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John the Baptist

The Bible Unlocked: When Jesus met Christ

Kristina Kaine | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

What is the point of understanding the process of Jesus taking into himself the Christ you may ask? Isn't it simpler and easier just to worship the one being and be done with it? In fact why even differentiate between God, the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit?

Is Christmas Really a Family Holiday?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

John is like that eccentric uncle who says and does things that keep us hiding our face in shame. He dresses in camel hair. Camel hair? Who in their right mind ever dresses in camel hair? And consider his favorite snacks: Wild honey and locusts. Locusts? Yes, locusts. They were eaten by the very poor who lived in the desert.

A New Hymn: In Halls of Wealth and Power

Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette | Posted 07.10.2016 | Religion
Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

On Sunday, July 12, thousands of churches will be hearing the gospel lectionary reading from the Gospel of Mark, 6:14-29. This is the story of King Herod killing John the Baptist because the king promised to grant the wish of a daughter who wanted to silence the prophet.

Finding John the Baptist (And Jesus too)

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

In the second episode of Finding Jesus, the focus is on John the Baptist. That being the case, this episode might be termed: Finding John the Baptist (okay, and Jesus too). And, within the quest for Jesus, learning all one can about John the Baptist is a fine place to begin.

3 Ways Relics And Artifacts Can Help Us 'Find Jesus'

Religion News Service | David Gibson and Michael McKinley | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact — relics, as some call them — associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of...

Presbyterian Church Fights

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

I think we need to accept the fact that we are going to have disagreements, just as the people of Jerusalem did. So, how does Jesus guide us through these church fights? How does he want us to approach the tough issues of marriage and peace in the Middle East?

Waiting On The Messiah Amid Presidential Expectations

David A. Sánchez, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
David A. Sánchez, Ph.D.

Part of our national consciousness is an embedded sense of presidential evolution that unconsciously infers that the next commander-in-chief must be more worthy, more righteous, more patriotic and more American. But the fact of the matter is that we get sons, fully incarnate with strengths and weaknesses.

The Ballad Of John And ... John

Bert Montgomery | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Yes, we hear a lot about two Johns every time December rolls around: Strange and hairy, screaming as loud as they can that we've really messed up the world, and we all better get our act straight before it's too late.

On The Fiscal Cliff With John The Baptist: Luke 3:7-18

Carolyn Sharp | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Sharp

There I was, making our end-of-year donations to charities and development organizations, when I heard the voice of John the Baptist, sardonic and insistent: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

What Are You Waiting For During Advent?

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Is it an opportunity to meet the surprising around you? Is it an opportunity to reflect on what is most needed in your heart and in the world around you? How are you going to wait for that gift?

Like Me! Friend Me! Poke Me!

Jack Levison | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

The Christmas season is, we all know, harried. In our rush to please, our hurry to purchase, many of us will make quick decisions. Like me! Friend me! Poke me! But the Advent season is a time of waiting, expectation, hope.

The Downfall Of Giving Into Fear: Mark 6:14-29

Rev. James M. Childs, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Rev. James M. Childs, Ph.D.

John the Baptist gave meaning to the word courage in his unswerving commitment to his mission of truth and promise. Herod Antipas gave meaning to the word fear in his commitment to self-preservation.

The Advent Challenge To Wealth

Mark Osler | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

The only theology John the Baptist offered were the directives to repent and to give away our wealth, retaining only what we truly need. ... The truth about that wealth was so deep and clear in the eyes of God that it was at the heart of Christ's message.

John 1:6-8; 19-28: Faith And Fear

Thomas G. Long, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Thomas G. Long, Ph.D.

The fear about exposure and judgment comes to white-hot focus in a remarkable biblical story, told early in the Gospel of John, about an investigative team dispatched from the capital city to interrogate an enigmatic preacher.

The Christianized Jesus

Reverend Billy | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Reverend Billy

Jesus of Nazareth was not a Peak Performance Strategist as the prosperity preachers would have it. Nor was he an foreigner-hating patriot as the Tea Party would argue.

Twin Leonardo da Vinci Paintings To Be Reunited

Posted 09.26.2011 | Arts

Organizers in London and Paris have agreed to an unorthodox plan that will place two nearly identical Leonardo da Vinci paintings side by side. The Vi...

Would You Pay To See John The Baptist's Tooth?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service BALTIMORE (RNS) Martina Bagnoli admits that the exhibit she helps curate here at The Walters Art Museum may gro...

Holy Theophany: The Baptism Of Jesus And The Blessing Of The Waters

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Today, January 6, Orthodox Christians celebrate another of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Christian Church -- the Theophany, or, as it is also called, the Epiphany.

Students Fight Back At Uninvited Preacher

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

At Minnesota State University at Mankato this fall, a preacher who periodically appears there has set off a debate over the appropriate way to respond...

Howard Dean as John the Baptist and Other Big Ideas at the Little Idea

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrea Chalupa

Ari Berman does a wonderful thing in his new book Herding Donkeys -- he investigates how common sense usurped power in Washington.

John The Baptist's Bones FOUND? | Theunis Bates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Archaeologists in Bulgaria claimed to have located a sarcophagus containing the bones of John the Baptist, drawing enthusiasm from politicians but dou...