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Advent: Restless in the Waiting

Shea Watts | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Shea Watts

Another mass shooting. More hateful rhetoric from politicians and their supporters. Another Facebook post by the one person who knows all the inflammatory things to say. Of late, I am struggling to remain hopeful. How do we reconcile peace with a violent world?

Why We Please People and 4 Ways to Change

Amy Crumpton | Posted 01.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

Do you struggle to follow your heart because you fear disappointing other people? Does it seem what others want from you is rarely what you want for yourself? Do you feel doomed to make decisions that will disappoint someone no matter how hard you try?

What Is Yoga

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Another entry from my work in progress, An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion. Yoga: noun. A physical regimen that is also a spiritual regimen. ...

Why Don't Moderate Muslims Denounce Terrorism? They Do!

Kelly James Clark | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

Muslims denounce both terrorism and radical Islam. "Moderate" is a misleading modifier for a religion that rejects the killing of innocent people, women and children, old people, and those fleeing combat. And the Quran is clear: there is no compulsion in matters of religion.

My Emancipation From American Christianity

John Pavlovitz | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

I am a Christian and an American, but I refuse to settle for this American Christianity any longer or be defined by it. I know that there is something much greater beyond it worth heading toward; something that looks more like God and feels more like love.

Love Jesus? Then Care for Refugees

Richard Stearns | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Jesus sets an almost impossible standard for us -- We are called to love someone else's children as much as we love our own, because they are all his kids.

A Terrorist, But Not a Christian Terrorist

John A. Tures | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
John A. Tures

A recent popular online column referred to Robert Lewis Dear's killing and wounding of several people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic as "Christian Terrorism." I agree that it is terrorism, but it is not "Christian Terrorism." Dear's actions just aren't Christian at all.

Who Goes To Heaven?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

All the documentary evidence from the entire history of Christianity shows us a religion in a state of Argument. Church councils beginning in the 4th century sought to end argument by authoritatively standardizing scripture, worship, and belief.

You Are a Part of God's Story

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

It doesn't matter what you're called in life to do. No matter what your occupation is, you're called to be a part of God's story.

A Worthy Thanksgiving

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Feeling the pull of Thanksgiving's meaning, I got up early Thursday and headed not for the kitchen, but to an eclectic gathering of locals in our small British Columbia town. We are intent on welcoming Syrian refugee families into our community.

Faith in Our Humanity

Mary Paleologos | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

Spread love and kindness to your fellow man. Open your heart to the magic of life. Offer support and hope to people that need it. Be the leader that you know you were born to be and show humanity there is another way.

If This Holiday Is Hard, You're Not Alone

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

photo by Alondra Olivas Is Thanksgiving trying for you? Are you headed into the holiday bumfoozled or bewildered? May I offer something for you to co...

Pilgrims, The Wampanoag and the Syrians

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

How many of us will notice the disconnect this Thanksgiving between the boldness and courage of the Wampanoag who aided the desperate pilgrims as they landed on America's shores and the 26 governors who recently vowed to turn away all Syrian refugees who seek passage to America?

From Seeing to Understanding

Jack Vawdrey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

I have a pretty enthusiastic American Literature professor here at the University of Southern California. Actually, enthusiastic might not be the right word for it; I think the words "intellectual agitator" best describe his personality. He's one of those guys that want you to question everything that you know and believe, but in a good way.

Christian Truth, Muscular Hospitality, and the Reception of Refugees

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Truth can be hard to find, although the search has been going on for thousands of years. "Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths," said Seneca...

Christians Should Be Terrified

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 11.22.2015 | Religion
Randy Paul Oetinger

What is the difference, after all, between taking a sword and hacking the head off of children ... or shutting children out out by means of our governors, knowing they will freeze to death because they have no shelter from the bitter cold of winter?

What the Widow's Mite Tells Us About Empowerment

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

Whether you are fortunate enough to be rich and powerful like a scribe or poor as the widow, we all depend on God's grace, and we all have received what we have through that grace and not our own deserving. Let us put our resources towards those things that lift up the lowly, that empower those with no voice, and that, with God's help, will perhaps even change history.

My Children Or Syria's Children?

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Our children are capable of great moral bravery, if we give them the chance to exercise it. Put more bluntly: if you're going to turn away refugees seeking asylum, don't do it in the name of my children. I've asked them, and they would not want that.

Happy Thanksgiving to Pilgrims and Puritans Alike!

Mark Moore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

We need a few more Squanto's, learning other's languages, planting seeds, being patient, feeding people. Even if you feel like the last survivor of your people, those type of meals may well save you.

Jesus the Refugee

Jonathan Williams | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Williams

If there were anyone that wanted to fight violence with violence, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone who wanted swift justice by any means possible, it would be Jesus. If there were anyone that had a distrust of foreigners, it would be Jesus.

Looking Within: The Convenient Amnesia of American Terrorism

Shea Watts | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Shea Watts

Before you make a statement on race, educate yourself on the history of American terrorism. Dare to look at the history of the country with honesty, asking yourself, "How do we reconcile our past acts of terror while also condemning the terror around the world?"

The Prayer We Must Dare to Pray

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

I think Jesus reminds me of this because the world will not be transformed by digging deeper ditches and filling them with more toxic sewage of hate. The world has traveled this route, nearly to its ruin.

The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday Is the Pilgrimage for Abolition

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6 p.m. at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I've encountered o...

Beyond Paris: The Life Machine

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

If more of us don't make meaningful efforts, on a massive scale, to put these words into practice, just how can we hope to avoid stumbling into a "piecemeal Third World War" -- one that promises to shake the very foundations of human civilization?

Oh, Come, oh, Come, Emmanuel: Entering Into the Pain of Human Suffering

Khristi Adams | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Khristi Adams

May we accept the gospel's invitation to enter into the pain and suffering of our sisters and brothers, and in turn deliver a message of redemptive light in the midst of the darkness that surrounds us.