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How the Washington Wizards Have Renewed My Faith

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

The Bible tells us to "run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)," and this is harder than it sounds. Just ask the Washington Wizards of the NBA.

What Would Characters From The Bible Really Look Like? Here's One Photographer's Idea

The Huffington Post | Sara Roncero-Menendez | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

Plenty of films have taken a stab at bringing Bible stories to life, from "The Ten Commandments" and "Jesus Christ: Superstar" to this year's "Son of ...

Supreme Court Wrong to Give Blessing on Public Prayer

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

There are hundreds of thousands of churches, mosques, temples and synagogues representing millions of members. Therefore, the separation of church and state is crucial to the protection of free religious exercise.

How to Love Like a Mother (John 10:1-10)

Rev. Anne Sutherland Howard | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Anne Sutherland Howard

And they became known, those early followers of Jesus, for their generosity, for the way they cared for the very least and the lost and for the common good. They became known for their love. They became the Beloved Community.

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

What Comics Can Offer To Bible Readers

Sacred Matters | Beth Davies-Stofka, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion

This article first appeared in Sacred Matters housed at Emory University. The Bible was written on scrolls, papyri, and parchment, and rendered in ...

Avoiding Sexism, Perhaps Excessive in Religion

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.03.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Avoiding being labeled as "sexist" is very important these days. The current emphasis on bias-free language has created difficulties for today's writ...

Climate Change This Week: Hot Action, Forest Drones, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures May 1, 2014 How unusua...

Are You Stuck in Winter? Here Are Three Ways to Break Free

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Spring is here and most of us are ready for some warm weather and the change from winter to spring. The dogwoods are in bloom, tulips look beautiful, ...

Biblical Funding for National Projects: Private Charity v. Tax-and-Spend

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

This unfair, freeloader-encouraging formula is exactly what it means to leave society's beneficial, essential projects to charity. The only hope for a fair formula is to require contributions. That is why the Torah funds the safety net for the needy by required contributions.

Miracle, Schmiracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

It's hard for someone who's worked in newspapers and TV as long as I have to feel any sense of wonder over miracles, because we peddle miracles faster than McDonald's slings Big Macs.

Go Ahead and Die Already (Luke 24:13-35)

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

We appreciate life, but we are seduced at the intricacies and unknowns of death. While there is much enjoyment and celebration over health, personal accomplishments, births and birthdays, people the world ponder the 'what ifs' concerning the end of life.

'A Letter to My Congregation': An Evangelical Pastor Addresses the LGBTQ Question

Greg Carey | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Somehow folks have turned human sexuality into the litmus test for faithful Christianity. Speaking as a pastor, Ken Wilson reminds us that our church conversations involve not abstract principles, but people.

Reorienting Ourselves to the Earth (Acts 2:14a, 22-32)

Raj Nadella | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Raj Nadella

The text is simultaneously a warning about the fast approaching day of doom and an assurance about a possible day of salvation (Acts 4:21). Such day of salvation, however, is contingent upon people calling on the name of the Lord.

Can You Question The Resurrection And Still Be A Christian?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that ...

The Earliest Picture of Jesus on the Cross

John Shore | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
John Shore

We can glimpse a bit of the historical importance of the crucifixion through early Christian depictions of that event. The absolute earliest visual depictions of Jesus' crucifixion exist in the form of a symbol called the staurogram.

Show Me the Manna!

Daisy J Lin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Daisy J Lin

I think if I saw food raining from the sky and ate it, I wouldn't need any further convincing that some divine being was up there, looking out for me. Okey dokey. I get it now. You got my back.

Bible Pests

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.17.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Recounting the Ten Plagues at Passover makes me think of a contemporary plague we've been seeing in full force just this past week: Bible pests. Whet...

Let's Be Kind to Judas: John 13:21-32

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

John says that Satan was the motivator in Judas' betrayal of Jesus, but we're best to understand that to mean that despite all the time Judas had spent in Jesus' company, he had not committed his will to Jesus. Judas was not Jesus-possessed, the Gospel of Judas notwithstanding.

Bible Nudniks

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

Whether they think every word in the Bible is true and want to beat you over the head with it, or every word in it is false and it has to be ripped to...

'Noah' - Epic Filmmaking That Will Test You

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.11.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

This film has been greatly criticized for its deviation from the Biblical story. It's good to remember that it is not a documentary. It is a Hollywood film and, as such, a great piece of filmmaking.

Can You Educate to Freedom?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

'Education' and 'freedom' may seem like somewhat contradictory concepts. In some modern societies, education is looked as an integral component -- giving people liberty, autonomy and independence through the power and informed choices that come with knowledge.

The Bible Is Not a Sword

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

I think the Bible is a great read, but it's not a sword. The sword of the Spirit is way more dangerous than our petty arguments about which political position the Bible supports.

Bible Study: Skeptics Now Equal Believers

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously. The American Bible Soci...

Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's well documented that both Jesus and Paul were arrested and indicted on the charge of blasphemy against Judaism. By what authority did the Sanhedrin invoke these charges?