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Teach Us How To Pray

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

Our aspiration shall be to imitate the prophets and messengers of God.

None Is Saved While One Still Suffers

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

What if we don't each possess "a soul"? What if there is some greater Collective Soul in which we get to take part, but which we never own, so to speak?

The Catholic-Protestant Schism: Competing Histories

Ben Stevens | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Ben Stevens

Did Peter single-handedly assume control over the early Roman church with the idea that he was Christ's successor and that the Church would be the global epicenter of Christianity until the end of time? The answer will determine all else.

Joel Osteen's Sin

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Monique Ruffin

Recently, Oprah Winfrey sat down with Joel Osteen, the pastor of the largest church in America. When Oprah asked Pastor Osteen if he thought gay people would enter heaven, he answered, "Yes, if they repent for their sins."

Jesus And Religion's Relationship Status -- It's Complicated

Mike Morrell | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Mike Morrell

You've seen it by now, surely you have: By the time I finish writing this post, I'll bet Jeff Bethke's viral YouTube phenomenon "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" has likely garnered 12 million views.

The Liberal Case for Tim Tebow

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

Today I venture to do the unthinkable: try to convince liberals and progressives like myself to learn to love the latter-day poster boy of conservative Christian America.

Shoving 'Kosher Jesus' Down Jews' Throats

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Should Rabbi Boteach be offended that certain members of the Orthodox-Jewish community are renouncing a book titled "Kosher Jesus" and not giving him a platform to promote it? Of course not.

Spiritually Seeking A Death Both 'Beautiful And Painful'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Just before New Years, I found myself helping a family whose loved one was dying. As a chaplain in a hospital, I never know whether a family will allow me "in" at the time that is most painful for them.

God to Tebow: "Busy Selecting a Candidate in Texas, Confused Tom for Tim"

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.16.2012 | Comedy
Paul Abrams

In a message intercepted by the national security agency, God told Tim Tebow that he was so busy deciding who, among those he had told to run, should be the GOP presidential candidate that he just confused "Tom" with "Tim".

I Believe In A Rebel God

Derek Flood | Posted 03.14.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

I believe in that rebel God. I believe in Christi-anarchy. That is, I believe in the subversive way of Jesus

Sex Experiments Fqor Jesus?

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.13.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Christians can't have it both ways. We can't use quasi-sexual sensationalism to promote our products, while also condemning the culture around us that does exactly the same thing.

China's New Cultural Revolution

Michael Levy | Posted 03.12.2012 | World
Michael Levy

One thing we can count on is a revamped effort at censorship, Big Brother surveillance, and thought control. This may sound like hyperbole, but it isn't; President Hu Jintao has, in fact, been very blunt on these points.

Is Tim Tebow A Hypocrite?

Skye Jethani | Posted 03.08.2012 | Religion
Skye Jethani

Tim Tebow's behavior on the field does raise important questions about prayer and how Christians ought to practice it.

The Christmas Spirit?

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.21.2012 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Last cold Christmas morning I took a traditional dogwalk through S.F.'s fabled Haight-Ashbury. It was pretty much empty of people on the streets. But left behind were a fair number of unfortunate souls lying in doorways.

I'm With Stupid: Apparently God Just Likes Tom Brady Better

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.04.2012 | Sports
Todd Hartley

The Tebow story goes much deeper than what has been happening on the gridiron. He has become a hugely polarizing figure in American society -- not for his lack of passing ability but for his outspoken Christian beliefs.

When Jesus Met Santa Claus

Laurence Watts | Posted 03.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Laurence Watts

I know what you're thinking. It's January, you've New Year's resolutions to break, and you're nervously waiting for your credit card bill to arrive. Why on Earth is someone writing an article about Santa Claus? The short answer is: I've had a revelation.

Acting Out On The Airplane

Lillian Daniel | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Jesus once said that our family members are not just the ones we share a family tree with, but he never said it would always be tidy and reciprocal.

Jesus Appears On A Sock?

Posted 12.29.2011 | Religion

In His latest round of unusual appearances, Jesus has reportedly shown his face on a British woman's clean, gray sock. Sarah Crane was airing out ...

Broken In Fact, Beloved Indeed: Meditating On Sin At The End Of The Year

Lisa Anderson | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Lisa Anderson

I began to starve myself to death, and with an experience of sickness that infiltrated into every fiber of my physical, mental and spiritual being. 'What is sin' and 'what does it mean to be a sinner' became intensely personal questions for me.

Occupy The Dinner Conversation This Christmas

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 02.24.2012 | Religion
C. Robert Gibson

Like every liberal activist and preacher's son, I have arch-conservative family members who don't agree with my philosophies, whom I see every year on the holidays. This year, Occupiers have nothing to worry about.

PHOTOS: Christmas Around The World

Posted 12.25.2011 | World

All around the world, people are gathering to celebrate Christmas. In Bethlehem, hundreds flock to St. Catherine's church for a mass at Jesus' tra...

Bethlehem, 'Perfection' and Our Birthmark: Why Perfect Is the Enemy of Good!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.24.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a new year looms, we might consider abandoning the quest for superficial perfection -- and embrace the pursuit of humbler, but deeper good. The particular advantage of good over perfect is... We could actually get there from here.

A Christmas Story

Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards | Posted 02.24.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend Nicholas Stuart Richards

The Christmas story sounds imaginary. Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Unbelievable. If it wasn't for Jesus. With Jesus the unbelievable becomes believable. The impossible becomes possible. God does what no one else can do.

PHOTOS: The 10 Best Paintings Of Jesus Ever

Posted 12.25.2011 | Arts

Christmas is upon us, and what better way to celebrate then by shuffling through a slideshow of Jesus in all of his many forms? Some are baby, some ar...

Occupy Christmas!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in God or which faith you follow if you do. Here's a question worth asking this holiday season: Would Jesus be an Occupy demonstrator? The Bible suggests that He would.