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The Sermon on the Mount (CCV -- Condensed CINO Version)

Neal Wooten | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy
Neal Wooten

Some people find it hard to separate faith from patriotism, the Bible from the Constitution, and especially scripture from their own personal prejudices, so here is the updated condensed sermon for today's CINO (Christian In Name Only).

Participating in a Somber Greek Orthodox Good Friday

Rick Steves | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the events of Good Friday begin late Thursday night, and proceed step by step with elaborate rituals and incense-fill...

5 Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Could Christianity's future lie in Buddhism's past? This is a possibility that's been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think. When we regain a healthier sense of our own places within a much larger, very delicate ecosystem, we not only treat our surroundings with more care; we treat ourselves with greater care as well.

Searching for Sunday and Finding Home: An Interview With Rachel Held Evans

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Rachel Held Evans just released her latest book, Searching For Sunday, with Thomas Nelson. It's an excellent foray into the church's current cultural moment, seen through the lens of Rachel's own journey from evangelicalism.

Fellow Liberals, Please Stop Claiming Jesus Accepts LGBT People

Chris Sosa | Posted 06.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

Ethical perspectives evolve over time and shouldn't be bound by the musings of ancient writers who had absolutely no imagining of our contemporary world.

I'm With Stupid: You Have to Believe We Are Magic

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I've been on a bit of a rant for the past month here at "I'm With Stupid," and I think maybe it's not the best thing for my blood pressure. Thus, I've decided to take a week off from ranting to focus on more positive things.

Message for Easter

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Yet, while we gladly celebrate the Lord's Resurrection as the reality of life and hope, all around us in the world, we can hear the cries and threats of death launched in many parts of the planet by those who believe that they can resolve human conflicts by destroying their enemies, which in itself constitutes the greatest proof of their weakness.

Overcoming a Devastating Loss to Live Again

Eldonie Mason | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Eldonie Mason

In three short years of togetherness he was gone. I went from planning a wedding to planning a funeral; from making the final alterations on my wedding dress to buying a dress for his funeral.

Why Go to Church If You're Not Sure You Believe Anymore?

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

Whatever Jesus was, God or prophet, I thank him so much for acknowledging the big questions: why are death and suffering entwined in human life? Who would design this? In the end, Jesus resigns himself, commends his spirit to God in faith.

A Rabbi's Easter Musing

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

The increased interest of many Christians to know about the Jewishness of Jesus, and the interest from those in the Jewish community to know about the teachings of that first-century Jew, reflect some of the best of the interfaith awakening of our time.

Only One Potential 2016 Candidate Will Protect True Religious Freedom

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Rather than passing redundant religious freedom laws, we ought to be passing anti-discrimination laws because the most beautiful example of Christian witness is to show kindness, love and acceptance to each individual in our midst -- to our friends and neighbors, to strangers, and even to our enemies.

Spring and the Undoing of the Inertia of Pain

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

Over the years, I found two great definitions for mythology. The first was crafted by the man I call my rabbi, the late Joseph Campbell, who said, "My...

Forgiveness, New Life, and Baseball's Opening Day

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

March Madness is great fun, but for me the Easter Season is best expressed by baseball and the new life that comes with opening day.

On Finding Jesus... and Divorcing Mary Magdalene

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The final episode focuses on Mary Magdalene. According to the Gospels, she was a faithful follower of Jesus, but might she have been more than that -- perhaps even a lover, or Jesus' wife? Inquiring minds want to know.

On the Monday After Easter

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

Jesus said that his followers would be people who revel in the truth that they are loved by God, and who are identified by the radical love they have for each other and the world. Love. That's it. It's that simple.

The Journey of a Gay Jesus

James Brandon | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
James Brandon

Could Jesus have been gay? This is not a new question for many theologians, and certainly not for me. I've played the central role in Terrence McNally's gay passion play Corpus Christi for the past nine years now. And with that exploration has come this beautiful yin and yang of backlash and catharsis that has transcended art and completely transformed my life as I knew it.

When Words Are Not Enough

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

Sometimes, words seem woefully inadequate. Take Easter, for example. Sunday morning thousands of pastors, priests, and country preachers will stand before their congregations and say, "Christ is risen."

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Earning His Nobel

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.

The Only Pain Worse Than Crucifixion

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

Last week I had lunch with the pastor of the church where I'm currently the writer-in-residence. I asked him how the three members of the Trinity -- God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit -- decided who was going to have to take on physical form, be born in a barn, and then be crucified.

An Easter Message of Inclusion

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Steve Siebold

The fact is America must evolve or die. So this Easter Sunday when you're celebrating the rebirth of Jesus, ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?" Would he spew his hatred toward his fellow man or extend his hand in friendship and peace?

The Greatest Disappointment Ever

John A. Tures | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
John A. Tures

"Now we'll show them!" The oppressed people, beaten down by so many empires, would have their day. The most powerful force anyone had seen in history, which had brutally occupied those poor people, would be humbled.

Christians Walk The Way Of Suffering For Good Friday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion

The Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering, weaves its way through Jerusalem's Old City and is believed to be the path Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on...

What My Five Year Old Taught Me About Jesus on Passover

Lea Grover | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Lea Grover

Probably 25 days of the month, I'm pretty much an atheist. I love my heritage and my traditions, but God? I'm not so sure about that most of the time. Not on Passover, though. On Passover, I can't help myself.

The Scandal of Good Friday

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While officially the theological matter may have been put to rest in 451 AD and though most of us in the Church today are pretty comfortable affirming both the humanity and the divinity of Jesus, the way we talk and think about Jesus reveals that the controversy is far from over.

Incarcerated Women Reflect On Jesus' Seven Last Words On The Cross

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion

On Good Friday, many Christians reflect on what are known as the seven last words -- the final statements Jesus Christ said while on the cross, as rec...