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Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner is a religion columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at mkellner@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Mark A. Kellner

KELLNER: Popular author Max Lucado wrestles with the question of suffering

Even if you've never met him, Max Lucado has a message for your darkest hours: "You'll get through this." That, in fact, is the title of the newest book from the well-known Christian author and the "preaching minister" at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio for the past 25 years. Published September 5, 2013

KELLNER: 'Left Behind' author scores again with novel on Paul

Saul of Tarsus, later known to Christians as the Apostle Paul, is one of the most compelling — and controversial — figures in the history of the faith. Some say he "invented" what we know today as Christianity, putting his spin on Jesus' teachings, amplifying and expanding the Gospel message via letters, or epistles, to various branches of the then-nascent movement. Published August 29, 2013

KELLNER: Keep victims of persecution in prayers

One of the greatest things about living in the U.S. is the freedom of religion granted under the Constitution's First Amendment. You and I can attend worship services at any church, synagogue, mosque, meeting house, temple or assembly and do so without too much hassle. Published August 15, 2013

General Andre Cox speaks Aug. 3 in London shortly after being elected as the Salvation Army's new international leader. (salvationarmy.org)

New Salvation Army world leader wants spiritual focus

Taking over a global organization best known for its social service work, the Salvation Army's new international leader said in an interview he wants the Christian movement's religious work to take center stage for the 1.7-million member church. Published August 6, 2013

KELLNER: For Christians, scholar's portrayal of Jesus hard to recognize

Iranian-American scholar Reza Aslan has grabbed a fair amount of headlines the past 10 days since his contentious interview with Fox News Channel religion correspondent Lauren Green. The fact that trying to discuss a complex subject via remote video connection — Mr. Aslan was not in the studio with Ms. Green — can yield problems was, sadly, demonstrated in a clip that "went viral," as is often said about Internet-based miscellany. Published August 1, 2013

KELLNER: A digital approach to spreading the word

Tuesday morning, at a worship gathering held near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the speaker stopped short as he began to give an instruction familiar to generations of Protestants: "Please open your Bibles and turn to ... " Published July 25, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York

KELLNER: Dolan e-book gives true 'insider' account of Vatican conclave

For what may be the first time ever, a Roman Catholic leader has written an "insider" account of a papal conclave. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has authored an unprecedented peek at the Vatican gathering this year that resulted in the selection of Pope Francis. Published July 18, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 22, 1978, file photo, Pope John Paul II blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square from a Vatican City balcony right after he was named pontiff. A Vatican official says Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint. (AP Photo)

KELLNER: D.C. shrine in the spotlight as John Paul II nears sainthood

The July 5 announcement by the Vatican that blessed John Paul II, the pontiff who died in 2005, has been "cleared" by Pope Francis for canonization was not overly surprising. From the chants of "Santo Subito!" ("Saint Now!") at his funeral to his beatification two years ago to the two miracles attributed to him, the Polish-born pope was a favorite among Roman Catholics, and he was respected and loved by many beyond the church's ranks. Published July 11, 2013

KELLNER: Reality-show family with 12 children has quiet faith at core

They're a real, flesh-and-blood clan of children ages 2 to 21, online at www.thewillisclan.com. The sheer number prompted my first question to the brood's mother, Brenda Willis: "Aren't you always tired?" "How'd you guess?" was her laughing reply Published July 4, 2013

KELLNER: A 31-year union truly 'in sickness and in health'

At first glance, the title of the recently published memoir by one of the nation's best-known evangelical Christian couples seems to be a huge misnomer: "Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story" (Zondervan, 2013). It just doesn't sound right. Published June 27, 2013

KELLNER: Questions swirl as Salvation Army leader steps down

One of the world's best-known charitable organizations — though not always recognized for the global evangelical Christian church that it also is — suddenly and unexpectedly finds itself needing a new global chief executive. Published June 20, 2013

Evangelical Pat Robertson honored as a trailblazer in faith, politics

Pat Robertson, 83, who was honored Friday by the Faith and Freedom Coalition at its Washington gathering, carved out a unique political legacy of his own as a pioneer of Christian broadcasting, as an educator and as a standard-bearer for newly energized Christian conservative voters. Published June 13, 2013

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, escorted by the Very Rev. John Hall, dean of Westminster Abbey, leaves the church in London on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

KELLNER: Westminster's vicar seeks to boost U.S. ties

The Very Rev. John R. Hall, a 38-year veteran of Church of England service, was in Washington last month to strengthen ties with the National Cathedral and to cultivate more friends for Westminster Abbey on this side of the Atlantic. Published June 13, 2013

KELLNER: The steel and substance behind Joel Osteen's charm

Traffic snaked into the Giant Center here, an arena usually accustomed to hosting Hershey Bears hockey games, on the last Friday evening in May, with lines of vehicles packed tighter than the Beltway at rush hour. Published June 6, 2013

Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

KELLNER: Getting a read on the new pope

As with the 1978 election of Pope John Paul II, the March selection of an Argentine Jesuit, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis stunned many within and outside the Roman Catholic Church: The new pontiff wasn't widely known outside of South America, and his views on many issues were a bit mysterious. Published May 30, 2013

KELLNER: Church of Scotland errs with anti-Israel statement

One of the many difficulties with today's popular view of Scripture as being more flexible than the average political campaign promise is that those given to compromise on biblical standards can quickly paint themselves into a very difficult corner. Published May 23, 2013

KELLNER: Religious persecution can mean political upheaval

Rising persecution of minority religious communities in Pakistan, Iran and Syria — and other nations — is a serious threat to stability in those countries and their neighbors, a panel of specialists said at a Hudson Institute forum this week, showing how religious tensions can have larger political ramifications in hot spots around the world. Published May 16, 2013

KELLNER: Reclaiming a Jewish legacy in an unlikely place

Not well known, until now, is Cape Verde's status as the onetime home to many Moroccan Jewish emigrants, whose cemeteries are being restored, thanks to the determined effort of a D.C. woman who stumbled upon this aspect of the diaspora a few years ago. Published May 9, 2013