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Does the Free Market Corrode Moral Character?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Victor Udoewa

I actually do not know what system would be better, though I am willing to work with others to create one. Perhaps, a possible solution is more subtle than a change of systems. One of the communal moral corrosions that I see all around will help explain this -- a lack of satisfaction.

Ready To Be a Hero?

Deborah King | Posted 10.30.2013 | Good News
Deborah King

Despite Antoinette Tuff's own personal challenges, she was grounded in her faith, and when she had the opportunity, was ready to shine her own light and make a difference in the lives of others.

Lisa Ray: A Story of Hope

Rumeet Billan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

When diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009, Lisa Ray began a blog -- a scrapbook -- as a form of expression. She shared intimate moments, ones that some of us would find difficult to relate to, but wanted to understand.

Discerning God's Will in Three Questions

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

As a lesbian, I am often faced with people who are certain that I am living "outside" of "God's will" for my life -- simply because of my sexual orientation.

Not Another Recovery Memoir

Heather Kopp | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Heather Kopp

I needed to read a recovery memoir that was actually about recovery. I was desperate to hear a newly sober person talk about joy. And if possible, to hear from a person of faith who had succumbed to addiction, quit, and come out the other side without losing God in the process.

Getting to Know You (Thoughts About Death and Dying)

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Death is the great universal in all our lives. We are all going to die. How will we do it? A deep search for ultimate meaning will touch a large number.

This Time It Was Different: Antoinette Tuff and the Use of Non-Violence

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

For those who follow the Christian faith, as Ms. Tuff does, she anchored her faith not in a violent response, but remembering her pastor's teachings (you hear that pastors!) she empathized with Mr. Hill and related to him by reflecting on her own life and the lives of her children.

The Suprising Story Behind the World's Most Expensive Violin

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Ask yourself what accomplishments in your life would give you the most spiritual satisfaction. Use your answers as a guidepost each day to ensure that you give your best to achieve these personal aspirations in your life.

Simone Weil's Selfless Devotion

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Our quests to achieve our own ultimate potential chart many different routes through the world, and Weil's self-sacrifice was one of the most difficult and inspiring. Is there a way of learning from her example while continuing with the lives we're living now?

Chucked Out of Sunday School

Carl Pettit | Posted 10.21.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

My experiences in the pews, and in the classroom, taught me that adults often profess knowledge about subjects they know very little about, and that my mind was prone to an enormous amount of speculative wandering.

What I Learned On My 26th Birthday

Gina Ryder | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Gina Ryder

Intimacy is often thought of as a term to describe romance. It is still that. However, I'm learning to think of it in a new way. It can mean being close to the dreams we value most. It also can mean being emotionally connected to those we share our lives with. Intimacy can be closeness to who we really are. I don't want to lose touch with myself again so I made a list of what I have learned in my life over the past 26 years.

This Is Your Mother (Earth) Calling!

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Even though you can't define what the words beauty and love mean, if you'd only judge everything you do to me and to each other by first asking if what you're doing is beautiful, you'd have more to love and live longer to love it.

Meet The Bible B.A.B.E.S.

Guideposts | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion

Where I'm from, we love God, music and food. All that food got to be a problem.

Success and Leaps of Faith: Part 2

Steve Robertson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Robertson

In the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the actor Harrison Ford, who plays the role of Indiana Jones (Indie), leads a team of fellow adventu...

Infused With Faith: Ritual and Conflict

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Are religion and religious values really tangential to this enduring conflict? New evidence is raising questions about this basic assumption, and suggesting that certain aspects of religion may indeed fuel these violent clashes.

One Month Later: Trayvon Martin and an Unexpected Moment of Clarity

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

How could this girl possibly comprehend the symbolism behind holding out a handful of Skittles to an African-American woman?

Religion and Refugees

Roberta Gately | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Roberta Gately

I'd seen refugee camps before, but there was a certain indescribable misery to this place, where children had lived their whole lives with little hope of escape or rescue. Where was God, I wondered. How could he allow such wretchedness to exist?

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

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

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.