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Holy Spirit

GOP Senate Candidate Says His Speech "Wasn't Me" But "Holy Spirit" Instead

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is a full-throttle supporter of a personhood abortion ban, according to Colorado Right to Life's latest ...

Did Jesus Predict Muhammad? A Biblical Portal Between Christianity and Islam

Ian Mevorach | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Ian Mevorach

There is no better candidate than Muhammad, no one in fact that comes even close, in terms of fulfilling Jesus's promise of the Spirit of Truth who would bring forth a new revelation from God.

The Holy Spirit: Comforter or Crazy Cousin?

Steve Austin | Posted 03.30.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

Growing up, the Holy Spirit felt like that distant cousin we saw only at family reunions. The one who had no boundaries, no respect for personal space. A crazy guy who made everyone laugh nervously as he threw Grandma in the swimming pool. The Holy Spirit always seemed scary, loud, and destructive.

The Bible Unlocked: When Jesus met Christ

Kristina Kaine | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

What is the point of understanding the process of Jesus taking into himself the Christ you may ask? Isn't it simpler and easier just to worship the one being and be done with it? In fact why even differentiate between God, the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit?

When Being Right With God Is Not Enough

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Certainty is not an indicator of righteousness. I suspect it is rather the reverse, that the more certain you are that you are right, the more likely you are to be terribly, terribly wrong.

Dear Devil: I Forgive You!

John Schlimm | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
John Schlimm

Evil is a parasite. Therefore, the Devil can only thrive if we play host. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the d...

You Are a Part of God's Story

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

It doesn't matter what you're called in life to do. No matter what your occupation is, you're called to be a part of God's story.

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.