How to Cultivate Joy Even When It Feels in Short Supply

Easter isn’t just one day. It’s a whole season devoted to rejoicing.

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Why Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Really Happened, and Why It Matters

How two poems inspire my Easter prayers.

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Rare Overlap of Holy Days Shows Jerusalem’s Promise and Problems

In its Old City, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim marked Easter, Passover and Ramadan. To some, it’s a “symphony.” To others, a reminder of division.

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What Good Friday and Easter Say About Black Suffering

Jesus’s story does not end with his crucifixion. Similarly, racist violence will not have the final word.

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Timothy Keller on Hope Amidst Terminal Cancer

“I look at Easter and I say, ‘Because of this, I can face anything.’”

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Piecing Together God’s Body, From Head to Toe

In “God: An Anatomy,” Francesca Stavrakopoulou attempts to understand divinity as our ancestors did, as having a corporeal presence.

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How I Freed Up Time to Daydream

An unexpected perk of quitting Twitter.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Good for the Soul

There is hope in the idea that we can change, as individuals and as a society.

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How Christmas Changed Everything

The story of Jesus represented “a wholly new way of being human.”

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Christmas Is Weird

Christmas is the grand miracle that makes space for all the smaller miracles.

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Why Jesus Never Stopped Asking Questions

Jesus liked to turn the tables on his interlocutors, especially those who were in the business of asking questions themselves.

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Can Politics Save Christianity?

Why the power of belief, not political imposition, is the key to Christian renewal.

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What Mary Can Teach Us About the Joy and Pain of Life

In the Bible, we see the mother of Jesus experience great blessings and unimaginable sorrow.

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How My Faith Shapes My View of Racism and History

White Christians should not shy away from the truth about our past

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All Saints’ Day Is a Holiday for Beautiful, Imperfect Stories

All Saints’ Day reminds us that faith is shaped by our relationships with other people.

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Why ‘Evangelical’ Is Becoming Another Word for ‘Republican’

It’s not necessarily a theological affinity for Jesus Christ. Many Americans are being drawn to the evangelical label because of its association with the G.O.P.

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My Thoughts on Life After Death

Death, for all of us, is a journey interrupted.

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Writers Like James Baldwin Led Me to a Black Jesus

For too long, I associated whiteness with holiness.

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Want to Change the World? First, Be Still.

Advocacy for the oppressed requires action — but also silence and contemplation.

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What Should You Do with Your Covid Fatigue?

The Bible shows us what it means to persevere.

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Dorothy Day’s Vision For a Better World

A labor activist and devout Catholic, she had a unique vision for a better world.

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Beyond the Politics of Communion, a 2,000-Year-Old Holy Mystery

For many Catholics, the eucharist is something wholly apart from partisan skirmishes. It is quite literally about God.

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Can the Meritocracy Find God?

The secularization of America probably won’t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion.

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He’s Not Here

My father died on Easter Sunday. His spirit is all around.

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Why Is Jesus Still Wounded After His Resurrection?

“The risen but scarred body of Christ is the ultimate signifier of divine empathy.”

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‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem

Last year, the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem. This Holy Week, local Christians are thronging the streets of the Old City.

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Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’

The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.

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Trump Ignites a War Within the Church

After a week of Trumpist mayhem, white evangelicals wrestle with what they’ve become.

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The Forgotten Radicalism of Jesus Christ

First-century Christians weren’t prepared for what a truly inclusive figure he was, and what was true then is still true today.

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A Covid Christmas Comes to Bethlehem

Every Christmas, the quiet West Bank town of Bethlehem becomes a bustling hub for pilgrims, tourists and dignitaries. Not this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jesus-christ, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #west-bank

New Spirits Rise in Old, Repurposed Churches

For years, attendance rates have dropped and congregations have closed nationwide. But many reused religious spaces are still sanctuaries.

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The Harvard Professor Who Told the World That Jesus Had a Wife

In “Veritas” Ariel Sabar tells the madcap story of the professor who was tricked by a Florida fraudster into announcing an extraordinary religious discovery.

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A Long Revered Relic Is Found to Be Europe’s Oldest Surviving Wooden Statue

The Holy Face of Lucca, an 8-foot-tall crucifix with a central role in Christian iconography, has survived more than 1,000 years.

#art, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #jesus-christ, #lucca-italy

What the Bible Has to Say About the George Floyd Protests

The Psalms are not silent about the rage of the oppressed.

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Trump’s Bible Brandishing Insults the Church Behind Him

The president brandishes a Bible in front of a church, in search of a divine mandate that isn’t coming.

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True Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Black Americans need more than a trial and a verdict.

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How Coronavirus Made Our Church Stronger

We may not be able to worship together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t act in concert.

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Their Calling Was to Lay Hands on the Sick. Then Came the Coronavirus.

How the pandemic transformed the lives and ministry of eight Manhattan friars, and what their example can teach the rest of us.

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On Easter Sunday, Christians Remember: ‘We Will Rise Out of the Dust’

Amid a pandemic, millions of Americans refashioned rituals and grasped for hope in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

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