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Things Fall Together

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Nicole Rosengren

No one knows what to do or say. We try to stay positive in front of my sister and tears find us in the corners of hotel laundry rooms and hospital hallways. Mostly, we just stare off into space until Xanax takes us off to sleep.

Why I'd Still Believe In God Even if the Bible Was a Fairytale

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

I've watched a lot of well known atheists on YouTube. To be honest, they have some really interesting ― and truthful ― things to say. The main objection I find with their perspective is not their critique on religion, which I find mostly quite accurate, but rather it is how they mix God with religion. They look at the irrationality of religion, and therefore claim that belief in God is irrational.

Why Don't We Listen to God?

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

If we follow Christ like we follow the latest food phenomenons or workout routine (to say nothing of our obsession with material things), we would each lead much more meaningful and happy lives.

Just Waiting for an Aha Moment on the Back Porch

Carrie Severson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Severson

My experience with aha moments has always been drastically life-changing. I would wait for God to give me a sign and then I'd act on it.

Beyond Borders: An Unexpected Trip to Mexico With a Dying Man

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I didn't expect to be on a flight to Mexico. I thought I would spend most of today completing multiple unfinished writing projects that I have long neglected. Things changed when I met Ramon.

Can Faith and Football Still Mix?

John Backman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Football isn't the only culprit in this category. The same dynamic takes place in crime shows, action movies, and other media. Most of us have seen the statistics around this.

Finding Divinity Within Me

Wendy Reese | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Reese

I grew up in Midwest City, Oklahoma. From my yard, I could see three churches. Within a mile radius, we had 11 churches. Ironically, my parents did no...

Christian Restaurant Owner Makes Leap Of Faith By Letting Customers Name Their Price

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

Some say faith can move mountains. According to one North Carolina restaurant owner, it can help pay the bills, too. Dana Parris, owner of Gaston...

Do You Have Eyes Like Jesus?

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

It's easy to see the sinner, because that requires no heart interaction, but do you see the person? Do you see the value of every individual, like Jesus did?

Saying Goodbye by Never Saying Goodbye: A TV Writer Reflects on Loss

David S. Simon | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
David S. Simon

Since we assign relative value and purpose to everything in our lives, how we deal with loss pretty much depends on who has just disappeared. When enemies are destroyed we feel pleased and vindicated.

What Happened When Tony Campolo's Son 'Came Out' As Humanist

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break...

Can Atheists Be Elected?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Krattenmaker

Candidates have to at least feign some religiosity to qualify for prominent political office, despite our Constitution forbidding religion tests of this sort. Atheism and related forms of non-belief are about the worst thing a candidate can be associated with.

Transgender Faith Tour

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

So, why did I feel the need to do a transgender faith tour? I ran out of fingers and toes (and hairs on my head) as I tried to keep a count of the number of times I have heard LGBT and Christian represented as an either/or proposition. You can be Christian or you can be LGBT, the story goes, but you can not be both.

Kanye West: The 21st Century Friedrich Nietzsche

Sarah Collins | Posted 12.05.2014 | Celebrity
Sarah Collins

Friedrich Nietzsche certainly would be proud of his 21st century protégé. Kanye West probably wouldn't care.

Americans Pray Most For Family, Friends And Themselves: Survey

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on beha...

Putting the Santa Claus Back in Yom Kippur

Eric Kaplan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Eric Kaplan

"Why have holidays at all?" I asked myself. Why, other than to make money for CVS, do we have Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas? Don't we want to be thankful all the time for the good in our lives?

Forgiving God on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

God may not ask for my forgiveness, but yet I feel a need in my soul to struggle, like a drowning man, to forgive God for all God's sins against humanity.

White Privilege on the Streets of Ferguson

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

The evidence of white privilege isn't so much the thought, "I'll be safe just because" but more so the fact that it never occurred to me to think about my safety. As the mother of black children I feared daily for their safety as they left home.

Why Do You Think So Many Atheists Seem So Evangelistic?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of "de-conversion" as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.

Forgiving My Alcoholic Father: Better Late Than Never

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Forty-plus years of resentment and hatred toward my father, and it all disappeared in what my wife described as "a God moment." I always thought my dad would die and I would feel the resentment and hatred until the day I died. But that all changed in a few seconds when I told my dad I loved him -- and actually meant it.

The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of People With Disabilities

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I began to realize just how much we demand that people with disabilities stay in the spaces that we allow for them. Most churches are not ready to include anyone with disabilities that cannot be easily accommodated and controlled.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Q&A With David W. Peters About His Memoir "Death Letter: God, Sex, and War"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 11.29.2014 | Home
Mary Pauline Lowry

In his memoir "Death Letter: God, Sex, and War," David W. Peters writes with black humor and grace about his deployment to Iraq as an Army chaplain, and the dark days following his return to the U.S.

The United States: A Country Fighting for 'The Last' of Our Freedoms!

Laura Wellington | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
Laura Wellington

No doubt, it is our natural instincts as parents to protect our kids from any harm. To watch them suffer is harder on us -- many times -- than on them.

Searching for God in Stamford

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I recently went searching for God in Stamford at the the Arts and Crafts Fair. I posed two questions: Which season is most Divine and why and what are your hopes for the new season.