I think a second reason Christians label me as a "New Age" person is because I frequently refer to God as "she" about as often as I do "he." Why? It is because God is neither.
The early Jesus movement was almost broken by an ancient, distant parallel to Ferguson or Staten Island. From the vantage point of the Roman Empire, Jesus was seen as a member of a notoriously troublesome and rebellious group. In this way, the historical Jesus was an ancient counterpart to a black man in white America.
In the end my mind turns to the words of Senator McCain, "It's about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be." If we resort to the same tactics and techniques that our enemies use then we become the same people and that should not be accepted. America is better than this - we have to be!
I do not think anyone should feel ashamed for not feeling the way all the screens tell us we should feel. If you are sad while we are farthest away from the sun, while everyone else seems to be having a holly jolly Christmas, you are not flawed.
I guess the key, whether you're on the beach or knee-deep in snow, is just to make sure your kids know that the person we are celebrating is Jesus... Santa is just the messenger with a bag of presents over his arm.
Bruce Barron, a Pittsburgh resident and former staffer for Rick Santorum, penned a loathsome piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requesting that the LGBTQ community offer Christians an olive branch. So let me break down the absurdity of this piece. Discrimination is discrimination.
As a campaigner for peace and pluralism, Ahmed is dismayed by the toxic lure of an Islamist doctrine that is supremacist, separatist, and hostile to secular Western values, and she calls for an urgent review of this ideology.
Fundamentalism pushes for conformity to their religious status quo, and that push is rarely seen by them for what it actually is: bulling and judging of others based on false, self-created assumptions.
When God calls you to some holy task, you might expect a contemplative path, a quiet life of service and love of neighbor. You might expect a comfortable life of piety and hopefulness, grace and caring. But true prophets know better.
You can talk all you want about being "color blind," while still unconsciously assuming that middle class white lives are the standard against which all other lives are to be measured.
And the Lord said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." (Genesis 18:26) In every g...
Thousands of paceños line the city's beachfront as fierce Indians prance around against the eerie music of drums and flutes. A regal-looking woman stretches her arms to the sky as if reaching for the gods. Next, guys wearing metal helmets and body armor come ashore from a rowboat, and then other guys in brown robes show up to bring Christianity to the pagans.
I've experienced many challenging and inspiring moments in my first semester as a student of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. None has been as equally challenging and inspiring than what transpired in recent days.
The Tree Lighting will be fun and festive. I am looking forward to it. However, the texts from Isaiah, the Psalms, 2 Peter, and Mark push me to recall that casting Advent light in the darkness is not to be reduced to the fun and festive -- it is subversive. It is dangerous. It is protest.
Politicians holding down the floodgates against a public display of support for the state of Palestine were embarrassed in recent weeks. As soon as these political gatekeepers allowed their rank and file to express their positions, tremendous backing came for Palestine and its people.
Throughout our history black bodies in motion have been deemed a threat. This is the common denominator in every case in this recent reign of terror on black bodies.