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Take My Hand: The Gospel and the Blues

By Steve Beard The first of several pivotal scenes in the film Selma occurs when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes a late night phone call to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. The undeniable weight of what lay ahead … Continue reading

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Ana Marie Cox (aka Wonkette) comes out of the closet as a Christian

“I have not been public about my faith,” confesses Ana Marie Cox, the snarky left-wing blogger who goes by Wonkette. “I am somewhat tempted to embrace the punk-rockness of being a progressive, feminist, tattooed, pro-choice, graduate-educated believer—and then I have … Continue reading

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Lent kick off with Stephen Colbert and Father James Martin

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U2 observes the passing of its “North Star”: Pastor Jack Heaslip, RIP

By Steve Beard On Wednesday, February 25, members of the band U2 gathered at St. Mary’s Church outside of Dublin in order to observe the passing of the Rev. Jack Heaslip, the band’s long time friend and “traveling pastor.” The … Continue reading

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True Myth: A Conversation with Sufjan Stevens

Excerpts from the Pitchfork interview with Sufjan Stevens: “For the last 15 years, Stevens has mixed his own life history with fantastical images and stories of the ages—from the Bible, from Greek mythology, from American fables—inventing a new sort of … Continue reading

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Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

The former Roman Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Arnhem, Netherlands, one of hundreds of decommissioned churches, was turned into a skate park. Photo credit: Merlijn Doomernik for The Wall Street Journal. ### Wall Street Journal By Naftali Bendavid Jan. 2, … Continue reading

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Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup

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The way of faith for Alice Cooper

By Steve Beard Back in 2002, MTV announced that the biggest hit in its history was a program called “The Osbournes.” The half-hour show — complete with constant bleeping from excessive foul language — was a curiously fascinating docu-comedy starring … Continue reading

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Wrestling disquietly with the Bible

By Steve Beard “My new Bible study is really testing me. I have never studied the Bible or read my Bible and I really have no idea how to do it,” confessed my friend Tiffany on Facebook. “The language is … Continue reading

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East of Eden

By Steve Beard Every morning I see a poster hanging in my home for a Triple Crown surf contest in Hawaii. During the last 25 years, I have been to several of the islands, but the small town of Haleiwa … Continue reading

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