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What Your Halloween Costume Says About You

James Napoli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

We play dress up to hide behind another persona, but chances are that choice of persona reveals volumes about who we are pretending to be.

Can Who Solve Death?

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

I laughed out loud in the airport last week when I spotted the cover of Time Magazine with its melodramatic question: "Can Google Solve Death?" First, Google can never solve death. Second, Jesus Christ has already done it. And if you want to know how, just enter the words "Gospel of John" into the Google search box.

Was Jesus a Roman Invention?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Joseph Atwill, a computer scientist, has taken to calling himself a 'bible scholar' complete with startling revelations threatening to undo Christianity. It appears anyone can now call him or herself a bible scholar, and their production scholarship, without anyone questioning their credentials.

Five Cool Things Fundies Should Know About Christianity

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

I've often wondered what would happen if average people actually knew about Church history and theology. For your benefit and/or your entertainment, I thought a list of some of the more awesome-er contemplative issues I've come across would make for a smashing good time.

Vatican Misspells 'Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.11.2013 | Religion

Whoops! Looks like the Vatican needs spell-check. A medal commissioned to commemorate the pontificate of Pope Francis has been abruptly recalled af...

Cata9tales: The Angst Rolling Off the Tongue

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

When a rapper rhymes as fast as Berkley Priest, it would be nice to know what he's rapping about. But Berkley Priest hardly slows down enough to comprehend what he's spitting about, so one would have to read the lyrics.

What's Your Breaking Point?

Ryon Harms | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ryon Harms

You sent yourself this moment as a gift. You can choose to live reactively like a victim, or you can use the present, especially when it's painful, as an opportunity to create.

The God of No Compromise and the Government Shutdown

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

For many of us who grew up evangelical, the word "compromise" has always been a bad word. It means to allow non-Christian values and influences to corrupt your devotion to Biblical truth.

Think You Can Create A Better Religion? Prove It

Posted 10.09.2013 | Comedy

Did a voice from the sky recently ask you to sacrifice your son? Maybe you're the next Abraham. Have you ever been crucified and then resurrected? May...

Was Jesus Political? Undoubtedly

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Let's not forget that when Jesus spoke, he was speaking with a political voice that eventually led to his unjust death and ultimate resurrection. That we miss Jesus' sharply political teachings says more about us than him.

On Holy Meals and Leftovers

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

If Jesus instituted the meal on the most stressful night of his life with his betrayer there grabbing at the bread, I suppose we are allowed to eat the meal under less than ideal circumstances, passing the bread and cup to people we are, frankly, not quite sure about.

Jewish Jesus Visits the Jewish Museum

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Bernard Starr

While Chagall's powerful paintings restore Jesus's Jewish identity, they focus primarily on one theme: the common ground of suffering -- Jesus suffering on the cross signifying the suffering of Jews in horrendous persecutions.

What Can't Be Said About a Work of Art

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

You can try to put your finger on the work of art. It is possible to say how it works, maybe even why it's good, but something essential will always, mercifully, elude you.

52 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

1. Life is good. Not always, but mostly. And when it is not so good, be assured it will get better.

One Way Love

Tullian Tchividjian | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Tullian Tchividjian

As humdrum as it may sound, what led me out of my rebellious period was simply the nagging sense that there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing -- there had to be more to who I was than what this world was telling me.

You Are an Alchemist

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Sharon Kay Edwards

If it is Alchemy to take the ordinary, and make it cherished and treasured -- if turning the commonplace into the marvelous is Art -- can we do this in our everyday, in and among our routine? I think we all do in a sense.

The 'And Yet' of Syria, War and Peace

John Backman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We have to do something about Syria's chemical weapons. And yet... No person of compassion can ever sanction war. And yet...

Why Christians Should Care About Science | Jennifer J. Wiseman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion

Jesus told his followers that the two greatest commandments are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all y...

Father Greg Boyle: Kinship & Kingdom (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

"No kinship, no justice. No kinship, no peace." Father Greg Boyle on kinship, compassion, unity and the Kingdom of God.

Jesus Quoting 'Yeezus'

Posted 09.19.2013 | Comedy

Somehow, rhymes about your Hamptons spouse just don't sound as good coming from the Son of God....

Shrewd Christians (Luke 16: 1-13)

Verity A. Jones | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Verity A. Jones

We worry now, but we've been concerned about the economy for a long time. The economic recovery from the recession in America has been slower than we hoped, and people continue to suffer from the collapse of so many industries and jobs and safety nets.

Yes! Ricky Gervais IS Jesus! (Almost)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Schaeffer

It's a brave man and even braver actor and comedian, who will bring us Jesus' message without irony or a snigger. Gervais proves it's possible to laugh and cry at the same time.

The Christian 'No' to War

John Dear | Posted 11.15.2013 | Religion
John Dear

I would like to remind us as followers of the nonviolent Jesus, we have been commanded to put down the sword, reject the militarism of empire, and find another way. We are called to practice the aggressive nonviolent resistance which Jesus demonstrated unto death.

My Nine Eleven

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

God, why would you let this happen? It does not make any sense. He could have run home to his family, but ran into the building instead. He laid his life down for the world, and I just watched. Why?

Satan and the Demons

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Being tempted by the devil was the first incident in Jesus' ministry following his baptism, and since it was initiated by God, it should be taken as a foreshadowing of Jesus' lifelong battle with Satan.