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Holy Spirit

Catching Our Breath: Life After Beirut and Paris

Jack Levison | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.

Too Old for Outrage? My Reaction to the Hospital Bombing in Afghanistan

Jack Levison | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

What can I do to express my outrage for the patients who burned in their beds and the doctors and nurses and staff who died practicing medicine in a town I'd never even heard of before last week?

The 'Set of the Sail'

Debbie Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I remember several years ago I asked my Bible Study teacher "please explain The Holy Spirit to me as best you can." She pointed me in the direction of the Book of Acts in the Bible, which I read and she said "The Holy Spirit is the voice that talks within you, our Counselor and our Comforter.

When God Changed With Me

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Now that I have had a few tastes of different God-moments, even when they are few and far between, they are authentic, profound, and unprompted. I am waiting in delicious anticipation for where and when it might come upon me next.

Life-Changing Rituals

Julianne Boyland | Posted 06.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julianne Boyland

The rituals certainly don't have to be like mine, but if you are some how letting go, renewing, and thankful in these rituals I believe your life will change for the good.

Heart, Hope and the Holy Spirit

Debbie Davis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I once asked someone, familiar with the Bible for many years, to explain to me the Holy Spirit. My friend pointed me to read Romans and Acts in the Bible to learn more. And as I read, and studied, it became clear to me.

Mary and Joseph

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Joseph and Mary remind us that Christmas is a genuine love story--the story of God's unwavering love for us and our love for him; the marvelous love of a wife and a husband and the joyous wonder of a first child.

About Isolation, Race, Relationships and Friends

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

There are real people really hurting. Turn on our customized media and we see what might spin into a race war over men being killed and the accused walking away. No matter what sources of media you are using, we are seeing it.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

Eternal Truths Need Unpacking, Not Defending

John Backman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

For many believers, the notion of rethinking eternal truths is not only unsettling, but wrong. After all, if we rethink them, we run the risk of throwing them out completely.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

Strutting With the Spirit: A Proposal for Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

However we preach, whatever we teach, whenever we speak, we should be prepared. How? Through a life of study, the practice of learning, even the discipline of memorizing.

Out of Darkness, a Light Breaks

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Davis

Such cruel tragedies are never easy to handle, and doubly so when the victim was a young woman whose spirit brightened the lives of all around her. But Ben was a contemporary Christian artist and worship leader at a large church. How was this soul-rending tragedy going to square with his faith? How could a loving God allow such things?

Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.

Mainline Churches: Past, Present, Future

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

What is in store for the Mainline Protestant churches, as well as for the more evangelical, fundamentalist, and/or charismatic Protestant denominations and independent churches? Reason might suggest that both groups should move a little to the religious middle.

I Don't Get It

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The base of the GOP is supposedly rooted in evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics, people who say they forgo bread to live on the Word of God. When I see this part of the GOP base giddy about whatever issue du jour the GOP has dreamed up, I walk away thinking: I don't get it.

Does the Holy Spirit Inspire Violence? Obama, Syria and the Days Ahead

Jack Levison | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

Does the Spirit inspire violence? Well, yes, but only in a single set of circumstances: when the restoration of solidarity for oppressed peoples requires violence.

Pentecost: the Salvific Mission of the Church Begins

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Celebrated on the Seventh Sunday (50 days) after Pascha and 10 days after the Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost -- also referred to as Trinity Sunday -- marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on about 120 disciples.

Christian Salvation As Pentecost

Morgan Guyton | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

In the prophecy from Joel that Peter quotes on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, God makes an incredible promise: "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh." What if this statement is taken as the centerpiece of God's salvation of humanity and the world?

What I Don't Know For Sure

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Donna Jean Freberg

I thought I knew everything. Or at least pretty close. It took a long time to become wise, and by wise I mean to realize how much I don't actually know. And for a while it's left me feeling pretty faithless and lost.

A Non-Traditional Advent Story ... From Postmodern Negro

Steve Knight | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Steve Knight

Anthony Smith, a.k.a. Postmodern Negro, talks about the non-traditional Advent story in the Gospel of Mark.

Escape From The Busy Trap

Jack Levison | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Jack Levison

What do we get for slowing down, for sitting peaceably at summer's end, talking of poetry? We get called an idler by the noisy set, the productive people, the bankers, the schoolmasters, the clergy, the active folk, the busy people.

Yes, Call Him Bishop Romney, Seriously

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

A number of times online I have suggested that people begin to call Mitt Romney "Bishop Romney." Many times met with derision or as a joke, I mean th...

Pentecost: When Christians Dream

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Christians will look back in time on Pentecost. But they'll also need to be looking at the present, dreaming with their eyes open and daring to consider where God may be found today.

Divine Earth, Divine Mother

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Lately I've been on a kick: I'm reading books set in the 1940s and earlier. They detail the stories of the lives of their times. I've recently noticed, though, that no one ever mentions the environment. It wasn't on their radar.