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King Herod

The Herod Complex

Amylynn Smith | Posted 01.04.2017 | Religion
Amylynn Smith

On the way home from Mass last Saturday night, I asked my husband what he took away from the Mass. He shared and then asked me the same question. I am sure he wish he hadn't asked because I went into a long discourse about the biblical character King Herod.

Why Jesus Was, and Is, a Political Threat

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.23.2016 | 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.

Roman Empire Launches Surprise Assault in Bethlehem

Timothy Murphy | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

(Note: The following is a retelling of the Gospel of Matthew's Christmas story written as a news report from the perspective of the Roman Empire if it...

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.

Trending Ruin: Just in Time for CBS' The Dovekeepers, My Mother and I Visit Masada

David Munk | Posted 05.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Munk

For those of you who may have forgotten the O'Toole film or missed the last week's documentary, Masada is an ancient fortress located between the Dead Sea and the Judean desert. Though that sounds a bit academic, there is nothing at all dry or boring about Masada. Herod's temple is breathtaking in scope and scale.

Possible Site Of Jesus' Trial Uncovered

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where Jesus may have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, is now open to the public for the very first time. Located in t...

Weeping at the Manger

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

As we move toward Bethlehem this Advent season, in the wake of the grand jury rulings in Ferguson and Staten Island, I'm reminded of the rarely preached upon section of the story of the Wise Men.

Ancient King Eludes Archaeologists Once Again

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 10.16.2013 | Science

Herod the Great, the king of Judea who ruled not long before the time of Jesus, seems to have eluded historians once again. In 2007 archaeologists an...

Slaying Innocents And The Meaning And Message Of Christmas

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

If children are the heart of the meaning of Christmas, the message of the full story of Christmas is what adults must do to keep children alive and help them thrive. Without the message of Christmas for the world, its meaning for children is thin and hollow.

Epiphany: When Three Kings Beat a Royal Flush

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

Blessed Feast of the Epiphany! The story of the three kings who come from the east to worship the baby Jesus is a favorite family celebration in Christian tradition.

Epiphany: Light In The Darkness

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

To prepare for this festival for dreamers, I'm imagining those travelers who dared the darkness for the light of a star, and thinking of those other dreamers who have looked into the darkness, glimpsed the light and followed a star.

The Importance Of Mary's Virginity

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It is quite possible as a Christian to believe Jesus had a biological father and believe the story of the virgin conception says something important. It all depends on what you think "virgin" means.

Rocky Reasoning in Jerusalem

Olivia Sterns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Olivia Sterns

My friend and I had wanted to visit the famous Dome of the Rock, but it was closed because a few days earlier Palestinians had thrown rocks at Jews who had entered the sacred area to pray.