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The Church of Saint George, one of the eleven churches hewn out of stone, in Lalibela, Ethiopia.  It was built in the late 12th or early 13th century.  Ethiopian Christian artwork also has a long and impressive history.

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Stories of the Church


Christian Good in Society (website)


Orthodox History (website), International Orthodox Christian Charities (website), and Orthodox Christian Mission Center (website)


Wikipedia, Moses the Black (Wikipedia article) 330 - 405 AD


Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, Augustine, What Did the Early Church Say About Economic Justice? (Plough)


Bogdan Popescu, Human Rights in Early Christian Writings (Mozaic, 2005/1), also a pdf file


Kevin Knight, Influence of the Church on Civil Law (New Advent website, 2012)


Robert M. Frakes, Contra Potentium Iniuras: The Defensor Civitatis and Late Roman Justice (Google book, 2001)


Wikipedia, Empress Theodora, Wife of Justinian I example of women's rights and religious tolerance from 500's; see also Stella Duffy's The Purple Shroud, a work of historical fiction


Wikipedia, Ecclesiastical Court about bishops serving in civil cases starting from late Antiquity


Wikipedia, Peace and Truce of God about limitations the church placed on private war and violence in the medieval period


Wikipedia, Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah Anglican bishop in India who was called "enemy number one" by Gandhi


Wikipedia, Li Tim-Oi the first woman to be ordained an Anglican priest, in Macau


Wikipedia, San Marino, a small democratic republic in Italy, a continuation of a Christian monastic community founded in 301 AD


Wikipedia, Council of Jews and Christians, a voluntary organization in Britain working against anti-Semitism


Wikipedia, Mondragon Corporation, an autonomous region in Spain based on the Catholic Social Teaching


Wikipedia, Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens whose actions and advocacy saved thousands of Jews during WW2


Karl Barth, On Refugees (Absurdity of Absurdities blog, from Oct 1942)


Charlotte and Denis Plimmer, JRR Tolkien: "I Never Expected a Money Success" (Telegraph UK, Mar 22, 1968 reprinted Oct 21, 2015)


Philip Norman, The Prevalence of Hobbits (NY Times, Jan 15, 1967)


Timothy S. Miller, The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire (Amazon book, Jun 17, 1997) see also Thomas Heyne, Reconstructing the World's First Hospital: The Basiliad (Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Spring 2015) and The Cosmological Vision of St. Basil and the First Hospital (Servant of Prayer blog, Apr 8, 2014) and Father Johannes Jacobse, St. Basil the Great and Christian Philanthropy (American Orthodox Institute USA, Dec 20, 2014)


Frontline, The Great Appeal: What Did Christianity Offer Its Believers That Made It Worth Social Estrangement, Hostility From Neighbors, and Possible Persecution? (WGBH, Apr 1998)


Christianity Today, The Conversion of Scandinavia: Christian History Timeline (Christianity Today, 1999)


Uwe Siemon-Netto, J.S. Bach in Japan (First Things, Jun 2000)


Peter Brown, Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (book, 2001), and Walter Brueggemann's review, How the Early Church Practiced Charity (Religion Online, Jun 14, 2003)


Derek A. Welsby, The Medieval Kingdoms of Nubia. Pagans, Christians and Muslims along the Middle Nile (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2002) and Peter C. Nadig's book review


Philip Yancey, Soul Survivor:  How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Help My Faith Survive the Church (book, 2003)


Dennis J. Preato, Empirical Data in Support of Egalitarian Marriages and A Fresh Perspective on Submission and Authority (God's Word to Women, Apr 23, 2004) note comments on Cyril, Theodore, and John Chrysostom and their engagement with 1 Corinthians and Ephesians based on an Athanasian view of the Trinity, where the Son is the power of the Father (1 Cor.1:24), rather than an Augustinian view of the Trinity, where the Son has power, but the Father has more


O.M. Bakke, When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity (book, 2005)


John Coffey, The Abolition of the Slave Trade: Christian Conscience and Political Action (Jubilee Centre, 2007)


Matthew Frost, Religion in Africa: 'The church fills the gap when states fail the poor' (The Guardian, Oct 17, 2008)


David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions (book, 2010)


Rod Dreher, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life (book, 2013)


Vinod Shah, What Motivated the Early Christian Health Missions? Anatomy of Transformation in India (presentation, May 29, 2005)


Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement (NCBI website, Jul 23, 2005)


Michael Luo, Iraqi Christians Flee as Extremist Threat Worsens (youtube video, Oct 17, 2006)


Dan Graves, Lutherans Honor Gregory of Nyssa (, May 2007)


Greg Leffel, Faith Seeking Action: Missions, Social Movements, and the Church in Motion (Amazon book, Jun 2007)


Leuenberg, Human Dignity is Unassailable, Inalienable, and Indivisible (Leuenberg blog, 2008), a response to the Russian Orthodox Church's 2008 statement on human rights


John Dickson, Indigenous Rights Before Their Time (Centre for Public Christianity, Mar 20, 2008)


Greg Clarke, Racism, Equality, Peace, and Christianity (Centre for Public Christianity video, Apr 15, 2008)


Bronwen Hanna, Rescue and Resistance on the Plateau (Centre for Public Christianity, May 27, 2008)


John Dickson, Melba Maggay on Faith, Justice, and Culture (Centre for Public Christianity, Sep 11, 2008)


Greg Clarke, Caroline Cox on Modern Slavery (Centre for Public Christianity, Apr 28, 2009)


Christopher Marsh and Daniel Payne, Religiosity, Tolerance, and Respect for Human Rights in the Orthodox World (2009)


David Molyneaux, The Role of the Church in the Fall of the Berlin Wall (blog, Aug 28, 2009)


Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Gregory of Nyssa and the Culture of Oppression (Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University, 2010)


David Bentley Hart, Revolutionary Christianity and Its Alternatives (video, Mar 3, 2010)


