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The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

Is the Bible Literally True? No, of Course Not!

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you are a Biblical literalist, as some of you may be, what I've just said most likely bothers you greatly. You believe, not only that the Bible is Divinely-dictated and error-free, but you also believe that whatever it says must be taken as literally and factually true.

Who Knows? Purim

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In the key scene in Megillas Esther, Mordechai zigs when he seemingly should have zagged, asking Esther a question instead of making a statement. What hidden message was he trying to send to her -- and to us?

Finding Nemo... in the Bible

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 05.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

The story of Jonah is how a mortal man tried to run away from the mission his Creator had gifted to him. He was subsequently swallowed by an enormous fish which spit him out onto dry land only when he resolved to return to his true mission in life.

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

God Beyond All Relationships and Agendas: Exodus 24:12-18

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

The question emerges: What kind of God meets Moses on this mountain? Is this the God who prescribes commands, one who sets an agenda for people to follow? Is this a comforting God, one who enfolds Moses in the arms of divine love?

Leadership and Confrontation: Lessons from Moses and God (Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35)

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

While these moments of heat and escalation capture the most press and attention, they obscure and distract us from at least two far more common, subtle and systemic obstacles to breaking through our stuck conversation on Israel.

The Invisible Man: Parshat Tetzaveh

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Moses' name does not appear in this week's Torah portion. Why not? And how does he gain our admiration by disappearing?

What the Bible Can Teach Our Leaders About Humility

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Just maybe our own leaders can take a clue from the leaders of the ancient world, and open their hearts and minds to embrace the power of humility and collaboration for the betterment of us all.

3 Biblical Tips to Stay Sane in Our Overloaded World

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Doesn't it make sense to draw on time-tested tips to help keep us sane, grounded, and connected to what deeply matters in the process?

Mr. Sensitivity: Parshat Yisro

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Why was Yisro the only person to heed the call?

These Movies Coming Out In 2014 Are A Lot Like Other Movies Coming Out In 2014

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

If you feel like you're seeing double when it comes to this year's movie lineup, you're not the only one. We've noticed a plethora of films opening or...

Who's Got the Mummy? Parshat Beshalach

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In this week's Torah portion, Parshat Beshalach, it's time to leave Egypt. But while the Jews are busy collecting reparations for their years of slave labor, their leader, Moses, is out searching for Joseph's bones.

Egyptians Under Pharaoh? (Va'era, Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

The death of Nelson Mandela has taught us to count the blessings a great leader brings his country. It was said that with whomever Mandela talked, he always spoke to the best in that person. He made everyone part of his vision.

Snakebit: Parshat Va'Eira

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

G-d sends Moses and Aaron to confront Pharoah again. Staffs turn into snakes during the showdown. But there is more going on than meets the eye.

The Man of Steel: Parshat Shemot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Superman's origin story makes us think about a scene in this week's Torah portion -- and about our own superpowers.

Born Is the King of Israel (Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6-1)

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D.

For our Christian friends and neighbors, this is the period that commemorates the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ. But did you know that this week also recalls the birth of another savior -- that of Israel?

Dear Congress: We Need You To Act

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Inaction in the face of adversity shows only a lack of courage and a deficit of conviction. You have to be better than that.

Advent as Grateful Waiting for God's Gift of Spiritual Companionship

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a wilderness experience of confusion and falsehood.

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving as Seasons of Trusting in God's Miracles

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Both traditions use prayer, gathering of family, and special foods to celebrate the miraculous providence of God to sustain a struggling community in a context of colonial oppression. Reflecting on how they differ may also help us overcome the ugly connotations of Thanksgiving.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication and Trusting in God's Promises

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The testimony of the Jewish people throughout their scriptures and history and in this season of Hanukkah reminds me, just as God told Moses in the wilderness, to stop crying and start moving forward in spite of moments of doubt, trusting in the continued light of God's presence.

From Small Beginnings, or Finding Your Inner Bad Girl!

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

We have a word for that exuberant, extravagant dreamer too. We call that person a human, because our species, throughout history, regularly accomplishes achievements that were never previously thought possible.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Daily Opportunities for Sacredness and Peace

Andrew Arakawa | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Andrew Arakawa

How can we figuratively or literally take off our sandals so that we can have awareness that, right here and right now, we are standing on holy ground?

Republican: End Abortion Before 'Reckoning'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

A Republican candidate for Texas attorney general told an anti-abortion group last week that China's so-called one child policy could unleash a plague...