I never thought the Bible had anything to say about addiction. It's not something that I ever heard preached or read in the Bible.
So, if you are in that 83% of Americans affiliated with one of those 450,000 churches, you need to ask that important question: "Is your church just filling pews, or is it filling hearts?"
The novel chronicles a young boy's discovery and the training he receives in a mystical place called The Ether, as well as the battles he fights in that pit good against evil.
No one has told you the shoulds and the shouldn'ts, no one has outlined for you the difference between the haves and the have-nots, the friend and the stranger, the us and the them.
Whether you believe one is to spell 'grey/gray' with an 'e' or 'a' or if it is okay or not okay for a Christian to be in a relationship that is gay... may we all rest assured that this is all a part of learning what it minds to love the Lord with all of our minds, heart and strength.
Still, a daughter of charity warned me, "The word can turn people off." Too many folks view feminists as a bunch of strident, humorless women alienated from anything spiritual.
Jesus said we're not to live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God -- and that includes the word "whatever."
What many people have been taught to believe about prayer is just plain wrong. Here are four myths about prayer and what you need to know that could actually help you discover prayer to be a more meaningful and productive exercise.
In the book of Deuteronomy, God offers Moses and the children of Israel the choice of "life and prosperity or death and adversity.
Sure, the religious right is still teamed up with conservative politicians in their battle against gay marriage, abortion, and immigration reform -- but the days of Americans actually heeding what they say is over.
I sometimes wonder if it makes much difference that for some of us, our Christian identity is a vertical identity shared with parents, and for others of us, it is a horizontal identity, an aspect of personality that may even put us at odds with our family of origin.
Holding yourself up to be the ultimate authority is not Christian. Drawing a line between yourself and others is not Christian. Mocking, scoffing at, and arguing with others are not Christian traits.
Since 1925 the Creationists have been scrambling to recover from Clarence Darrow's complete obliteration of the credibility of Genesis as a scientific basis for our origins.
Deconstruct these debates and the motivation behind the opposition to both evolution and LGBT people in the Church is clear: fear. It is a fear of falling down the "slippery slope" which changes long-held positions "supported" by scripture.
Way before Einstein's insights and equations, religion was all about light. Religious iconography depicted light in the figurative sense while mystics experienced light in literal terms.
I know which of these two men I want my daughter to emulate -- if not with regard to faith, then with regard to intellectual inquiry. One of these two men was there to nurture curiosity. The other was there to stifle it.