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Faith

Autism and Faith for a Future

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

It has taken years, but our struggling, dying family is now healing. Forgiveness has washed over us and though scars remain from the battlefield, our collective faith has made us whole.

A Shark Bite And A Prayer

Guideposts | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Blood gushed from Nick's left foot. "Bull shark!" Mark hollered. Nicholas opened his eyes. "Mom, you need to pray for me," he said.

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

Africa's Corrective Rape, Our Loving Hate

Patrick D. Shaffer | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Patrick D. Shaffer

In my short time on this Earth, I have been blessed to travel extensively. I've traveled to both well-developed parts of the world and tragically und...

Ramadan Reflection Day 30: A Final Ramadan Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr holiday, Eid Mubarak. May your day be blessed and full of joy. For those not celebrating, may your day be blessed moreso. It doesn't have to be a holiday to feel uplifted. We don't need always need reasons to be happy, as we usually do to be sad.

My Brand of Hope-Filled Christian Uncertainty

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end.

Ramadan Reflection Day 29: Four Women I Met and The Prayer They Asked Us To Make

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Four different women I met during Ramadan asked me to pray for them and to ask others as well. In these last hours of Ramadan, I would ask that you all join me and keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well.

A Cat Sent From Heaven

Guideposts | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Beth was holding a tiny calico kitten. "One of the nurses found her at the front door," she said. "She had her paws against the glass like she wanted to come in. We're going to call her Willow.""We're not really keeping her, are we?" I protested.

The Effect Of Near Death Experiences On Families

Religion News Service | Corrie Mitchell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Eva Piper considered herself a shallow Christian until the accident that revitalized her faith and turned her Baptist pastor husband, Don Piper,...

Ramadan Reflection Day 28: Finding Success Through Failure

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In a few days Ramadan will be over. It'll be tougher to fast, but you should still fast. It will be harder to eat and pray together with friends, but you still should. It will be more difficult to give to those in need, but your giving should never stop.

Whatever Happened to Integrity?

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

I never knew what a big mistake I was making that day in Kingston when I let that "little twig" fall into the mix of cement. Thank God, someone had the concern and conviction to call me on it. The results could have been devastating.

Mountains and Meadows and Some Kind of Wonder

KidSpirit | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Imagination takes energy. Perhaps this is why adults are often less imaginative than children; with all of the work and responsibility that adults have to deal with, it's sometimes difficult to find time to be creative. Not to mention it's downright exhausting.

Ramadan Reflection Day 27: A Prayer for the Night

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.04.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these last nights of Ramadan, gatherings unlike any other time of the year are taking place. Men and women from all walks of life remove from themselves the shackles of the material and for a moment seek to feed only their spirits.

Ramadan Reflection Day 26: Simple Actions Can Change the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

What's more remarkable to me is that most of those who gave will probably never meet those who they gave to. The motivation wasn't because of kinship rooted in socially constructed value, shared culture or common heritage.

Ramadan Reflection Day 25: A Letter to My Community

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We have something unique alhamdulillah and it's important for us to grow it. The credentials, resources, and personalities that we find within our community uniquely position us to do a lot. We are poised to build many of the institutions and organizations that our community is in need of.

Faith in Appalachia: A Lesson in Storytelling

Rob Lee | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rob Lee

Faith is the frontier land of our existences in that faith calls us to go, to journey, to explore, to remind ourselves of what we consider important and valuable. Faith is that land just beyond the ridge that yearns for us to explore it.

Ramadan Reflection Day 24: Need, Greed and Our Responsibility To the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these last few days of Ramadan, reflect deeply on what you really need and how you can play a role in encouraging a better mindfulness of our treatment of rest of creation.

Faith in Baseball? Tougher With A-Rod and PEDs

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

My faith in baseball is rocked. My trust and confidence in the humans who play this game -- and make millions of dollars for hitting, catching, throwing and pitching a baseball -- has lessened.

Ramadan Reflection Day 23: Fatherhood From the Beginning -- Things I Learned During Pregnancy

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

If you are blessed to be a father, don't let any of it pass you by. Start as soon as you find out you are expecting.

Demon Rum: Alcohol May Release Aggression in Religious Individuals

David Briggs | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Mixing religion and alcohol may be dangerous to other people's health. A new study revealed that religious folks who were not under the influence were the most likely to turn the other cheek, while religious individuals who were intoxicated were the most likely to display aggression.

Ramadan Reflection Day 22: What Does Marriage Mean to You?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Instead of waiting until you get married to figure out what marriage means to you, start the conversation now. From other relationships in your life, understand yourself and what makes sense for you.

Wherefore Art Thou 'Proof?'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Perhaps what is True is that it is more important to live as if Heaven is now, to constantly engage in the act of creating Heaven in all your life interactions.

Ramadan Reflection Day 21: Maureen Dowd, Huma Abedin and the Media's Simplistic Stance on Islam

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Huma Abedin is more than just her Islam. The extremely reductionist approach that many journalists and media outlets have comfortably taken when dealing with Islam and Muslims is getting pretty ridiculous at this point.

Lord's Prayer for a Modern People

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

I want to encourage us to seek deeper within this classic prayer and gleam from it eternal truths of spirituality and personal growth. Christ always had great purpose in all he shared with his followers, we see this in the parables and bold statements he made.

Ramadan Reflection Day 20: Softening the Heart Through Spiritual Retreat -- The Last 10 Days of Ramadan

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.27.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

At times we don't realize how hard our hearts have become. The pursuit of complacency becomes our goal rather than the pursuit of contentment and we sacrifice things that would bring us everlasting comfort in pursuit of those things that simply give us the facade of comfort.