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This Christmas, Remember 'Jesus Had No Place to Lay His Head'

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 12.25.2015 | Religion
Rep. Alan Grayson

In Jesus's time, there were no borders, or border patrols. If you were in danger, then you would just tie your belongings to your donkey, and you would leave. And wherever you went, no one would think of turning you away or hurting you, simply because you were from somewhere else.

The Real Attack on the Spirit of Christmas

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The principle that one should "love they neighbor as thyself" is the direct opposite of the kind of right wing philosophy embodied by Ayn Rand and her disciple, Paul Ryan -- and by people like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

Does It Matter If There Was Really a Star of Bethlehem?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.24.2015 | Religion
The Conversation US

This does not say that the events recounted in the nativity narratives are false. It does, however, require readers to recognize that these stories were crafted to show who Jesus was and what he lived for. In them, Jesus embodies what is truly worth aspiring to in life -- not the conventional trappings of success, but a transformative relationship with God.

Shift From Self-Pity to Power

Amy Crumpton | Posted 12.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

You try to be a positive, grateful person, and you succeed sometimes. But just when you think you've got it all buttoned up, a thread unravels and you're suddenly standing in your emotional underwear.

Why Jesus Was, and Is, a Political Threat

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It's not just that God came, but how God came. It wasn't accidental that the savior of the world was born to a poor peasant woman in an occupied country in an animal stall because they were literally homeless at the time of his birth. And soon Jesus and his family were made refugees and had to flee their country because the most powerful political ruler around the Christ child felt very threatened by his coming.

For Christians, Does Being Pro-Life Lead More Souls to Hell?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.23.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

From a strictly biblical point of view, being born on Earth is a test. All our actions will eventually be judged by an omnipotent God who will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. Our deeds, sinful or not, determine where we spend eternity.

Merry Freaking Christmas

Kristen Hotham Carroll | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
Kristen Hotham Carroll

I love Christmas, and I love Jesus. Even though Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, I still enjoy having a day to reflect on his birth, and a reminder before I enter every new year, that I want to live a life like Jesus did. If I'm honest, I also like the presents.

People Around The World Share What Christmas Means To Them

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion

Christians around the world celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, each year. For many, it's a day of merriment and giving of thanks, marked by gatherings wi...

Jesus Wasn’t White And Here’s Why That Matters

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.22.2015 | Black Voices

The traditional image of Jesus as a blue-eyed, blonde-haired white man is historically inaccurate. In her latest video for MTV Decoded, Franchesa Rams...

Jesus Emanuel's Health Care Plan

Roger Wright | Posted 12.22.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Rain that just kept coming. Creepy warm winds on the first day of winter in Chicago as Jesus steps on to the evening Brown Line train and I start to t...

Santa Never Asked Me, But....

Charlie Carillo | Posted 12.22.2015 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Childhood ends the first time you sit on Santa's lap and see those wire earpieces connecting his beard to his head.

Why We Need Advent

Shannon Craig Straw | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Shannon Craig Straw

It's because of our own expectations that we need Advent - not a time to wait for the gift we think we want, but a time to prepare to receive the gift we need, the gift of love and hope that comes with the baby savior, even if all he can do is just look back with a gassy smile.

What If Jesus Had Been Born 2,000 Years Later in the American Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Two thousand years later ... the memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establi...

The Social Conscience of the Saint John's Bible II -- On Syrian Refugees and the Reversals of Christmas

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Pleasant images of nativity scenes adorn hearth and home during Christmas and Advent seasons, but when we stop and take a closer look, our perspectives often change. Upon a closer look, that momentous sojourn in the Levant was more difficult than we might have thought.

The Donald Trump Who Stole Christmas

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The Christian faith is not a building and does not begin and end on Christmas. Our faith must be a movement to change the circumstances of our world to better the lives of all God's children, regardless of faith or nationality.

Dear Activist. Dear Politician. Dear Poet.

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

What is poetry if not the site where the seemingly impossible contradictions -- the exquisite beauty and the devastating horror -- live together as one whole being.

Why I Still Love "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Paul Kraly | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment
Paul Kraly

I must have been about two or three years old. I remember sitting under a Christmas tree, opening a present, and it was night-time, and I'd just manag...

What Is Christmas?

Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 12.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Baldwin Panagore

What's Christmas? Beyond shimmering lights, beyond balsam wreathes, beyond office parties, and shopping and wrapping and gift giving, beyond feasts an...

Christmas, Jesus and American Terrorism

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Nicolas B. Aziz

It is time for us to recognize the inaccuracies and faults within our history and human culture - whether it be in regards to Christmas, Jesus or terrorism - and use this identification as an impetus for improvement. Happy Holidays.

In Israel: Getting Over 'the Jerusalem Syndrome'

Bob Schulman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

The list of jaw-droppers goes on and on, but the good news is -- other than at places that have special meanings to your church, synagogue or mosque -- it usually doesn't take very long to get over the syndrome, whether in Jerusalem or anyplace else in Israel.

Destroying "Trump's" Freedom Tower of Babel

Jonathan Walton | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I will look at my schedule and bring my fear of failure to Jesus and then sacrifice my time for the neighbor in my midst and the wake of the systemic impact of my existence. I will take up my cross and follow Jesus and give Him my all because He gave His all for me.

Virgin Birth Can Affect Your Life, Believe It or Not

Peggy Payne | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, late December is an intense time of year in this hemisphere and the concept of the virgin birth has probably a...

HWJV: How Would Jesus Vote?

Jeffrey Small | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

With the 2016 presidential election cycle in full swing, the Republican candidates have each reached out to Christian evangelical voters. Since the Reagan era of the 1980s brought us Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, evangelicals have consistently been one of the Republican's core constituencies, just as labor unions have been for the Democrats.

The Eternal First Spring: Births, Re-Births and the Cycle of Time in Sufism

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

"And such days We hand out in turns to mankind!" Qurʾan (3:140) "Indeed, time has circled in its original form on the day God created the heavens an...

People Who Go for Trump's 'Hate Your Neighbor' Posture

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If a person has a hostile relationship with a neighbor, we don't know if the problem is with one of them, or the other, or some of both. But if someone has a hostile relationship with all his or her neighbors, would you not agree there must be something amiss with that person?