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Apostle Paul

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.

Romans 1.26-7: The Bible 'Says' Homosexuality Is a Sin?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Jesus may not have spoken directly about homosexuality, but Paul did, we are assured. However, this passage is not about condemning homosexuality, but about condemning those who condemn others.

Apostle Paul Lived And Died As A Dedicated Jew

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Paul's vision was to make his brand of Judaism -- with the recognition of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah -- a world religion easily accessible to everyone. At no time did he repudiate Judaism or declare that he represented a new religion.

The Eyes Of Faith

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Many choose to view God as distant. Observable. Manageable. Close enough to consider. Distant enough to never impose nor interfere. From a distance, no wonder is ever too wonderful, no power too powerful, no master ever too masterful.

Holy Crap: The Sacred Call Of The Excluded

Peter Rollins | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

In Paul's definition of the trash-people as the divine collective, the crap and the holy are joined together in a type of parallax similar to what we find in the wave-particle duality discovered by physicists.

Love and Hope in the Wake of Boston

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

We should have stopped trying by now. We should have thrown up our hands in despair and cried, "Enough." We should have relented by now, given up any hope that our lives would cease being punctuated by random violence. We should have stopped hoping for something different. But we haven't.

Weeping Through Easter: An Alternative Tradition

James D. Tabor | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Few have realized there are two substantially different Easter stories embedded in our texts. The alternative tradition has no appearances of Jesus following the discovery of an empty tomb.

How Artists Invented The Christian Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

This Christianization phenomenon fueled anti-Semitism through the ages by strengthening the illusion that Jesus and Jews were of different ethnicities and religions.

Toward Churches In the Green: Postmodern, Post-Christian Possibilities for Faith in the Future

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

What might a truly sustainable church (a "church in the green") look like? By sustainable, I don't mean, of course, what people usually mean when they say "self-sustaining." I'm talking about a radically intentional effort.

Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

If we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit that our national histories, our ethnic histories, our religious histories, our family histories, our personal histories, all take precedence over the Bible.

Neuroscience And The Mind Of Christ

Derek Flood | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Derek Flood

The way of enemy love is not intuitive. The very idea of loving the person you would normally hate is an intentionally provocative idea. So how can we learn to have what Paul calls "the mind of Christ"?

Christianity Before Paul

James D. Tabor | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

The fundamental doctrinal tenets of Christianity can be traced back to Paul -- not to Jesus. In contrast, the original Christianity before Paul is somewhat difficult to find in the New Testament.

A Polite Tribute To Alan Segal

Robert Orlando | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Alan Segal graced us for a while -- to teach and inspire, but, most of all to befriend those who shared his mortal journey. Whether or not he was conscious of it, he did his part to heal, repair and transform this world.

Dear Angry Evangelical, Have You Prayed For Your President Today?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

We can assume that a stout majority of evangelicals voted for Mitt Romney. Their candidate lost and today they almost assuredly wrestle with crushing disappointment. Perhaps intead of rising up, they need to kneel down. Maybe rather than protest they need to pray.

Homosexuality And The Bible: An Election Day Appeal

Jack Levison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

On Election Day, voters in Maine, Minnesota, Washington and Maryland will decide the future of same-sex marriage. Many of them will cast their vote based upon what they think the Bible teaches about same-sex marriage. But how many actually know?

The Bodhisattva's View Of Same-Sex Marriage

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Tenzin Norbu

Bodhisattvas must challenge the conservative ideology that the institution of marriage -- defined as a relationship between a man and a woman -- is unalterable.

Why And How Christians Should Stop Being Jerks About Politics

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

In the midst of the wall-building that is going on all around, those of us who claim to be followers of Christ should be about the divine work of reconciling people, of tearing down the walls of hostility.

Man Does Not Live By God Alone

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Most conservative scholars will view the money transaction through a mythical lens and argue that Paul's collection given to the Jerusalem Apostles was not a "bribe" but an attempt to unify the church. But is that all it was?

How The Apostle Paul Transformed Christianity

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Paul is the "shadow behind all four of the Gospels" and the key light illuminating the Empty Tomb stories, a main source of revelation when there was no core understanding of Jesus.

Who Was The Apostle Paul's Thorn?

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

For centuries, Scholars have debated Paul's mysterious "barb." It has been the source of much speculation, including Paul's lusts, sexual preference or physical ailments, including malaria and eye disease.

Yes, James the Brother of Jesus!

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Paul, in his Galatians autobiography, identifies James as a man who replaced Peter as the head of the early Church. Additional apocryphal and secular sources assume James as heir to the church and rightfully so as his brother.

The Apostle Paul Was Not A Misogynist Homophobe

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "To be great is to be misunderstood." If Emerson was right, then the Apostle Paul might be one of the greatest men to ever live. Few religious leaders have been as grossly misunderstood as Paul.

A Polite Bribe: Paul's Final Journey To Jerusalem

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Had the Roman army not pulled his bloodied frame from the mob, Paul would have died. Even his ironic journey to Rome as a prisoner -- rather than apostle -- would not have occurred.

What Really Happened To Paul On The Road To Damascus?

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

It is not that Luke lacks correct information about Paul. It is that he interprets all he has from the viewpoint of at least two generations after Paul.