding of faith as a firm and trusted foundation from which we can anchor everything else is very different from a modern understanding of faith. “Faith” in the modern sense is often contrasted to “fact.” The former is often seen as a blind leap into the dark, while the latter is visibly grounded in reality. For us moderns, it’s like we all live in Missouri, the “Show Me” state. We won’t trust something unless we can see and examine it for ourselves. That’s usually a good policy; it isn’t good to put your faith in just anything. What the writer of Hebrews is trying to teach us is that faith in God is more like trusting in a sure foundation.
Language contains a culture's values. Once upon a time, the culture around us used a common language that instilled and reinforced virtue and faith. Not so anymore.
Does being crucified with Christ happen in one fell swoop, one conversion experience? No, it takes place over a lifetime as we engage in spiritual practices that give God time and opportunity to transform us. It’s not the practices that change us—that would just be another form of salvation by works. It’s God working through the practices that makes the difference, so that over time our false, rebellious selves shrink in size, while our truest, Christ-like selves expand in size. And over time we find ourselves walking more closely with Jesus, more in sync with his Spirit.
[I]nspiration can indeed come by hearing, not only through words but also in the art that is inspired by faith. And then, having heard, we are called to go out and share what we have learned. Sometimes, not hearing is the blessing. The noise of our world would have you give it all your attention, not to mention your devotion, and the life of faith becomes an exercise in tuning it all out. But more often that not, it is in the hearing that eternity can be found; especially when God chooses to speak to us in a still, small voice.
Even if you're not "Duck Dynasty's" target audience, you'll be hooked after one show. It's one of TV's funniest shows and features a family committed to each other.
Some people fear that modern science has issued orders that, if we complied with them, would shutter our churches. Science and religion, however, can work hand in hand.
The magi moved by faith and not by sight, confident that they were being guided by a mysterious Wisdom they could trust but not explain. People on journey with Jesus may not be guided by a star in the sky. But they are attentive to what God says through the scripture, and through faith communities, and through the witness of the Holy Spirit. And they are willing to move into unknown territory by faith rather than sight.
By God’s grace we are all quite safe.
Let the flame of Christ ignite our hearts and our lives, so that we may radiate God’s warmth and light through the investment of our time, talents and tithes.
If we want to have more faith, it is more than just believing impossible things. It is not believing harder. It is taking the things that I already know God is speaking to me about and becoming obedient in scorn of consequences.
Frustrated faith isn't merely about feeling like God has put us on hold. It isn't about feeling like God has stepped out and left a message for us to use voice mail. It feels like we have called on God from the depth of our dark situations and experiences only to hear the phone ringing, ringing, and ringing!
Nothing escapes the notice of children. They offer fresh comments and questions on all they see, including these humorous and poignant observations about faith.
There's a lot one can learn after heading up the Baptist Center for Ethics for 21 years and EthicsDaily.com for a dozen. Here's a short list of seven lessons.
In a season in which negative things are being thrown around in all quarters as if they are the gospel truth, it’s a good time to talk about the way we talk.
The Democratic National Convention revealed that the Democratic Party is struggling to become a mirror image of the GOP – on faith. It's a move that misuses faith.
Democratic Party leaders attempted to rally the faith vote at the Democratic National Convention, with much of the rhetoric focused on President Obama as a divinely chosen leader.
Over 90 faith leaders, elected officials and Democratic delegates filed into a Catholic church in downtown Charlotte yesterday for a screening and panel discussion focused on faith and immigration.
Heart and mind, mind and heart. When you are able to safely maneuver the treacherous distance between the two, you have indeed come a long way in your faith.
What is the relationship between fear and faith? How does faith help us get through a crisis?
How would any of us have made it this far in life if somebody had not loaned us some faith at some point? Be intentional. Give to someone who needs.
Some Christians have trouble reconciling their faith with evolution. But the answers to five common questions that Christians have show why they need not be troubled.
A recent edition of New Scientist, titled "The God Issue," reminds us that the interface between science and faith is a hot topic – as they both purport to be seekers after truth, even ultimate truth.
What's the secret to great barbecue? Is it the meat, the sauce, the type of grill? Aficionados will fight long and hard as they defend their favorite barbecue as the superior one. Sound familiar?
When we allow faith to be redefined as scientific truth or political ideology, we subordinate it to these other realities. To continue down this path is to march our faith toward irrelevance.
God is love. Living for God and with God is loving and living as Jesus lives and loves.
