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The Amazon Effect: Worshippers Flocking to Larger Churches

David Briggs | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful.

Woman Who Says She’s A Prophet: 'God Speaks To Me'

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Dr. Phil

Julia says she has been able to cure a rare form of cancer, has helped free others from sin and raised a frog from the dead, and says these mi...

A Primer on Progressive Faith and Politics

Timothy Murphy | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

We believe that the truest calling of being church or living out Jesus' way of compassion and justice means being in solidarity with oppressed communities. Learning from them and supporting their struggles are holy activities.

Bishop Keith L. Clark Talks About A Taboo Subject in Church - Sex

Y'Anad Burrell | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Y'Anad Burrell

It's time to take off the kid gloves when talking about certain 'taboo' subjects in the Black church. We've shunned away from sharing with congregations about life experiences that can really change the lives of people and development them mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

Muslims May Have Regressed But Here's What's Really to Blame

Atif Rashid | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?

The Real Key To Success: Dua

Arman Islam | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Arman Islam

The ability to make dua is one of the things I love most about Islam. You can speak to the one who's in control of all that may cause you stress, whenever you want to.

Strong Foundation

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Mitch Rosenzweig

It was slightly cold and pale, and near silence filled the air. Grey, opaque light dusted the space with stillness. Four hundred and sixty-six feet tall, the tower soars over everything you can see. By today's standards, it isn't that tall.

Atheist Asks Marco Rubio Whether He's Running To Be 'Pastor-In-Chief'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

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Won't vs Can't--How Political Correctness Can Stunt Our Growth

Lisa Ancona-Roach | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Lisa Ancona-Roach

If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you know I am a huge believer in kindness. This may lead you to conclude that I am also a supporter of pol...

Ms. Jannie's Song

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

I come from a people who are familiar with the brutal lash of injustice. I am the direct descendant of survivors of the Middle Passage. My brown skin ...

How Faith Creates Happiness

Amy Steinberg | Posted 01.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Steinberg

Know in this moment that all is well. Beneath the chaos and confusion of the outside circumstances of the world, know a peace that is everlasting, a...

President Obama's Tenure Has Been More 'Christian' Than His Critics Will Ever Admit

John Pavlovitz | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

A really funny thing has happened over the course of President Obama's two-term tenure. In many ways, he has in effect out-Jesused many of his Conservative Christian critics.

A Culture of Kindness

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael B. Brown

Kindness is contagious, and it begins one person at a time. You and I can become the catalysts of a movement of kindness that is deeper and stronger than temporary movements of anger or evil. We have it within our power to contribute to a new culture which, over time, can become the prevailing culture.

Moses Kept a Diary?!

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Here is a translation from the recently discovered Diary of Moses, originally scratched onto sheep's skin by an steady and ornamental hand. The passage seems to suggest a moment of doubt in Moses, right before a theophany.

How to Restore Your Faith After Trauma

Victoria McGee | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Victoria McGee

All who have survived trauma know well the feeling of the broken spirit. The loss of faith that comes with having your belief system ripped out from under you.

Transition

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 01.12.2016 | Sports
Jeremy Affeldt

Maybe there will be times when I miss being a professional baseball player, but I don't think I'm going to miss the on-field stuff. I don't think I'm going to miss the stress. I also don't think I'll miss the competition, because I feel like I already did everything I needed to do on the field.

Clinton Attacks Bernie Sanders on Guns, But Was as a 'Pro-Gun Churchgoer' in 2008

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

In 2016, the irony of a hawkish Democrat possibly giving billion dollar weapons deals to donors, is lost upon the Clinton faithful. Party loyalty overshadows duplicity. Blind allegiance shields the inconvenient reality that Clinton has evolved even on guns, in addition to most other contentious issues.

Market Faith in Anxious Times

Devin Singh | Posted 01.10.2016 | Religion
Devin Singh

Does authentic market faith mean remaining calm in the face of collapse, trusting predictive models that tell of eventual return and restabilization? Shall we rationalize collateral economic damage as blips on a graph of the ordained "greater good"?

5 Things Your Kids Will Always Remember About You

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Every moment is another chance to make a memory, and whether or not we realize it, we're creating good or bad memories every day, while indifferent moments just fade away. We all have regrets. It's never too late to make an unforgettable impact.

Human Nature and God

Steven Reiss | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Steven Reiss

Religion presents each and every fundamental psychological force that makes us tick as an attribute or quality of god. Nothing significant is left out.

Racism Is a Faith Issue

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

To put this in a religious context: overcoming the divisions of race has been central to the church since its beginning, and the dynamic diversity of the body of Christ is one of the most powerful forces in the global church. Our Christian faith stands fundamentally opposed to racism in all its forms, which contradict the good news of the gospel.

The Role of Sport and Institutions With a Faith-Base Serving Society

Louis Bolling | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Louis Bolling

"Sport is a tool for communicating the values, which foster the good of the human beings and contribute to build a more peaceful and fraternal society. Let's think about loyalty, perseverance, friendship, sharing and solidarity." - His Holiness Pope Francis Bergoglio, 2014

A New Year -- BE TRUE. BE YOU.

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.07.2016 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I've set the intention to believe it isn't selfish to love myself in 2016. I am going to stop criticizing my every move and allow myself to be me. I've come to the conclusion that loving who you are can only honor the Creator.

In Defense of Faith

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Elaine Ambrose

I recently read excerpts from a website authored by a person who mocks those who are religious or spiritual. The writer repeated the familiar conde...

How Nitpicking Liturgy Turns the Church Against Itself

Veronica Wickline | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Veronica Wickline

As you continue to interact with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, consider exercising caution when criticizing devotional practices that are foreign or seem insufficient to another manner of worship.