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Black Friday: Can't Buy Love (Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Let's work on all of this during this season. Let's talk to one another. Let's refuse to buy into the consumer mentality. Let's spend our time and resources on each other in more faithful and spiritual ways.

They Will Know We Are Christian by... Our Fear?

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

The call to welcome the refugee is practically an essential tenant of Christianity, and yet after the Paris terrorists attacks, many Christians are calling to halt our (already paltry) resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Waking to the Human Work-in-Progress

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

(Image by the Author) "From the mouths of infants and sucklings, You have founded strength, for the ending of Your foes, to cause enemy and avenger ...

Catching Our Breath: Life After Beirut and Paris

Jack Levison | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.

Jesus the Refugee

Jonathan Williams | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Williams

If there were anyone that wanted to fight violence with violence, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone who wanted swift justice by any means possible, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone that had a distrust of foreigners, it would be Jesus.

Twins Are Very Different (Lessons From Jacob and Esau)

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

When we hear the term "twins," we often think of two things that are alike -- twin beds, twin turbo engines, etc. However, as the father of twins (who happen to turn ten-years-old today), I can attest to the fact that twins are most certainly quite different from one another.

Most Americans Believe In The Bible. Fewer Care If Their President Does.

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

Most Americans see the Bible as either the literal or the inspired word of God, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, but they're less likely to insist th...

Are Biblical Hermeneutics the New Tower of Babel?

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

An assessment of contemporary Christian reading patterns of the Hebrew Bible can be roughly divided into two primary schools of thoughts; the first sc...

Veterans Day: War On Every Shore (Mark 13:1-8)

Rev. Shively Smith | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Shively Smith

When wars initiate, conflicts ignite, and earthquakes hit, our service members and veterans act. ALL those who serve for justice, whether under the uniform of military or under the "uniform" of personal choice and moral code help make "the end" still be able to come.

The Financial Crisis Facing U.S. Churches

David Briggs | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The Catholic Church continues to grow with the population, with about a quarter of Americans identifying as Catholic. But a steady decline in Mass attendance means fewer are putting money in the collection plate on Sundays.

"I Hated Hating People"

Rodney Wilson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Rodney Wilson

Recently, I had the opportunity to engage with nearly 1,600 ex-Christians who completed an extensive survey about their Christian background and the whys behind their deconversion--rejection of faith for agnosticism or atheism.

Our Children Are Us (Psalm 127)

Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson

When we see ourselves and others as God's heritage, we will be more diligent to help those who are lost because of maltreatment, violence and abuse. Troubled youth, runaways, delinquent youth, and all of the categories we use, are lost and need help to find their way.

The Gift of Uncertainty

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

Religion does us a disservice when it seeks to remove uncertainty from life. Have you ever noticed how the more certainty a religion claims to deliver, the more frenzied and hysterical are its adherents?

Can Human Consciousness Be Replicated?

James D. Tabor | Posted 11.02.2015 | Science
James D. Tabor

I surely have no expertise in this field but I remain convinced that any such replication, however precise and infinitely complex, would remain as "dumb" as a more sophisticated version of Siri on my iPhone. More is more, but more is not consciousness.

A Psychologist Replays the Trials of Jesus and Paul, and Uncovers Surprising Revelations

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri--wikimedia and Paul before Festus and Agrippa by Vasily Surikov--wikiart Jesus and Paul to Sanhedrin: "If I'...

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

How Can God Be Real If the World Is So Broken?

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Some people say that people of faith just need to believe in God to make them feel better. It's like we're taking some kind of supernatural pill to relax our nerves. But to those who believe, it's not just about feeling good. And walking with God is certainly not always relaxing.

Somewhere Between National Coming Out Day and TDOR: The Reformation Project Conference in Kansas City, November 5-7

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It seems pretty basic to me. If you are using the Bible to advance policies and positions that exclude anyone, you are misusing the Bible. This is not what the Bible really calls us to do.

When Mister Rogers Rankled Witches

Michael G. Long | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers often encountered criticism from viewers of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.' In letter after letter, irate viewers criticized everything from his generous views of divine grace to his pacifist approach to war to his bold decision to show the erect nipple of a breast-feeding mother.

Scarlett Johansson Reads Bible In Sexy Way, And Now We Worship Her

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.29.2015 | Comedy

Scarlett Johansson spiced up the Old Testament for a comedy album by "Saturday Night Live" alum Mike O'Brien. If the Bible wasn't your thing before, y...

Migrants and Morals

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

A disorganized rabble consisting of thousands of migrants fleeing persecution and terrible living conditions stream out of a Mideast country. Their aim is a rich, fertile, sparsely populated land to the north. Their progress is slow and intermittent with detours and backtracks.

The Foolishness of So-Called Biblical Gender Roles

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Taking an unjust system and making it nicer is foolishness. However, this is exactly what many evangelical groups are doing with patriarchy. Patriarchy, at its core, is a system of injustice, where women are not fully autonomous, but are under the authority of men.

Beijing +20 and Michelle Obama: What Is Women's Work? (Ruth 1:1-18)

Lisa Davison | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion
Lisa Davison

Those involved in the organization of Beijing +20 are calling all of the countries that signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform to accountability. They are asking everyone to give careful attention to the advances that have been made and the unfinished items on the agenda for gender equality and female empowerment.

Meatless Monday: Meatless by the Book

Ellen Kanner | Posted 10.26.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

If you want to find justification in the Bible for any sort of behavior, it's in there. It's just a matter of interpretation, from when the earth will...

Abraham and Isaac 2015

Daniel Asia | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Daniel Asia

The Jewish Community is one of Law----or Faith, emotional connections, and a relationship established through mutual interaction in various proscribed ways- for example, through prayer, or celebrations, and the like. This is at least in part what a community is.