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April 03, 2018

Mitch Carnell: In Unkind Culture, Is There Still Something Nice to Say?


I helped launch the Say Something Nice Day movement 13 years ago. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that the greatest barriers to our success would become a president of the United States and evangelical Christians who support his coarse way of communicating and his behavior.
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Article

March 30, 2018

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: An Easter Message 2018

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (ELCA)

In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us that Jesus’ crucifixion is the death of our death.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry Article

March 26, 2018

Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Message

The Most Rev. Michael Curry (TEC)

Hatred does not have the last word. Violence does not have the last word. Bigotry does not have the last word. Sin, evil do not have the last word. The last word is God, and God is love. Article

March 19, 2018

David Crumm: John Dominic Crossan on ‘Resurrecting Easter’ and re-envisioning our relationship to Jesus

How do you envision the Resurrection? It’s a timely question as 2 billion Christians around the world soon will mark the most important global holiday in this 2,000-year-old religion: Easter. (April 1 for Western Christians and April 8 for Eastern Christians in 2018.)
Bishop L. Bevel Jones Article

March 08, 2018

Bishop L. Bevel Jones, 1926-2018

Bishop L. Bevel Jones (UMC)

An iconic leader of the church and of this organization passed away on March 6. Bishop L. Bevel Jones III was a longtime trustee of the Protestant Hour and the Alliance for Christian Media boards, and was a major figure in the United Methodist Church as well as in the Atlanta community, as well as in Western North Carolina where he served as Bishop. Article

March 05, 2018

David Crumm: Bart Ehrman on the surprisingly un-controversial Triumph of Christianity

The publication of Bart’s latest book, 'Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World,' certainly is notable because it is unlikely to spark controversy. In fact, from the perspective of many traditional churchgoers who have shunned Ehrman—this new book is likely to be very popular for some its basic conclusions...
The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

March 03, 2018

Talitha Arnold: Go Back or Go Deep

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

Two choices: Go back to Egypt or go deeper with God, i.e., deeper into the wilderness.
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March 01, 2018

Lon Allison: Billy Graham and Racial Justice--An Excerpt from "Billy Graham: An Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary God"


In this excerpt from his new book on Billy Graham, Lon Allison asks, "Did Billy Graham only preach the gospel of the new birth? Or did he and his organization also seek justice and the alleviation of need in our world?" Article

February 26, 2018

David Crumm: Remembering Billy Graham’s Crusade against Racism

As a journalist, specializing in religion and diversity for more than 40 years, I’ve reported my share of stories about the Graham family. Since his death at age 99 on February 21, I have mourned Billy’s passing. As I read the coverage of his life by my colleagues nationwide, I was struck by one thought: Billy’s legacy would look a brighter if his son Franklin Graham hadn’t doubled-down on the family’s earliest bigotry.
The Rev. Susan Sparks Article

February 22, 2018

Susan Sparks: World Peace Through Pulled Pork

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

I hail from a state that offers a no-fail plan for world peace. It’s not from politicians or pundits, peaceniks or pedagogues. No, my friends, the secret lies in how the people of North Carolina have learned to live with a difference of opinion so deeply ingrained that’s it almost genetically encoded. The bone of contention? Barbecue sauce.