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A Parting Lesson From The Obamatudes

Noel Holston | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion
Noel Holston

It's difficult to recall a president, with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter, who has behaved more like a Christian while in office.

But I Say: Why Abortion Is Not The Only Political Issue That Should Matter To Followers Of Jesus

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 10.03.2016 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

The most common reason that people said they would continue to support Donald Trump, in spite of the warnings issued by Christian leaders like Philip Yancey and Max Lucado, was because ostensibly, Trump is anti-abortion.

The Bible Unlocked: Reincarnation

Kristina Kaine | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

There are texts in the Bible that make much more sense if we apply the principle of repeated lives. I know that many people find the concept of repeated lives on earth difficult to understand. We can bounce around with reactions or we can embrace our experiences.

A Meditation on Tribulation, Suffering and Affliction

Eric Simpson | Posted 07.17.2016 | Religion
Eric Simpson

If tribulation is an essential aspect of existence, or even if tribulation is a subjective interpretation of an objectively dispassionate natural environment, why are there not faculties programmed into the human animal to automatically offset its harmful effects? Or are there?

Baltimore Is About More Than a City in Maryland

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

There are reports on police officers' indifference about Freddie Gray, neglecting to buckle his seatbelt while he was in custody, and refusing to get him medical attention in a timely manner.

Following Jesus Isn't Primarily About Beliefs or Actions

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm intrigued by the fact that, in spite of my explanation that this project is more about delving into who we are and what we do than about what we think or believe, many people are eager to distill the "Jesus journey" down to making a specific set of claims for beliefs, end of story.

When Will Religious Leaders Start to Act Like Religious Leaders: Reflections on the LDS Press Conference

Sharon Groves | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Sharon Groves

Perhaps rather than holding a press conference on the right for religious people to discriminate we might have one on a shared commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of all our people. Now that would be a news conference I would want to attend.

Pope Francis: A Man of Few and Simple Words

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

I'm not a big fan of Church doctrines and dogma. It can be any religion. Doesn't matter. I think most doctrines and dogma are silly, misguided, someti...

Daily Meditation: Learning From Our Elders

Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Daily Meditation: Blessed Are The Meek

Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Gitmo Detainees Likely to Inherit Kingdom of Heaven

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Pat LaMarche

The Gitmo Clergy Fast calls on ordained clergy -- of any religion -- to do a water-only fast one day for one prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. There are 166 prisoners, so there needs to be 166 clergy.

The Beatitudes And Essential And Relevant Today

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The Beatitudes express the idea that peace comes from peacemakers who are characterized by their poverty of spirit, their ability to mourn for the world and their lack of attachments.

Doing The Beatitudes For Lent

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

Sometimes we all, even Jesus, need a "Canaanite woman" to reflect ourselves back at us, to remind us that God's mercy, God's compassion, knows no bounds.

On Keeping Christ in Christmas

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I'd like us to realize that keeping Christ in Christmas has nothing to do with what others choose to do, and everything to do with who we choose to be.

The Beatitude Attitude: 9 Tips For Avoiding Family Stress Over The Holidays

John Shore | Posted 01.22.2012 | Religion
John Shore

Here is a way of using the Beatitudes delivered by Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount as inspiration to make your family reunion something you can not only endure, but greatly enjoy.

The Pure In Heart Shall See God

Eric Simpson | Posted 06.30.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

How do we go about having a pure heart? Jesus provides a clue. Keeping our hearts sound is key not only to seeing ourselves as we really are, but to seeing God.

Those Who Are Merciful Will Obtain Mercy

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Showing mercy to others, like being poor, or mourning, or being meek, or like hunger and thirst, is a quality of soul that necessitates death, self-denial, perhaps even significant personal loss.

The Christian Journey Is Hard, But You Can Do It!

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Each of those steps may seem hard, even dangerous, to step on, and it may seem that we can't do it, but that's the path we're invited to climb. And it's Christ who urges us on.

Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness Will Be Filled

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

To hunger and thirst for righteousness even amid the difficulties of life is a sign of life, of awakening and of awareness. It is an escape from the tendency to despair.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: A Christian Understanding Of Grief

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Grief and even weeping are not shameful, but are necessary for healing and expressing authentic human empathy and emotion.

The Meek Are Reconciled With The Earth: The Basis Of Christian Ecology

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

For the meek to inherit the earth speaks to the reconciliation of the human person with creation itself, and all that is entailed by that term.

What Does It Mean To Be Poor And Blessed?

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Jesus says to us, "Blessed are the poor." To those of us who struggle in these present difficult times, this should come as a word of consolation and hope. Our struggles give us an opportunity to follow Christ.

Jesus Christ, George Bush And Torture

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

It is sickening enough that Bush consistently obliterated America's constitutional ideals of human rights. But to do all of these calloused acts in the name of Christ elicits in me, as a minister and follower of Jesus, a prophetic condemnation.