Jesus before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri--wikimedia and Paul before Festus and Agrippa by Vasily Surikov--wikiart Jesus and Paul to Sanhedrin: "If ...
I'm part of the recent mass exodus of young people from the church that has evangelical leaders wondering to each other, what went wrong? Surveys from 2013 estimate that after leaving high school about eight million twenty-somethings will leave church by the time they turn 30.
True humility doesn't erase our differences, it respects them, tries to understand them, and listens even when there's mutual exclusivity.
In the midst of a (unnecessarily) long presidential election season, we as citizens must challenge candidates to further explain their positions regardless of whether or not we disagree with them. Carson's statement about gay marriage is a prime example.
Fall sunlight streamed through stained glass, warming the faces and the souls of the people who filled the old, white-steepled sanctuary. This past Sunday, we gathered at Soquel Congregational Church near Santa Cruz for the memorial service of our mother.
It seems pretty basic to me. If you are using the Bible to advance policies and positions that exclude anyone, you are misusing the Bible. This is not what the Bible really calls us to do.
Fred Rogers often encountered criticism from viewers of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.' In letter after letter, irate viewers criticized everything from his generous views of divine grace to his pacifist approach to war to his bold decision to show the erect nipple of a breast-feeding mother.
Instead of simply brushing off a candidate or philosophy because a certain word (socialism) is fraught with "red" baggage, I hope more of us can revive a posture of curiosity and wonder: asking, "What could be possible?" instead of narrow-mindedly and ignorantly declaring what isn't.
I will be scrubbing my "assumption windows" on a regular basis now as a result of having had the honor, pleasure, and privilege of getting to know Christina and Aaron Hopper and call them our fervent friends.
Let us be clear in dealing with Ben Carson and other people on the Christian Right. The founders did not intend for the nation to be Christian.
The conservative media is always looking for a reason to be outraged. Unfortunately, the origin of the outrage is often a lack of information. For example, Megyn Kelly of Fox News took to the air earlier this week to discuss a court case that she feels proves President Obama and liberals are waging a war on Christianity.
At the Parliament of the World's Religions I surveyed the constellation of religious leaders from around the world. Hand in hand with the man of my dr...
To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.
When I started at seminary a few years ago, I noticed a new buzzword-authenticity. Of course, I knew the word, but I wasn't accustomed to how it got brought into virtually any controversial or even meaningful discussion as if it were the Holy Grail.
f young people serving in the military have chaplains, why not have chaplains for those serving in our communities? This is why the Center for Faith and Service has launched the National Service Chaplaincy Initiative.
There is no question that the document Nostra Aetate ("In our Time") -- promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in October 1965 -- changed the discourse in the field of Jewish-Christian dialogue in particular, and interreligious dialogue in general, in the contemporary period.