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The Gospel for Recovering Pleasers

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Kat Katsanis-Semel

Claim the truth that it is better to "get it right" with God (based on your heartfelt knowledge of what God wants for you), and to "get it wrong" with others, than it is to "get it right" with others and not be able to stand before God with dignity

'Whose Banquet Is it Anyway?' (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

Shanell T. Smith | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion
Shanell T. Smith

What if America was a banquet, and at this banquet the servings were fair wages, just trials, civil rights and liberties, but offered by invitation only? According to those who "March(ed) on Washington," this was exactly the case.

7 Obnoxious Jesus Jukes

Morgan Guyton | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Jesus jukes are moves that you make in online conversation to showcase your superior Jesus-ness at the expense of other people who have said something, often in banter or jest, that is inadequately theologically correct (or TC for short, the Christian version of PC).

Chucked Out of Sunday School

Carl Pettit | Posted 10.21.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

My experiences in the pews, and in the classroom, taught me that adults often profess knowledge about subjects they know very little about, and that my mind was prone to an enormous amount of speculative wandering.

The Power of Love (Luke 13: 10-17)

Paul Lutter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Paul Lutter

Sociologists are quick to point out that in situations where the oppressed are set free, it is often the case that those who were oppressed turn into oppressors. Yet this is not the kind of love that Jesus, or his community, exercises.

Rembrandt, Jews and Jesus: Putting Judaism Back in the Picture

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
Bernard Starr

The artworks of Medieval and Renaissance painters will stand forever as masterpieces. But there are omissions and misrepresentations of biblical history in the depictions and content, which enormously impact the Christianity and Judaism divide.

Loving Strangers Like Babies

Shawna Kaszer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Shawna Kaszer

Why don't I coo at these grown adults with the same unfailing love I have for babies? Shouldn't I love them the exact same way?

Is God Angry? Depends On How You Sing It

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a multi-denominational tussle, with Baptists ...

5 Ways Jesus Was a Millennial

Mark Osler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

Millennials are right in accusing the church of shallowness, and once again Jesus made the same criticism. His message almost always was jarring to his audiences.

Searching For WeHo Jesus

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 10.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Gabrielle Canon

Then, as if my prayers had been answered, I saw him. Through the honking cars that whizzed past on Hollywood Blvd he waved blithely. Long brown hair. Neatly trimmed beard. Flowing white robe. Sandals. Was he the real deal?

Religion Becoming Obsolete? It Could Happen!

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Steve Siebold

Religion will continue to be popular in a world that's addicted to the emotion of hope. Critical thinking says people don't believe in the Bible because it's believable; they believe it because they want to believe it. They need to believe it.

Rumi and Emerson: A Bridge Between the West and the Muslim World

Craig Considine | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Jalalud'din Rumi and Ralph Waldo Emerson's love for everyone and everything, regardless of who or what they were, shows that non-Muslims and Muslims are not as different as many people imagine.

Reza Aslan's Zealot: Religious Extremism Then and Now

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Well before Zealot, whole libraries of books have made a strong case that Jesus was a revolutionary, a political insurrectionist or dangerous man, and feared by the Romans. So what was it that sparked the re-emergence of this redundant religious argument?

The Folly of Forgetfulness (A Sermon on Psalm 50:22-23)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Forgetfulness is a destructive phenomenon that slowly gnaws away at life, stunting our growth individually and en masse. We are, and hopefully shall forever be, "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

Reza Aslan: Why Aren't You a Jew?

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

If you reject the virgin birth, Jesus' divinity, and the resurrection -- as Aslan does -- what remains is Judaism.

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

Jesus on Stage

Grant Lyon | Posted 10.07.2013 | Comedy
Grant Lyon

If you try to talk about religion on stage, people in the audience will immediately question your right to talk about religion rather than listen to the points you try to make.

My Brand of Hope-Filled Christian Uncertainty

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end.

Let John Be John and Let Jesus Be Jesus

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

Recently publications have explored two new books relating to the person of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of John. Both books dismiss the possibility that the Apostle John actually wrote the Fourth Gospel or that Jesus of Nazareth is accurately portrayed in its contents. These are not innovative assertions.

Will the Real Jesus Please Step Forward: Many Stories, Few Facts

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The "functional facts" of the canonical Gospels and the rest of the New Testament have been misread and misinterpreted. Moreover, the distortions were driven by Christian and Jewish leaders who were intent on imposing wedges to distance the two faiths as separate religions.

Jesus and the Zealotry of Reza Aslan

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Like countless authors before him, Aslan claims to have discovered a radically different Jesus from the personality portrayed in the gospels and preached by the church for two millennia.

A New Perspective of 'Jihad' in Christianity and Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

The hype in America and abroad over "jihad" has brought me to consider the term through a Christian perspective. In this piece I seek to explore how forms of "jihad" are present in Christianity and pinpoint different ways of looking at "jihad" in Christian and Islamic texts.

The Social Shape of Divine Generosity (Luke 12:32-40)

Greg Carey | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

It all sounds so... demanding. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. "Be dressed for action" (NRSV). Imagine yourselves as slaves who remain ready for their master's return -- not knowing when it might come.

Why Fox's Green-Aslan Interview Will Live Forever

Dennis Miller | Posted 10.04.2013 | Media
Dennis Miller

Lauren Green's interview with Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth will live forever in college courses in both a positive and negative way.

The Missed Opportunity of the Aslan/Green Moment

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

It was among the worst ten minutes in the history of televised religious dialogue. It failed Fox News. It failed scholarship. It failed every faith in play at the moment.