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Yes, I Believe in God... Except When I Don't

Anna David | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

God was never a religious idea to me, nor was it something I thought about often. I just accepted the idea of God and put it out of my head. Cars need gas. Eggs need to be cooked or you'll get salmonella. God exists.

Understanding Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Tali Aynalem | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Tali Aynalem

What if we lived in a world where, if you imagined something, it actually came to life? What would you wish for? Money? World peace? A new career? But, what if I told you that we already live in a world like this? And the key to unlocking this ability is you, yes You!

A Modern Response to Terrorism

madeline gelfand | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
madeline gelfand

It has been a trying month for the world and for Israel. We've seen countless terror attacks in the past few weeks, most prominently the terror attack...

The Purpose-Driven Life? No Thanks!

Brook Ziporyn | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Brook Ziporyn

A lot of people these last few thousand years seem to be obsessed with something called "purpose" --especially with people having a purpose, actions having a purpose, life having a purpose.

When the Holidays Hurt: A Letter to Those Who Are Still Finding Their Way Home

Khristi Adams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Khristi Adams

It wasn't a shelter that I happened to pass or a donate button that I was asked to click, but rather it all started when I was sitting in a room full ...

Inspired by Dreams

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.24.2015 | San Francisco
Jeremy Affeldt

I have so much to be grateful for today. One of the ways I can show my gratitude is to use this incredible moment to inspire you to dream the biggest dream you possibly can, and then work for it.

Choosing Gratitude (Or Finding God in a Paperclip)

Gary Jansen | Posted 11.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Gary Jansen

It is very easy to take our world, our loved ones, ourselves, and our God for granted. Every morning when we wake up, then throughout the day, and bef...

I'm Grateful for Pumpkin Pie, Self-Cleaning Ovens and Whoever/Whatever Put Me Here

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Before I presume to draw up my holiday gift wish list, it might be politic to put my Thanksgiving thank yous out there. Here goes. This year I'm grateful for.

What ISIS Wants

Jon Foreman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Jon Foreman

You can take many things from me, ISIS, but you cannot take my heart. I refuse to join you in your Dead World of hatred and fear. Even if you take my life, I refuse to believe in your God of hatred.

Too Close to Home: The Murder of Ezra Schwartz

Doron Lazarus | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Doron Lazarus

We live in a world of concentric circles, spheres of influence that protect the core of who we are. But tonight's news rocked the bulls eye of my world. And although there is no logic to this phenomenon, the death of any innocent civilian should shake our foundations, our emotions naturally are overcome when the news hits close to home.

A Prayer for a Fearful America

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Again and again Scripture tells us: Be not afraid, for God is with us.

Living Abundantly

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jeremy Affeldt

Abundant life! What does that mean? Well, abundant life is a life that is not in need. You don't need to find food, you have it. You don't need to find water, you have it. You don't need to find a place to live, you live somewhere. You don't need to find a job, you have a job.

'I Was Excited to Get to See How Big God Was'

Heather Simpson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Heather Simpson

My brother was 4 years old at the time when I saw in him the faith of a child. We went as a family to watch my other brother's basketball game. I looked over and he looked "off." He had a panicked and confused look on his face. My mom immediately recognized the expression.

The Power of Prayer

David Gregory | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
David Gregory

I like any prayer that invites quiet and reflection and that takes some attention away from my selfish concerns at any particular moment.

A Day at the Perez Art Museum Miami

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Whenever I have time off, I enjoy visiting museums and historic houses with my daughter. It is something that we both share a love for as we both enjoy learning new things and history.

Rise Up

Julia Fehrenbacher | Posted 11.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julia Fehrenbacher

You think you don't have anything to say, that it's been said before that it doesn't matter, that you'll get mocked or ridiculed, that someone won...

Is God a She?

Sarah Nechamkin | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Sarah Nechamkin

Why was God, by default, assumed to occupy a male identity? And why was my notion of femaleness reduced to cosmetic features (ones which I definitely couldn't pull off, even if I was interested in hair dye at age seven). The answer lies somewhere beyond religion itself.

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerm...

The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday Is the Pilgrimage for Abolition

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6 p.m. at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I've encountered o...

My Church Is Not My Everything

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In letting go of the idea that the church is my only way to God, I feel that I have found God more truly on my own. And that allows me to speak and to relate to my Christian neighbors in a new way.

Salvation is Only the Beginning

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

If the life of a Christian began and ended with confessing that Jesus is Lord, then love and mercy and grace would be lived out through all Christians everywhere. Salvation alone would make us God's instruments of love and of mercy and of grace.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 25 -- In Praise of the Most High

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

He started softly at first, and then began growing in volume. Over and over and over. It wasn't like he was saying, "Oh God!" More like just intoning the name of the primordial creator as if it was a mantra, rolling the word around in his mouth slowly and repeatedly, like it was a marble or a malted ball.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 8: Dr. Luke Powery on Continuing the Conversation in Churches

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Life has an inexhaustible curriculum, and the lessons are infinite just like God even when it comes to a conversation about faith and science, God and the cosmos, creation and evolution, quantum physics and eternity, imago dei and science, genetics and morality, and health and healing.

The Simple Proof of God

Heather Simpson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Heather Simpson

Existing as a human being, with all of its 25,000 genes, complex proteins, interconnected minuscule cells that keep us in homeostatic balance on a millisecond by millisecond basis, is impossible. I can hardly build something with legos, let alone think up and create a human.

The "White Child" That Killed My Father

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.