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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.

Don't Fear the Walking Dead

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

To be sure, the recent rise in the popularity of dystopian entertainment is not unprecedented, with such stories appearing in many mediums across the centuries. However, the recent resurgence of interest is somewhat unique.

Killing in the Name of God

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

A couple from Mississippi were arrested several weeks ago. They were trying to fly to Istanbul and spend their honeymoon joining the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Having recently returned from an interfaith trip to Turkey, I wish this couple could talk with some Muslims I met there.

Ashley Madison And The Clergy

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Church leaders need to be able to admit that we are not perfect people and that our lives are a journey and that none of us has reached perfection. We need to be humble and to embrace our flawed humanity as we seek through our faith and experience to better ourselves.

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

John Backman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
John Backman

I've noticed a deep and disturbing trend: a massive confusion in U.S. culture over the word love. The truth is, we toss the word around in many different ways. Most of them are unhelpful. Some are downright destructive.

Politically Correct or Gospel Compliant?

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

You do not love your neighbors as yourself when you deny them equal dignity, equal access or equal protection. And you do not love your neighbors as yourself when you use language, take actions or support policies that offend or disadvantage them.

Authentic Christianity a Myth

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

There has been something nagging at me for the longest time, and that is that authentic Christianity, as described by the presence and words of Jesus in the Christian Bible, does not exist.

Divorcing Josh Duggar's Monster God

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In response to this unfolding scandal, I submit to you that joining the shame parade is an unhelpful response that misses an important opportunity. The opportunity for the church, for followers of Jesus, for all of us, is to divorce this Monster God once and for all.

Astoria Characters: The Shrines

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.25.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

A decade ago, when I settled in Astoria, there was a saint squatting in my front yard. She was standing right next to the pink flamingo and the one-eared Lamb of God, which non-religious folks call a sheep.

Kansas Public School Takes Down Portrait Of Jesus After Complaint

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

A Kansas school has taken down a portrait of Jesus Christ after being threatened with legal action, and some parents and former students aren't ...

The Jesus We Love

Richard Stearns | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

I find there is a Jesus who everybody loves, the Jesus who modeled what it means to show compassion to the stranger, care for the widow, bind up the wounds of the hurting, and heal the sick. This Jesus continues to attract admirers and followers.

Love Is Stirring in the World

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 08.18.2015 | San Francisco
Jeremy Affeldt

"I love you." That's what Jesus says. So that's what I say. I see a homeless guy, and I love him. I'm going to help him if I can. That's being Jesus. The movement to love our neighbor as ourselves is stirring in this world. It is awesome to see.

Catching Abortions Before They Happen?

Andy Watts | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion
Andy Watts

While my Christian faith leads me to view abortion through the lenses of sadness, indignity, compassion, anger, hospitality, and generosity, I am equally disturbed by the willingness of Christians to so easily trade one moral value for another.

Jesus Loves Bernie Sanders

Stacia Friedman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Comedy
Stacia Friedman

"What first got my attention was Sanders similarity to Jesus, it's so obvious, I don't know how anyone could miss it," said Rev. Hardy. "Sanders is a Jew trying to overturn the tables of the money lenders on Wall Street!

Was Jesus the Son of God? It's Complicated

James D. Tabor | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Scholars are aware of the rich and diverse ways in which the term "Son of God" is used in the Hebrew Bible, in subsequent Jewish literature, and in the New Testament writings themselves, not to mention various non-Jewish texts of the Greco-Roman period.

On the Illness of a President

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Where Mr. Carter comes from and lives, and his race, make little difference when one considers that this Southern white man has always stood up and fought for the rights and dignity of "the least of these. He has been steadfast and immovable, as the Bible describes we should be.

Suicide and Robin Williams

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

It's hard to believe that a year has passed since Robin Williams took his life. He brought so many of us joy and laughter, and yet he may have been ...

On Iran and Israel: Does God So Love the World?

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

As the US faces a vote to restore full diplomatic relations with Iran, I fear that my Christian brothers and sisters will oppose these decisive and historic steps toward peace out of devotion to Israel.

How to Move Through the Hard Parts

Amy Crumpton | Posted 08.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo at stocksnap.io by Chelsea Francis It was a Thursday morning at 5:00 a.m. I drug myself out of bed and headed toward the kitchen to make a cup...

Just Come to Jesus

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I don't think it is diminishing Christ's power for anyone to use whatever other possibilities exist to improve themselves physically or mentally. I don't think that it means a lack of faith or a lack of understanding in the bounty of the Atonement to try to lift yourself up to receive it.

Perils of Self-Illumination

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

In dark waters of the oceans, certain created beings generate their own illumination. This illumination is not borrowed from an external source but created from within the body of the being.

Was Jesus Racist?

Trudy Smith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Trudy Smith

It's a strange encounter, one that I have never heard discussed in a sermon. Christian doctrine professes that Jesus is fully God and fully human, but getting into the messy implications of the Messiah's human side can make for an uncomfortable Bible study

Beautiful Church, Dead Jesus

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I'm a big fan of architecture and all things beautiful. I'm also a big fan of the religions of the world. So naturally, during a recent trip to Europe, I wanted to get up close and personal with as many Old World cathedrals and churches as my three-week itinerary would allow.

Art Can Inspire Faith. It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies. Renaissance Art Depictions of Jesus Did Both

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's not surprising that artworks mirrored propaganda, since the paintings were commissioned by the Church, the biggest patron, and the wealthy, who sought to impress the Church with their devotion to Jesus and the teachings of the Church. Jesus the Jew did not fit into this illusory world.

'Speaking in Bones,' A Conversation With Kathy Reichs

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She's the author of the bestselling series featuring Temperance Brennan, who is also a forensic anthropologist. Kathy's the producer of the hit TV series Bones.