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The Dilemma of the Pursuit of Christian Celebrity

Khristi Adams | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Khristi Adams

I'm not saying that those things are not evidence of God's blessings in their life. But, I find it problematic that this is becoming the measure by which we perceive progress.

My Mom, Jesus and Fundamentalism

Caroline Roy | Posted 12.29.2016 | Religion
Caroline Roy

Christmas is a great opportunity to get curious again. Start with the story of Jesus. We are not members of a church, but I will dig out the story and read it to my kids this year again.

5 Myths of Current Christian Culture That Detract From Faith

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

Anyone can grab a pot and a wooden spoon and stand out the street clamoring for attention. Go ahead. Set up a soapbox. Buy a spotlight. Sell tickets. Put on a show. But turning heads? Please don't tell me that's how you measure success.

War On Christmas? Sign This Minister Up!

Mark Sandlin | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

A war on worshiping consumerism in the sacred halls of Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy while the world is swallowed up in the darkness of not having enough food to eat - sign me up!

Living As An Authentic Christian In A Non-Christian World

Richard Stearns | Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Paul's point is this: Be strict with yourselves, expecting fellow Christians to obey the demands of Jesus. But don't hold others to the same rules.

Back To Church Again

Mark Sandlin | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

At the end of this sabbatical journey, I realize the journey has just started. Experiencing, seeing and understanding some of the things I did on my sabbatical away from Church is not enough. Now is the time to act.

Far Too Little Sabbath In The Sabbath

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Sabbatical is about rest and recuperation. It is about communing with God in a restorative way. For a lot of church-going people that is not the way they would describe Sunday mornings.

I Don't Want To Go Back To Church And Why I Will

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is.

Church, Social Media And Chautauqua

Verity A. Jones | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Verity A. Jones

Identity has long been a theme in religion studies and religious thought and practice. How might something like "digital identity" be shaping and reshaping religious life today?

The 'C' Word: Why I (And Other Christians) Resist The Label

Mark Sandlin | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I decided from the very beginning that during the three months I'm on sabbatical, I will not go to church. I've never done that for more than a couple of Sundays in my whole life. Ever. And it worried me.

10 Antidotes To Harmful Christian Cliches

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Somewhere along the way, Christian outreach became more about personal conversion than about empathy and compassion. One of the biggest turn-offs I hear about Christians is that folks see us as trying to make everyone like us.

Church Clothes

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Is our communal worship experience supposed to be nothing more than a fashion show with religious music playing, as we two-step down the sanctuary?

The Boy With A Broken Heart Is Born

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I wrote a story a while back about a family in our church back in Pueblo whose baby was due just after we left town. There was a good chance he'd need surgery in utero or immediately after being born.