The ’Splainer (as in, "You’ve got some ’splaining to do") is an occasional feature in which RNS gives you everything you need to know about current events to help you hold your own at the water cooler.
The pro-life movement was not a creation of the Christian right, and it didn’t begin when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. In the beginning, the anti-abortion movement was a liberal cause.
Commentators across media outlets have been decrying the Islamic teaching that men and women should dress modestly when out and about, claiming it is outdated, backward and doesn’t do society any good.
Long before the grand opening neared for the Smithsonian’s new museum devoted to African-American history, Amirah Muhammad had a difficult decision to make.
There’s an old Baptist saying that goes something like this: "If you mix horse manure and ice cream it doesn’t do much to the manure, but it sure does ruin the ice cream."
As Lori Ellis packs each bag of food for the children at Walter Wellborn Elementary School, she prays. She starts with the canned items, then raisins, pudding, applesauce and granola bar. She said it’s not a chore for her, rather a time of thankfulness to God.
The XXXI Olympic Games, the 16-day athletic love-fest that kicked off to a samba beat in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5, are a secular endeavor featuring more fanfare than faith, more spectacle than spirit.
After the spring holidays of Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks), the Jewish people settle back into the routine cycle of weekly Sabbaths and monthly New Moons. This lasts through the summer until the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the late summer and early fall.
One year ago, I published a piece that completely transformed my relationship with my immediate family. In it, I shared my tumultuous journey of religious skepticism and explained how diverging from my family’s spiritual beliefs had profound psychological consequences.
The Mark Trammell Quartet puts in more than 100,000 miles on the road each year, traveling across the world spreading the gospel through song and ministry.