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Christmas 2012 In Photos

Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion

A pile of gifts for the homeless. A family's favorite nativity scene decoration. These images were included in the submissions we received for our cal...

Is It Time to Make a Bold Move?

Don McNay | Posted 02.22.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Although I am the son of a professional gambler and a lifetime, self-employed entrepreneur, I preach a gospel of being risk-averse when it comes to money. I want people to be secure and have a safety net before they roll the dice on an investment.

Spilled Milk: Brokeback Bethlehem

William Lucas Walker | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

The 2005 Christmas pageant of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, for what I'm guessing was the first time in recorded history, Jesus had two daddies.

The War on Christmas

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

Those who would use Christmas as cover for their political agenda and to protect their white, middle class, privilege are waging the real war on Christmas.

'What If Jesus Was Gay?': Bryan McPherson's Controversial Song

Melissa Webster | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

If this were true, if that one simple change in Christian dogma were believed, taught as a possibility and considered as one of many interpretations in a book full of contradictions, would it change for the better the entire course of the debate, fostering tolerance, acceptance and inclusion?

Cardinal: Slain Newtown Teacher's Life 'Like Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.21.2012 | Religion

For trying to shield her student as both died in the gunfire, Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Anne Marie Murphy earned perhaps the highest praise...

A Christmas Message Of Hope

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

We recommit ourselves to the Christian faith at Christmas time and then are called to live out that faith into the world.

Newtown: A Crisis of Faith

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Eliezer Sobel

But my question remains: is it ever even possible to feel and experience a sense of utter and absolute safety in this life in the very same breath that we inhale the daily news?

Pitching Baby Jesus to the Paploids: If OK! Was Around in the First Century

Angela Himsel | Posted 02.18.2013 | New York
Angela Himsel

The baby twins on the cover of Shalom! -- the top selling papyrus celebrity mag in all of Israel -- drew Miriam in.

Light In The Darkness

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Driving home, reflecting on all this, I choke up, then find myself singing "There were shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night," from Handel's Messiah. Amid our doubts, in the midst of our darkness, there is the promise of light and life.

What Would Jesus Do?

Rob Taub | Posted 02.17.2013 | Comedy
Rob Taub

I was praying for divine guidance when I asked these questions and amazingly, God answered me. He told me I should stop eating green peppers. At least someone's listening.

Nativities, St. Francis and the UnKingdom of God

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Our over-familiarity with the nativity story can make us just as blind to the inherent meaning it contains. The result is often nativity scenes that bear little resemblance to the powerful events they attempt to represent.

LOOK: Church's Billboard Urging Jesus Come Out Of The Closet Causes Controversy

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A church billboard questioning Jesus Christ's sexuality is sparking controversy in New Zealand. As Auckland Now reports, St. Matthew in the City's...

The Real Truth About the Star of Bethlehem

Gaia | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment

The biblical account of constellations at play around Jesus' birth is rife with contradictions, recording astronomical events that are unusual to the point of impossible, such as supernovas, comets and conjunctions.

WATCH: 'Jesus' Holds Rapper's Chain

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment

The Game fans witnessed a December miracle on Tuesday night when Jesus made an appearance during the rapper's L.A. show to kickoff the release of his ...

Good News! Not So Fast...

Frank Dwyer | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Jack Welch says something's fishy: would a maker be born in a manger?...

Baby Jesus Was Poor: How to #OccupytheBible at Christmas

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Christians need to put the real baby Jesus in front of their churches this Christmas and truly see child poverty for the offense to God it is and always has been.

Did Jesus Celebrate Hanukkah?

Craig S. Keener | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

We might not always agree on the meaning of Jesus' participation in Jewish festivals, but we can agree that Jesus honored these traditions of his people. For Christians, this model should invite an appreciation for Jewish tradition.

Holiday Retailers Discover Lost Materialistic Sayings of Jesus

James Napoli | Posted 02.04.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

In an announcement that many sources are calling "vaguely opportunistic," a large consortium of retail organizations have claimed to be in the possession of ten never-before-seen inspirational messages from Jesus Christ.

Tweet The Pope

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

With the push of a button, I sent a tweet to the pope at #AskPontifex, the new Twitter account the Vatican set up for Pope Benedict XVI. It's nice to go straight to the top.

Of Mice And Ministers: An Ode To Advent And Axl Rose

Bert Montgomery | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Advent forces us to acknowledge that there's nothing comfortable or nice or cozy or organized or neat or respectable about the coming of our Lord. It's dangerous. It's dirty. It's smelly. Mice roam freely.

When Mom Forgets the Meaning of Christmas

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

We studied store maps like Indiana Jones planning a crusade for the Holy Grail and figured out where the Barbie Jeeps were hidden. On Thanksgiving night, I tucked my little turkeys in the bed and pushed my husband out the door, into the cold, cruel world that is Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

Where Would Jesus Shop?

John W. McCarthy | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
John W. McCarthy

The answer is not as simple as supporting small businesses over Walmart. Instead, it is a call for all people of faith to live-out our long tradition of speaking up for people who are working harder and harder for less and less need a community on their side.

Christ Like Livin'

Steven Nereo | Posted 09.30.2013 | Comedy
Steven Nereo

When I look around our society and see a bunch of douchebags that act like life hasn't punched them in the face enough I seriously begin to wonder if I let my community down by not doing my share.

An Interfaith Thanksgiving Day Mantra For Every Day

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

We strive on a regular basis to speak to the needs of the moment, and it's time now for gratitude. We are entering the season of Thanksgiving.