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Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.14.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase exponentially, mindlessly spreading.

A Marriage Vow to Remember

Marshall Cannon | Posted 05.14.2016 | Weddings
Marshall Cannon

When I got married in 2012, my wife and I wrote our own vows. It is the vogue thing to do these days. What I soon learned is that the writing of one's vows can be intimidating and extremely personal.

The Perfect Salad and the Imperfect Church: Scot McKnight's A Fellowship of Differents

Jack Levison | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
Jack Levison

What happens when you cross a first-rate New Testament scholar, a genuinely funny guy, and a former fundamentalist?

Why Christians Fight About What the Bible Says

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 05.07.2016 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

As a Christian ethicist and an ordained Presbyterian minister, I value the Bible a great deal. I study it often and read it with my children. I think the real source of disagreement within Christianity is how we approach the Bible.

Let's Take Action Instead of Praying About It

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If your own critical thinking tells you to pray to Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha or even the Spaghetti Monster, by all means say your prayers in the privacy of your own home or silently if in a public setting.

A Letter From Burundi to the World

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

The following is a report from two of my dear friends from Burundi. The husband, a social entrepreneur, and the wife, a writer-theologian, asked me if I would help get this message out to the world.

Bible Society Museum

Martin Marty | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Museum of Biblical Art to Close, Despite Recent Crowds," a New York Times headline read on April 28. The reviews of its current Donatello show were very positive, but, as author Randy Kennedy explained, they could do nothing to help prevent the closing.

Border Crossing: Astounding Hope in Laredo (Acts 10:44-48)

Mary F. Foskett | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Mary F. Foskett

The Biblical story recounted in Acts 10:44-48 is also a story of transformation and relational border crossing between people who, though not at all strangers, were practiced at holding each other at a distance.

Biblical Marriage is Not What You Think

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Marriage in the Bible was much more about property rights, ensuring paternity of offspring, succession, political alliances and tribal stability than it was about companionship, mutual support and affection as we think of marriage today.

Preaching Reflections On Freddie Gray and Baltimore

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Were I preaching this Sunday, I'd strongly consider preaching from Psalm 137. This Psalm features one of Scripture's most notorious lines: "a blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks!"

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

Is the King Solomon Story Really About Mediating or Judging?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

It's amazing how many ways Biblical text can be interpreted and the fact that the same people are willing to interpret the exact same text differently for their own selfish and self-serving purposes, as the need arises.

Is Islam Really the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas?

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Dale Hansen

Are quotations from a religious book really enough to indict an entire religion? With this in mind, listed here is a mix of verses from the Quran and the Bible. Is it obvious which book is the mother lode of bad ideas and which one is the religion of peace?

Legislating Love in the 21st Century (Acts 8:26-40)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Imagine planning and preparing for your wedding for months, making decisions about guest lists, music, menus, seating charts, and attire. You go to the lone bakeshop in town to talk about your cake choices, only to be told that the baker is not willing to work with you.

Why Proof-Texting Is Not Like Other Sins

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Proof-texting is an intentionally deceptive practice that offers out of context proof while ignoring the greater witness of scripture and any other evidence that might rufute the desired (and predetermined) theological conclusion.

Daily Meditation: Fear No Evil

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion

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

Book Review: 7 Wealth Building Secrets

Suna Senman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Money
Suna Senman

While the title 7 Wealth Building Secrets, looks ordinary, the contents of this book are extraordinarily grounded in greatest wisdom and proven practicality.

What Genesis Says About Marriage: It's Not What You Think

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

There are many Christians, especially fundamentalists, who remain convinced that the Book of Genesis establishes life-long monogamous marriage between one man and one woman as the sole biblically-approved form of marital union. This is a viewpoint shared by popular writers and even some academics.

Yes, Homosexuality Absolutely Is A Choice

John Pavlovitz | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

Confession time. Yes, LGBT people are absolutely making a choice. They are choosing to be the most honest, authentic versions of themselves. The only relevant choice for straight Christians is whether we are willing to examine both our personal opinions and our theology accordingly. The choice is ours.

Exhaling Judgment: A Personal Journey Toward Radical Welcome (John 10:11-18)

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

I had the sense, as a child, that God's goodness and mercy would only follow me all of the days of my life if I was "good" and Christian. And I had the sense that good and Christian was a narrow way.

What Really Hurts The Church's Witness

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

What really hurts the Church's witness is proclaiming that all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord while working hard to pass laws that exist for the sole purpose of discrimination.

A Biblical Argument (Sort of) in Opposition to the Bible as Tennessee's State Book

Lee C. Camp | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

In the name of transparency, I voice three things: One, I've spent more time with the Bible open before me than any other book. I would not be who I am today, whether for good or ill, apart from the book.

The Sermon on the Mount (CCV -- Condensed CINO Version)

Neal Wooten | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy
Neal Wooten

Some people find it hard to separate faith from patriotism, the Bible from the Constitution, and especially scripture from their own personal prejudices, so here is the updated condensed sermon for today's CINO (Christian In Name Only).

What Has Tennessee Done and What Holy Bible Have They Chosen?

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Tennessee legislators have voted to establish the Holy Bible as their official state book, so it's a good time to ask: What, exactly, is in the Holy Bible?

Tennessee House Approves Bill To Make Bible Official State Book

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 15 (Reuters) - Tennessee state legislators on Wednesday advanced a bill to make the Bible the ...