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I'm With Stupid: How to Make Sure You're Buying a Christian Potato

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.27.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not sure what "Christian principles" the committee is referring to, but when it comes to the collected works and thoughts of Madison and Jefferson, I move that we go with the Bill of Rights over some nebulous, assumed principles. But that's just me.

ISIS, Islam, Jesus, and Practicing Theology Without a License

Leona Foxx | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Leona Foxx

What's the matter with a little misleading theology coming from the White House? After all, it's a means to a noble end, namely, world peace. Right?

Following Jesus Isn't Primarily About Beliefs or Actions

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.23.2015 | 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.

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

Is Masturbation a Sin?

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Look. No one wants to hear what they can or cannot do with their body. We came by free will in the hardest way and we feel like we've earned it. "This is my life!" But, the whole free will thing isn't without its catches.

Five Stages of Anti-Semitism in Art -- From Medieval to Modern Times

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.19.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Although Christianity did eventually emerge as a separate religion, similar falsifications of biblical history are rampant in collections of Renaissance art spanning hundreds of years. These distortions were not harmless. They imposed a dangerous division between Christians and Jews that lingers today.

Why Can't We Mourn With Muslims?

Jonathan Walton | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Lord have mercy on the Christian mother and the atheist father who are not able to enter into the emotions of a Muslim Father and Mother whose children were snatched from them too soon.

Walking the Via Dolorosa: Young People in Solidarity--Until the End

Jordan Denari | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Jordan Denari

Accompanying others selflessly is not the result of a state of enlightenment, nor is it a constant, deep emotion. It is a decision we make, a path we undertake consciously and with perseverance.

Freedom Isn't Free

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Maybe more than ever the cry for freedom is a common, reoccurring refrain everywhere you go today. We fiercely advocate for sexual freedom, arguing th...

Italian Photographer Pays Homage To 'Invincibles' In Series Dedicated To Truly Free Spirits

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Catania | Posted 02.13.2015 | Arts

Letizia Battaglia, an important Sicilian photographer from Palermo, Italy, took a series of shots of legendary Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasoli...

Pope Francis' Ignorance on Spanking

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

With every fiber of my being, I believe that Christians must act to stop the cycle of violence and take a strong stance against hitting children for any reason. What type of world do we want to live in? What type of God do we believe in?

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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.

The Bible's for Losers (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Taking everything into consideration, the Bible was written mostly by losers for the benefit of other losers. That's not a value judgment, just an observation. Think about it.

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

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.05.2015 | 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.

This Is How Many Words Are Spoken By Women In The Bible

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion

There are 93 women who speak in the Bible, 49 of whom are named. These women speak a total of 14,056 words collectively -- roughly 1.1 percent of the ...

Did You Hear What Obama Said?

Jonathan Walton | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Our perception of the world is horribly off because the scale we use to measure ourselves is skewed and it will never be stacked in our favor unless there is a radical transformation. And that transformation does not exist outside of an encounter with Jesus.

Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The dearth of information about the formative influences on towering biblical figures such as Moses and Jesus has invited some skeptics to question whether they actually existed.

Hollywood Has an Arab problem

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Think of an Arab you've seen in a movie or a TV show. Who are they? What are they doing? How are they portrayed? Are they portayed as human beings who work hard, love their children, with real emotions, flawed, neither saints nor villains--like you and me?

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

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.03.2015 | 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.

Marilyn Manson Just Made an Unexpected Comeback

Chris Sosa | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

"Jesus loves you," Marilyn Manson deadpans to an audience member at New York City's Terminal 5. The Antichrist Superstar, legally named Brian Warner, is currently embarking on the "Hell Not Hallelujah" tour with the band carrying his stage namesake and seems far removed from the disaster he'd become.

Matthew 7, Leviticus 20, and the Christian Catch-22

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am not anti-Christian when I stand up for LGBT rights. I am anti-bigotry. The fact that someone identifies as a Christian has nothing to do with it. There is no war on religion. It is a war on discrimination. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Reach Out for Peace

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

My view is that when people really want to make something work, it will work. Community policing is proactive outreach: It asks officers to visit neighborhoods and families who are especially in need of help, and to do anything they can do to assist these people.

Forgive? Why Not!

Rev. Canon Petero A. N. Sabune | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Canon Petero A. N. Sabune

I want to invite you on a journey with some people who embody the message of reconciliation. They chose not to retaliate. They all chose to see beauty, not hate, they chose light, not darkness.

The Execution of Our Consciences

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Though I expect more from our whole society, I am saddened and outraged that most of the executions in our country are carried out by states that are predominately Christian. In Georgia, people who claim to follow Jesus are largely responsible for executing Warren Hill.

3 Lessons Learned From Mentoring Strippers and Adopting Sick Kids

James Carbary | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
James Carbary

When we find our identify in our circumstance, we miss out on the opportunity to make our tomorrow better. By choosing to rise above our circumstances, we become a beacon of hope to a world that needs it.