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The Best Christian Books of 2010

posted by Jana Riess

Christianity Today has come out with its annual book awards for the best Christian books of last year. There are serious theological books by the likes of Alister McGrath, new religious fiction by Anne Rice, and a book I hadn’t […]

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Does God Promise Justice? Job 24-30

posted by Jana Riess

Does God promise us justice? The short answer seems to be no. Well, maybe. Probably not. The Book of Job, which we’ve been delving into in the Twible these past few weeks, raises all the requisite questions about suffering — […]

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Dealing with Chronic Pain: Melanie Thernstrom’s “The Pain Chronicles”

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve never had an experience of chronic pain, the kind where you want to die most of the time because your suffering is so terrible. I have had brief experiences with pain like that, like the time I decided to […]

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Christians Should Be Slaves: Guest Blogger John MacArthur

posted by Jana Riess

All your childhood, when people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, I’m guessing you didn’t say “slave.” But according to evangelical writer and pastor John F. MacArthur, that’s what every Christian should aspire to. It’s […]

Religion vs. the Individual in “The King’s Speech”

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve started to write about pop culture a couple of times a month at Gathering Voices, a new blog from The Thoughtful Christian. I’m in great company with fellow bloggers like Greg Garrett, Adam Copeland, Lynn Baab and Don McKim. […]

Mormon Women Who Wear Pants to Church: A Manifesto

posted by Jana Riess

A few weeks ago at church, a visitor from another ward stayed after Relief Society to chat with me. After talking for several minutes about important things like suffering, prayer, and healing, she threw me for a loop with a […]

I Know That My Redeemer–Uh, Make That Avenger–Lives: Job 25

posted by Jana Riess

In my church we sing a beautiful hymn called “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” based on a famous passage from Job 25: 25: 25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter […]

Click Here to Help Haiti!: A Q&A with Haiti Partners Co-Director Kent Annan

posted by Jana Riess

You may have heard Kent Annan in the news recently, whether blogging for CNN about the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake or describing the social perils of “poverty tourism” in the Huffington Post. As the co-director of Haiti Partners, […]

Homosexual Acceptance = Spiritual But Not Religious? “American Grace” and the Rise of the Nones

posted by Jana Riess

There’s an interesting Q&A over at the Faith and Leadership Network today with Robert Putnam, co-author of the book American Grace, which I and others have blogged about recently. One of the book’s most surprising findings is the dramatic increase […]

Do Some Mormon Hymns Promote Religious Violence?

posted by Jana Riess

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, Grant Hardy asks whether Mormons are doing everything they can to tone down the rhetoric of hatred and violence. It’s a particularly important question as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day today. And […]

Does God Respond When We Suffer?

posted by Jana Riess

In the months that I’ve been doing the Twible, there have been a few times when the Twible entries have spoken to a situation in my own life. That’s never been more true than now, as I push through the […]

“Blood Libel” and The Rhetoric of Hate in the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting

posted by Jana Riess

Given today’s angry backlash about Sarah Palin’s controversial comment about “blood libel” in the mainstream media, this post — which I commissioned from ethicist Scott Paeth earlier this week — has all the more resonance. Words matter. Even if a […]

What Changes Have You Seen in College Teaching?

posted by Jana Riess

Tomorrow I start teaching my course on Religion and Popular Culture at Miami University. I am excited about teaching — and particularly about the course topic, religion and popular culture. This gives me an excuse to watch too much television […]

Christian Faith Reignited . . . At a Mosque? Leanna Tankersley’s Story

posted by Jana Riess

I’m always looking for interfaith stories, and this one is beautiful. Healing words like Leanna’s are especially needed nowadays, when many of her fellow evangelical Christians are deeply suspicious of Islam. –JKR “A Borrowed Abaya and a Middle Eastern Mosque” […]

I Hate the SyFy Network

posted by Jana Riess

Warning: Rant to ensue imminently. This week marked the sudden demise of SyFy’s series Caprica, a spinoff prequel to Battlestar Galactica that starred Eric Stoltz as the troubled scientist who first created Cylons. It would have been nice to know […]

The Vast Virtual Body of Christ: Cancer Patient Deanna Thompson on the Beauty of the Internet

posted by Jana Riess

Stage 4 cancer at 42? That was the diagnosis for Hamline University theology professor Deanna Thompson, who has blogged elsewhere about the diagnosis and her faith. Here she ruminates on how cancer opened her up to receive blessings from people […]

Epiphany with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Week 6

posted by Jana Riess

Happy New Year! And, perhaps more importantly, Happy Epiphany. In the Christian tradition, Epiphany is a time of “showing” (epiphany means “appearance”); it celebrates the arrival of the Magi, who traveled from afar to bring Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, […]

Gross or Net Blessings? Mormon Tithing

posted by Jana Riess

Mormons spend a great deal of time and energy thinking about the ins and outs of tithing: Gross or net? Cash or appreciated stock? Weekly, monthly, or annually? For example, check out Kevin Barney’s excellent blog post at By Common […]

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NYC Conference on Mormonism & American Politics, February 3-4
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Writing Retreat
Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I'm bringing my computer, ...

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Fun with the Book of Lamentations
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