Olga Lossky, Toward the Endless Day: The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel (Amazon book, Mar 15, 2010) about one of the most important Orthodox theologians in the 20th century


Journey to Orthodoxy, Bob Marley: Orthodox Christian (Journey to Orthodoxy blog, Jun 3, 2010)


Miroslav Volf, The Gift of Forgiveness (Centre for Public Christianity, Aug 6, 2010)


Scot McKnight, Women Preachers - A Story Often Neglected (BeliefNet, Aug 2010)


Janine DeFao, Oakland Tenants Get Big Settlement / Decrepit Apartments to Be Fixed Up (San Francisco Gate, Oct 17, 2000) and Judith Scherr, Tenants Win Big Fraud Case Against Landlord (East Bay Express, Mar 2, 2011)


Stephen Colbert, The Catholic Side of Stephen Colbert (youtube video, Oct 27, 2010) where Colbert testifies before Congress about migrant workers


Margaret Mowczko, Nino of Georgia: A Woman Evangelist “Equal to the Apostles” (New Life, Jan 14, 2011)


David Bentley Hart, The Violence of Christian History (video, Apr 8, 2011)


Brian Rosner, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich (Centre for Public Christianity, May 12, 2011)


Kevin J. Burke and Avner Segall, Christianity and Its Legacy in Education (Journal of Curriculum Studies, Sep 2011)


Joerg Rieger and Kwok Pui-Lan, Occupy Religion: The Theology of the Multitudes (book, 2012)


Charles McGrath, How Many Stephen Colberts Are There? (NY Times, Jan 4, 2012)


Mark Wahlberg, Faith Story (video, Jan 16, 2012)


Megan Kraus, The Concept of Childhood in Anglo-Saxon Culture: A Case Study ( paper, Mar 12, 2012) how Christianity led to the honored burial of children who died prematurely, and what that signifies


Salim Faraji, Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered: The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh (Amazon book, Jul 25, 2012)


Timothy C. Morgan, God's Double Agent: Bob Fu, former head of China Aid (Christianity Today, Sep 13, 2012)


Robert Woodberry, The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy (American Political Science Review, May 2012)


Haroon Siddiqui, Christian Priest Bears Witness to Syrian Bloodbath (The Star, Jul 25, 2012)


Ruth Lopez Turley, Does God Care About Educational Inequality (Veritas Forum, Oct 10, 2012)


Jeffrey Wright, A Unique Teacher Imparts Real Life Lessons (NY Times youtube video, Dec 28, 2012)


Meghan Irons, TenPoint Coalition Leader to Depart (Boston Globe, Jan 25, 2013)


John Green, 35 Facts About Mr. Fred Rogers (Mental Floss youtube, Mar 20, 2013)


Jenny Trinitapoli and Alexander Weinreb, Good News on AIDS in Africa (Slate, Mar 27, 2013)


Natalie Brumfield, Korean Pastor Fights Epidemic of Abandoned Babies With Anonymous 'Baby Box' (LifeSite News, May 28, 2013)


Bono, Family, Faith, and Activism for the Poor (video, Jun 2013)


Bo Tao, The Peacemaking Efforts of a Reverse Missionary: Toyohiko Kagawa Before Pearl Harbor (International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Jul 2013)


David Bentley Hart, Myths About Christian History (video, Jul 18, 2013)


Ryan Hunter, Profound Examples of Holiness: The Royal Martyrs In Their Own Words and Through the Words of Those Who Knew Them (Orthodox in the District blog, Jul 18, 2013)


Billy Hallowell, ‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Opens Up About His Christian Faith (The Blaze, Aug 7, 2013)


Krista Tippett, Jean Vanier - The Wisdom of Tenderness: Lived Compassion, L'Arche, and Becoming Human (On Being, Aug 22, 2013)


T.C. Moore, Guns Don't Stop Killers, People Stop Killers: Love, Shared Stories, and the Power of the Holy Spirit (Theological Graffiti blog, Aug 23, 2013)


Joseph Stiglitz, How Dr. King Shaped My Work in Economics (NY Times, Aug 27, 2013)


Simon Smart, Life and Faith: William Cooper and the Battle for Land Justice in New South Wales (Centre for Public Christianity, Sep 15, 2013)


Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Rick Warren Gets Backlash from Asian American Christians for Posting Photo (Religion News Service, Sep 25, 2013)


Ray Downs, Using Christianity to Fight Crime (The Atlantic, Sep 27, 2013)


Eric Eckholm, Bible College Helps Some at Louisiana State Prison Find Peace (Oct 5, 2013)


Richard Marosi, Sister Antonia Brenner Dies at 86; Nun Moved to Tijuana Prison to Tend to Inmates (Los Angeles Times, Oct 17, 2013)


Rebecca Savastio, KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You (Las Vegas Guardian Express, Nov 20, 2013)


Andrew Henry, Santa Never Fought Sex Trafficking, But Saint Nick Did (Dec 1, 2013)


Heather Somerville, Gawker: Identity of @TipsforJesus is Former PayPal Exec Jack Selby (Dec 4, 2013)


Mark Pygas, I Knew Pope Francis Was Good, But When I Found Out Everything He Did in 2013, I Was Blown Away (Distractify, Dec 16, 2013)


Ivan Paz, Engaging Gang Culture Theologically (blog, Dec 22, 2013)


A.N. Wilson, It's the Gospel Truth - So Take It or Leave It (Telegraph, Dec 25, 2013)


Andrea Palpant Dilley, The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries (Christianity Today, Jan 8, 2014)


Malcolm Gladwell, How I Rediscovered Faith (Relevant Magazine, Jan/Feb 2014)


Pravoslavie, Monks from the Kiev-Caves Lavra Stand Between Police and Demonstrators in Kiev (Pravoslavie Orthodox Christianity blog, Jan 11, 2014)


