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Is God REALLY Speaking To You?

Brian Moll | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Brian Moll

With a myriad of voices competing for the decisions we make each day, how do we distinguish God's voice from all the others? Throughout my life I've asked four questions that have helped me to discern. I believe they must be asked in tandem, though, never one without the others.

Practicing Prodigal, Undeserved Love

Win Bassett | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

"God is not interested in morality or family values or issues. ... God is interested in reckless, transforming, surprising, undeserved, eternal, unconditional, socially unacceptable love for all sons and daughters."

The Revelation Will Not Be Televised

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

So many of us are in constant motion, hurtling down the street with smartphone in hand, running from work to social lives to home, running from north to east to south and back again, chasing a truth of some sort and not finding it -- and, perhaps, wondering why we're not hearing God's voice more often than we do.

Michael McAuliff

Senator: God Will Not Save Us

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- God will not save us, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) declared in a Senate floor speech on climate change Wednesday that sounded more l...

Rankism vs. The Golden Rule

Robert Fuller | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Many insist that man's predatory practices are undiminished and ineradicable. But an opposing trend is becoming visible. While admitting that "the arc of the moral universe is long," Martin Luther King Jr. believed that "it bends toward justice."

National Day Of Prayer, But Where Is God?

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

After investing all of this time and energy searching for an answer to whether or not God exists, here's my conclusion: I don't know.

What My Dad Learned In Prison

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Quite often we find new meaning and strength where we least expect it. Quite often it lies waiting for us to discover. We simply have to look within ourselves.

An Open Letter To The Theist Community

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

In the same way as you would never use a Stradivarius as a door stop or a Porsche as a plough, we must strive to not cause the masses to believe that authentic, transformational, brilliant and beautiful spirituality is just so much vapor.

A Good Life Without God

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Abrons

Big topic. All encompassing. From Ra to Zeus to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad to Buddah. From Cotton Mather to Rush Limbaugh. From the Crusades to Shiites and Sunnis. Well, leave me out.

You Say, 'Jesus is the Only Way!' I Say, 'Mystery of Mysteries'

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Sure, you can "know" God, as the inner, inexplicable and transformative personal experience. But do not ever, my friend, do not ever be so arrogant as to assume you actually "know" God, in terms of explaining God or understanding God.

Is That God Talking?

NYTimes.com | T. M. LUHRMANN | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion

I still remember how startled I was when a young woman I was interviewing told me God had spoken to her, audibly. I was doing ethnographic field wo...

Following Jesus Means Loving All Kinds Of People

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Being a Christian is not easy because it requires that we do things within a certain framework. As Christians, we have chosen to follow one who set the example for us. Jesus said that we must forgive someone as many times as needed.

Believers, Atheists, Why Can't We All Get Along?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Sandra Charron

The energy and ardor we see flung with feverish force at the sight of certain key words would be far more beneficial if harnessed and used to rid the world of its eternal anger and insults.

Is God Guilty?

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

If God is so Great, why can't He just create a world without any pain whatsoever? I don't want people to stop talking to God. I'm not even angry at God for something terrible like cancer. I just want people to think.

Jason Collins, Bible Verses And The Truth About God's Word

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Much has been written and said about Jason Collins' historic announcement, but it seems to me we have not yet reached the deepest implications. As a sympathetic outsider to religion, I'd like to try.

Flags In Our Churches: A Conversation

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

I had a brief conversation after service with someone who noticed that we do not have the American flag in the sanctuary during our worship services. The kicker: He said to me, "It's because of that flag that you have the freedom to worship they way you do in this country."

The Mystery of Who We Are

Tara Brach | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Probably the deepest inquiry in any of the spiritual traditions is the question, "Who am I?" If we look behind the roles and images that our culture gives us, behind the ideas that we internalize from our family, who's really here?

Just Looking

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

I wonder if how I look at people and what I think of them has any relationship to justice in the world. When I look at people and make judgments about them in the privacy of my thoughts, am I just looking at them or is my looking and my judgment really just?

But Where Is God?

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

We seek to make meaning even in the most senseless tragedies. Sometimes this raises deep spiritual questions as we confront the paradox of God's goodness and omnipotence.

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Every senseless, horrific act of violence brings up the question of good vs. evil, and when you read that children have died by violence there's even more reason to shudder and doubt.

Allah Or God, It Doesn't Matter To Me

Craig Considine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

I'm a Catholic / but I think Islam is beautiful / Some think I'm interested in converting / No, I'm not / it just makes me think of the one above

Does Experience Shape Our Understanding Of God?

KidSpirit | Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Some people do not believe in God at all, while others believe in many gods. Others believe that God infinitely shapes their lives and their afterlives. Others look to themselves to be shaped. There are a variety of different religions, and as many as 22 major religions in the world today.

Choosing Life: A Response To The Boston Marathon Bombing

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

The Boston Marathon of 2013 ended tragically, but the marathons of our lives must continue. Monday's finish line must become today's starting line.

Terrorists Are Morons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Crime
David Katz, M.D.

To the extent terrorism is about advancing some agenda other than adding to the world's supply of misery and hatred, it is a total failure. It absolutely never works.

What to Pray in a Crisis? Just say "No!"

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

If you're angry at God, say something. Say anything. Don't hold it in. It's not going to do any favors for your prayer life.