I might be a slow learner. I’ve been writing newspaper columns almost 30 years — and I still can’t predict how readers will react. My April 17 column is an example. I tried to explain why evangelicals are so eager to share their faith.
As the Middle East seethes in turmoil and violence, a new study shows that the Muslim world is sharply divided over the fundamental relationship between the laws of government and the religious teachings of the Quran.
CHICAGO-As millions of Orthodox Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday and the miracle of Jesus Christ's resurrection, thousands across the Chicago area are flocking to a southwest suburban parish to see what they believe to be a different miracle.
Noe Trinidad Chavez sat at a small card table gutting zucchinis with a metal corer knife, preparing them to be stuffed with meat and cooked into platillo a la jardinera, a traditional meal eaten by Sephardic Jews.
When you're 28 years old, in your third year of marriage and your first as a singles minister at a church with a membership larger than your Mississippi hometown's population; when you and your wife are helping raise a 13-year-old boy; when you hike and play basketball and are so energetic your nickname is Tigger, you're not supposed to be battling a brain tumor.
After listening to hours of testimony and legal jousting, a Blair County District Judge on Wednesday ordered three Franciscan priests to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children for their oversight of a sexually abusive friar.
When Merle Haggard died, I did what fans do in such times: I broke out his recordings and relistened. I heard something I hadn’t noticed before: Merle prophesied the rise of Donald Trump and the Tea Party. It’s all in his songs. Through the 1960s and then beyond, he showed us a worsening disenfranchisement among the working class, and more particularly, among blue-collar white men.
A cultural and spiritual program meant to lower recidivism rates at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation by partnering successfully reintegrated ex-convicts with recently released offenders kicked off Friday on the community that straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border.
The Rev. Holly Mckissick, pastor, Peace Christian Church UCC: In our blended family, we have four kids ages 18-21 - years when freedom expands and limits are increasingly the kids' to navigate. It's not easy. Sociologists keep increasing the age for attaining adulthood, but the journey is lifelong.
The message of Jesus to humanity is great news: No matter who you are, no matter what kind of family you came from, no matter how many addictions you’re battling, no matter what you’ve done wrong, God Almighty loves you.
More than 50 years after Flannery O’Connor succumbed to lupus at age 39, she ranks among the great American writers of the 20th century. Certainly she’s among the greatest Christian writers ever. Thus I was delighted recently when Liz, my wife, gave me O’Connor’s A Prayer Journal, published in 2013.
Every year I devote a column to how I’m feeling about life, faith or random other topics when each new birthday rolls around. I annually try to take stock. Here are some weighty and trivial observations for my 60th year.