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New Year's Resolution to Read the Bible?

Jana Riess | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Jana Riess

So ask yourself: Why do you want to read the whole Bible? What if you decided instead to read several key books a couple of times each, to better understand and savor them?

A Moral and Economic Imperative to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

A democracy provides assistance for people who need help. A fair and just society provides assistance for people who need help. A moral society provides assistance for people who need help.

Texas Mayor Declares 2014 To Be 'Year Of The Bible'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

The Mayor of Flower Mound, Texas, made a special proclamation on December 16, 2013, declaring 2014 to be the "Year of the Bible. In his proclamatio...

Duck Dynasty, the Bible and Justification of Hatred

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 03.04.2014 | TV
Bruce Tenenbaum

Feel free to disagree, as I'm sure many who "stand with Phil" will, but if you think believing and saying hateful things about entire groups of people is okay because of some alleged word of God, then my wish is that someday you truly see the light.

Not Another New Year's Resolution

Nyasha Junior | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Nyasha Junior

This is the year. No, really! This time is going to be different. This time, you're going to lose weight, write the great American novel, find your tr...

Let's Talk About Sex, Duck Dynasty Style

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

The focus tends to be on the plumbing, if you will, and the procreative outcome. The focus is all too often on the body parts that are involved instead of on what happens within a person when he or she is attracted to another person.

Rising Above the Low Water Mark of 2013 (Ephesians 1:3-14)

Doug Mendenhall | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
Doug Mendenhall

O gracious God, we thank you for getting us through 2013 and we pray that you will help us to look back on it as the low water mark from which American society emerged more civil and united.

Phil Robertson (and Fans) Versus the Holy Bible

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

Does any of this make sense? Do you begin to understand why you don't single out sins, or try to pretend your sins are less wrong, or shout out sins instead of witnessing directly to people, or get upset if you are truly being persecuted for being a Christian?

"Breakfast at Zezima's"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.25.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Beer: It's not just for breakfast anymore. But the greatest beverage in the history of mankind, which guys often use to hook up with ...

Stories From the Bible

Michael Hafftka | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

In the forty years of my artistic career, I have been working on a series of Bible paintings. This is the first time I show them all together.

Christmas, Fact and Fiction

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Human beings are story-telling creatures. Stories help us to understand our world, to find our place in it and sometimes our purpose, too. So, the distinctions we draw between fact and fiction are rarely as absolute as we might wish them to be.

This Christmas, Let's Bring Back WWJD

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

I know it can be easy to buy into the idea that you are pressured by someone or something to make sure you stress yourself and your finances to the limit but that is about as far from scripture as you can get without committing a felony

A Gay Man's Open Letter to Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty

Dillon Couvillon | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dillon Couvillon

Some people will call for your show to be yanked, or you to be written out of the show, I don't think that is the appropriate response and answer. Rather I think staying, shows an even greater idea.

Bloomberg's Right: That's Just the Way God Works

Kristen Marble | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Bloomberg was right about God too. Well, sort of. God works in such a way as to expect us to work against the injustices, the travesties, the unluckiness.

Egypt as a Place of Refuge for Baby Jesus

Safwat Marzouk, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Safwat Marzouk, Ph.D.

The survival of Moses and Jesus calls us to resist politics of oppression and violence that emerge out of fear.

Dreams of Zion

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Even after visiting Israel many times, I still forget how astonishing the establishment of Israel really is. Occasionally, however, a simple intrusion in my life can abruptly focus my amazement on that little state.

Poems and Prayers

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Arabs and Jews have lived together for thousands of years. Our languages have cross-pollinated and we have developed a united mythology and set of traditions.This was all on display with the West-Coast premiere of Poems and Prayers, my third symphony.

Riding With the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Greece

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

This is where the end of time begins, where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse first rode out of the starting gate, where the Seven Seals were opened and the Seven Angels sounded the Seven Trumpet blasts, where the blinding vision of Armageddon, final battle between good and evil, first burst forth.

Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency.

The Problem With Christians is That They Are People, and Sometimes People Suck

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

"I like Jesus, it's his followers I can't stand" That used to be a magnet on my refrigerator. I was 21 and had only read the bible enough to try to t...

The Surprising Truth Behind Biblical Prophecies

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Ask most people what happens to prophecies in the Bible, and the response will be that they get fulfilled. But that popular answer is based on a fundamental translation mistake.

What Do We Really Know About David From the Bible?: An Interview With Joel Baden

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

David is one of the most prominent figures of the Bible, a person whose life and lineage shaped both Judaism and Christianity in crucial ways. So when I discovered a new book called The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero, I was fascinated.

Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.

Step Away From the Bible!

Kerry Walters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Kerry Walters

So, to both the Dawkinite atheists and the Christian fundamentalists among us, I've one piece of advice. I'm sorry if it sounds harsh, but you've fumed and shouted and bloviated and obfuscated for too long. Put your Bibles down, shut up, and take an introductory English course.

Fate, Faith and Fortune: A Book for Hanukkah and Christmas

Jack Levison | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

The Family tells the true story of how Laskin's family of Torah scribes and humble shopkeepers split into three branches at the turn of the last century.