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Is the Church Dying?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

First, If the Church wishes to have any kind of viable future, it must stop pretending the Bible is an infallible book written by God and dictated through Divinely-inspired and inerrant writers.

After Kim Davis, A New Way Forward for Religious Freedom?

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

No matter what your particular religious or political views, I suspect everyone who watched the spectacle surrounding Ms. Davis' release from jail last week experienced some kind of strong emotion, whether it was empathy or outrage.

The President Sings Amazing Grace: A Song About "Our Nation's Original Sin"

Derek Flood | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Amazing Grace is a song about one man's real and ugly sin. The sin of slavery. At the same time it is a song about the power of forgiveness, a song about looking into the depths of very real evil and, even there, especially there, finding grace that is bigger than all the hate.

Charleston, Juneteenth And What It Means To Be Black In America

Charles Howard | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

We need not be slaves to fear. We need not be drawn into a pitiful, fear-based gun culture and arm ourselves (it's difficult to imagine Jesus encouraging people to hold guns to defend themselves while in church). We need not be slaves to hating those who hate us.

FOX Morning Show Needs to Go... Forever! Pastor's Packing Guns?

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Steve McSwain

My advice to these misguided television hosts, and to all of us, is that we reserve judgment until we know the facts.

Ramadan Reflection Day #1: #CharlestonShooting -- Healing Requires Admitting We're Sick

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

A failure to acknowledge and deal with illness doesn't mean that it's not there. I can pretend like I'm not sick, but my body will let me know otherwise. We can pretend like our society is not in pain and in need of healing, but atrocities like Charleston will let us know otherwise.

Why Jesus Would Say 'Black Lives Matter'

Derek Flood | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Continually Jesus drew our attention not to loving people "in general" but to specifically caring for those we would tend to discount or condemn. Black lives matter is exactly the kind of thing Jesus would say.

A Headscarf, Religious Belief, a Supreme Court Decision, and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist Church -- with a more than century-long track record of defending religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities -- early on recognized the critical religious liberty implications central to this case.

Mother's Day Interfaith Celebrations

Mike Ghouse | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

It's time to express gratitude to her, it restores the spiritual balance in each one of us. Life is about transactions, each time we received a "good" we become indebted to the giver, but when we give back to the giver or find alternate ways of giving back, then we regain our spiritual balance, bringing us nirvana.

Two Women from India, and God: A Review of Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

I am yet to meet Lom Harshni Chauhan, but I'm quite sure that if any of the sort of unpleasant men who have been spotlighted in recent news stories about India got near her, she would leave them feeling truly sorry.

Pew Report: The Future of World Religions and the Future of the World

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing..." according to the recently released Pew Research Center report on world religions.

'Your God Is Dead!' Just a Little Pre-Easter Thought...

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.25.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

That's what the bumpersticker declared on the back of the 1970's VW van covered with colorful paint. I'm not sure which was holding the hippie van together, the duck tape or the bumper stickers. Maybe they both were.

Millennials Leaving Church: But What Explains Their Departure?

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Have you noticed that almost everyone has an opinion, including me? The following brief essay offers one perspective that might shed some light on Millennials leaving Church. It is hardly the only answer, however. I offer it only as one possible explanation.

The Christ Experience: What Must Die This Easter for the Church to Live

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

As far as I'm concerned, you can take all the explanations of what God has done in Christ - including my own explanations - and, bury them forever. What lives beyond the grave is your experience of Christ. And, in the end, isn't your experience of Christ all that really matters?

Judge Allows Ten Commandments To Remain At Oklahoma Capitol

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, March 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge dismissed a case on Tuesday filed by an atheist group that was seeki...

All that Really Matters in Any Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"In essentials non-essentials all things charity." I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position to adopt in this world of multi-religious beliefs.

Abercrombie & Fitch, The Supreme Court and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist church and those diverse organizations who joined our amicus brief hope and pray that the Supreme Court strikes down the Tenth Circuit Court's unreasonable ruling that the burden is on a job applicant to ask for a religious exemption for rules he or she doesn't even know exist.

Hinduphobia Would Shock Gandhi As Much As Intolerance

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

The more difficult question to think about is that President Obama did not say anything that decent people anywhere in the world or of any faith would disagree with. And yet, something about his comments has upset Hindus very much.

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

Who Is God?

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain everything I see. And, for me, that makes all creation sing a different kind of song. And, everything sings it, from the spider on the wall to the snow-covered Matterhorn of Switzerland.

Seahawks QB Suggests God Made Him Throw 4 Interceptions

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is raising eyebrows after saying the four interceptions he threw Sunday were arranged by God to set up the...

LGBT Community: Evangelical Scholar Calls for Full Acceptance in the Church

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Few issues have been more divisive within the church of the 20th and 21st century than the "full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church."

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Better Life? 3 Ways to Live a Better Life in the New Year

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I can think of many things our world needs. I can think of few things the world needs more, however, than this: better people living better lives in a world gone very wrong.

When President Obama Retold the Hanukkah Story

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

First he upended a 50-year U.S.-Cuban Cold War. Then he celebrated Hanukkah with 400 Jews from across the United States. He probably got a national security briefing somewhere in-between.