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Anti-Semitism. Racial prejudice and violence. Welcoming refugees from a minority religious background. The relationship between church and state. These societal problems dominate the headlines, and thoughtful Christians are wondering how their faith can inform their responses to such pressing concerns. None of these problems is novel; Baptists throughout the United States wrestled with all of […] Read More

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. Acts 11:1-18 Have you ever had a really bizarre dream?  I remember when I was in the third or fourth grade and I dreamed that I was on a school field trip, not to a museum or some educational outing, but to an amusement […] Read More

The United States is a Christian nation, according to a Gallup Poll that surveyed how Americans identify themselves. “[M]ore than nine in 10 Americans who have a religious identity are affiliated with a Christian religion. There has been little change in this portrait of religious identity in the U.S. from last year,” said Gallup. Released […] Read More

The Dogs of Heaven

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on September 9, 2012. Psalm 125:1-5; Mark 7:24-37 One of my favorite stories in all of scripture is the one about Jairus, a ruler in one of the local synagogues, and his daughter. My mention of it will ring a bell […] Read More

Every year, during the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for 30 days. Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the year because it was the month in which the Quran was revealed. The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and an essential observance for all devout Muslims. Every year, […] Read More

Generalizing about American “people,” which includes ethnic, racial or class lines, is chancy when one throws in and observes the religious factor. Certain features of any ethnic group are so prominent that the generalizer usually does not have much at risk when generalizing. Odds are good that a person without a doctorate in anthropology and […] Read More

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), alongside Gallup and Pew and other polling agencies, scored big this month. Right in the midst of the treated-as-cosmic discussion of “same-sex” marriage, a not-unnoticed media fest – PRRI released a poll on Jewish values in the United States. Many of the findings were unsurprising to those who regularly […] Read More

JERUSALEM (RNS) Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures. Now, an Israel-based tourism company is offering a package that combines medical care with a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  IsraMedica plans to unveil the initiative Thursday (Feb. 16) at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in […] Read More

There was a criminal attack on the Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem. When school principal Nadia Kinani arrived early one morning, she found “Death to Arabs” spray-painted in huge letters across the walls of the school. Close by, at the large Greek Orthodox Christian monastery, was scrawled “Death to Christians.” Jerusalem police suspect this […] Read More

(RNS) Before you meet your match, you’ve got to meet your matchmaker. That’s the new strategy of a group of rabbis who are launching a different kind of Jewish dating website called the “J sites”—JMontreal, JMiami, JBoston and, coming soon, JNew York, JLondon, JBerlin and JHong Kong. Like most dating sites, users pay a fee […] Read More