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What Inspires You? (Part 2)

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.06.2015 | Women
Jessica Denis

What inspires you? It's a question I dove into last week in one of my blogs and put my friends and family to the test with trying to answer the question. As I predicted, it just isn't a simple cut and dry answer.

I Will Run to the Rock

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

As a believer in Christ, I know that death is the birthing room between my physical and eternal lives. I cannot say that I have faith in God and then not trust Him in all things including the death of a loved one.

Let Freedom Ring for All

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

When the founders of our nation landed on the shores of Cape Cod, it was with the pursuit of religious freedom. All the other truths we've fought for since that time, stemmed from this same quest.

The Baptism of Grief

John Thatamanil | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The hope of resurrection can never be a naïve wish to recover what once was. To long and pray for resurrection is to hope that by grace the fabric of our lives, our being together, might take some new shape and texture that cannot now be seen or perhaps even sensed.

Afraid That You Don't Add Up?

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

We all make mistakes. We're only human! But we're also forgiven. When we mess up, we don't have to live in guilt. Jesus is right there. He lives in us, and He walks through the mess with us.

The Way of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I believe that hope isn't a feeling, a mood or a personality type. Rather, hope is a decision, a choice we make because of this thing we call faith.

I Flinched At Their Forgiveness

Rev. Martha Spong | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Martha Spong

When I first heard they forgave him, I flinched. Why should they have to do that? So quickly? My visceral response gave way to self-examination. Maybe the family members of those who died at Mother Emanuel are better Christians than I am, with a deeper faith.

The Struggle For The Soul Of The Church

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The story of the church and LGBT rights is also my story. I first came back to church as a gay, recovering alcoholic. The church taught me that I was beautifully and wonderfully made; and that to love myself and care for myself was a form of gratitude to my Creator. Years later, after I had been with my partner for 11 years, I was married in the Episcopal church we now attend, and It was one of the most moving events of my life.

Having Faith and Picking a Partner in Prime

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 06.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

Even the skeptic folks in my life are opening at least one eye to the magic and manifesting and now made mainstream wonders we read and hear about eac...

Why 'At Peace' Will Never Describe Survivors of Infertility

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Surviving through infertility changes us forever. Choosing to thrive thereafter simply means we figure out how to live the rest of our lives with our forever scarred soul, and yet do the work of healing every day

Dear Millennials Who Haven't Found Their Passion Yet: Do Not Settle

Liv Raimonde | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

When pursuing your dreams the only thing you can do wrong is never dare to step past the starting line. All you need is a little faith that fate will guide you in the right direction. If you do, the rewards can be truly remarkable.

What the Heart of a Tiger Looks Like: Faith Instead of Fear

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
SreyRam Kuy, MD

Dr. SreyReath Kuy and Dr. SreyRam Kuy were recently interviewed by Aimee Herd, Editor of Breaking Christian News (BCN).

If We Repent, Then We Can Talk About Marriage

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

If Christians actually modeled intimacy in singleness and marriage and not fake pictures of happiness and how-tos on managing loneliness, then maybe people would want to know the Christ that we profess and the marriage He defines.

You Have Permission to Walk Out

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

My guilt gauge is overly responsive. It goes off at the slightest 'infraction,' so I can't look to it for a true reading. Instead, I can acknowledge false guilt, then make a deliberate choice about what I want to do.

Still Standing - It's Not Over Until God Says It's Over

Eldonie Mason | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Eldonie Mason

One again she thanked God that she escaped another brush with death, physically intact.

A Birthday Prayer for My Daughter

Kara Lawler | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Kara Lawler

My daughter will be one this weekend and after years of dreaming of a baby girl, I was given her. I prayed for her; I begged for her; I cried about her. I've always known her, even before she was formed.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder - But What If There Is No Beholder?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Something big and white and cloudy was lurking in the steep canyon below our house. I stood up from my computer and peered out the window for a better look. It was flowering tree, growing wild.

The Moment I Learned How to Fail

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 06.26.2015 | Sports
Jeremy Affeldt

Mariano Rivera. Babe Ruth. Christy Mathewson. Sandy Koufax. Jeremy Affeldt?! I sometimes wonder if I told people just how close (and how many times) I came to quitting the game altogether, whether they'd even believe me.

Ramadan Reflection Day 8: Reflections Through Sickness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In that moment I took a breath in, I felt more spiritually connected to God than I had ever before. The realization of a blessing is as simple as breathing.

Self Empowerment

Nipa Shah | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nipa Shah

Almost everyone who knows me will agree that confidence is one trait that I have in spades. But three years ago when I met a college buddy from 30 yea...

Fool's Talk -- The Kinship of Wit and Wisdom

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

The book is called "Fool's Talk," written by the Oxford-educated cultural scholar and author, Os Guinness. And if Twain and Chesterton were writers who marshaled wit and paradox in commending wisdom, Guinness richly mines many a classic vein of wisdom, and wit, to help Christians in our time discern what it means to be winsome, and compelling, in commending faith.

Praying While Black

Kelly Brown Douglas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Kelly Brown Douglas

We do not live in a post-racial society. This too is a myth that serves to sustain the status quo of white privilege. Moreover, we will never live in a "post-racial" society until this country makes it a national priority to confront the racialized myths upon which this country was built and which continue to negatively shape the day to day realities of black life in America.

Thank You Mother Emanuel

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Killing people in cold blood in a sacred space, trespassing on holy ground, I don't fully understand it, nor do I fully understand the faith of those still standing at Mother Emanuel's, after the horrors they've faced there.

Faith and the Confederate Flag

Rob Lee | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rob Lee

My family bloodline is bound up in a dark part of American history. With a name like Robert Lee the question I undoubtedly receive most about my name is, "Are you related to him?" and the answer is yes, yes I am.