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Biebs, I Hear Ya!

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Justin, I saw in Relevant Magazine this past week that you are renewing your Christian faith. As a United Methodist minister, I am delighted for you. Way to go, man.

I'm With Stupid: Zombie Preparedness Isn't a Joke in Kansas

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.05.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not so sure about some people's ability to separate zombie fact from zombie fiction. The only fact that exists about zombies is that there are no such things as zombies. I thought that was the one thing we could all agree upon.

I Love Jesus But Fear the "C-word." Am I Alone?

Amy Crumpton | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

I spend tremendous energy tempering my terminology, and my words get misunderstood anyway. I mostly write around my faith for fear I will be labeled then left out because of it. But why?

A Homesick God

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

Scripture often describes a God who is in a state of sort of cosmic, perpetual homesickness, forever longing to abide in the hearts and lives of people.

Goddamn It, They Executed Kelly Gissendaner

Adam Phillips | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

The death penalty needs to be firmly and forever banned in the U.S. We are worse off as a people for allowing anyone to be put to death -- no matter however heinous their crimes. Regardless if one repents and reforms like Kelly or not, the death penalty needs to be forever outlawed.

Jesus, Ignored

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I have long wondered how in the world there can be Jesus, with millions of people professing to believe in him, and there can yet be racism, sexism, homophobia, militarism, hatred and enmity.

"The Feeding of the Multitudes"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The only miracle of Jesus in all four Gospels is the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and Mark and Matthew even include the feeding of the 4,000 as well as the feeding of the 5,000. While Jesus multiplies the loaves and the fishes, his disciples are charged with distributing them to those who are hungry.

Knowing and Remembering Your True Identity can be Life-Changing

Dr. Nella Ann Roberts | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Dr. Nella Ann Roberts

Have you ever asked yourself, "Who Am I?" So many of us have. This is because we are not our names, nor are we our job titles. These are just labels that are used for convenience and ease of reference. Knowing and remembering who you really are can change your life!

"The Healing of the World"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Jesus proclaimed "The Kingdom of God is at hand!" He delivered the inwardly afflicted and healed the sick. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus heals lepers, the lame, the blind, and those suffering from other ailments, furthering God's redemptive work in the world.

"The Rock Of The Church"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Peter's confession in the Gospels marks the turning point in Jesus' ministry. In Mark and Matthew, the setting is Caesarea Philippi--the headwaters of the Jordan River, where a cave descends deep into the earth.

1323 John Street

RJ Martin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
RJ Martin

In spite of all of the hopeful frenzy among the LGBT Catholic community about what the Pope may or may not say while on the gayest island anywhere other than Fire Island in July, I confess I remained circumspect.

Commandments of Love

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God for the children of Israel to follow, are not primarily religious. Their concern is largely social, rooted in love, and all of them are relational in their thrust. Four Commandments address the human-divine relationship; six of them address human-to-human relationships.

The Scandal of the Gospel: Jesus Loves Outsiders

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

From his birth in a stable, to a criminal's execution, Jesus is all about shaking up our preconceived notions. The strong are weak, and the weak are strong. Outsiders are insiders, and insiders are outsiders.

The Politics of the Pope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The political power of the Pope cannot be ignored. It is a worldwide force to be reckoned with. The new pope, Francis, is making an impact within the Vatican and the Roman Catholic church.

Two Gods, One Black, One White

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I have long been troubled by the way white and black people interpret the same Bible. There is one Bible, one God, one Jesus... and yet, white and black people interpret that book in entirely different ways.

The Beautiful Red Type That Captured My Heart

Catherine Nagle | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I am an avid reader of most everything spiritual in search for a clearer message for the broken-hearted, including my own. My intentions are dev...

Why Forgiveness Is At The Core Of Peace And Spiritual Growth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion

Sharon Salzberg, a renowned Buddhist teacher, was once approached by a participant at one of her meditation workshops who revealed to her that he had...

Jesus Christ Descends From Heaven To Endorse Bernie Sanders. But First, Will Kanye Run in 2020?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.19.2015 | Comedy
H. A. Goodman

The same day the Messiah endorsed Sanders, media and politicos focused only on Kanye West's official decision to run. Yes, he's running folks, and he's serious.

Why Jesus Wants You to Give Up Judging Others -- and Embrace a Graceful Mindset

Mick Mooney | Posted 09.17.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

True freedom, the freedom promised by God and made available to all through Christ, is one that starts and ends in our minds. Avoid the poison of judging others, and you'll avoid poisoning your own mental, spiritual and emotional state.

Welcoming Jesus Home: A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis

Trudy Smith | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Trudy Smith

Cities reduced to rubble. Families in a race against time, rushing towards safety before a razor wire fence blocks their escape. A child washed up on the beach, drowned in his family's attempt to flee certain death in the war zone that was once their neighborhood.

Would Pope Francis Eat A Chocolate Jesus?

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

At least a couple of chocolate makers, neither of them Catholic, sell Jesus shaped chocolates. In the days leading up to the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States, the Vatican has announced new approaches to annulments and has encouraged priests to forgive abortion.

Screw The Laws, I Am Following My Conscience Instead

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

God's law trumps man's law. It is heartening to know that Mr. Santorum - and so many other Republican candidates for president - will not follow American laws in the Oval Office.

Kim Davis: What Can I Say?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I haven't had much to say about Kim Davis and her disgusting war on the LGBT citizens of Rowan County, Kentucky. I haven't had much to say because there isn't much I can say.

That's Me in the Corner, Losing My Religion

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Governor John Kasich (R - OH) worries that the Kentucky spectacle of Christian extremism will turn people away from religion. He is right to worry. I am disgusted by the un-American, hypocritical, mean-spirited rallies and shows of support for Kim Davis.

D'etre and D'etat: The Difference Between Jesus and Church

Christopher Cocca | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

What Christ called the Kingdom of God is not so-called Christendom, not the so-called Church; it is a physical network of willing rebellion.