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A Simple Story

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

A recent sermon at St. Bart's by Buddy Stallings spoke eloquently to me about spiritual pride and how it's holding all of us back. It's called "A Simple Story Hits Home" and is essentially a lesson in how to live without looking down on anyone else.

15 Times Jesus Has Shown Up On Food and Objects | Posted 01.25.2014 | Weird News

Jesus is just one of those guys we see EVERYWHERE. So, because seeing his face on a chip is equal parts entertaining and creepy, we present to you 15...

Jesus Hated Women -- Right?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The Jesus story is still out of sync with the way we treat females. Rather, we're still out of sync with Jesus. Women are still abused, raped, killed, marginalized, belittled and insulted.

Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Contemporizing biblical figures is not the end of the story. It's the starting point of a gross misunderstanding. Contemporizing -- and fashioning in your own image -- is one thing, but erasing identities is another matter, a serious matter with serious consequences.

On This Feast Day of the Ass

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Happy Feast Day of the Ass! No kidding. Animals get short shrift in religious beliefs and practice (apart from the Hindu cow, and sacrifice, of course), so I found it quite wonderful to stumble on an old tradition celebrating the biblical donkey.

Does Mark Driscoll Plagiarize? Why I Sort of Don't Care

Christopher Cocca | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

I don't know enough about what happened to even begin to guess what Driscoll did or didn't do or mean to do. If you don't already know it, there are bigger problems with Driscoll.

Loving the Enemy From This Side of the Rainbow: A Prayer for Unity in 2014

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

To live as ourselves, to celebrate God's creativity and love in making us as we are, is NOT sin but FAITH. To call the creative and loving work of God "evil" is sin. To deny its full expression in Godly covenant within the community of the faithful (marriage equality) is sin.

Choose to Serve

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

He lives in a Vatican guest house rather than the ornate Apostolic Palace. He gets around in a Ford Focus. In his recent, startling critique of capitalism, he called on the free world's most powerful organizations to have a conscience.

At the Holiday Season: What This Jew Believes About Jesus

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Wolfman

Prophet? I don't know. What I do know is that he grew up in a world increasingly economically and politically strangled by foreigners for hundreds of years and by, in his day, the most routinely brutal regime in western history before the Nazis.

New Year's Resolutions

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

These are the three characteristics necessary for a New Year's resolution to be worthy of being made in the first place and then of being reached and sustained.

'Jesus Was A Radical Nonviolent Revolutionary'

Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion

Actor and comedian John Fugelsang gives us his take on Jesus in just one sentence, and it's pretty incredible. What do you think? ...

Time to Make Christmas a 'Much Better Friday'

Ian Squires | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Ian Squires

How could a yearly three-day Christmas weekend not be preferred? Look, nobody who knows anything actually believes December 25 was the literal date when Jesus was born.

Gratitude: A Reflection

Eric Simpson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The more my focus is on another person and what their merits and deficits are, the less likely I am to see myself clearly. Moreover, the less we are inclined to compare ourselves with others and judge others, the more likely we are to partake of genuine gratitude.

The Conundrum of Christ

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

He was a working man, a ragged carpenter, with neither a roof above his head nor a pillow beneath it, sleeping under the stars or in borrowed beds, His robe a blanket, His moon a nightlight. His hands were callused, but his heart was tender.

Is There More Than One Jesus?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

The job of a personal Savior is as unique as the DNA of the person that Savior is transforming. So it stands to reason that at any point in the process, the Savior performing spiritual alchemy in me may not appear to be anything like the Savior at work in you, and vice versa.

Live from Bethlehem: The Goldman Sachs 2013 Christmas Story

Bill Quigley | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Wait. Mary and Joseph have picked up baby Jesus and are stepping over the piles of presents. They are leaving the spotlights and the microphones and the piles of presents. Where on earth are they going? What is wrong with them?

No One Remembers the Name of the Inn: A Christmas Eve Homily

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When we tell and retell the most important stories of our life, we often find that every time we tell it, there are a few details that we can't leave ...

A Hollywood Night Before Christmas

Philip David Morton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Comedy
Philip David Morton

'Twas the night before Christmas, When all through the production company, Not a creature was stirring: except for the development execs who hadn't g...

Singing Carols to Jesus in Prison

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

I had come to see the man who had murdered my sister, her husband and their baby years ago. He had apologized; I was there to try to reconcile.

The Mis-Hap-Hap-Happiest Time of the Year?

Lisa Hickman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Mishaps come wrapped in raging expectations, in-laws, out-laws, pent up germs, all-too busy schedules, limited financial resources and exorbitant sugar levels. Did someone call this the happiest time of the year?

Christmas Stories

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Yann Martel the author of Life of Pi is an expert on stories. He believes we need to make it a conscious practice to regularly reexamine the stories we tell ourselves which make sense of what happens to us.

Orthodox Christmas, a Message for Humanity

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

During these holy days, my father, being Greek Orthodox priest, was always sure to remind us children about the true meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ as it is understood in the Greek Orthodox tradition.

Christmas, Fact and Fiction

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Human beings are story-telling creatures. Stories help us to understand our world, to find our place in it and sometimes our purpose, too. So, the distinctions we draw between fact and fiction are rarely as absolute as we might wish them to be.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Do You Know Where Santa Really Comes From?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.21.2014 | Weird News
Sidonie Sawyer

Saint Nicolas is always represented as wearing a long beard and the red and white hooded cloak of a bishop of his time. Do you see where I'm getting? During the festival, he travels from home to home to visit nice children and give them presents, while the naughty ones get the whip by a meany guy (where was child protection?).

What Jesus Says About Homosexuality

Posted 12.22.2013 | Religion

What Jesus says about homosexuality is.. .. he doesn't mention it. ...