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Prodigal Son

LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Megan Smolenyak

Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.

The Only Pain Worse Than Crucifixion

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

Last week I had lunch with the pastor of the church where I'm currently the writer-in-residence. I asked him how the three members of the Trinity -- God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit -- decided who was going to have to take on physical form, be born in a barn, and then be crucified.

The Joffrey Ballet Soars in Ambitious Triple Bill: Stories in Motion

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The Joffrey Ballet's extraordinary mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this past weekend: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet.

Practicing Prodigal, Undeserved Love

Win Bassett | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

"God is not interested in morality or family values or issues. ... God is interested in reckless, transforming, surprising, undeserved, eternal, unconditional, socially unacceptable love for all sons and daughters."

A Letter to Cardinal Dolan -- About Washing Our Hands

Michael Pettinger | Posted 07.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Pettinger

I have to say, Your Eminence, with all love and respect, that your blog entry of April 25 was another painful, insulting failure at ministering to LGBT Catholics.

When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

The story of the prodigal is about God's ever expanding grace, a grace that will offend our sensibilities and our collective sense of fairness. God's grace cares little for our reputation in this world.

The Child, The Murderer And The Unfairness Of God

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

If the parable of the Prodigal Son teaches us anything, it is this: We humans may make a distinction between the innocent unborn child and the guilty murderer, but God does not.

Forgiveness And The Law Of Love

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

When we are unable to forgive, we then perpetuate the fruits of non-forgiveness (anger, hatred, revenge, pettiness of character) and the fruits of forgiveness (humility, compassion, love, peace) are lost.

Will A Vow Of Poverty Fill The Void In My Soul?

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me - my soul? - is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in tou...

I'm the Older Brother

Tony Campolo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Campolo

Some are reluctant to grant grace to those desperate home-buyers who were seduced into lavish living they could ill afford.