Stories by Rev. Howard Bess

Rev. Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska. His email address is hdbss@mtaonline.net. subscribe to Rev. Howard Bess's feed

Posted on: Apr 14, 2013, Source: Consortium News

Many Christian pastors and fundamentalists practice the art of bullying themselves, demanding obedience and discouraging dissent.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2013, Source: Consortium News

Jesus of Nazareth challenged the religious, social and economic structures of his own day, and was put to death by Roman soldiers for being an insurrectionist. But now he is used as an avatar of power.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Why no one should ever use the Bible as a blueprint for "traditional" marriage.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2011, Source: Consortium News

Two key GOP candidates have stressed their commitment to fundamentalist Christianity, but these ancient traditions don't mesh with precepts of modern society.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2010, Source: Consortium News

Chances are that if you are in your 20s or 30s, you are not hanging around a church. Here are some reasons why.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2010, Source: Consortium News

Many Christian leaders have decided that their religion should be dominant in the world. Where did they get that idea? Certainly not the teachings of Jesus.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2009, Source: Consortium News

Beautiful as it is, the story of the birth of Jesus is a myth born of the political needs of early Christians.

Posted on: May 28, 2009, Source: Consortium News

Christian publications are abuzz with talk about the "emerging church," which seems to be more science and gay friendly.