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God is Born Again

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I recently overheard a conversation between two young adults. They were explaining how they don't want children because they don't want to bring them ...

Why Else Might We Need a Savior?

John Backman | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion
John Backman

Somewhere in the past month, a raw feeling came up from somewhere in my deepest self: boy, do I need a Savior right now.

Religion Is Not An End In Itself

Shayne Looper | Posted 10.31.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

Many people think of religion as an end in itself and assume that being religious is the only thing God requires of them. The Bible doesn't bear that out. God wants people to be real, to be good, and to become all he made them to be, which requires people to come to him in faith.

Charlie Brown and the Incarnation

Rob Lee | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Rob Lee

Amidst the busyness of reading week and preparing for exams here at Duke Divinity School, I sat down this evening to watch the 50th anniversary specia...

Terror, Vulnerability and Incarnation

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 11.24.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

For that is the point of incarnation--we are completely vulnerable as people who choose to embody love rather than hate. We do not close our hearts. We do not retract our welcome. We do not let fear govern our response to others. For surely, if God so loved the world, then so should we.

'Violent Night': A Post-Christmas Meditation for the Cosmos Generation

Russ Pierson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

That first Christmas was a precursor to the science-fiction convention used over and over again in Doctor Who, Star Trek and every "galaxy far, far away" -- a "rip in the time-space continuum" -- as infinity takes on finitude, as the creator of the stars embraces a body made of stardust. Flesh and blood, this earthy God.

The Orange in the Stocking Toe

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Every Christmas as a young child, I remember waking up bright and early on the 25th to race my sister up the stairs to find a red stocking stuffed full of presents and treats left by some mysterious guy with a red suit and white beard.

Can You Question The Virgin Birth And Still Be A Christian?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) It’s a tough sell: A young, unmarried teenager gets pregnant, but the father isn’t a man but God himself. And the girl is a virgin — and (...

Why Do Christians Need to Believe in the Incarnation?

James Carroll | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
James Carroll

The life of Jesus must always weigh more than his death. And, to repeat, the revelation is in the ordinariness of that life.

Grab a Piece of the P.I.E.! Luke 4:14-21

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The church is being called to a P.I.E. ministry: outreach which is Participative, Interactive and Experiential One high-end Italian restaurant in Was...

The Night I Almost Took My Life

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Our society must take mental illness seriously and not desperately reach for alternative explanations to our plight. We are an oppressed faceless minority.

The God Who Sings Creation

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

If I believe in the resurrection of the dead, it is not that hard to believe that God could make the universe in 144 hours. If this same God chose to...

Too Great a Mystery for One Day

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

How can gratitude for this gift be confined to a day or a season? Every moment -- all our breaths -- ought to resound with praise for this radical identification of God with us.

No One Remembers the Name of the Inn: A Christmas Eve Homily

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When we tell and retell the most important stories of our life, we often find that every time we tell it, there are a few details that we can't leave ...


William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the significance of the Incarnation and the second part of the Trinity -- what Christmas is really all about. And let our celebration of nearly two weeks truly glorifying God the Son.

Getting Closer to Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In order to understand fully the meaning Christmas, one must be acquainted with what happened several months earlier.

Christmas Is for Worship

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

It's time to worry a lot less about getting Christ back into Christmas (he can't be blasted out of Christmas, no matter how hard anyone tries). What needs to get back into Christmas is worship.


Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

Since there are about 150 billion other galaxies in the visible cosmos, this multiplies out to 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets within the visible universe capable of supporting biological life of some form.

On Bodies, The Eucharist, and Skydiving

Broderick Greer | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Broderick Greer

The next time you receive the Eucharist, try erasing the memory of its flavor from your taste buds. The next time you receive Christ's fragmented body in your hands, try forgetting the sensation of Jesus on your skin.

When Easter Is No Comfort: A Jesus For The Darkest Times

John Backman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
John Backman

Not only does God stand with those who are suffering. God also stands with those who are suffering and cannot return the favor. Whether I could drag myself to church made not one iota of difference to this solidarity.

The Challenge Of The Manger In Bethlehem

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Advent should be the season for us to reflect, not just on the tenderness of the manger scene, but of what that scene represents below the surface. It should push us to understand that God became incarnate in the world of the poor and oppressed and shared intimately in that reality.

Advent: Three Poems

Scott Cairns | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Just now the earth recalls His stunning visitation. Now / the earth and scattered habitants attend to what is possible: that He / of a morning entered this, our meagered circumstance, and so / relit the fuse igniting life in them, igniting life in all the dim / surround.

Karma, Karma Everywhere

Judith Johnson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

I don't obsess about karma, but it has completely changed my way of understanding our lives. There's karma, karma everywhere and I'm beginning to see it as the compost of our learning, growth and spiritual upliftment.

On Keeping Christ in Christmas

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I'd like us to realize that keeping Christ in Christmas has nothing to do with what others choose to do, and everything to do with who we choose to be.

After Christmas, How Is God With Us?

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

While Christians put decorations away, vacuum up the tinsel, and find places to put our new toys, I often wonder what it all means. After the pregnant longing, after the birth, how do we understand that God is with us?