Chris Rogers and Marshall Corwin, Inside North Korea's Western-Funded University (BBC News, Feb 2, 2014)


Eve Tushnet, Coming Out Christian: How Faithful Homosexuals Are Transforming Our Churches (The American Conservative, Jan 29, 2014)


Andrew Harding, Central African Republic Crisis:  The Church Sheltering Muslims (BBC News, Feb 13, 2014)


Jamie Doward, Church of England Launches Credit Union Network in Payday Loans Fight (The Guardian, Feb 22, 2014)


Meghan Irons, Former Boston Crime Rivals Offer Lasting Lesson (Boston Globe, Feb 24, 2014)


Timothy Morgan, Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President (Christianity Today, Feb 24, 2014)


Mark Oppenheimer, An Argument to Turn to Jesus Before Turning to the Bar (NY Times, Feb 28, 2014)


Maia Mikhaluk, A Divided Ukraine? Think Again (CNN, Mar 4, 2014)


John L. Allen, Jr., Catholicism Growing in Heart of Muslim World (Boston Globe, Mar 8, 2014)


Michael Luo, A Believer's Journey Through the New York Times (youtube, Mar 14, 2014)


James Carden, Look to Solidarity, Not Sudetenland (The American Conservative, Mar 14, 2014)


OCP, An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai Family (Orthodox Church Info, Mar 19, 2014)


Ed Stetzer, An Interview with Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, on Global Christianity (Christianity Today, Mar 21, 2014)


Zak Cheney-Rice, This American Indian Rapper Just Became MTV's Artist of the Week (PolicyMic, Mar 25, 2014)


Karen Swallow Prior, The Most Influential Reformer You've Never Heard of: Hannah More (Christianity Today, Mar 2014)


Sandra Glahn, The Feminists We Forgot (Christianity Today, Apr 2014)


Steve Hoeft, Ginger Whitacre, Stay At Home Mom Exposes Largest Price Fixing Company in History (Faith Driven Business, Apr 3, 2014)


Pieter Hugo and Susan Dominus, Portraits of Reconciliation: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide (NY Times Magazine, Apr 6, 2014)


Noam Chomsky on Pope Francis I (video, Apr 10, 2013)


Tim Townsend, Forgiving the Unforgivable in Rwanda (CNN, Apr 13, 2014)


Dan Blazer, What Faith Communities Can Teach Psychiatrists About Depression (youtube video, Apr 13, 2014)


Jesse Carey, 6 Times Stephen Colbert Got Serious About Faith (Relevant magazine, Apr 14, 2014)


Kari Costanza, Rwanda: 20 Years Later (WorldVision Magazine, 2014)


China Headed to Become World's Most Christian Nation (Shanghaiist, Apr 21, 2014)


Timothy C. Morgan, Why Muslims Are Becoming the Best Evangelists (Christianity Today, Apr 22, 2014)


Don Cheadle, Katharine Hayhoe: An Environmental Evangelist (Time 100 Most Influential People, Apr 23, 2014)


Tim Townsend, Mission at Nuremburg: An Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis (Religion and Politics, Apr 23, 2014)


Al Araby, Christian Palestinians Reject Calls to Join Israeli Army (Middle East Monitor, Apr 25, 2014)


Joanna Moorhead, Conscientious Objectors: Men Who Fought a Different Battle (The Guardian, Apr 25, 2014)


Associated Press, Father, Son Identified As Afghan Hospital Attack Victims (CBS News, Apr 26, 2014)


Melissa Gira Grant, Fighting Sex Trafficking With Jesus: How the Religious Right's "Healing" Hurts (Salon, Apr 27, 2014)


Arlene Sanchez Walsh, Choosing the Jesus Way: Native American Pentecostals (Religion in American History blog, Apr 28, 2014)


Admin, Ecumenical Patriarch Criticizes Nationalist Tendencies Within Eastern Orthodoxy (Pravmir, Apr 30, 2014)


ABC Assignment America, He Murdered Her Only Son in Cold Blood.  Now He's Her Next Door Neighbor (Viralvita video, Apr 30, 2014)


Chris Mooney, Why Should Evangelical Christians Care About Climate Change (Slate, May 3, 2014)


Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board, One Moscow Voice for Healing in Ukraine (Christian Science Monitor, May 4, 2014)


Rod Dreher, Church to Orthodox Fascists: Repent! (The American Conservative, May 5, 2014)


Ian Johnson, The Brave Catholics of China (The New York Review of Books, Mar 6, 2014)


Jesse Carey, 6 Unexpected Faith Conversations from Pop Culture (Relevant Magazine, May 6, 2014)


Lyle Moran, An Answered Prayer at Place of Promise Treatment Homes in Lowell (Lowell Sun, May 14, 2014) 


Khalid Abdel Azizi, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Sudanese Woman, May Face Death for Choosing Christianity Over Islam (Huffington Post, May 15, 2014)


Mark Ellis, Missionary Died Thinking He Was a Failure; 84 Years Later Thriving Churches Found Hidden in the Jungle (God Reports, May 19, 2014)


Denzel Washington: 'Put Your Shoes Under the Bed at Night So You Gotta Get on Your Knees in the Morning' (video, May 28, 2014)


Azam Ahmed, A Christian Convert, on the Run in Afghanistan (NY Times, Jun 21, 2014)


Seraphim Danckaert, BBC Documentary on Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity (Orthodox Christian Network, Jun 25, 2014)


John Strudel, Comfortable in His Own Skin (FCA, Jun 25, 2014)


Katie Yoder, Shhh... Tim Howard's a Christian (News Busters, Jul 2, 2014)


Maureen Farrell, How it Feels to Love and Hate a Sex Offender (Christianity Today, Jul 2014)


Lawrence Lanahan, Downwardly Mobile for Jesus (Alzajeera, Jul 6, 2014)


