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To Give Is To Receive: Lessons On Jewish Hospitality From the Book Of Genesis

Eitan Press | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

When Rivka welcomes Eliezer and then draws water for his camels without being asked, she is telling him that his existence is a gift, that his needs are not a burden.

An Attitude Of Gratitude

Rick McDaniel | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Gratitude should always begin with God and all the blessings He has brought into our lives. It is a good practice to begin each day with thanks to God.

A Desperate God

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

In light of the monstrous storm battering the northeast, many have said that the storm is a "sign of judgment" from God. We need to "get right!", they say.

Evangelicals Doomed the Republican Party, God and (Maybe) America

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I feel sorry for God. With his "friends" helping the Republicans to screw up our planet for profit he's in as much trouble as the Republican Party is. God needs better friends and evangelicals need a better (or no) theology.

Is God Rooting For Obama?

Eric Sapp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Eric Sapp

If you're Romney right now, you've got to be cursing your luck: You're in a neck-and-neck race the week before the election with a message about how the president mistakenly thinks we need an effective government in America -- and then wham: the biggest natural disaster since Katrina hits.

Bad Theology

Scott Cairns | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Probably the most frustrating thing about Christians these days is that their theology is so often far from Christian. How does such a deep misunderstanding develop?

5 God Excuses To Avoid After A Natural Disaster

Kent Annan | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Kent Annan

In a disaster aftermath, whether caused by hurricane or earthquake or tsunami, the right impulse is to rush in with appropriate relief. But for people of faith, too often this same "rush in" model is applied to making excuses for God.

Why Did God Send The Flood?

Ronald Hendel | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Ronald Hendel

The scenes of floods from Hurricane Sandy are shocking. It seems natural for people to invoke the Bible at a time like this, whether to describe the massive devastation or to preach about its cause.

Rev. Phil Snider Talks Viral Gay Rights Speech and Reading the Bible With Love

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

In this exclusive What's Trending interview, Springfield, Mo., preacher Phil Snider speaks out about the story behind his City Council gay rights speech that went viral for its shocking twist ending.

Abortion & Taxes: Mitt's Favorite Things

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.25.2012 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Looks like the GOP is ready to save America from the liberals! No need for tax returns and certainly no need to spend time talkin' about abortion. Just keep your legs closed... that goes for men and women. Until you're married. And then you can schedule it accordin' to Jesus.

To A Bullied Teen: Your Identity Is Greater Than Your Self-Esteem

Nicole Quigley | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Nicole Quigley

This is the Christian response to bullying. It is one that will move us to forgive our bullies and ourselves, and wait with peace for the next chapter in our lives.

Making a List

Jonathan Richards | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Transformation in Media Means Transforming Ourselves

Vivian Norris | Posted 10.22.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

I kept wondering about those who own and control and create much of the media and how much if any time they spend on meditation, creating consciousness and how what they do affects all of us.

Lee Speigel

Survey: More People Believe In Space Aliens Than In God | Lee Speigel | Posted 10.18.2012 | Weird News

More than 33 million U.K. citizens believe in extraterrestrial life, compared to just over 27 million -- less than half the country -- who believe in ...

Dear Sally Quinn: Atheists Are Americans Too

Staks Rosch | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Staks Rosch

You seem bewildered by the amount of hate mail you received from atheists, agnostics and Humanists as a result of your comments. Let me be clear here: I don't think anyone should threaten you for your opinions, no matter how hateful they are -- and they are hateful.

WATCH: Derek Webb: Victory Marching

Travis Reed | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Does God write sadness, struggle, disease and dissonance into our lives for it's beauty? Is suffering symphonic? Is life a victory march or a broken hallelujah -- or both?

Belief, Faith And Unrest

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

If one's faith is entirely dedicated to adherence to right beliefs, when those beliefs are challenged or insulted, so too is one's religious life. Such an affront to the mind's assessment of right and wrong can result in extreme emotional responses.

Losing Faith, Finding Hope: A Journey With Depression

Monica A. Coleman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Monica A. Coleman

Somewhere between my unanswered prayers and the realization that I could not worship myself into happiness, my faith died. I stopped believing that God only loved me if I was happy and peaceful.

Romney Supporter and YouTube Sensation Trisha Paytas Elaborates on Her Political Beliefs in Exclusive Interview

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

LA YouTuber Trisha Paytas has become something of an Internet sensation after she gave her official endorsement to presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a video this past week.

The Monkey-See-Monkey-Do Path to God, Love and Life

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

As for our labels saving us -- Christian, Jew, agnostic etc. -- we could all change places and swap labels and we'd still be what we are: potential members of a lynch mob.

Heaven Is Real -- And It's A Schlep

Dan_Weiss | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion

A sense of warmth engulfed me, as though someone had poured a bowl of chicken soup over my head. My spirit guide informed me that I was not yet prepared for the next world and that I would be returning to mine.

On Missing Christopher Hitchens

Alan Jones | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Alan Jones

This is part of a larger task of how to turn us all toward each other in an open conversation about what it is to be human and how we should treat each other. Christopher Hitchens was integral to that conversation, and I miss him.

Discovering The Symphony Of Life On Shemini Atzeret

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 12.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

This work calls upon us to imitate God in order to bring God's presence into our lives and the lives of others. On Shemini Atzeret, we think about God seeking to linger in our presence because God needs us as much as we need God.

What Michele Bachmann Said at the Temple

John Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Michele Bachmann recently visited a Chicago synagogue on the eve of Yom Kippur. Her unwanted presence there drove many attendees to leave, and to later donate to her opponent in the Congressional race in Minnesota. Here are a few things she said that pissed them off:

Orphans and God

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Dr. Jane Aronson

It's a late Indian summer night and the sounds of crickets are co-mingling with the whistles of trains going by. My sons are asleep and I am working. What is on my mind is what orphans think and know about God.