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The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday Is the Pilgrimage for Abolition

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.16.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.13.2016 | 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 11.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo by Dominik QN on stocksnap.io 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 11.11.2016 | 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 11.09.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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 11.08.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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?

A Psychologist Replays the Trials of Jesus and Paul, and Uncovers Surprising Revelations

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri--wikimedia and Paul before Festus and Agrippa by Vasily Surikov--wikiart Jesus and Paul to Sanhedrin: "If I'm...

Here's How Progressive Evangelicals Can Win Back Millennials

Deborah Jian Lee | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Deborah Jian Lee

I'm part of the recent mass exodus of young people from the church that has evangelical leaders wondering to each other, what went wrong? Surveys from 2013 estimate that after leaving high school about eight million twenty-somethings will leave church by the time they turn 30.

Brand New CrossFit Man

Don McNay | Posted 10.30.2016 | Sports
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Don McNay

At age 56, I get to be a rock star. In an athletic setting. Surrounded by some of the fittest and most motivated people I have ever met. All I have to do is keep showing up and let them watch me go at CrossFit with complete abandon. I have a new set of friends and admirers.

Harnessing Entrepreneurial Power with "I AM"

Kimberly E. Stone | Posted 10.27.2016 | Religion
Kimberly E. Stone

Contemporary business leaders must be mindful of the words and phrases attached to "I AM". This mantra represents total command over every subconsciou...

Somewhere Between National Coming Out Day and TDOR: The Reformation Project Conference in Kansas City, November 5-7

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.29.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It seems pretty basic to me. If you are using the Bible to advance policies and positions that exclude anyone, you are misusing the Bible. This is not what the Bible really calls us to do.

Halloween, The Walking Dead, and Jesus

Shea Watts | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Shea Watts

To those that refuse to decorate or take your kids trick-or-treating, I beg you as a veteran of all the different church-sponsored Halloween alternatives, loosen up; enjoy yourself; see Halloween as a way to dress up, have fun, and eat candy.

Craving Authenticity in a Culture of Nice

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

When I started at seminary a few years ago, I noticed a new buzzword-authenticity. Of course, I knew the word, but I wasn't accustomed to how it got brought into virtually any controversial or even meaningful discussion as if it were the Holy Grail.

Halloween, Jesus, and Giving the Devil His Due

Eric Elnes | Posted 10.26.2016 | Religion
Eric Elnes

Halloween images of ghoulish monsters and devilish demons may be scary, but far more terrifying to me is the idea that one could die before ever having really lived in this world.

Remember When Jesus Took a Stand on Marriage Equality?

Robert Hall | Posted 10.22.2016 | Religion
Robert Hall

Take a stand. That is the battle cry of the opposing sides in the pot-boiling church debates over same-sex marriage as churches leave denominations and members leave local churches.

Learning to be More Like Jesus (It's Not What You Think)

Amy Crumpton | Posted 10.22.2016 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

We were gathered for a monthly Bible study at the mountain retreat center. I sat looking out the full-length windows at the hardwoods filling the hills. My mind drifted away from the lesson as I daydreamed about a weekend kayaking trip on the river running below.

A Beautiful Place, Without Fear

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.21.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

How do we really know whether that inner voice we hear is God's voice or our own? How many times do we try to solve problems in our own lives or try solving them for others, seeking a solution or a change for the better? And how many times have we failed?

Sinner, Savior, or Both: Reflections on Jesus, Salvation, and Phyllis Tickle's Memorial Service

Eric Elnes | Posted 10.20.2016 | Religion
Eric Elnes

Most Christians claim that Jesus cannot be both sinner and savior. Yet when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, Luke tells us plainly that this baptism was for "repentance for the forgiveness of sins." Why would someone without sin undergo a baptism of repentance?