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Facing Death

Americans divided on facing death

Fight it, choose it or let it come? Death may be inevitable, but one in three want doctors never to quit fighting it. And that number has nearly doubled in 23 years, a new survey finds.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Civil rights icon honored

C.T. Vivian—a civil rights veteran who started his social justice work in the 1940s, nonviolently protesting segregated lunch counters well before Martin Luther King Jr. became involved in the movement—received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Jerusalem film

Tribute to the holy city comes to the giant screen

The newly released movie Jerusalem, filmed in 2D and 3D and playing on IMAX and other giant-screen theaters across the United States and the world, gives viewers grand, hallmark panoramas, at once awe-inspiring and intimate.

Churchy lingo

Churchy lingo turns off Millennials

If there were an 11th commandment, for Millennials it might be “thou shalt ban pious slogans from thy midst.”

Hillsong

Australia’s Hillsong Church exports its influence

The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” echoes through the worship centers of many American churches any given Sunday. Few probably realize it comes from a megachurch on the outskirts of Sydney, which has emerged over the past 30 years as one of the most influential evangelical bodies on the world stage.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Vatican to display St. Peter's relics

Vatican to display bones of Apostle Peter; Westminster Abbey marks Kristallnacht anniversary.

hymn controversy

Controversy underscores importance of theology in hymns

Worship leaders seldom welcome controversy. But some church musicians delight in the dust-up one line in a hymn created earlier this year.

Singing Faith

Worship songs reflect and shape theology

When congregations join their hearts and voices any given Sunday, the choice of worship songs both reflects and shapes their theology, church musicians agree.

singing hymns

Truth endures, but hymn styles change

What enables some songs to span centuries, cross denominational lines and contribute to the worship of multiple generations in diverse settings?

worship relationships

Worship centers on relationships, not rules, scholar insists

Authentic worship focuses on relationships—with God and within the faith community, New Testament scholar Gerald Borchert told doctoral students at the B H. Carroll Theological Institute.

Doctorates in a missional world

Do you need a doctorate to minister in a missional world?

Brian McLaren says doctorates and other advanced degrees will have a place in missional and other church movements, while others doubt that Millennials and many young Christians will care their pastor has a Ph.D.

C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis’ legacy greater in U.S. than in his homeland

As the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis approaches, why did his native Britain view one of the world’s greatest Christian apologists with such indifference?

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Female cardinals not 'realistic'

A Vatican spokesman moved to quash speculation at least two women would be among the cardinals Pope Francis will name in February, saying such a move is “not a realistic possibility.”

Giving decreasing

Church giving reaches Depression-era record lows

Collection plates are growing even lighter as Protestant church member giving reached new lows in 2011, and tithing probably will not recover from the recession, according to a new report by Empty Tomb, a Christian research group.

Hollywood and the Bible

Hollywood looks to the Bible for screenplay potential

Studios and filmmakers are rediscovering a classic text as source material for upcoming mainstream movies—the Bible.

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