Thank goodness for Thomas and his need for experiential proof. Poor guy, he has gotten a bad rap for a long time and really, his demand for proof provides us just what we need to explore our own doubts, our questions, and it exposes the disciples very human fear.
Bread may fill my stomach, but it is faith that lets me sleep at night. It is the blessing that satisfies me for today, but it is the faith to trust that it will be provided once again that lets me sleep at night.
While we are often more comfortable thinking of the church as an organization rather than as the people of God, some Christians are questioning that view.
BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) When Rebecca Hensler's infant son died in 2009, she received numerous condolences from friends, colleagues and even total strangers.
Faith can't survive on the meager nourishment provided by the mind alone. Faith will either affect ordinary awareness or will be formulaic, superficial and empty.
The presidential race is shaping up as an old-time religious revival. Sadly, many people of faith are willing to settle for token recognition while real issues, such as poverty and racism, are ignored.
When it comes to faith, the head wants to think its way to God; the heart wants to be carried on the wings of love. While there's a tension between head and heart, we need both.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Europe’s economic and financial crisis is the consequence of an “ethical crisis” and a “crisis of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI said.
God uses ordinary people along their journeys to help those who are struggling, and God doesn’t wait until everything has been marked off our list. So get ready.
Every election cycle, the public seems to be interested in a candidate's religious affiliation. But how much of what they say is substance and how much is to sell the product.
What do you need, other than pride, in order to cross the river between you and your dreams?
Every year, studies show that people who are generous are happier, feel more connected to people around them, and have greater life satisfaction. All of these things is a work of the spirit that produces those things that we always wanted, but we think it is a bunch of hokum. But it is true.
God's gift of faith must always be invested. Although it may seem safer to keep it to ourselves, we must share it with others even if we must stand up to those who are intent on gaining the whole world.
(RNS) The way you see God tells a lot about how you see the U.S. economy, according to a new national survey.
(RNS) Entrepreneurs behave just like most Americans when it comes to religion—but with one spiritual twist.
Who is waiting on your crumbs? On your compassion? Are you willing to share the love you’ve been given with those who are begging for dog food?
(RNS) Sean Tallon was nearing the end of his probationary training as a New York City firefighter when the two hijacked planes hit the twin towers.
Jesus won’t just lift you from the stormy waters because he can. He will save you because you are honored, precious in his sight, and he loves you.
What I notice about Christ-followers, including myself, is that as we go through our hard times, one of the first things to go is our belief in a fundamental tenet of the biblical faith—the goodness of God.
Rest assured, as well, that the same God who leads people to new and distant places leads others to this place. God is aware of what each of us needs and, like a loving parent, is always working on our behalf.
Let us commit ourselves today to the deep faith that doesn’t wash away when the storms come, the deep faith that is a foundation under all of our lives that sustains us for this day and even in the days to come that are filled with trials, difficulties, and challenges that seem beyond us. A faith that stands. Isn’t that what we want?
Who lost Europe? Those who ask claim to have the answer, but they can't all be right. Perhaps Europe was simply lost by Europe, whose citizens long ago abandoned their sanctuaries and the beliefs associated with them.
Faith can be classified into two major categories. Disembodied faith allows us to promote faith without really getting involved with people. Embodied faith is fleshed out and part of a community.
Joy always accompanies a clear sense of identity, purpose and direction. Do you have this kind of joy? You can if you will let Christ open your eyes so you can see the difference you can make in this world.
God can take the worst and, in some way, shape it and mold it for our good. If God can do that with the cross of Jesus Christ, then I know God can, and God has done that with my cancer.
We are prone to doubts and confusion simply because we are finite human beings. It's only natural for us to be skeptical about far-fetched ideas. And religious ideas can be very far-fetched.
Nothing's reliable in our world of consternation and transition. As a people of faith, we should accept this as how it should be. Placing our trust in an undependable world is sinking sand.
Sadly, many people seem to live without giving serious thought to the meaning of their living. Others appear convinced that living means getting all one can acquire, keeping what one gets, and holding it as long as one can until death comes.
Bart Ehrman, a brilliant scholar and author, went from fundamentalist to agnostic, mostly due to his growing awareness of New Testament "mistakes." However, the point of the Christian faith is not the book but the Christ.
LONDON (RNS) A British university study suggests that people of strong faith can spread religion through a “believers’ gene” that is part of their DNA.
What part of Mary’s story attracts your attention this year? When we read a familiar story, it is always interesting to see which part will speak to us the most. Rarely is it the same each time we read it and this is understandable. We hear and interpret stories based upon our experiences and fresh events in our lives draw us to different parts of familiar stories.
