Reversals of power play through many stories and poems of Scripture. The sacred texts foundational to Jewish and Christian identity are insistent in their efforts to reconfigure our understanding of what counts as valuable and holy.
With all due respect to the spectacular new pontiff, (and he is spectacular), a sinner is not who I am, or for that matter, who he is. Or anyone.
Hello my name is church, I'm sure you've heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am... boring, shallow, cheap, a waste of time...
A lot of Christians do not want to be seen as gentle, caring, loving, forgiving, or meek, and opt for more of a tough-guy image. That is human nature after all, to be perceived as strong and domineering. But did Jesus ever instruct us to be mild-mannered and meek?
Was Jesus Christ really the son of God? It's probably one of the most heated debates in all of history. On one side, the devout Christians believe s...
Over the last 20 years I have been inspired to ponder the benevolent potential of interfaith work when I have seen mystically oriented Christians and Muslims successfully dialoguing to show their goodwill.
I took to the road again but this time headed to visit one of my favorite places, Saint Tikhon's monastery. Saint Tikhon's is an Orthodox monastery about 40 minutes outside of Scranton.
"Great effort must be made to establish a dialogue between the regime and moderate elements of the opposition. The world's big players must get involved in earnest and put real pressure on the various parties to come to the negotiating table."
After watching 12 Years A Slave, I imagine Germans feel about the Holocaust like a lot of Americans do, or at least should, feel about slavery and the role racism has played in this country's history.
Many of my clients aren't looking for answers, even when they think they are, and even when I want them to be. They are not seeking to understand, but longing to be understood. I suspect the same is fundamentally true of churchgoers.
Most Christians once opposed the fight for equality for gays and lesbians. Today many Christians and other people of faith are at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against the gay and lesbian community -- even working to support marriage equality.
Pope Francis shook up the Roman Catholic Church by saying in a recent interview that he will not focus on the polarizing issues of abortion, gay marriage and contraception. Instead, he wants to pursue an inclusive church, one that is "the home of all."
For Julian, the good news is not merely the reward we will receive one day when we slough off this mortal coil and go home to God. Every moment is an opportunity to remember that we are perfectly loved and perfectly lovable, just as we are.
You are not only good enough, you are GOD enough. Forgive us for taking so long to unlearn what we've learned down here.
While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.
I have never seen or heard any street preacher claim that they reached people with their message. But isn't that the reason for witnessing to people? Isn't the goal to bring people to God, not drive them away? Why would you rejoice in upsetting people instead of saving them?