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The Churches in America Present a 'God' Who Is Un-Christlike

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Brad Jersak has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book.

Vietnam, Then and Now

Ann Medlock | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Ann Medlock

Looking into the young faces of Vietnam 2015, hearing their questions about the time when I lived in their country, before they were born, before their parents were born, I kept seeing faces from long ago, all but one of them dead now.

ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

Back when ISIS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just Yazidis but also the country's 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. They were asked to either convert or leave, otherwise they would be killed.

Beacon Hill Is Bleeding

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

As I mentioned in a previous blog posting ("What Do You Do When The Beacon Goes Out?"), the closing of Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) was a difficult experience for all concerned.

Speaking Out for Communal Tolerance and Secularism

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Among a slew of critical issues in India, secularism is what must be preserved above all. It is at the very core of India's multi faith based society.

'Charlie Hebdo' and Our American Churches

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Let's not mix religion and politics. We need gifted leadership in both government and religion. I strongly recommend that the individual members of our Mainline Protestant churches dedicate themselves to becoming the talented and ethical political leaders our country and the world so badly need.

U.S. Churches and the Boycott of Israeli Settlements

Philip Farah | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Philip Farah

Christian advocates of boycotts and divestment see Israel's bellicose policies as destructive not only to Palestinians but also to Israeli Jews. The involvement of churches in this growing international movement indicates that concern for a just and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis is finally making inroads into mainstream American society.

About Isolation, Race, Relationships and Friends

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

There are real people really hurting. Turn on our customized media and we see what might spin into a race war over men being killed and the accused walking away. No matter what sources of media you are using, we are seeing it.

What the Church Can Learn From Our Grocery Store

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

If congregations are serious about wanting to reach out to others, they might want to explore the power of the "reset." The methods of welcome in a congregation can be perfunctory, habitual, and lacking energy.

Want to End Campus Sexual Assault? Tackle the Primary Issue Being Ignored

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Until we're willing to deal with the fact that young people are sexual people who need more realistic, developmentally appropriate guidance when it comes to sexual expression and satisfaction, the situation is not going to change.

God's Guide to Conflict Resolution

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

If an Environmental Studies teacher is afraid to talk about climate change because of potential conflict, our planet is in deeper trouble than we think. So to face my own fear, I decided to write about the religious response to climate change.

Family, Friends and Technology

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
William B. Bradshaw

Are people less friendly than they used to be? As I looked beyond having just a "gut feeling" about attitudes and practices of people, I became aware of the "General Social Survey." I found a lot of information that relates to the friendliness of people.

Does a Corporation Have a Soul?

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

The U.S. Supreme Court has launched an entitlement program for corporations. They are now considered individuals, and individuals with faith. Makes me wonder, if corporations go bankrupt, will they dream?

These Are The Most Breathtaking Church Ceilings In The World

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion

Don't forget to look up. Sometimes you find the real treasures when looking at things from a different perspective. While plenty of churches have b...

Cathedral Thinking: Can Houses of Worship Become Beacons of Sustainability?

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Thomas P. Kimbis

"Cathedral thinking" refers to deep dedication to a complex endeavor that will outlive its architects. Today, it's imperative to apply this philosophy to climate change -- a threat that's taken centuries to create and requires unprecedented, strategic engagement to resolve.

Greece's Rock-Pinnacle Churches: Suspended in Mid-Air on the Looney Front, Part I

Mike Arkus | Posted 08.17.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The red-roofed complexes with their Byzantine churches in their lofty aeries are indeed pretty, but it's their incredible perches atop the pinnacles that make the place -- and not the hordes upon hordes of tourists taking selfies.

The 19 Most Stunning Sacred Places Around the World

minube | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
minube

From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.

Today's Churches... Filling Pews or Filling Hearts?

Tom Gerdy | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Tom Gerdy

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?"

'Thou Shalt Donate to Overhead Costs': the Biblical Commandment of Keeping the Lights On (Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10)

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

This summer the usually sleepy world of nonprofit organization talk was rocked by a campaign to 'Debunk the Overhead Myth.' A coalition of experts claimed that, counter to popular belief, 'overhead is a poor measure of a charity's performance.'

Churches Confront Sexual Violence

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

To those cynical about churches, the notion of their intervention in the sex abuse epidemic might seem like sending the fox back to the hen house. But the solution is not to throw out religion, but to summon religion at its best to help change things for the better.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Author

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Lev Raphael

When it comes to being a traveling author, it helps that I did so much theater in college, and that I've taught for many years as well. I generally feel comfortable as a performer of my own work -- and my own life. And yet there's always a trace of sadness on the road, too.

6 Most Beautiful Churches in America

Budget Travel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

No matter what your religious affiliation is, everyone can find enlightenment in the towering domes, mosaic artworks, and impressive sculptures, not to mention the stories behind these buildings.

10 Ways to Support Your Congregation's Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Recently another of my clergy colleagues told me they were thinking about leaving the ministry. This happens more often than you might think.

Real Life Dragon Bones

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.25.2014 | Weird News
Atlas Obscura

In a smattering of medieval churches across Europe, relics from the saintly tradition of dragon slaying still hang from the walls or rest behind lush glass cases, claiming to be actual bones from the mythological beasts.

RAISE A GLASS TO GOD

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion

For many, church time is a sobering time. But for a growing number of American Christians, it's the best time to crack open a beer. Just ask the s...