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The Transformative Power Of Gratitude

Dr. Randy Kamen | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Randy Kamen

Our days rarely go according to plan or without unexpected challenges. Some of us can naturally appreciate the sweet moments as they happen throughout the day, while many of us need to cultivate this sense of appreciation.

Ida and the Cycles of Violence and Forgiveness

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Matthew Hoh

The choice of mercy, of forgiveness, is anathema to my sense of manhood and my obligation for revenge and justice; but what would come of such forgiveness, besides a rejection of cultural and institutionalized violence and loss of personal pride, if I had the courage to enact it?

What If I'm Not as Strong as You Think I Am? A Headache Confession

Stephanie Harper | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

I've recently reached the 18-month mark in the saga of my never-ending headache. This was something that if you'd asked me when I started writing abou...

How to Become the Person You'd Want to Marry

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I once read somewhere that if you're looking for the perfect man to fulfill your dreams, become the woman you would marry if you were a man. I thought this message was right on target and so clear that it got me to start working on my self-image and take my mind off what I expected from a man.

Toward True Religious Freedom

Justin Thornburgh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Justin Thornburgh

The reason I am against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not because I am a lefty liberal, but because I am a proud American Christian. This legislation, though guised in the cloak of religious liberty, is the first string to be pulled out of our basic civil rights. This state is beginning the slippery slope of legalized discrimination.

He Won't Be the Next "Darren Wilson"

Jonathan Walton | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Jack* and I opted into the discomfort of racism, prejudice and the history of law enforcement in America among black and brown communities and Jesus met us there. We were honest about our fears, limitations and ignorance about the other because of our cultural lenses.

Instruction on Grace

Beth Lapides | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Lapides

This is the instruction I have been given on grace. Grace cannot be taken. Grace can be received. Grace is knowing: Don't make it worse. When thi...

Made in the Image of God: Art, Feminist Theology and Caroline Mackenzie

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

My theological writings arise from my personal journey through faith and doubt, difficulties and joys. Many of our encounters with God inform our theology, make us who we are, and shape our living. I position my writings to reflect this part of my life that I try to live out as faithfully as I can.

The Softened Heart

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

I believe that if we make the effort to listen, we can hear our hearts guiding us. And if we think we can ignore its wisdom, we will lose our way. Eventually we have to face up to our past choices. But doing so gives us an opportunity to bring our love and compassion into the world by listening to our wise hearts.

Choosing Grace on the Way to School

Lindley Pless | Posted 04.28.2015 | Good News
Lindley Pless

Tomorrow morning I will slow down, back down, and remember that we are all battling something when we wake up each day.

Gratitude Speaks: Nadine Artemis, Creator of Living Libations

Miriam Ava | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Miriam Ava

I'm ecstatic to share the art of Nadine Artemis with you! Nadine fully embodies the goddess in her name as she communes with the divine flora & fauna all around her.

Why You Should Start Saying Grace With Your Children (Even if You Don't Believe in God)

Ron Lieber | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Ron Lieber

Maybe saying grace feels hokey or forced to you. Perhaps you think your kids would roll their eyes. If you don't believe in God, the ritual before the meal may feel unnatural: who exactly are you thanking, and why?

Lent: Living God's Grace

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

We live in an age where people fact check everything we say and do. If we exaggerate or embellish, people are quick to point it out and we are summarily kicked to the curb.

It's Our Turn to Be Generous

Philip Gulley | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Philip Gulley

We have forgotten that we benefited from the generosity of those who went before us. And now it is our turn to be generous, now it is our turn to return the favor, but we don't want to.

Are You Rushing or Are You Dragging?

Heather Choate Davis | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Heather Choate Davis

If you watch the film with "the mind of Christ," you might see in the two father figures both the essential discipline and the infinite mercy of Law & Gospel theology.

We Need to Stop Lying and Repent

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Marching down the streets of NYC in remembrance of MLK, I thought not of the anger swarming around me, but of the King that Dr. King followed. There is no freedom apart from Jesus, no victory that does not include His name.

'How Generous Are You Willing To Be?' A Dance Teaching Story

Jesua | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

If I had known how to bow then, I would have bowed. I would have fallen to my knees and kissed her feet. But instead I just stood there, meeting her gaze, shaking, knowing I had been given a tremendous teaching, a true gift.

Justice Beyond Anger

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Is there ever a place for righteous anger in the pursuit of social justice? I think you have to discern your answer. I think you have to use wisdom.

Starve the Vulture: An Interview With Jason Carney

Loren Kleinman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"People tend to deny their own bravery. Although we clamor for it secretly, everyone wants to be the center of attention for the right reasons. Most people do not believe they have it in them."

I Did It Their Way!

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I've come to learn even more these days that our greatest successes, achievements, and desires flow smoothly when we put the comfort and happiness of those around us ahead of our own wants and desires.

The Least Of These

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Now think about that. If something created by you, a part of you, is under attack, you feel attacked.

The Transforming Power of Grace

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Life is tough and can be unforgiving. Grace sustains us on our journey through the inevitable hard places and difficult seasons. Indeed, grace is more than mercy. Grace strengthens and emboldens us. It softens a hard heart. Grace gives us what I call "bounce back."

You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right?

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Is it possible that God has a 'Damascus Road experience' ready to give to all mankind before his throne, like he also gave to the Ninevites in Jonah's story?

When Life Feels Grueling, Find the Grace

Nancy Sharp | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Sharp

If we're lucky, we're thrown one curveball at a time. But that's seldom the case, and in fact, sometimes in our despair over one unlucky turn, we wind up creating others. Like an unstoppable chain reaction.

Sure, the Pharisees Preached Original Sin -- But Jesus Preached Original Innocence

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the reasons Jesus got a bad reputation amongst the religious community of his day was because he was not afraid to associate himself with mankind, all of mankind: The best and worst, the clean and unclean, the accepted and the rejected.