Of all of King’s speeches and writings, the one that has had the most transformative power for me is his masterful “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” ...
Opinion: Martin Luther King Jr.’s hard words for white Christians
by: Robert P. Jones Jan. 17, 2022 (RNS) — White people regularly dilute the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be more palatable. No one isRead More
Specifically omitted from popular memory are some of the more “radical” elements of King’s message...
Opinion: This MLK Day, white evangelicals again have a choice to make on racial justice
by: Paul O’Donnell (Jemar Tisby) Jan. 18, 2021 (RNS) — As we have remembered Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to the civil rights movement of the 1950s andRead More
Banners proclaiming "Jesus saves" appear next to those bearing the name Trump...
Opinion: Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election
by: Roxanne Stone (Esau McCaulley) Jan. 8, 2021 (RNS) — We can be sure some who stormed the Capitol claimed allegiance to the Christian faith. Banners proclaiming “Jesus saves” appearRead More
One of my favorite Bible stories comes when the prophet Nathan confronts David...
Opinion: At the Capitol, evangelicals’ ‘Thou art the man’ moment
by: Paul O’Donnell (Maina Mwaura) Jan. 9, 2021 (RNS) — I remember my mom looking in my young face and telling me that my father, who had gone to hisRead More
He (Donald Trump) in many ways became the face of white evangelicalism.
Opinion: Evangelical Christians once were saved. After Trump, they’re lost.
by: Paul O’Donnell (Michael O. Emerson, Joel Edward Goza) Nov. 24, 2020 (RNS) — For reasons that have to do with our reading of the Bible, the both of us movedRead More
Even with just over 60 days left in power, this administration has set three more execution dates.
Opinion: William Barr and the politics of death
by: Paul O’Donnell (Shane Claiborne) Nov. 18, 2020 (RNS) — This week the United States will pass a quarter of a million lives lost to coronavirus, even as our courageousRead More
“The difference between mediocrity and greatness is vision,” the late Falwell Sr. often declared.
Opinion: Liberty University football team realizes Falwell’s winning vision, but at what cost?
by: Paul O’Donnell (Jonathan Merritt) Nov.20, 2020 (RNS) — Liberty University has long bragged about being one of America’s largest Christian colleges, but this year, it can also boast aboutRead More
For the historically minded, it is striking how much anti-Catholicism in American politics has changed since it arose in the 1840s.
Opinion: Playing the anti-Catholic card in the Barrett nomination
by: Mark Silk Sept. 27, 2020 (RNS) — Before they were compelled to draw up a Bill of Rights, the guys inventing the U.S. government in Philadelphia in 1787 hadRead More