Faith determines how we live. Many people have a rear-view mirror approach to life. Their lives are spent replaying old dramas, remembering past glories, and even trying to re-capture bygone energies because they have more faith in the past than in new possibilities for the future. But Jesus did not call us to such a faith. We are called to live looking ahead.
I know the church is not perfect. It wasn’t in Mark’s day and will not be in ours, either. I know how important the church is, however, in helping people to practice their faith.
Is the glass half empty or is it half full? Do we look at life as life being depleted and there is no more or do we remember all that God has done? All that God has and we even remember the words from the hymn, All that I have needed, thy hand has provided. Great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me.
For people who put their energy into political change to make a more just and peaceful world, the recent mood shift of our nation is a wake-up call that reminds us that "politics makes a lousy religion."
Lamentations is dark precisely because it reflects on a dark period of Jewish history—the fall of Jerusalem and the southern kingdom of Judah in 587 B.C. Jerusalem, which had been inhabited since 3000 B.C. had swelled in population over time with thousands of Jewish citizens, and the City of David was unquestionably the Crown Jewel of Israel.
Prayer is a spiritual discipline that connects us to the God who created us and who continues to want to hear from us about all those things we that burden our hearts. Prayer is a lifeline tossed our way on those days when that’s all we have. Simplistically speaking, prayer is no more than a conversation between two good friends.
“When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith?” I’m sure this question put the decision Luke’s readers needed to make in perspective. If they did not remain faithful, who would? If they gave up, who else would? Their decision had broad ramifications.
(RNS) Adding faith to the exercise regimen of African-American women may prompt them to be more fit, a UCLA study shows.
(RNS) When comedian Stephen Colbert came to Capitol Hill and stole the spotlight, no one was more surprised than lawmakers.
“Lord, increase our faith!” “We can’t do this on our own. It’s too much for us to bear. We’re going to need some help. No, check that, we are going to need your help. You’ve loaded us down with burdens too big to carry, and if we’re going to do this thing you’re going to have to hold us up!” “Lord, increase our faith!”
I know we want praise and worship faith, but the bitter reality of living is that our kingdoms die. They become diseased and die. They suffer wounds, whether self-inflicted or caused by others, and die. Sometimes our kingdoms are murdered. We need a faith that will sustain us through the pain we experience when our kingdoms die.
One can learn a lot of lessons after a table-saw accident, not the least of which is that tragedy strikes when we focus on the wrong thing. Here are four other lessons that apply to ministry.
But faith is not found in its definition, as remarkable as that definition may be. It doesn’t do any good if it stays on the pages of your Bible or is kept on your tongue. It has to translate into something beyond just the definition. Faith is not a definition, it is a relationship.
If you’ve been standing back, waiting in the shadows, afraid to take that step of faith, you might discover, with the presence of God as your Companion, that living on the edge is the only place you want to be.
People always want to talk about proving faith. That is the whole nature of faith. You can’t prove it. What we believe about God is unseen, but we follow anyway.
After leaving the White House, President Jimmy Carter decided to put his faith and his political visibility to work in the cause of justice, promoting democracy in places no one dreamed democracy was even possible.
Can the Bible be read seriously without being read literally? The unnecessary conflict between faith and science is wreaking havoc on both faith and science.
Many opponents of Christianity make the mistake of thinking that religious people can be argued out of faith. But faith doesn't work like that. It's not indifferent to reason but it is rational on more levels than one.
Life is always full of drama. Even when events in life seem routine, living by faith is never dull. No, there are always dimensions of drama stirring beneath the surface of what may appear to be smooth situations and commonplace occurrences.
Redefining faith as scientific truth or political ideology subordinates faith to these other realities. Out of a desire to have faith validated and affirmed by wider culture, some are allowing their beliefs to be hijacked.
If we respect who God is, who we are as children of God, what God's purposes are in the world, and the laws of nature and life that God has ordained, then we will follow the example of Jesus. Because of Jesus, we cannot claim that we do not know that these forces will confront our faith. Because of Jesus, we know how to deal with these forces. Because of Jesus, let us do so as consecrated children of God.
For Christians who have grown up believing we are the center of the universe, we often forget that following Jesus is tough. All too often, we put our faith in military, economic and political might.
