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What Happened to Sin

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

People around the world are suffering more now than at any time in my lifetime, and probably much longer. But the peoples of the world, including we who live in and love the United States, have become increasingly permissive and secular.

A Christian Response to ISIS (According to Jesus)

Carl Medearis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Carl Medearis

Forgiveness, love, choosing to lay down our lives is the most difficult path in the face of real enemies. Evil is real. But love is far more powerful.

Killing Jesus and Claiming Justice: The Execution of Willie Trottie

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The unfathomable love and grace of God is what binds Willie Trottie to the person of Jesus. The murders of Barbara and Titus Canada cannot keep Trottie from such grace and love. Why is this so difficult to believe?

Does Declining Membership Mean God Thinks You Suck?

Derek Penwell | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The goal of following Jesus has never been the kind of growth that satisfies the ecclesiastical bean counters anyway; it's about doing what you believe -- were he to find himself in the same position -- Jesus might do.

A Memo From God to Bob McDonnell

Flora Nicholas | Posted 11.09.2014 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

As you have announced that your "trust remains in the Lord," I feel it is my duty as The Holy Father, to give you, The Holy F Up, some guidance as you seek to atone for said un-saintly sins.

Authentic and False Images of Jesus in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus would likely be horrified by the image of him displaying a crucifix. The only crucifix he ever held was the one he was nailed to in the brutal process of his crucifixion.

Was Jesus a Grassroots Community Organizer?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

I believe that Jesus was very deliberate in his portrayal as a community organizer by being aware of the social forces he set in motion in defining the concepts of discipleship, community and love.

Are Muslims Violent?

Gary M. Burge | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Gary M. Burge

It strikes me that if you peel back many religions (including the three Abrahamic faiths), there are both episodes of violence and expressions of tolerance. The problem is not one's religious affiliation. The problem is spiritual: There is something bent inside each of us that inspires us to distort the higher values of the faith we profess.

Daily Meditation: Walking, Talking And Praising

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Historical Jesus? Not So Fast.

Chris Sosa | Posted 11.02.2014 | Science
Chris Sosa

In recent days, protesters have taken to defending opposing moral positions by claiming Jesus held their viewpoint. Aside from the obvious problem of using a single historical figure as a moral barometer, there's another troubling issue at hand.

Primal Fear and the Legacy of Damien Hirst

Matthew Israel | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

What artworks of the past 25 years will we care about in the future? Why is this work so important? In the past when I have lectured on Hirst, I've focused on the following.

Who Is Actually Following Jesus -- Atheists or Christians?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?

Grocery Store Theology: Market Basket, Labor Day, and Respecting the Worker

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

In my church, where prayer concerns are raised during worship by members of the congregation, the employees of Market Basket were raised up by non-employees. People across the political spectrum talked about refusing to shop out of solidarity for the workers.

John Lennon's Murderer: 'I Found My Peace In Jesus'

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The man who murdered John Lennon wants only one thing now — to tell others about Jesus. Mark David Chapman, 59, told parole examiners he wa...

Exhibit Explores Womanhood Through The Figure Of Jesus' Mother

Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

The Virgin Mary has played a central role in Christian art throughout the centuries, most often depicted as a holy mother with the infant Jesus. Now a...

The Virgin Mary Visited My Very Angry but Lovable Teenage Son

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

He walked side by side next to Mary. Yes, Mary the mother of Jesus, that Mary. She was cloaked in blue and he was calling her 'mom' as they spoke. Mary spoke gently to Connor letting him know he would be getting help for his teeth.

Faith for In-Between Times

Mark Osler | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

In Minnesota, this is an in-between time. Summer is over, the pool is closed, but it isn't quite fall yet. There is something awkward about it, a sense of displacement. This kind of discomfort is playing out right now in the discussion over events in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer.

Do Religious Classes Focus Too Much on Fantasy?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
John A. Tures

Last month, a study in the Cognitive Science journal found that kids exposed to religion struggle with distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Are lesson plans geared toward kids to blame?

Jesus Spoke to Me: the Only Story You Need to Read Today

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

Okay, okay, I know the title of my blog sounds pretty crazy to some, but trust me I'm about to tell you a truthful account of the day Jesus spoke to m...

Ferguson as Christological Challenge: Rethinking Jesus in an Unjust Society

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Let us bury the New York Times-bestselling, life coach Jesus, along with the ecclesiology of egoism it implies.

The Death in Ferguson

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

May our own pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation begin with the death of the dishonesty in our own hearts and conclude in our own resurrection with the wild diversity of the people of God.

Put Down Your Weapons And Promote Peace

Palmer Chinchen | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Palmer Chinchen

The prophet Isaiah said: "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks." What if our churches invited people from their towns and cities to lay down their weapons at the foot of the cross.

Jewish Jesus and Identity Theft in Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus -- even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core.

Jesus Drove Usurers From The Temple. We Allow 500-percent Interest Payday Loans. Where Are The Christians?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

First, let's start with the good (if you can really call it that) news: A trail of money that began with triple-digit loans to troubled New Yorker...

I Was Wrong About Jesus

Paul Perkins | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Paul Perkins

Perhaps it's time we tossed the felt cutout of Jesus and started treating him as a real person with a real personality. With fresh eyes, let's give him a look.