Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.
God is not dead. Fundamentalists are seemingly creeping up everywhere. And despite their spectacular growth, Mormons were never more in the public eye than when they were being targeted in the 19th century.
It's not surprising that artworks mirrored propaganda, since the paintings were commissioned by the Church, the biggest patron, and the wealthy, who sought to impress the Church with their devotion to Jesus and the teachings of the Church. Jesus the Jew did not fit into this illusory world.
In his July 17 Facebook post, Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, spewed unhinged hatred and bigotry against American Muslims. Writing his response to the Chattanooga shooting. Such language would, and does, radicalize ignorant youth. It fosters terrorism.
I got an email from a cousin of mine last week. "Shannon, Your dad wanted me to send you this horrible letter from our church- also sending you wha...
I am not an activist. I do not protest or boycott or wave signs in front of the courthouse. I have absolutely no desire to read political blogs or engage in debates with people who cling to labels and find their identity in promoting 'causes.'
Just once I would be delighted to see a letter that thought God was not happy with the way we have been stewards of creation. Just one would have made my heart sing. To know that there was at least one other person who has read the Scriptures the way I have.
Have you ever been annoyed with God? Ever felt like things were not going well in your life? When life starts to go awry, and there's no-one to point a finger at. Who do you think usually gets the blame?
If tribulation is an essential aspect of existence, or even if tribulation is a subjective interpretation of an objectively dispassionate natural environment, why are there not faculties programmed into the human animal to automatically offset its harmful effects? Or are there?
No one can claim now it is a flag of heritage. It is simply a flag of hate. Of racism. It is not a flag compatible with being a Christian. For my part, I apologize for not recognizing that sooner in my life.
Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.
I was put on this Earth to live the often fabulous -- though frequently maligned -- life of a homosexual. Sling your accusatory rhetoric at me all you want. But to use Bible verses to taint someone's existence, his very life, as a sin because he is attracted to someone of the same-sex is deplorable.
Our Jesus is gay. Theirs is not. Really he's the same man, woman or transgender (that might make the most sense) but always the same God. We all must clasp hands and venerate the cross he carried (Protestant) or carries (Catholic) for all our salvation.
While differences on all matter of doctrine abound among Christians, the exclusion of women from ordination isn't simply one more theological difference. Rather, it is a form of misogyny masquerading in the guise of Biblical and theological integrity.
GOD-IS-LOVE! His love is accepting, without prejudice, without condition, all encompassing, and the only stance you will ever need to take. And it's guaranteed that if you spread his love, then you will not only accomplish all you could ever dream of; you will also help someone else do the same.
While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.