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Faith in Our Humanity

Mary Paleologos | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

Spread love and kindness to your fellow man. Open your heart to the magic of life. Offer support and hope to people that need it. Be the leader that you know you were born to be and show humanity there is another way.

If This Holiday Is Hard, You're Not Alone

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

photo by Alondra Olivas Is Thanksgiving trying for you? Are you headed into the holiday bumfoozled or bewildered? May I offer something for you to c...

Pilgrims, The Wampanoag and the Syrians

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

How many of us will notice the disconnect this Thanksgiving between the boldness and courage of the Wampanoag who aided the desperate pilgrims as they landed on America's shores and the 26 governors who recently vowed to turn away all Syrian refugees who seek passage to America?

From Seeing to Understanding

Jack Vawdrey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

I have a pretty enthusiastic American Literature professor here at the University of Southern California. Actually, enthusiastic might not be the right word for it; I think the words "intellectual agitator" best describe his personality. He's one of those guys that want you to question everything that you know and believe, but in a good way.

Christian Truth, Muscular Hospitality, and the Reception of Refugees

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Truth can be hard to find, although the search has been going on for thousands of years. "Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths," said Seneca...

Christians Should Be Terrified

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 11.22.2015 | Religion
Randy Paul Oetinger

What is the difference, after all, between taking a sword and hacking the head off of children ... or shutting children out out by means of our governors, knowing they will freeze to death because they have no shelter from the bitter cold of winter?

What the Widow's Mite Tells Us About Empowerment

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

Whether you are fortunate enough to be rich and powerful like a scribe or poor as the widow, we all depend on God's grace, and we all have received what we have through that grace and not our own deserving. Let us put our resources towards those things that lift up the lowly, that empower those with no voice, and that, with God's help, will perhaps even change history.

My Children Or Syria's Children?

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Our children are capable of great moral bravery, if we give them the chance to exercise it. Put more bluntly: if you're going to turn away refugees seeking asylum, don't do it in the name of my children. I've asked them, and they would not want that.

Happy Thanksgiving to Pilgrims and Puritans Alike!

Mark Moore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

We need a few more Squanto's, learning other's languages, planting seeds, being patient, feeding people. Even if you feel like the last survivor of your people, those type of meals may well save you.

Jesus the Refugee

Jonathan Williams | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Williams

If there were anyone that wanted to fight violence with violence, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone who wanted swift justice by any means possible, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone that had a distrust of foreigners, it would be Jesus.

Looking Within: The Convenient Amnesia of American Terrorism

Shea Watts | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Shea Watts

Before you make a statement on race, educate yourself on the history of American terrorism. Dare to look at the history of the country with honesty, asking yourself, "How do we reconcile our past acts of terror while also condemning the terror around the world?"

The Prayer We Must Dare to Pray

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

I think Jesus reminds me of this because the world will not be transformed by digging deeper ditches and filling them with more toxic sewage of hate. The world has traveled this route, nearly to its ruin.

The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday Is the Pilgrimage for Abolition

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6 p.m. at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I've encountered o...

Beyond Paris: The Life Machine

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

If more of us don't make meaningful efforts, on a massive scale, to put these words into practice, just how can we hope to avoid stumbling into a "piecemeal Third World War" -- one that promises to shake the very foundations of human civilization?

Oh, Come, oh, Come, Emmanuel: Entering Into the Pain of Human Suffering

Khristi Adams | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Khristi Adams

May we accept the gospel's invitation to enter into the pain and suffering of our sisters and brothers, and in turn deliver a message of redemptive light in the midst of the darkness that surrounds us.

A New Kind of Evangelical

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

It doesn't mean that I am a Republican. It doesn't mean that I am pro-life, anti-LGBTQ rights, or pro-guns. It also doesn't mean that I am a Democrat. It doesn't necessarily mean that I am pro-immigration reform or pro-socialized medicine. Evangelical has absolutely nothing to do with political affiliation or social agendas.

Do This When Your Prayer Doesn't Seem to Be Getting Above the Ceiling

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo by Dominik QN on What do we do when we are asking Jesus to fix something and it doesn't seem to be happening? The illness that...

How Diwali Helped Me Find Jesus

Reba Riley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Reba Riley

Today I am an unabashed follower of the Way of Jesus, but I didn't get to spiritual peace without the help of other religions -- 30 of them, to be precise.

The War On Christmas Is Real and It's Being Waged by Christians

Zack Hunt | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

By turning Christmas into a battle over ideology and marketing, we -- not Starbucks or Target or anybody else -- strip this holiest of days of the very significance we're claiming to defend.

Did Jesus Leave Us a Mixtape?

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

If Jesus could record a mixtape to share with the world, what do you suppose would be on it? Actually, some scholars believe Jesus already made one.

Coming Out of the Christian Closet (Again)

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

I've been here, there, and everywhere, trying to discern how to follow my heart and my voice. It's funny how I ended up right back where I started. Here's how I'm figuring it out...

Christians and Coffee Cups

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

My faith is just destroyed if I don't get my Venti Blonde Roast with room for milk in a cup that features the name of my Lord and Savior.

A Letter To Hipster Jesus

Sara Schaefer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Sara Schaefer

Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.

How To Leave Your Junk With Jesus

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

The smart phone started buzzing under my pillow at 5:00 a.m. I groped for the button on the side to snooze for the third time. My husband kicked the covers, to let me know it was waking him too. I swung my feet over the side of the bed and sat up straight.

The Gift of Uncertainty

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

Religion does us a disservice when it seeks to remove uncertainty from life. Have you ever noticed how the more certainty a religion claims to deliver, the more frenzied and hysterical are its adherents?