Find some Elizabeth people. Get up. Make your way to some Elizabeth people in whom God has been working. Show up however you can. Text them. Tweet them. E-mail them. Phone them. Take your pregnant self—with all the circumstances and questions that come with it—to someone who has seen what God will do. God has someone in whom the ministry of presence will work a comforting blessing as you journey through your circumstances, with all the questions that come with the journey. When you face pregnant circumstances, God has some Elizabeth people who will help you journey by faith through the questions.
Just as Advent invites us to think about a God who comes to us, as distinct from a God who is unapproachable, so it encourages us to be accessible, or better yet, go to those who need our help. Who would that be? With God’s guidance and help, reach out to them this week. Go sit with them in “The Waiting Place.”
If you keep reading John 4, you learn this Samaritan woman goes into town and tells everybody she meets about her encounter with Jesus. She’s never had the benefit of Sunday School, never read a book about evangelism, never taken a course in seminary. All she’s done is have a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. And her only strategy is to point people to Jesus. Consequently many people in her community came to know Christ.
It doesn’t take theological training or moral sainthood to reach others for Christ. A passion for Jesus, and a love for his people are all that’s required.
So, what’s holding you back?
God is much more interested in the out-working of our faith than whether our churches have choirs, the choirs have robes, or whether the robes match the lighting and other building décor. God is more interested in how our faith works for people without healthcare, people without jobs, people without influence, people without wealth, people without strength to protect themselves from bullies, and people without friends and family to protect them from discrimination on account of their immigration status than the size of church building funds.
Jesus never proclaimed a faith in ideas, but a faith in ethics. In other words, for Jesus, lifestyle took precedent over concepts. Do we live our lives in accordance with Jesus' reign of love?
Whenever Jesus – then or now – sees others, he looks upon them with a spirit of compassion. The only difference is that now he depends on you and me to be his eyes, his hands and feet, to reflect his presence, and to show his sheep a better way of life and where the Shepherd is. To do so, we’ve got to be willing to put up with the inconveniences. Even more, we have to be passionate about being compassionate. After all, it goes with the fame.
But you are not alone. You have the power and love of the one who says, “I am the good shepherd who lays down his life and takes it up again.” He said it and he did it thousands of years ago, and he says it and does it still. Resurrection continues, resurrection happens whenever we trust and follow him - with every act of courage, of love, of compassion, of prayer, gratitude, of hope, of shared suffering, of presence no matter how small…resurrection happens.
By all accounts, the world wouldn’t see faith present in the bread and the cup. But then again, the world doesn’t look for faith anyway. The world looks for, and depends on, the obvious and the strongest and the most powerful. But in these simple elements of life we find the keys to eternal life. And the way to unlock that secret is through faith
So, if you ever find yourself asking the same question as the disciples – “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” – you can be certain of this... There is no difficulty, there is no trouble you can go through that Christ will not be by your side. Indeed, he would have you face your storms head on, but you will never have to do it alone. He will take you as you are, just as the disciples did with him, and he will lead you through the wind and the waves on the sea. And the only preparation you need is to simply get into the boat. He will be there waiting for you, and soon you will find that Jesus makes an very good traveling companion.
Life with God does not make a person immune from health storms, family storms, school storms, work storms, or any other storms. Life can, life does, and life will become stormy. Faith in God will not change that reality.
Far right commentators often rely on fear to fuel their political agendas. History, however, has shown that this path leads to isolationism and hate-filled violence. Faith in God can defeat the manipulative power of fear.
“Come and see for yourself,” Jesus told Thomas. And in doing so, he invited us all to come and check his scars. All of us who need proof and need to ask the hard questions before we’ll embrace faith. Thomas is our kin, our friend, our partner in exploring the connection between doubt and faith. It’s Thomas who helps us understand that doubt and faith are inextricably woven together as two sides of the same coin. And the Lord, the risen Jesus, understands our questions and welcomes us closer.
Follow Mark’s example and share your faith. Tell them what the empty tomb means to you. Talk about your faith in a loving God who walks every step of your journey with you providing the strength, courage, wisdom and confidence you need to endure and overcome life’s hardships. Be specific and tell them about a time in your life when God took the worst circumstance in your life and made good come from it. Tell them about the re-birth of your faith.
The strong support for a role for religion in UK public life shown in a recent BBC poll should in some ways at least come as no surprise.
In the season of Lent, we honor the proper place for the cry of lament. The acknowledgment of universal disappointment, heartache and suffering experienced by us and all the people of the world is a spiritual necessity.
I do not for a moment imagine that any book is divinely revealed; that any religion is anything other than a human creation serving the socio-economic and political desires of those who created it and gain power and authority from it; or that any idea about god is God.
