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Daily Meditation: Oh Happy Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

An Atheist's Perspective on the Rise of Christian Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanism is not a religion, nor is it in competition with religion. It is simply a mode of being that embraces evolving the human being with science, reason, and technology.

Why I'm Fasting This Month and Giving Up Half of My Stuff

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Yes, I know Jesus wasn't a juicing freak. He didn't have a dietician. And he sure as hell didn't eat kelp, quinoa, or some other hippie stuff I can't even pronounce. At least not that I know of. So what's the point?

Dear Christians: Take Off Your Halo and Reach Out Your Hand

Christine Carter | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

I don't understand how some of us think we have the right to separate ourselves from the world, but we do. I get that maybe you don't want the worldly things to infiltrate your existence, but the truth is -- they WILL.

Following Jesus Isn't Primarily About Beliefs or Actions

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm intrigued by the fact that, in spite of my explanation that this project is more about delving into who we are and what we do than about what we think or believe, many people are eager to distill the "Jesus journey" down to making a specific set of claims for beliefs, end of story.

The Powerful History Of The Grammy Performance Everyone's Talking About

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

Though Beyoncé’s powerful performance at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles has gotten everybody talking, few have mentioned the origins of ...

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland -- a perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God's Kingdom.

Father Richard Rohr on Racism, Non-Dual Thinking, and Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

As a proponent of the Perennial Tradition with a distinct Wisdom Lineage, Rohr is known for his ability to reach spiritual seekers across traditional religious boundaries. He is slated to appear on Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sundays" show on February 8, 2015.

Day Two of My Jesus Project: Are We Done Yet?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

First the good news: After four months of preparation, I have officially started my year-long quest to more seriously understand what it means to follow Jesus, aka "My Jesus Project." And now the bad news: After today I still have 363 days left of this. Turns out Jesus stuff is hard.

How One Of Gospel's Essential Songs Gave 'Selma' Its Soul

Posted 01.15.2015 | Entertainment

The most beautiful thing about Ava DuVernay's film "Selma" -- the first major biographical film feature about Martin Luther King, Jr. -- is its deep r...

Why Is it Popular Theology to Believe Blackmail and Duress Are Central to the Gospel Message?

Mick Mooney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

A ticket to heaven, but if you refuse you'll be thrown in the eternal torture chamber, but it's your choice. Is such an offer free will? No. That's duress.

Musical Artist Fernando Ortega On Doubt, Racism and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father's work with the U.S. Department of State.

Br. Alois of Taizé on Racial Unrest, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

And this is the heart of the Gospel! God is love. This is the truth. Jesus was also speaking of the truth of God, but the truth is that God is love. In a way this message is very vulnerable, but it has to be vulnerable, because love is vulnerable.

Considering the 12 Sides of Jesus #MyJesusProject

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Not surprising, this whole endeavor to understand what it really means to follow Jesus in today's world is proving to be nothing short of overwhelming.

AJ Jacobs Tells Me How to Be More Like Jesus

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For the next 14-18 months, I'm doing a sort of "Human Experiment" project in which I try to figure out what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st-century Western world.

Love and Equity: The Genius of Silvester Henderson, Gospel Impresario and Social Activist in Public Education

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Joanna Perry-Folino

Where is hope when images of men and women are shown again and again as they're beaten, tasered or killed by police and become so commonplace that our hearts and minds become numb to it?

With the Power Pop of III, Jessica Campbell Can Count Her Blessings

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

She's a sweet Carolina native with a voice as luscious and refreshing as a glass of iced tea on a sweltering summer day. But don't let that sunny disposition and alluring Southern accent fool you.

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

According to Jesus the Real Issue Isn't the Lack of Morals -- It's the Abundance of Hypocrisy

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When Jesus walked the earth, his focus was ultimately on showing people that the problem in the world is not the lack of morals, but the abundance of hypocrisy.

A Reign of 90 Years, Crown Creates an Unforgettable Howard Homecoming

Rachel Hampton | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Rachel Hampton

Each year, the Howard University Homecoming continues to reach higher heights. This year's Crown, celebrated 90 years of creating a celebrity-filled week of events to recognize and commemorate the work of the University's students and alumni.

Irish Crooner Hozier Will Have You Singing Gospel Seven Days a Week

JustLuxe | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts

I jumped at the chance to interview him and chatted with him right after he completely nailed a performance on Saturday Night Live, something he was pretty nervous about having just lost his voice prior.

Preaching Without Words

Philip Yancey | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Philip Yancey

"There are three kinds of Christians that outsiders to the faith respect: pilgrims, activists, and artists. The uncommitted will listen to them far sooner than to an evangelist or apologist."

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

How A Near-Death Experience Inspired Bill Maher's Executive Producer To Write His Latest Play

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

One can only avoid life's big questions for so long. And when writer Scott Carter finally faced those questions, the result was the creation of his...

Jaweed Kaleem

What Jefferson, Dickens And Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Exploring The Big Questions | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

In 1804, over three consecutive evenings, President Thomas Jefferson completed a private spiritual project. Using the King James Bible, he took a penk...