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Can Valentine's Day Distort Love?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

Valentine's Day is nearly here. In one way or another, many of us will once again celebrate the bliss of romance. Flowers will be delivered, red cards will be mailed and boxes of chocolate will be devoured. Couples of all ages will enjoy a few hours when they dine at local restaurants.

Mardi Gras Fashion Advice for the Church

Bert Montgomery | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

As we approach Mardi Gras Day, this New Orleans-born minister cannot help but wonder, if Paul and Jesus were riding by on a parade float, would they be able to pick me out of the crowd by what I had on? Would they be able to recognize you?

Finding Hope in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Raleigh Sadler | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Raleigh Sadler

Human trafficking, or the exploitation of vulnerabilities for commercial gain, can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This type of injustice is nothing new.

How Would Jesus Read the Difficult Verses of the Qur'an?

John Barton | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Fairness toward our Muslim neighbors requires fair treatment of the Qur'an, including its difficult passages. This can be done by considering mainstream Muslim interpretations and exploring context.

Ash Wednesday 2016: History, Dates, Traditions Of Lent's First Day Of Fasting

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion

Ash Wednesday is observed on February 10, 2016. The Christian holy day marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting that is considered pre...

Obama Gives Powerful Sermon: 'Faith Is The Great Cure For Fear'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion

For the last time as commander in chief, President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC Thursday morning. During his ...

'Jesus Christ' Reads Actual Quotes From Republican Candidates

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 02.04.2016 | Comedy

Faith is playing an important role on the campaign trail, especially among politicians trying to appeal to evangelical Christian voters.&...

The Gospel of Timothy

Steven Clifford | Posted 02.03.2016 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Biblical scholars believe fragments discovered in 2012 in a cave at Horvat Susita near the Sea of Galilee are parts of the Gospel of Timothy, written ...

Secrets of Beings: The Avatars of Vishnu

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

Though known as a Supreme Hindu god, Vishnu is a universal deity who sends his avatars to all nations, cultures, and races. Vishnu has appeared in many avatars, the most famous of which are Krishna and Rama.

Not the Jesus I Know: Trump, Evangelicals and "The Least of These"

Cara Snider Williams | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Cara Snider Williams

In truth, the life "Jesus taught in the New Testament" bears no resemblance to the life and actions of Trump. It is in the New Testament where Jesus says that his gospel can be summed up in "two commandments": "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and, "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Donald Trump Needs the Presbyterian Church

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Donald Trump went to a service at a Presbyterian Church in Iowa last Sunday and said that his faith meant "a lot" to him. I'm glad that he considers himself to be a Presbyterian -- not because he is a good one, but because he needs the perspective of the denomination.

According to the Qur'an, Can Jews and Christians 'Partake in the Blessings of Heaven and Earth?'

Kabir Helminski | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Many Christians and Jews, ignorant of what the Qur'an proposes, instead project on Islam a version of intolerance and aggression from their own religious history.

3 Reminders for Christians During the Election Season

Brandan Robertson | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

As we enter into this election season, may we walk in the light of Jesus, embodying his humility, love, and subversive Gospel, and may the Spirit work powerfully through us to bring true redemption and reconciliation to our world.

Opening Doors

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Serving someone is not the same as saying, "You can't do this for yourself." That's not it. Being a servant is saying, "I serve you in order to honor you." I think our society is losing track of this idea of being a servant leader by loving and honoring our neighbor.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Believing Big

Amy Crumpton | Posted 01.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

Greg Rakozy Take a moment to consider your day. Has your stomach churned? Your heart raced? Have your shoulders seized up like there's an oranguta...

Standing in Solidarity With the Hurting

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

You can find some beautiful things in alleys and dark places. Just ask Elizabeth Gibson. On her typical morning walk she spotted something in a dumpster.

Why a Christian Can View Muhammad As A Prophet

Craig Considine | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Craig Considine

Muslims are't at risk of anything when they say "I believe in Jesus." However, if someone says "I'm a Christian and I believe in Muhammad as a prophet," people might start to question one's credibility as a self-professed Christian.

How Would Jesus Vote?

Mark Gerzon | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Mark Gerzon

What would this man, based on love and forgiveness, make of our political culture today? How would he respond to the intense battle between the Democrats and Republicans, who each seem to determined to portray the other as the devil himself?

Jesus Died for Us, I'm Standing Up for Him

Kerissa Kuis | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
Kerissa Kuis

When I was 21 years old, Jesus showed up in my life in a big way. He became my teacher, my friend, and my confidant. Jesus became my reason for waki...

Eternally Thrilling: Estelle Parsons Directs The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Actors Studio

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

What this incarnation of Judas does so well is to combine burlesque aspects with genuine emotion.

An Unconditional Act of Faith -- Rev. Cynthia Meyer Comes Out to Her Methodist Congregation

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

A mere 12 days ago, an extraordinarily brave and faithful soul found herself called by God to declare her own authenticity. She did so publicly in an intentional, courageous and life-changing sermon.

Muslims May Have Regressed But Here's What's Really to Blame

Atif Rashid | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?

The Most Important Step to Hearing God

Amy Crumpton | Posted 01.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo by Jocelyn Maloney I decided to take an additional week off after the holiday to spend time with someone special. Kicking back after Christma...

Learn How to Make Good Decisions in 2016

David D. Ireland, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David D. Ireland, Ph.D.

For decades, each new year found me ramping up a new set of resolutions. I was going to lose weight, be more patient... Then it dawned on me -- after ...

Blasphemy

Martin Marty | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

What if reverence toward God and standards of respectful human communication are irretrievably lost? And what if awe and reverence are lost at a time when some sense of the Holy in the religions, toward nature and in human interactions, merits retrieval?