Timothy C. Morgan, China Frees Gao Zhisheng: Top 10 Lawyer Now Country's Persecuted Conscience (Christianity Today, Aug 7, 2014)


Yohanna Katanacho, A Palestinian Baptist in the Bombarded Gaza Shares His Thoughts and Prayer Requests (Come and See: a Christian website from Nazareth, Jul 12, 2014)


Yasmine Hafiz, The Moon Communion Of Buzz Aldrin That NASA Didn't Want To Broadcast (Huffington Post, Jul 19, 2014)


Daniel Silas Adamson, The Christian Family Refusing to Give Up Its Bethlehem Hill Farm (BBC News, Jun 17, 2014)


Tim Arango, Concern and Support for Iraqi Christians Forced by Militants to Flee Mosul (NY Times, Jul 20, 2014)


Tim Stanley, Iraqi Christians Are Raped, Murdered, and Driven From Their Homes - and the West is Silent (The Telegraph, Jul 21, 2014)


Bethlehem Bible College, A Statement from Bethlehem Bible College Regarding the Current Crisis in Gaza (BethBC website, Jul 25, 2014)


Albert Mohler, Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? - A Response to Ann Coulter (blog, Aug 7, 2014)


Don Croner, Mor Gabriel Monastery in Turkey (blog, Aug 9, 2014)


Dr. Salim Munayer, Interview (video, Aug 2014) on reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians


Nicholas Kristof, Sister Acts (NY Times, Aug 16, 2014)


Bruce Wydick, The Taste of Many Mountains (book, Amazon page, Aug 2014) about the global coffee trade and Christians working for change


David McKay Wilson, James Foley: Beheading Victim Had Deep Faith (USA Today, Aug 24, 2014)


Paul Smith, Typewriter Artist (11 min video, Aug 24, 2008) and Today Christian 5 min video


William Federer, Syria - From Beginning to End? (blog, Sep 2014)


Medway Village Church, Human Worth and Capitalism: Market Basket, Corporations, and the Local Community (Medway Village Church, Sep 29, 2014)


Justin Tse, It Has Always Been Students and Clergy and Catholic Social Teaching - Hong Kong Protests (blog, Sep 29, 2014)


Brian Palmer, In Medicine We Trust: Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries? (Slate, Oct 2, 2014)


Tiffany Willis, Meet The Preacher’s Wife Who Is Converting Evangelical Christians To Science (Liberal America, Oct 2, 2014)


Jack Jenkins, Why Christians Are Helping Lead Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement (Think Progress, Oct 12, 2014)


Matthew Bell, Christian Take a Prominent Role in Hong Kong Protests (PRI, Oct 12, 2014)


William Barber, A Moral Monday Letter to Ferguson (Red Letter Christians blog, Oct 13, 2014)


Ian Johnson, China’s Unstoppable Lawyers: An Interview with Teng Biao (New York Review of Books, Oct 19, 2014)


Donald G. McNeil Jr., The Malaria Fighter (NY Times, Oct 20, 2014)


Shawn Schuster, Dallas Nurse Nina Pham is Ebola Free, Credits Faith in God and Power of Prayer for Her Healing (Gospel Herald, Oct 24, 2014)


Kim Campbell, 'Thank You, Heavenly Father': Faith, Alzheimer's and my husband Glen Campbell (Fox News, Oct 24, 2014)


Charles Wookey, The Future of Business Lies in People, not Profit (The Guardian, Oct 27, 2014) and Blueprint for Better Business (website)


Nathan Smith, What Open Borders Can Learn from the Abolition of Slavery (Open Borders, Oct 29, 2014)


Jennifer Ngo, Religion on the Occupy Central front line puts faith into practice (South China Morning Post, Oct 30, 2014)


Wenzhou, Religion in China: Cracks in the Atheist Edifice (Economist, Nov 1, 2014)


Pastor J. John, How to Explain What You Do When You're a Pastor (TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network video, Nov 13, 2014)


Rod Dreher, The Unevangelized Continent? (The American Conservative, Nov 14, 2014)


Kieran Corcoran, From Half-Time to Harvest: How NFL Center Gave up $37 Million Football Contract to Farm Cucumbers and Sweet Potatoes (Mail Online, Nov 15, 2014)


Jim Davis, CBS Loves NFL Veteran's Potato Farm; His Christian Beliefs, Not So Much (Get Religion, Nov 17, 2014)


Romania Insider, Who is Klaus Iohannis, Romania’s new president? (Romania Insider, Nov 17, 2014)


Alan Noble, Sin’s Part in the System (and Vice Versa): Thoughts on Voddie Baucham’s “Thoughts on Ferguson” (Christ & Pop Culture, Nov 28, 2014)


Samuel Smith, Tim Tebow Announces Opening of His New Children's Hospital in the Philippines; Will Provide Service to Poor Children (Christian Post, Dec 18, 2014)


Napp Nazworth, Russell Moore on Racism and Southern Baptists: God Is Giving Us a Second Chance (Christian Post, Dec 18, 2014)


Billy Hallowell, Heartbreaking Detail Revealed About What Murdered NYPD Cop Was Supposed to Do the Day He Died (The Blaze, Dec 22, 2014)


The Economist, Chronicle of a Papacy Foretold (The Economist, Dec 20, 2014) a review of Austen Iverleigh's book The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope


Loveday Morris, As Christmas Approaches, Baghdad Christians Lament Empty Pews (Washington Post, Dec 22, 2014)


Antonia Blumberg, Honoring 100 Years After The WWI 1914 Christmas Truce In Our Own Time Of War (Huffington Post, Dec 24, 2014)


Tara Isabella Burton, Syrian Christians Flee Violence for Ancient Homeland (National Geographic, Dec 29, 2014) excellent history and pictures of Syrian Christianity in Turkey


Michael Bordeaux, Father Gleb Yakunin Obituary (The Guardian, Dec 30, 2014) an Eastern Orthodox example of human rights activism


