Those of us in the Christian tradition are mandated to love one another. Period. But Jesus pushed the issue: "You have heard it said, 'Love your neighbors and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..."
This year Easter will be celebrated on March 31, but in 2014 it will occur on April 20. The reason has to do with the mismatch between the periodicity of the sun and the moon and the long history of human efforts to create a reliable and consistent calendar.
How they're made, and the most popular methods to eat them.
Easter is on its way and I have concocted a gorgeous Mocktail to celebrate the season!
I love doing craft projects with my children that we can also enjoy when we celebrate upcoming holidays and the coming of spring is no exception. Spring provides so many fun and different ways to get creative without using too much time and precious energy.
If we are to believe the author of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus' male followers deserted him. And we know from multiple sources that Peter betrayed ever knowing him. But the women remained steadfast and faithful.
So we can get to new life. I hope our apathy dies. I hope our sense of powerlessness dies. I hope our notion that religion is only about personal piety and not about political action dies.
My childhood's tame, cultivated Jesus couldn't seize a temple or sweat blood in a garden or mount a cross -- and he'd shun the morning light even if he were raised from the dead. Such a Jesus may seem comforting, but He is not life-giving.
This holiday, go beyond the typical pastels.
In today's overpopulated world, in which sexually-transmitted diseases are a scourge, few points about good and evil can be plainer than that contraception is good and opposition to contraception is evil. Yet the Pope remains willfully blind to this.
No matter how opulent my expression of praise may be, it cannot convey the enormity of my appreciation.
This Easter don't mistake the message for a feel-good story surrounded by feel-good songs. Take a closer look at the core message of Christianity and you will see that it is much more.
As I am a Christmas-and-Easter Episcopalian, which is to say a partaker in a beautiful spiritual tradition that celebrates the sanctity of sleeping in most Sunday mornings, I will be arising at the unholy hour of 9 a.m. this Sunday.
Save your hands from the mess of dyeing eggs this year by filling your Easter basket with a dozen... tulips! This blooming arrangement makes a fun cen...
My own kids have loved Easter and the thrill of the Easter egg hunt, but they have also learned lessons along the way. As parents, it is our job to instill morals and values into our children. When they see us treat each other with kindness and respect, it leaves an imprint on them.
I'm okay with Easter candy in moderation. But I don't like the holiday to turn into a week-long candy spree for my son. Here's what I'm doing to balance out the sugar action in his basket.