While I do not believe it is possible to package the truth, I do believe it is possible to point us toward it. That is what religion should do, both theologically and institutionally. If a religion has to lie in order to survive, it is time for that religion to die.
Nearly 1,000 congregations across the country have announced plans to participate in Evolution Weekend Feb. 13-15 in order to spark “serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.” Among the participants listed on the Evolution Weekend Web site are a dozen Baptist churches, as well as congregations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 other nations.
Why would a Baptist be heavily involved in an interfaith organization? Aren’t we known for our unreserved advocacy and commitment to Christian conversion? Shouldn’t our energies be focused on the advancement of gospel sharing? Is cooperation with other faiths a form of endorsement to their claims of spiritual legitimacy?
President Barack Obama gave his personal testimony and issued an altar call to follow the Golden Rule in a clear, brief statement about faith in politics at Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
For more than 25 years, the Christian Right has carefully constructed a political myth claiming that “GOP” stands for “God’s Only Party.” Conservative Christians quickly bought into the myth.
Barack Obama once credited a prophetic black preacher as his spiritual mentor. Now he has selected a self-promoting white preacher to give the invocation at his inauguration. What does Obama’s shift from Jeremiah Wright to Rick Warren say about the president-elect?
Silencing dissent is just about the most un-American, and un-Christian, thing imaginable. Our Constitution was written by a host of rowdy and intelligent dissenters. And nearly every hero of our faith started off as a dissenter.
Violence is the byproduct of religion plus politics, not religion alone. Even if one could imagine a world without religion, one can hardly imagine a world without politics. The striving for power surely deserves as much credit for the recent riots in Jos, Nigeria, as does the dogma of competing faith groups. Yet, all too often, news reports explain violence in terms of faith clashes.
By now the Bigfoot story is no longer big news. It was all a big hoax.
The decades between 1970 and 2020 will eventually be seen as one of the most significant periods of our history, especially in regard to the interplay between politics and religion. And the 2008 presidential campaign may well serve as an object lesson for the whole period.
Last Friday, a judge in Lake County, Illinois granted the petition of 57-year-old Steve Kreuscher to change his name to In God We Trust. His legal first name is now "In God" and his legal last name is "We Trust."
In March of this year, 11-year-old Kara Neumann of Weston, Wis., died as the result of a diabetic condition known as ketoacidosis. This condition is normally treatable with injections of insulin. When properly treated it is rarely fatal. But Kara's parents did not seek medical treatment for their daughter. Instead, they prayed.
Last Thursday, I spoke at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Christian Action Council held at Zion Canaan Baptist Church in Columbia. I significantly condensed that lengthy presentation and repackage it as an editorial.
Over the past five years, superhero films have been not only among the most popular movies in America, but in some cases, also some of the most theologically and spiritually-profound movies in our cinemas. I know this is quite a claim, but at their heart, superhero films are able to deal directly with some of our most important spiritual themes—those of justice, good and evil, violence, redemption and heroism.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is currently offering an exceptional production of Tom Dudzick's humorous play, "Over the Tavern." The story line is about a Catholic family in the 1950s that literally lives over a tavern. The characters, Chester and Ellen, are struggling to raise their four children, including two teenagers, a son who has down syndrome and a son who doesn't want to be Catholic.
Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech was more patriotism than piety and more civic faith than Mormon faith. Romney is no John Kennedy.
Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a minority of Christian leaders protested the preemptive war. Among them were bishops of the United Methodist Church, President Bush's church. Many Christian denominations chose to remain silent.
Nearly every week someone complains that my column is not about "faith matters." The accusation is that I write more about politics than faith and should therefore call the column "political matters."
Fear is a great motivator. Nothing gets folks moving like a good jolt to the adrenal system. Marketing gurus understand this very well. That's why so much of what we are offered for consumption, from mouthwash to politics, is wrapped in fear.
An American Baptist minister and spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal says Hillary Clinton is an even stronger presidential candidate than her husband.
With the Dec. 9 release of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" still more than six weeks away, the companies behind this highly anticipated film adaptation are already making sure it doesn't escape the attention of a targeted audience: Christians.
President Bush announced last week a dramatic expansion of his "faith-based initiatives" plan. These initiatives, which have been the centerpiece of Mr. Bush's domestic social agenda, are aimed at channeling tax dollars to faith groups who provide certain social services. Speaking from the pulpit of the Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, the president tried to create a link between his initiatives idea and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. The president said, "Dr. King understood that faith is a power greater than all others."