Listen to sermons throughout religious America and you are likely to hear variations on the lofty principle featured in both the Old and New Testaments: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But as we well know talk can be cheap.
When in doubt, forget all the rules, the seven- or nine- or 50-point lists, the how-to guides and the self-help books, the therapeutic techniques, the TED talks, the recipes and formulas... and just love.
The God I believe in brings a richness and depth to life. The God I believe in makes it possible for us to be fully human. To rise from despair to hope; to transform bitterness into love; to move the world as it is a little closer to the world as it ought to be.
Who used to live in dread of being exposed as an alcoholic and would rather die than declare it from a podium? The only explanation is that Noah and I are walking, talking miracles -- living proof of God's goodness and grace.
When we bring religious groups into the circle of resources available to those who serve, we can better support Guardsmen and women spread across the state, some of whom live hours from the nearest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) facility.
The pope just told the American Catholic religious right to shove off. He said that the political game they've been playing on behalf of people like the Koch brothers and Tea Party -- in the name of morality -- threatens, the moral structure of the Church.
On the day after I realized I am a lesbian, I invited over the woman I was in love with (we hadn't been together in any sexual way; we had not even hugged or kissed) so that we could watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. The guest was Brené Brown, whose new book was about vulnerability.
Many who have deployed into combat and have witnessed first-hand the violence and killing that characterizes war often return home with the uncomfortable realization that the value structure they once maintained, and perhaps called "normal," does not necessarily fit any longer.
There are a lot of pieces of the weight loss puzzle and you'll need them all in place to make it work. But your faith is a big piece of the puzzle. Having the right faith will open the door to them and set you on the path to their fulfillment.
My friend put her dream on hold because of financial concerns hoping that time and the right circumstances would eventually work in her favor. Her life and untimely departure from this world left an indelible impression on me to pursue my aspirations.
Across race, religion, gender and geography, the American dream holds us all together. We believe that even the most disadvantaged can come to this country and thrive. Keeping the undocumented in the shadows cuts against our founding principles
The roots of charity, empathy and altruism are not in religion, they are in our evolution -- these are the roots, but we can rise above them. We have begun to. Isn't it time we grew from our adolescence to the young adult stage of our existence?
Anyone reading the religion section or blogs and posts knows that there has been a lot written about why Millennials don't go to church. Rather than ask for an explanation, my question is: why isn't the church reaching out, and supporting, and loving on the Millennials?
What then are the root causes which are at the heart of a crisis of faith? We can see these in the lives of five great men of God in the Old Testament. Men who did some of the greatest exploits that have ever been done in the name of God.