We are in the midst of the season of light. Regardless of our faith, we are dazzled by the display. What is the take away from the glow? When January arrives and the the lights dim and disappear, what will we remember?
If I can provide any insight as a Muslim observer of Christianity, it is that many American Christians do not really appreciate what wondrous beauty they have in the character of Jesus, their teacher.
Jesus teaches us to do good, especially to those who spew hate. We are also taught that whatever we give to others should be given freely, out of love. Although never a popular idea in any era, we are to be walking epistles of mercy, exercising restraint because of unmerited favor we have already received.
Morrow's book reminds us of the possibility that Muslims, Christians, and Jews can live side-by-side in peace and harmony if only they heed the advice of Prophet Muhammad.
As a clergyperson, I'm obviously concerned about people being able to have the freedom to practice their faith. Yet as a woman, I also care about the health and dignity of people who need contraception.
Look, if you're branding the leader of one the most conservative organizations on earth as too liberal and claiming Jesus was a capitalist, then you've jumped the shark.
The pope is not a politician, a media loudmouth or an activist. He is a religious figure.
It is unusual, if not miraculous, within such degrading and abusive conditions as well as the isolation and long years of forced labor, that Mandela did not become focused on his humiliation and suffering but on the dream of bringing freedom to his people.
The word "Advent" has its origin in the Medieval Latin word adventus, meaning "arrival." The season offers the opportunity for Christians to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah.
Eighty-two-year-old Sr. Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli face thirty years in prison for entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Let's pray with them during these advent days that Isaiah's oracle would be fulfilled and we will soon "beat swords into plowshares" and "study war no more."
How do we live with our reluctance to engage in family and faith rituals that once gave life, and the season, meaning?
Jay Parini offers us in less than 200 pages a warm, bold, strong, well-written historical biography of Jesus Christ. No kidding. It is probably the most reliable biography on Christ written for a century or two.
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.
As Christmas approaches, I'd like to remind my fellow Christians who need the reminder: Please embrace nuance. Realize that precisely because folks vary even among those in your own denomination is exactly why we should mind our own business when it comes to our faith.
Since the very last thing this season needs is more stress, I've come up with a handy-dandy giving guide for you to use or share with those who are hoping to give to you this season.
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