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Can You Meet God Outside the Bible?

Paul Perkins | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Paul Perkins

Although I didn't know it at the time, my faith was all brain and no heart. Like learning algebraic formulas, I treated God as just an intellectual belief.

On Wisdom (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 05.16.2016 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

Wisdom identifies three relationships that are crucial to the working the world. First, wisdom has a peculiar relationship with the creator. "I was beside him" from the beginning.

Of Sex, Gender, and the Universe (Or, My God! How Great Thou Art!)

Bert Montgomery | Posted 05.16.2016 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Before he was even three years old, my young friend Jonathan became fascinated with the solar system. He could recite the names of each planet, in ord...

And Now The World

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

I have written before, in these messages, about the weekly pairing of a Haftarah, a selection from the biblical Prophets, with our readings from the F...

How You Can Prep for Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Jack Levison

I'm lying on an ice pack early this morning, doing my back exercises and listening to Pray as You Go, a tool for meditation, with monastery bells, music, and a Bible reading. It warms up my cranky body--and cold morning soul. The reading today is from Acts 2--the story of Pentecost, which goes like this.

Pentecost and the Legacy of Prince (Acts 2:1-21)

Rev. Shively Smith | Posted 05.10.2016 | Religion
Rev. Shively Smith

Just a couple of weeks ago, many people were tossed unexpectedly into a spiral of shock and loss. People all over the world found themselves grieving at the same moment as news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was dead on April 21, 2016.

The Bible Unlocked: Becoming a Christ

Kristina Kaine | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

The Bible is the story of the developing human spirit. The books of the Bible tell us where we came from, where we are going, and how to get there. Fr...

2016 Election Will Test Voter Intelligence

Murray Forseter | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Whither America? Whither the conscience and soul of America? A campaign based on negativity leavened with bombastic claims without details of how we...

A Biblical Vegan Diet That Works

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

an something very old still be new and fresh and provide a roadmap to improving our communal health? With these thoughts in mind, the Book of Daniel may provide important clues validated by recent medical studies.

Evangelism Advice From Jesus: Stop Telling People About Jesus

Mick Mooney | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When Jesus walked the earth many people had a personal, life-altering encounter with him. They were big moments. He healed people and forgave people, ...

Not in My Name: 6 Reasons This Cisgendered Woman Pastor Stands for Bathroom Justice

Rev. Ashley Harness | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Rev. Ashley Harness

I've watched as people have claimed my faith as a tool of harm against my trans* and genderqueer siblings. I've watched as men claimed to protect me, while really using my safety as a pawn in political games. Not in my name -- as a Christian or as a woman.

When Mr. Go-Get-'Em Can't Get Up and Go

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Charles Redfern

A life dominated by mouth cancer, the biblical writers have shown me that God is big enough to take it when we shout, "Why are you sleeping in my storm?" In the case of the disciples, Jesus responds by stilling the wind with the same language he used to cast out demons.

Exposing a Government's Abuse of Power, and Other Life Hacks (Acts 16:16-40)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

In the end, the story does more than show us how powerful societies -- whether ancient or modern - try to keep a grip on their dominance. While Acts 16 describes a steady stream of self-preservation that issues from the villains in Philippi, the story's main point is to celebrate a divine victory.

Ewan McGregor Says It Was 'Daunting' To Play Jesus

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has played many beloved roles, but his latest may be the most iconic yet. In "Last Days in the Desert," a new film by Col...

Kirk Cameron, Marriage and the Bible

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

When Cameron states that, "Wives are to honor and respect and follow their husband's lead," he is adding to scripture. That instruction is not to be found anywhere in the actual text.

Bono Wants Christian Music To Get More Honest

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion

When U2 musician Bono reads the Psalms, a book of the Bible filled with ancient hymns, he sees the full range of human emotions: anger, irritation, sa...

Did Jesus Predict Muhammad? A Biblical Portal Between Christianity and Islam

Ian Mevorach | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Ian Mevorach

There is no better candidate than Muhammad, no one in fact that comes even close, in terms of fulfilling Jesus's promise of the Spirit of Truth who would bring forth a new revelation from God.

Seeking Wholeness in an Inherently Flawed System (John 5:1-9) By Dr. Raj Nadella

Raj Nadella | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Raj Nadella

John 5 tells the story of Jesus encountering many sick people, who were lying by the pool of Bethesda in hopes of getting healed. The pool, that was opposite Fortress Antonia, had a reputation for healing the sick.

What Does the Pope See In His Dreams?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

A story is circulating that in a recent dream the Pope saw original scripture writers in the act, and this might enlighten us.

How Ultrarunning Saved My Life

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

Little did I know that all my years of running had afforded me a strong immune system that conditioned me to physically and mentally survive my overwhelming life-threatening obstacle. My medical challenge was an endurance run of a different kind.

Pursue Biblical Womanhood

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I heard that good Christian women should focus on pursuing Biblical womanhood. So I turned to the Bible to see what a Biblical woman looks like. I sa...

What Evangelical Christians Need to Learn About Marijuana

John Weirick | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
John Weirick

What the Bible doesn't explicitly prohibit, Christians should be slow to condemn people who do such things. What the Bible consistently emphasizes about responsibility and making wise decisions, they can be quick to find a faithful path forward.

Jerusalem Brewery Recreates Beer With A Taste Jesus Might Have Known

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion

A Jerusalem brewery has produced a craft beer with a taste it says dates back to the time of Jesus. A sip of the concoction may help explain why wine ...

Interrogative Love: On Faith and Academia

Jacob J. Erickson | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Jacob J. Erickson

Asking someone about faith can be a dangerous exercise because, for one thing, they might actually tell you something (whether you actually wanted to ...

The Tel Arad Ostraca -- Notes from a Frontier Fortress in Ancient Judah

Roger Isaacs | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

The recent analysis of writing on fragmentary ostraca from Tel Arad tells a fascinating story about literacy in biblical times. I've asked Adam Hemmin...