Rebecca Robbins, Churches Step In With Alternative to High-Interest, Small-Dollar Lending Industry (Washington Post, Jan 9, 2015)


Timothy C. Morgan, Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded by Islamic State (Christianity Today, Jan 30, 2015)


Reggie Ugwu, The Radical Christianity of Kendrick Lamar (Buzz Feed, Feb 3, 2015)


Rowan Williams, How Christianity's Eastern History Has Been Forgotten (BBC News, Feb 9, 2015)


Mueller Family, Letter from Kayla Mueller in ISIS Captivity (Huffington Post, Feb 10, 2015)


Eleanor Goldberg, Kayla Mueller, American Woman Killed By ISIS, Helped Homeless Women, HIV Patients, War Victims (Huffington Post, Feb 10, 2015)


Billy Hallowell, These 15 Journal Posts by This Dying Pastor Might Just Leave You Standing on Holy Ground (The Blaze, Feb 13, 2015)


Jim Daly, What the Media Isn't Reporting On ISIS' Beheading of 21 Christian Men (Daly Focus blog, Feb 18, 2015)


Mark Woods, Brother of Slain Coptic Christians Thanks ISIS For Including Their Words of Faith in Murder Video (Christian Today, Feb 18, 2015)


Tracey Michae'l, Doing the Work, Preaching the Word: 6 Black Female Christian Leaders Who Inspire Us (For Harriet blog, Feb 21, 2015)


Stephen Yolland, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (blog, Feb 23, 2015) about German Christian students resisting Hitler and Nazism, getting caught, and executed


Carla Herreira, Restaurant In Hawaii Offers Fresh Start For Former Prostitutes, Convicts, Others Who Need A Hand (Huffington Post, Feb 28, 2015)


Inquisitr, Seed Restaurant: Hawaiian Eatery’s Mission Is To Provide A Second Chance For Homeless, Prostitutes, And Convicts (Inquisitr, Mar 2, 2015)


Sharon Chin, Oakland Pediatrician Helps Refugees Navigate New Culture (CBS SF Bay Area, Mar 11, 2015)


Irene Archos, Mother Maria of Paris Says "Oxi!" to the Nazi Mass Murder Machine (Pravoslavie, Mar 11, 2015)


Tom Doyle, Underground Christian Movement Building in Mideast (Fox News, Mar 12, 2015)


Zaid Jilani, Christian Chaplain Fired for Preaching Compassion and Love Over Violence of American Sniper (AlterNet, Mar 2015)


Melanie Kirkpatrick, Chen Guangcheng, the Voice of China's Voiceless The 'Blind Lawyer' recounts his fight against Communism's corruptions (Christianity Today, Mar 20, 2015)


David Gelernter, Why Should a Jew Care Whether Christianity Lives or Dies? (First Things, Mar 24, 2015)


Nicholas Kristof, A Little Respect for Dr. Foster (NY Times, Mar 28, 2015)


Garry Wills, The Pope is a Christian! (The New York Review of Books, Mar 29, 2015)


Larry Siedentop, Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism (pdf book, Mar 31, 2015)


Thomas Heyne, Reconstructing the World's First Hospital: The Basiliad (Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Spring 2015) see also Timothy S. Miller, The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire (Amazon book, Jun 17, 1997)


Sohrab Ahmari, The Gift of Living With the Not Gifted - Jean Vanier and L'Arche (Wall Street Journal, Apr 3, 2015)


Lisa Sharon Harper, How Religion Became a Destructive - and Redemptive - Force for 'Black Lives Matter' (Washington Post, Apr 9, 2015)


Brittni Ruiz, Jesus Loves Porn Stars (XXX Church video, 2015)


Brice C. Jones, Domestic Violence, Local Bishops, and a Church in the Fourth Century Papyrus (Brice C. Jones Papyrology blog, Apr 19, 2015)


Robbie Couch, Nun in Uganda Has Educated 2,000 Girls Victimized by Joseph Kony (Huffington Post, Apr 22, 2015)


Pascal Emmanuel Gobry, How Christianity Invented Children (The Week, Apr 23, 2015)


Matthew Namee, Ecumenical Patriarch Opposes Slavery in 1862 (Orthodox History, Apr 27, 2015)


Allison Manning, Why Boston Isn't Baltimore - and Why It Could Be (Boston Globe, Apr 28, 2015)


Gabriel J. Catanus, The Gospel According to Manny Pacquiao: A Pastoral Invitation to Filipino American Christians (blog, Apr 28, 2015)


Rebecca Onion, Rules of Business Ethics for Early 19th Century Christian Merchants (Slate, Apr 29, 2015)


Father Gregory Boyle, The Problem with Good Guys vs. Bad Guys Policing (LA Times, Apr 30, 2015)


E.J. Dionne, A Senator's Faith and Humility (Washington Post, May 3, 2015)


Alexandra Svokos, Stephen Colbert Announces Major Gift To South Carolina Teachers (Huffington Post, May 7, 2015)


Stephen Curry, The Holy Spirit is Moving Through Our Locker Room (Charisma News, May 6, 2015)


Philip and Carol Zaleski, Oxford's Influential Inklings (Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2015)


Princeton University, Christianity in the Near East: Past, Present, and Future? (Arab Orthodoxy blog, May 15, 2015) especially Samir Khalil Samir, The Role of Christians Within the Arab-Islamic Society of the Middle East


Tom Strode, Payday Loans Targeted by ERLC, Others in Coalition (Baptist Press, May 15, 2015)


Rachael Lee, National AAPI Prayer Breakfast Allow for Corporate Intercession and Awareness on National and Global Issues (Christianity Daily, May 20, 2015)


Isabel Malsang, How an Iraqi Friar Saved Ancient Christian Manuscripts from IS (Yahoo News, May 22, 2015)


Nik DeCosta-Klipa, How Preachers Cut Violence - By Not Preaching (Boston Globe, May 31, 2015)


