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Not the typical Easter sermon

On Easter Sunday not all pastors were preaching about the resurrection of Jesus. Joe Witter, senior pastor of Life Center Foursquare Church, focused instead on God’s “radical inclusiveness” and urged the congregants to commit (or re-commit) their lives to Christ. The church has six identical Easter services, typically drawing about …

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Has Easter become a consumer holiday?

Tracy SimmonsTracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase …

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Eric Blauer

There’s a mindset out there among certain religious types that the goal of Christians is to show how much we are not like the others. Instead of being huge Debbie Downers, let’s throw the best parties and reclaim our heritage as Festival people again. Eric Blauer Christians should stop being …

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Christians should stop being Debbie Downers

The Rock, Conway's (S.C.) Community Church sent out this postcard to the community; the backlash has been caustic. The pastor has written this apology. Personally, I think it was in poor taste and sends a tired message to the unchurched community that we are judgmental party poopers. I've never understood the …

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