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Christian Faith

What Does It Mean to Love Our Neighbor?

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 01.06.2017 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The story of Isaac and Ishmael is difficult to read. The account follows two half-brothers born to the same father and different mothers. As the story played out, one was adored and one was banished. One was considered the heir of their common father; one was disinherited.

What Has Happened to Them?

Richard Brand | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Richard Brand

These young people, who demanded the civil rights, have somehow fifty years later become the people who support the restriction on voter rights.

Grocery Store Theology: Market Basket, Labor Day, and Respecting the Worker

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

In my church, where prayer concerns are raised during worship by members of the congregation, the employees of Market Basket were raised up by non-employees. People across the political spectrum talked about refusing to shop out of solidarity for the workers.

Forty Days in an Orange Jumpsuit: A Lawyer/Pastor Wears Prison Garb for Lent

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Our faith is done a disservice by ministers who seek to have the most, rather than seek out those with the least. Kent's act does what ministry should: challenge, inform and enliven our faith lives.

The Salvation Of Extraterrestrials

Thomas F. O'Meara, OP | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Thomas F. O'Meara, OP

The power of a divine person is infinite and cannot be limited to anything created. Could the Word of God could be incarnate in creatures other than Jesus of Nazareth?

Sin And Chewing Gum

Derek Flood | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

We need to care about hurting each other, we need to be active in making things right. Because, to paraphrase Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount: You are worth much more to God than chewing gum.

At Home With Billy Graham On His 93rd Birthday

Larry Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Larry Ross

As I headed up the mountain to Billy Graham's house that lovely August afternoon, I did not know what to expect or what I would encounter in terms of his mindset or demeanor.

Some Hurts Are More Than Skin Deep

Serita Jakes | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Serita Jakes

We often shy away from things that may help us because of what other people may think. You cannot continue to be tormented on the inside, so that you look perfect on the outside.

A Questioning Faith: Where Is God When We Hurt?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

God has created us to recognize the injustice and emptiness and long for something more. God did not have to make us this way. God could have made us like fish, but he didn't. Why is that?

Confusing Faith For Belief

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The fact is, you can be certain of nothing. When your religion is all about what you believe, know that the ego in you has taken over already.

Former Korn Guitarist On Fame, Fragility, Family And Faith

Tinley Park, IL Patch | Nabeha Zegar | Posted 08.24.2011 | Religion

Thousands of people came out to hear a former crystal meth addict turned Christian tell his story. Brain Welch, more commonly known by his nickname "...

Not Ashamed Of Jesus

Anthony B. Robinson | Posted 07.24.2011 | Religion
Anthony B. Robinson

Over the years, I've continued to ponder my initial reaction to that church and particularly to the hymns. What was it that I found difficult, even embarrassing?

A Protestant Learns To Love The Church Fathers

Ben Griffith | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Ben Griffith

I am no newcomer to the Christian faith. But somehow, in the process of church, youth camps, Bible courses and extensive reading of Scripture, the Church Fathers never made it into the conversation.

Is A Bodily Resurrection Of Jesus Necessary For Easter To Have Validity?

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.13.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Soon, millions of Christians will gather to celebrate Easter. For many of them, the literal resurrection of Jesus is necessary for any of it to have validity. But is this necessary?

Soul Surfer Rides The Wave Of 'Real' Christian Films

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

Soul Surfer succeeds where many other Christian-themed films fail. It strikes a satisfying balance between powerful storytelling and overreaching message-giving.

Soul Surfer Is a Story of Faith and Courage

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.12.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Soul Surfer is an uplifting movie in its tale of faith and survival, but may be too sweetly joyous to appeal to the jaded members of our society.

You Might Be A Christian If...

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.10.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Here are the essentials in creating the broadest scope of what I would consider "Christian." These are intentionally vague and screaming for nuance.

Can The Question That Troubles Our Faith Really Be Answered?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The problem for people of Christian faith is that there really aren't very many good answers to the question of "why" in the Bible.

The End Of Christianity

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

The only hope for Christianity as a systematic exclusive expression of belief is in its end.

Faith Is Trusting God, Not Belief In Doctrine

Jeffrey Small | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Faith then is not belief in a certain doctrine about Jesus, but a trust in using him as an example of what it looks like to live a God-centered life.

C.S. Lewis: Chronicles of Narnia Author and Advocate for Animals

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

C.S. Lewis frequently used animals in his stories to show their qualities in a new light, highlighting this devout man's determined though less well-known fight against animal cruelty.

Necessary Heartbreak: How I Found Jesus

Michael J. Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael J. Sullivan

I was desperate that New Year's Eve in 1983 to find shelter. I attended a service in a neighborhood church and hid in the back under a pew. I was ecstatic when the doors were locked.

Tragedy And Forgiveness In The Christian South

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Roy Hoffman Religion News Service MOBILE, Ala. (RNS) In The Devil in Pew Number Seven, Rebecca Nichols Alonzo tells a deeply personal story of God...

Who's to Blame for Human Suffering?

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

I daresay that if the innocent suffer they do so because one of us -- you or me or some other thug -- now or in the past has set their pain in motion.

Open-Minded Evangelicals Answer Mormon Beck's Call for Revival

Eric Sapp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Sapp

In a scene that would make Unitarians shout in joy, standing beside the Mormon Glenn Beck were conservative Christian icons like Palin and Bachmann and even Richard Land, the spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention.