One of the best cheeses for a quesadilla comes from Chihuahua, Mexico.
You might have noticed that evangelical Christians seem to support Israel at every turn. Pat Robertson, though elliptical, wants Israel to know he loves their country. As Mother Jones reported: "In 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu created the Israel Christian Advocacy Council and flew 17 Christian leaders t ... More >>
If you're white and have a college education or greater, you're probably (one of) the reasons our politics is so polarized. Using abortion, a polarizing issue if there ever was one, as a proxy, researchers have shown that since 1980, educated whites' stances on abortion have skewed in two very diffe ... More >>
Just over a decade ago, evangelical Christians were ascendant. After the legwork of Falwell's Moral Majority and Ralph Reed's Christian Coalition, an evangelical Christian was in the White House, George W. Bush, whose favorite philosopher was "Jesus Christ." Indeed, even as late as 2004, the media t ... More >>
In the world of protestors, there are the revolutionary type (Arab Spring) and the pacifist/sit-in type (Occupy Wall Street), and then you have the bat-shit crazy, inappropriate, and downright horrible type. The notorious Westboro Baptist Church falls under that last category. The hateful yet except ... More >>
Update: The Boy Scouts of America responded to our request for a comment with a written explanation on their stance on the issue from Deron Smith, public relations director for Boy Scouts of America: "We respect the deeply held religious beliefs of all of our members. We're finding that when peopl ... More >>
It seems that the sweeping cuts that gutted family planning services for low-income Texans in 2011 aren't quite as popular as a clamorous minority would have led us to believe. Based on new poll results from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, the majority of Texans -- across party, gender, and racia ... More >>
It's been nearly 500 years since Martin Luther tacked his Ninety-Five Theses on a Wittenberg door. Nearly five centuries of Christian schism -- of discussions on indulgence and fallibility, of the Thirty Years War and the Irish Troubles, of the demise of the Holy Roman Empire and the rise of the Ku ... More >>
K.A. Paul, our favorite leper-stealing evangelist, has been arrested in India for allegedly conspiring to kill an aide who police suspect Paul had hired to kill his own brother in 2010. Paul and his brother, David Raju, had become embroiled in a bitter property dispute, and the latter was found dea ... More >>
Taking nominations.Our willingness to keep up with the inner workings of the Southern Baptist Convention is easily taxed, so we're thankful Houston Chronicle religion writer Kate Shelnutt is there to pick up the banner. She points us to the Baptist News, whose subscription we really meant to ... More >>
Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>
And why are there Mennonites in Mexico?
Breathe deeply in Montrose.The Presbyterian Church (USA) is expected to approve rule changes that would allow gays to be ordained ministers, a move members had contentiously rejected just two years ago. What's the reaction locally? The minister of one Houston church has sent out a letter urg ... More >>
Randy Russell: It's not known which chapter and verse he was preaching fromAn East Texas Pentecostal preacher is reportedly free on bond after allegedly threatening to kill his daughter's boyfriend and his family. Last Wednesday, Randy Carl Russell, the 52-year-old pastor of the Weches Unite ... More >>
The San Antonio-based poet examines emotional and physical needs through his work
Jerks in Your Area is a website that scours the net for postings on Craigslist, Backpages and message boards looking for, as it puts it, "posts written by or about the biggest jerks out there."Today's featured guest: A Houstonian.A once-Jewish Houstonian who's now a "born-again Wiccan." One who w ... More >>
The fifth Bob Lee Swagger novel shoves it all in there
Lura Groen wants to tell the good news, not spark a revolution, but she’s doing both as the first openly gay Lutheran pastor in Texas. The Lutheran church normally requires gay and lesbian clergy to take a vow of celibacy, but Groen refused. “I find that it’s a discriminatory policy and in pr ... More >>
The cardiologist traded on his status as a doctor to fondle young girls
Houston's Unity Church hosts the former megachurch preacher who wrote, "God Is Not a Christian"
Tammy Faye Messner adds music to the mascara
Ziggy Marley preaches the gospel of love
9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899
A powerful group almost rises up
"Eyes Wide Open" brings statistics to life
Art Car Ball
Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does
April 5 through 7
What do Lakewood Church and its pastor Joel Osteen have that most mainline Protestant denominations don't? People. Lots of them. And in an assortment of colors.
Hispanics search for the origins of their unique faith that fuses Jewish tradition with the celebration of Christ
Skyspace by James Turrell
A respected preacher gets busted for child pornography on his computer. Has he delved into the worst of cyberspace depravity or just the stuff of scholarly research?
Old cemeteries rarely die. They just get buried under weeds, development and indifference.
Mesmerizing God's Man in Texas ponders the question of where the Almighty fits into a church obsessed with politics
Houston Jews and Christians favor peaceful coexistence
Southern Baptists go on a not-so-kosher search to convert Jews to Christ
Wedding gowns? Check. Priest? Check. TV crews? Check. Linda and Elli strike a blow for Gay Rights!
Bering Methodist stops all weddings if there can't be gay marriages
At some of Houston's biggest churches, twentysomethings' faith is built on solid rock. And roll.
The education & travels of the natural-born fighter, fierce homeless poet, charming talker, convicted felon, begetter of children & receiver of messages from Heaven