Christian Good in Society, Impact on Modern Society (blog, May 28, 2015) and this post from Peter Enns (Patheos, Jun 1, 2015)


Nadia Sussman, Touch of Faith (NY Times, Jun 10, 2015)


NPO, They Told Chris Pratt to "Keep Jesus Off the Set", His Response Left Me Cheering (QPolitical, Jun 15, 2015)


Jean-Clement Jeanbart, The Slow Death of Syrian Christianity (Horizon Weekly, Jun 18, 2015)


Lizette Alvarez and Alan Blinder, Recalling Nine Spiritual Mentors, Gunned Down During Night of Devotion (NY Times, Jun 18, 2015)


Tasneem Nashrulla, Charleston Church Targeted In Shooting Has A Deep Civil Rights History (BuzzFeed, Jun 18, 2015)


Elahe Izadi, The Powerful Words of Forgiveness Delivered to Dylann Roof by Victims' Relatives (Washington Post, Jun 19, 2015)


LoveMeSome, The Only Comment on Dylann Roof's Facebook Photo Will Bring You to Tears (LoveMeSome, Jun 19, 2015)


WebTV, Reporter Breaks Down as Mourners Sing Outside Scene of Charleston Shooting (youtube video, Jun 21, 2015)


Michael Wear, Stop Explaining Away Black Forgiveness (Christianity Today, Jun 24, 2015)


Peggy Noonan, Two Miracles in Charleston (WSJ, Jun 25, 2015)


Nicholas Kristof, He's Jesus Christ (NY Times, Jun 27, 2015) about Catholic missionary to Sudan Dr. Tom Catena


Anya Marsalek Leveille, Churches Play Key Role in Fight Against Racism (Post and Courier, Jul 5, 2015)


Nicholas Kristof, Jimmy Carter, His Legacy, and a Rabbit (NY Times, Jul 9, 2015)


QPolitical, This Reporter Wanted Him To Deny Jesus, Watch Bono Set Him Straight (QPolitical, date unknown)


Jesse James DeConto, Activist Who Took Down Confederate Flag Drew On Her Faith and New Civil Rights Awakening (Religion News Service, Jul 12, 2015)


Catholic News Agency, Heroic Virtue of Ukrainian Bishop Who Sheltered Hundreds of Jews Recognized (CNA, Jul 17, 2015)


Amanpour, Amazing Story of How Bulgaria's Jews Were Saved in WWII (CNN News, Jul 24, 2015) about King Boris III of Bulgaria (Wikipedia)


Interview with Juliana Taimoorazy (Philos Project video, Jan 26, 2016)


Valeria Fraschetti, Meet an Italian Nun Who's Been Helping Sex Trafficking Victims for 20 Years (Global Post, Jul 21, 2015)


Timothy C. Morgan, Melinda Gates: ‘I’m Living Out My Faith in Action’ (Christianity Today, Jul 28, 2015)


Sean Salai, S.J., God Chooses the Despised: An Interview with 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate Jean Vanier (America National Catholic Review, Aug 5, 2015)


Nancy French, Chris Pratt Says No to Sex Scenes Due to His Faith (Patheos, Aug 15, 2015)


Dominic Midgley, China's Love for Chariots of Fire Hero Eric Liddell (Express UK, Aug 19, 2015)


Initium Media, The Work of Lawyer Zhang Kai: ‘I Have God as My Backer’ (China Change, Aug 31, 2015)


Susan Donaldson James, Lizzie Velasquez: 'Ugliest woman' Video Changed My Life for the Better (Today, Aug 31, 2015)


Rowan Williams, Pope for the Masses: Is Francis Really the People's Champion? (New Statesman, Sep 2015)


James Parker, How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Revived Modern Myth-Telling (The Atlantic, Sep 2015)


Melissa Chan, Oregon Cop Who Turned in Racist Police Chief for Dancing Like Monkey After Black Woman's Complaint Gets Death Threats (NY Daily News, Sep 9, 2015)


Hanna Kozlowska, Pope Warns Churches to Take In Refugees - Or Else (Quartz, Sep 16, 2015)


Vision San Diego (website): a cooperative effort by San Diego churches to help every student graduate from high school


BeliefNet, 8 Bands You Didn't Realize Were Christian (BeliefNet)


CBS News, Why In-N-Out Will "Never" Franchise or Go Public (CBS News, Sep 18, 2015)


Melody Wachsmuth, The Refugee Crisis Frontline: Croatia’s Christians Lend a Hand (Christianity Today, Sep 22, 2015)


Maggie Koerth-Baker, There's a Reliable Therapy for Sex Offenders -- But Nobody Wants Them to Get It (Gizmodo, Oct 1, 2015) about a Mennonite pastor


Brad Harrison, Louisville Man Goes from Being Homeless to Owning Three Restaurants (Urban Reporter, Oct 19, 2015)


Partners in Health, Père Eddy, Haiti’s Patron Saint of Mental Health (Partners in Health, Oct 22, 2015)


John Sandinopoulos, The NO of Greek Clergy in 1940 (Mystagogy blog, Oct 28, 2015) and Wikipedia, Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens whose actions and advocacy saved thousands of Jews during WW2


Leah Marieann Klett, Thousands of Muslims In Northern Iraq Converting to Christianity After Witnessing ISIS Horror, Ministry Reveals: 'They're Just Sick of Islam' (Gospel Herald, Oct 30, 2015)


David Daniels, Lecrae Ministers in Middle East as Christians Criticize Reach Records's Website for Not Being Unashamed (Rapzilla, Nov 12, 2015)


Reuters, Nuns Who Rescue Sex Slaves Expands Efforts to 140 Countries (Religion News Service, Nov 18, 2015)


Ellen Wulfhorst, Religious Sisters Pose As Prostitutes To Rescue Trafficking Victims From Brothels (Reuters, Nov 18, 2015)


