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Faith and Values: God uses those who abandon their faith to purify his church

People who “fall away” from their faith with finality simply demonstrate that they never had faith in the first place – just the appearance of it.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Faith and Values: Jesus didn’t play zero-sum games

Our religious doctrines are pockmarked with winner/loser theologies – zero-sum games on steroids. Yet along comes Jesus and effectively says, “God won’t play your zero-sum game of scarcity. Neither will …


Marc A. Thiessen: To restore Notre Dame, we must restore its fundamental purpose

Notre Dame is not a museum. It is not even primarily a symbol of France. It is a house of worship.


Elizabeth Bruenig: How Jerry Falwell Jr. found his MAGA religion

Jerry Falwell Jr. is once again spreading his uniquely modern, American version of a business philosophy roughly based on the religion known as Christianity.


Michael Gerson: A passion for social justice is inseparable from the Christian gospel

It is neither realistic nor fair to ignore the current damage of mass incarceration and failed educational institutions on minority groups. Repentance is in order – along with a passion …


Michael Gerson: The massive failure of Christian political leadership

Three recent news items: – At the Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “We see moral relativism becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. Identity …


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: For some, ‘faith’ has little to do with Jesus

Today, we will discuss one of the most pressing threats to American Christianity. Meaning, of course, American Christians. Yes, that’s an overly broad statement. All those Christians whose faith requires …


Review: ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’ portrays the early Christian community at its most fragile

“Paul, Apostle of Christ” is clearly well timed with Lenten reflections on sacrifice, service, suffering and responsibility. But it offers an equally relevant – and inspiring – portrayal of principled …


Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish’ attorney practices Christianity

Defeated U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s wife has identified the “Jewish” attorney she referred to at a campaign rally. He’s a practicing Christian.


David Von Drehle: Christians, our silence on Roy Moore isn’t enough

We are a church for William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King Jr. A church for Michelangelo and J.S. Bach. We are a church that builds great colleges and universities and …


Steve Massey: Sunday’s news should astound you

I hope Sunday’s news astounds you. No, I don’t mean last Sunday’s news, set to this all-too-familiar cadence by the New York Times: “A gunman clad in all black, with …


Jay Ambrose: Handyman performs spiritual repairs

Then there are people like Joaquin who know that error can be corrected by grace and loving growth.


Jesus’ restored tomb is unveiled, well in time for Easter

Renovations at Christianity’s holiest site – carried out over the past nine months – were finally unveiled Wednesday in a ceremony that brought together rival Christian denominations and ushered in …


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

Historic restoration of Jesus’ burial shrine completed

Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and …


Jesus’ birth shows God’s commitment to the poor

What a party! For Christians it seems like, on Christmas, nearly the whole world is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Many people decorate trees, put …


100 years ago in Spokane: Ex-wife of world champion boxer explains her conversion to Christianity

From our archive, 100 years ago The former Countess Zellen, a French opera star and now the wife of champion boxer “Ruby Bob” Fitzsimmons, arrived in Spokane in her new …


Hood River church criticized for anti-Islamic sign

A church in Hood River is being criticized for displaying anti-Islamic messages on its reader board.


Charles Krauthammer: Trump has tough-guy appeal

This time around, evangelicals are not looking for someone like them. They’re looking for someone who will protect them.


Shawn Vestal: Victimhood becoming one of our biggest holiday traditions

A Hayden man has inaugurated what is becoming an annual holiday tradition – warrior Christians picking fights over imagined minor slights. Like the Christmas season itself, the War on Christmas …


Carson tells AP: Seventh-day Adventism is right for him

As his surge in heavily evangelical Iowa puts a spotlight on his faith, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is opening up about his membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He …


Pope comes to Philadelphia, pays tribute women in the church

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis arrived in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday for the final leg of his U.S. visit — a festive weekend devoted to celebrating Catholic families …


Bridging the faith-science gap: Author Rob Bell comes to Knitting Factory

Rob Bell – once a poster child for evangelicals – will be passing through Spokane tonight to discuss faith and science, which he says are long-lost dance partners. Bell is …


Bridging the faith-science gap: Author Rob Bell comes to Knitting Factory

Rob Bell – once a poster child for evangelicals – will be passing through Spokane tonight to discuss faith and science, which he says are long-lost dance partners. Bell is …


‘Bold’ Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists …


Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national …


Pope presides over Easter Vigil service amid martyr concerns

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is presiding over the symbolic and solemn Easter Vigil service amid mounting Vatican concern for modern-day Christian martyrs. Francis walked in the dark down an …


In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the …


Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice …


Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages …


Church of England appoints first female bishop

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England on Wednesday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockport. The announcement …