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Just Love

Ron Nikkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Love without justice is sentimentality Justice without love is brutality Where love and justice meet there is vitality of life. The more I think abou...

12 Universal Truths To Live By

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

Life is hard. But there are people out there who seem to have an idea of how to stay optimistic in these changing times.

Maybe It's Time Christians Learned These "Non-Christian" Habits

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Speaking the truth invariably creates conflict because someone won't like it. So we have a choice - either stand up or shrink back.

Wounded Recovering Evangelicals Unite! (One Who Wrote to Me)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I got this email from someone I'll call "Wounded Recovering Evangelical", who gave me permission to post it here but says "That being said, please r...

On Millennials and Faith

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

It seems the topic du jour in religious circles is the waning faith of Millennials. While I've enjoyed reading the opinions and commentaries of the experts, I thought maybe it was time to have a Millennial lend her voice.

Are You Manifesting Your Dreams?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Manifesting does not mean sitting around waiting for spirit to bring you what you want. It means that you are disciplined to take the actions you need to take to eventually bring about your dreams.

Violets Have Broken the Rocks; Underground Faith

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Whenever the church forgets its true role, and becomes tyrannical in judging others' spirituality or self-righteous in celebrating its own sovereignty, it stands in danger of becoming an empty vessel.

Saving Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

For many, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustration and even grief sometimes I have been reminded of the importance of "saving faith."

Is Do-it-yourself Faith Dangerous to Your Soul?

Jacob Weber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jacob Weber

Take Madonna's Kabbalah study. Most folks see the pop icon's immersion in this obscure wing of Jewish mysticism as another narcissistic celebrity accoutrement, like Paris Hilton's dog or Angelina Jolie's children. But hold up: Could this judgement stem from our own spiritual insecurity?

What Being Jewish Means to Me

David Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Harris

As recent surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews -- millions, in fact -- who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity, allow me to share what being Jewish means to me.

William Friedkin, The Exorcist Director, Says Film Is About the Mystery of Faith

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Tavis Smiley

2013-10-29-tavisexorcistblog.png Tonight on PBS, I sit down with award-winning director, producer and screenwriter William Friedkin. Can you believe it's been 40 years since the screams in The Exorcist? Friedkin reflects on the making of the film and the genre in Hollywood that followed.

Thy Will Be Done: A Cancer Survivor's Perspective

Joy Huber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joy Huber

I was diagnosed with stage four cancer at only 33 years old. For some reason the thought of "Why ME? Why is this happening to me?" never repeated over and over in my mind. I certainly wasn't expecting this diagnosis, but I know the statistics.

Faith and Belief Are Not the Same

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 12.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

The next time you find yourself in spiritual crisis, my advice -- attach no value to it, positive or negative. Release your beliefs for the time being, and do not labor at bringing them into congruity with the crisis.

Grocery Store Samaritan's Incredible Reaction To Wallet Theft

Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion

Jessica Eaves was shopping in Guthrie, Okla., earlier this month when her wallet was pinched. She spotted the man she suspected of taking it in a near...

Oprah, Atheists, and the Gift of Ambiguity

David Lose | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
David Lose

Yes, you can be well-intentioned and still do harm. That, at least, is what television personality and media mogul Oprah Winfrey learned when she apparently and good-naturedly dismissed Diana Nyad's claim to being an atheist.

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

Monumental Setbacks = + - Monumental Comebacks

D.J. Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
D.J. Wilson

Have you faced at some point in the course of your life, a V8 moment, where you suddenly find yourself in the throes of a monumental setback, aka, gut wrenching, cookie tossing, catastrophic failure and wondered what the heck happened?

Ending the Gun War Against Our Children

Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

This weekend, thousands of religious congregations across the faith spectrum are focusing their worship services, education programs, and activities on ending gun violence and child poverty.

The Gravity in Gravity

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.17.2013 | Entertainment
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

In my mind, the film is about transcending gravity; the quest to live life a few feet off the ground. The Kaballah teaches that growth and impact emerge from living outside our comfort zone. The ground offers security but the most memorable moments in life and fulfillment arise when we strive to live a little higher and brighter.

Time to Come Out as People of Faith for Marriage Equality

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Most Christians once opposed the fight for equality for gays and lesbians. Today many Christians and other people of faith are at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against the gay and lesbian community -- even working to support marriage equality.

Big Churches Getting Bigger

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.

Every Day Is the Most Important Day

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

"The Two Most Important Days In Your Life" is about being born, physically and then, later, deeper down, on the inside, in your character. Being born happens to all of us. It's the mysterious gift that gets it all going.

Is Preachers of LA Representing Preachers the Right Way?

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Sadly, this show is about lavish living and we will likely not see one that displays the many sacrifices made by every day preachers and ministers. Producers wouldn't care to show how clergy (often barely paid) help people in many ways. They wouldn't find a show about that kind of preacher exciting and worth watching.

Falling Leaves and Letting Go

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.09.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

In one week, I fly from Chicago to visit my daughter in Vermont. Since girlhood I've dreamt of seeing the changing colors of fall in New England. A dream I cling to so tightly, I'm filled with anxiety. What if I miss it like I did three years ago?

No Victims Here

Molly Reynolds | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Molly Reynolds

"I thank my father for teaching me a very valuable lesson," Levi says. "He taught me how wonderful women are and how much they should be loved and respected -- by showing me what not to do."