Associated Press, United Methodists, Catholic Leaders Support Syrian Refugees (Kansas City Star, Nov 20, 2015)


Jonathan Merritt, Saint Fred (The Atlantic, Nov 22, 2015) re: Fred Rogers, of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, who was a Presbyterian minister


Bishop Roy Sano, Amid Hysteria, a Call for Hospitality (United Methodist Church News, Nov 23, 2015) response to Roanoke, VA mayor David Bowers' citation of the internment of Japanese Americans as a positive national security precedent


CBS Tampa Bay, Former Miss USA Dumps Tim Tebow Because He Wouldn't Have Sex with Her (CBS Tampa Bay News, Nov 27, 2015)


Arun Dev, She Ran Away from Bondage for Her Child, Got Brick Kiln Owner Arrested (Times of India, Nov 27, 2015) noting IJM's work


Amanda Froelich, 95-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Funds Rescue Of 2,000 ISIS Victims (True Activist, Nov 30, 2015)


JesComPH, 5 Reasons Why Ignatius Of Loyola Was The First Jedi Master (Buzzfeed, Dec 18, 2015)


Rod Dreher, Lessons from Europe's Decline (The American Conservative, Dec 23, 2015) and Christian movements


Peter Wehner, The Christmas Revolution (NY Times, Dec 25, 2015)


Terri Roberts, My Son Shot 10 Amish Girls In a Pennsylvania Schoolhouse (Woman's Day, 2015)


Greg Barnes, The Story Behind the Fayetteville Pastor Who Disarmed the New Year's Eve Gunman (Fay Observer, Jan 8, 2016) and Here & Now, N.C. Pastor Recalls Gunman Who Entered His Church On New Year’s Eve (NPR, Jan 27, 2016)


Ronald Osborn, The Scandalous Origins of Human Rights (Veritas Forum, Jan 15, 2016)


Alex Mar, The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity's Early History (Atlas Obscura, Jan 21, 2016)


Christopher Thornton, Last Word: Christian Iran (Commonweal, Feb 11, 2016)


Bryan Stephenson, Washington National Cathedral sermon (youtube video, Feb 14, 2016) author of Just Mercy


Fred R. Conrad, Gadsden Finds God (NY Times, Feb 20, 2016) on collaboration between church and correctional system


Will Ripley, Mobster Turned Pastor Preaches to Former Yakuza in Japan (CNN, Feb 22, 2016)


Joseph Tkach, Beware Historical Revisionism (GCI, Mar 2, 2016)


Michael Martinez and Jacqueline Hurtado, Pope Replies to Letter from Juvenile Gang Member Jailed in Los Angeles (CNN, Mar 4, 2016)


Bradley J. Birzer, The Privilege of Little Words and Mighty Swords: Death, Love, Mystery, and Myth (The Fellowship of the King blog, Mar 8, 2016)


Emma Brown, These Christian Teachers Want to Bring Jesus Into Public Schools (Washington Post, Mar 12, 2016)


Kenneth R. Morefield, An African American Confronts the Klan in Accidental Courtesy (Christianity Today, Mar 24, 2016) Daryl Davis befriends Klan members


Anne Blue Wills, The Feminist Bushnell: A Review of Kristin Kobes Du Mez (Christian Century, Mar 24, 2016) about Katharine Bushnell, a Christian feminist


Jim Caviezel, testimony (Christus Rex, Mar 25, 2016)


RAZC, Tim Allen Shares The Heartbreaking Story That Lead To His Faith In Jesus (QPolitical, Mar 25, 2016)


Samuel Freedman, Before Bernie Sanders, There Was Zeidler, a Religious Socialist (NY Times, Apr 1, 2016) despite Lutheran theology


Chandran Nair, There’s a Place in India Where Religions Coexist Beautifully and Gender Equality Is Unmatched (Huffington Post, Apr 6, 2016) re: Kerala, India


Matthew Spence, I Was a Closeted Christian at the Pentagon (Washington Post, Apr 8, 2016)


James Addis, How a Texas Church Drove Out the Predatory Loan Industry (Christianity Today, Apr 2016)


Premier Christianity, 5 Authors You (Probably) Didn't Know Are Christians (Premier Christianity, May 2016)


Tim Stanley, British Christianity Isn't Dying. It's Sleeping. Evangelism Can Awaken It (Telegraph UK, May 28, 2016) notes the impact of Christianity in the past


David Garrison, Muslims Turning to Christ - A Global Phenomenon (Premier Christianity, Jun 2016)


RAZC, Just Before Steph’s Biggest Game, Ayesha Curry Stands For Her Faith (QPolitical, Jun 2, 2016)


RAZC, Bono Shares The Heartbreaking Story That Led To His Faith In Jesus Christ (QPolitical, June 11, 2016)


Vince Bantu, Is Christianity the White Man's Religion? (Jude3 Project, Jun 20, 2016) about Christianity in Egypt from the 2nd to 7th centuries


Jesse James DeConto, Camps Teach Kids to Put Their Faith Into Action (Religion News Service, Jul 5, 2016)


Carol Kuruvilla, Rapper Has Choice Words For Christians Who Don’t Want Him To Talk About Race (Huffington Post, Jul 12, 2016) re: Lecrae


Jamelle Bouie, Bright Shining as the Sun: Infused with the Spirit of the Black Church, the Democrats Became the Party of Optimism (Slate, Jul 29, 2016)


Jack Brubaker, Amish Ask for Forgiveness from Native Americans (Lancaster Online, Jul 29, 2016)


Mark Howard, The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences (The Gospel Coalition, Jul 30, 2016)


Akos Balogh, Have You Seen The Bizarre French Response To Islamic Terrorism? The Worldview That Revolutionised How Westerners Respond To Enemies. (Akos Balogh, Aug 1, 2016)


