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Apostle Paul

Don't Ignore The Past, Believe In The Future

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

To accept someone as Christ accepted you means welcoming that person into your life warmly, like the father of the prodigal welcomed his son. He did not present his son with a catalogue of grievances but with a party. He made sure his son knew that he was wanted.

The Bible Is For The Birds

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Avian language is everywhere in the Bible. But what, if anything, does it say about ethics? Quite a lot, I suspect. For whatever reason, God does not want humans killing mother birds.

Were the Disciples of Jesus Unschooled, Ordinary Men?

Gail Wallace | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Gail Wallace

This idea that Jesus chose poor, uneducated men as his disciples is entrenched in evangelistic teaching, and was something I heard often growing up in the church, especially during the Easter season. But is this really true?

Why Are Christians Supporting Trump the Heathen?

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

What is, at first glance, most surprising to me is that Trump is winning among religious voters. Can anyone imagine Jesus Christ saying the things that Donald says or using the tone that Donald uses or grimacing with Donald's snide face?

Mardi Gras Fashion Advice for the Church

Bert Montgomery | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

As we approach Mardi Gras Day, this New Orleans-born minister cannot help but wonder, if Paul and Jesus were riding by on a parade float, would they be able to pick me out of the crowd by what I had on? Would they be able to recognize you?

Are Fundamentalists Our Modern Scribes? Divine Revelation as Book or People

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.09.2016 | Religion
Robert Orlando

There are no divine projects without human ones, and while we can point to tradition or even sacred holy writ, Jesus seems to be warning to beware if you begin to think that in a holy book alone you have life, without also listening to the human cries behind that holy book.

Chinese Government Should Protect Religious Liberty to Promote Desire for Social Peace

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

The best way to minimize political confrontations between church and state is to reduce government restraints on religion. Christians have no unified view of politics, and that is as true in China as in America. But believers everywhere agree on the importance of being allowed to worship God.

From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film.

Why Don't We Listen to God?

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

If we follow Christ like we follow the latest food phenomenons or workout routine (to say nothing of our obsession with material things), we would each lead much more meaningful and happy lives.

3 Reasons Why Apostle Paul Is the Crazy Uncle No One Wants to Talk About (and 2 Reasons Why We Need to Get Over That)

Pete Enns | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

For many Christians--especially for conservative evangelicals--Paul's writings form the core teachings of their churches, from settling church squabbles to the centrality of the death and resurrection of Christ.

Discovering a Lost and Forgotten Early Christian 'Gospel'

James D. Tabor | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Few Christians today have even heard of the Didache, but this text allows us a glimpse into a largely forgotten form of early Christianity, one that stands in rather stark contrast to the Christianity developed by the Apostle Paul some decades after the death of Jesus.

The Bible & Sex: A Case Study

Greg Carey | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

We may find it frustrating, but the relationship status between the Bible and sexual wisdom reads, "It's complicated."

"Better to Marry": For Christians, Gay Marriage -- Not Celibacy

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As a scholar of religion who is gay (and -- by the way -- currently celibate), I staunchly oppose this heretical Christian claim that the rare spiritual gift of and vocation to celibacy is automatically to be assigned to an entire group of people merely because of their affectional or sexual orientation.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

Apostle Paul: Bribes, Bids, and Betrayals in the Bible?

Robert Orlando | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Although "bid" is not as sharp "bribe" it was also not as accurate. Truth be told, at the heart of the life of the Apostle Paul there was not only a bribe, albeit a "polite" one, but actually an apostolic betrayal!

Many Gifts, Same Spirit: Celebrating Pride in Our Diversity Together

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

LA Pride Eucharist, celebrated to kick off LA Pride this weekend, expresses faith in the right all LGBTQIIAA people have to worship as we feel led, without anyone deciding for us whether or not we can be included or what kind of spirituality we can embrace.

Is Jesus' Message His Death or His Life?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Holy Week should not be interpreted to mean that we are responsible for the death of Christ, or that God's honor would be offended if he simply forgave our sins, or that the point of Jesus' life was his suffering and death, or that this death magically erases the consequences of what we actually have done.

Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.

F.C. Baur, the Nosferatu of New Testament Critical Studies?

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Over the last few decades, whenever the notion of a harmonious Christian beginning has been challenged, there seems to have been a readily available "how-to-manual" defense against this perspective.

Christmas: What Would Jesus Do?

James D. Tabor | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

How does one separate the Christ of Christian faith and tradition from the Jesus of history? Is there any evidence that Jesus as a Jew in his own time would have endorsed the later theological affirmations of Christianity, such as those found in the Apostles Creed?

Struggling to Find Answers

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Each year as I go through a reawakening to these seemingly tragic situations, I always come back to the same conclusion: although I do not understand why certain things happen, as a man of faith I believe that the world has been created by Almighty God and that he is a kind, benevolent, and all-knowing God.

Coping With the "Crazies" in D.C. and Elsewhere

Robert Hoch | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

How do we temper "rifled" barbs and hot-tempered outbursts? Well, I suppose we begin not with the "crazies" in our offices and workplaces, but with the "crazy" in us.

Making God in Your Own Image

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

Like most issues in the United States today, a person's beliefs tend to mirror their political preference. A conservative Christian is more likely to follow the teachings of Paul whereas a liberal Christian is more likely to follow the teachings of Jesus and the original apostles.

Mr. Rogers Can Still Teach Us (About Biblical Context)

Joel L. Watts | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Fred Rogers is still teaching today. Context matters. Don't "gif" the New Testament.

A Polite Bribe: An Apostle's Bid to Save a World Religion

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Paul, a contemporary of Jesus, wrote letters prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 66-70. His correspondence remains our only porthole into the first-century conflicts of a Jewish movement and how it branched out into a Greek-speaking world before Israel was trampled under Roman occupation.