Jessilyn Justice, Holy Spirit Overtakes Olympic Runner Who Gave Up the Gold (Charisma News, Aug 18, 2016)


Marti Benedetti, Central Detroit Christian Slowly Rebuilds Houses, Commerce in a 24 Block Area of North Detroit (Crain's Detroit Business, Aug 21, 2016)


Creation Justice Ministries, Christian Communities Support Standing Rock Sioux Protection of Land and Water from Dakota Access Pipeline  (Creation Justice Ministries, Sep 6, 2016)


Colin Chan Redemer, Needed: Peter Clavers for the Long Work of Justice (Sojourners, Sep 9, 2016)


Priscilla Alvarez, The Conservative Churches Resettling Refugees (The Altantic, Sep 11, 2016) despite pushback from Republicans


Dan Carter, Race's Role in Predatory Lending (Shared Justice, Sep 12, 2016)


Tom Holland, Why I Was Wrong About Christianity (New Statesman, Sep 14, 2016)


Amanda Wills, Sara Sidner and Mallory Simon, Why Charlotte Exploded and Tulsa Prayed (CNN Sep 22, 2016)


Andre Mitchell, Christians In China Face Further Persecution With Tougher Rules Effective This Month (Christian Today, Oct 2, 2016)


Veronica Lamb, Living With Trafficking Survivors: Veronica's Story (Kicking Ass Looking Pretty, Oct 3, 2016)


Matthew Bell, China's Atheist Leaders Issue Some Striking New Rules on Religion (PRI, Oct 12, 2016)


Robert Evans, 6 Things You Learn Living In (And Killing) A Cult (Cracked, Oct 24, 2016) about Worldwide Church of God / Grace Communion International


Matthew J. Tuininga, Why Calvin Had Good News for the Poor (The Gospel Coalition, Oct 26, 2016) his government policies in Geneva, and use of government funded deacons


Gary S. Shogren, Lady Apostle Lands in Jail! (Open Our Eyes Lord, Oct 29, 2016)


Norman Jameson, Clergy From Across U.S. to Stand in Solidarity With Indigenous Water Protectors at Standing Rock (Baptist News, Nov 1, 2016)


The Economist, The Search Goes On (The Economist, Nov 5, 2016) a review of Nick Spencer, The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values (Amazon, Sep 15, 2016)


Julie Zauzmer, As Donald Trump Railed Against Refugees, a Pastor Made His Life Among Them (Washington Post, Nov 23, 2016)


Justin Taylor, A Woman of Whom the World Was Not Worthy: Helen Roseveare (The Gospel Coalition, Dec 7, 2016)


Justin Tse, By Participating in the Umbrella Movement, the Eastern Catholic Church’s Gutsyness Inspired Vancouver’s Younger Chinese Evangelicals (Patheos, Dec 16, 2016)


Frederic Heidemann, I Was an Atheist Until I Read "The Lord of the Rings" (Word on Fire, Dec 16, 2016)


39 Lessons from Saint John Chrysostom on Raising Children (Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent, Jan 5, 2017)


Michael Griego, Funny You Should Ask... (Biblical Viewpoint blog, Feb 3, 2017) re: Brian Martin, entrepreneur who founded Lazarus Effect, a medical device company, from a vision


David Kithcart, St. Valentine, the Real Story (CBN, Feb 14, 2017)


Tess Kalinowski, A Family Bid $150K Under the Highest Offer on an Oakville Home and Still Got the Sale. The Reason Why Will Leave You Heartened (The Star, Mar 30, 2017)


Fox News, Muslim Converts Breathe New Life Into Europe's Struggling Christian Churches (Fox News, Mar 21, 2017)


Grace Hwang Lynch, A Muslim Immigrant and a Christian Pastor Find Common Ground - and Try to Connect With Their Latino Neighbors, Too (PRI, Mar 31, 2017)


Dan Andros, Children of Man Murdered on Facebook Give Stunning Testimony During Anderson Cooper Interview (FaithWire, Apr 18, 2017)


Orthodox Church in America, Martyr Timothy the Reader and his wife in Egypt (OCA blog, May 3, 2017)


Hilary Goodfriend, Not Just Nuns (Jacobin Magazine, May 15, 2017) about Catholic activists assassinated in El Salvador for radicalism


David Briggs, The Black Church Matters To Black Lives (Huffington Post, May 31, 2017)


Emily Jones, U2 Takes Jimmy Kimmel Audience to Church (Christian Broadcast Network, May 31, 2017) response to Manchester bombing


AJ Willingham, Former 'Terrible Racist' Gives Big Donation, Apology to Black Church (CNN, Jun 1, 2017)


William Doino, Jr., Alvin Plantinga's Masterful Achievement (First Things, Jun 5, 2017)


BU Journalism, What Happened When One Woman Took 'Love Your Neighbor As Yourself' Literally (BU Journalism, Jun 30, 2017)


Marcus Rediker, You’ll Never Be as Radical as This 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf (NY Times, Aug 12, 2017)


Stan Friedman, Covenanter Is First White NFL Player to Kneel During Anthem Prior to Game (Covenant Companion, Aug 22, 2017)


Laurel Wamsley, Lee Relative Who Denounced White Supremacy Resigns As Pastor Of N.C. Church (NPR, Sep 5, 2017)


The Guardian, Jane Addams: The Activist Who Set the Foundation for Modern Social Work (The Guardian, Oct 24, 2017) and Jane Addams (Wikipedia article)


David Bentley Hart, Human Dignity Was a Rarity Before Christianity (Church Life Journal, Oct 26, 2017)


Abbott Tryphon, Leif Eriksson: The First Orthodox Christian in America (St. Elisabeth Convent, Nov 8, 2017)


Christian Legal Clinics Philadelphia, Seeking Justice (CLCP, Nov 28, 2017) a 3 minute video introducing CLCP


John Loughery, The Man Who Paved the Way for Irish America's Rise (National Review, Apr 14, 2018)