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Salvation

What is Salvation?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Salvation. noun. In the West, rescuing few. In the East, rescuing all. Any religion that assigns to humans one lifetime and also insists that bel...

Which Jesus Do We Believe In?

John Backman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
John Backman

As an on-fire teenage Christian, I knew the importance of shouting my faith to the world. So I emblazoned the trunk lid of my rusted Ford with a bumper sticker that did the trick: bright green, huge type, and the words from an old hymn -- I have decided to follow Jesus.

It's Easter!.... Again???

Fr. Rob Walsh | Posted 03.26.2016 | Religion
Fr. Rob Walsh

Passion, Death and Resurrection of God made man - we're offered a share in his divine life. And that's a whole lot better than peanut butter eggs and Peeps.

The One Group the Church Needs to Welcome

Steve Austin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

I hurt for those who are sitting in the pews, baptized as teenagers, and now barely holding on. I am crushed for the Christians seeking sanctuary on Sunday morning, who instead find one more obligation they must meet. The Christians who need a holy place to come, lay down their burdens, and simply rest.

Christianity is the most inclusive (and exclusive) religion

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.13.2017 | Religion
Craig Luekens

As our nation celebrates the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many of us will hear his speeches broadcasted, attend lectures or rallies, vi...

Holy Garbage Day Batman!

Sandy Thomas | Posted 12.10.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

It's the day when the man from the disposal company drives his big truck down my street and stops and empties all of my sins into the back of his truck.

Dear Devil: I Forgive You!

John Schlimm | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
John Schlimm

Evil is a parasite. Therefore, the Devil can only thrive if we play host. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the d...

Who Goes To Heaven?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

All the documentary evidence from the entire history of Christianity shows us a religion in a state of Argument. Church councils beginning in the 4th century sought to end argument by authoritatively standardizing scripture, worship, and belief.

Reclaiming Salvation for Today

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

"Salvation" is often a dirty word in progressive Christian circles, but when abandoned, it leaves a void for others to fill. Instead, we need to boldly reclaim it.

Three Reasons Why We Don't Pray the Sinner's Prayer With Our Children

Cindy Brandt | Posted 10.22.2016 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

One of the more harmful teachings of fundamentalist families is to interpret children's normal behavior as sin.

Sinner, Savior, or Both: Reflections on Jesus, Salvation, and Phyllis Tickle's Memorial Service

Eric Elnes | Posted 10.20.2016 | Religion
Eric Elnes

Most Christians claim that Jesus cannot be both sinner and savior. Yet when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, Luke tells us plainly that this baptism was for "repentance for the forgiveness of sins." Why would someone without sin undergo a baptism of repentance?

Daily Meditation: Love Is Salvation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Last Visit

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I only met Juan Garcia once. I was asked to visit him on September 15. For a couple of hours in a cold room in Livingston, Texas, we talked. With an unforgiving deadline approaching fast, the last things were at the forefront of our minds.

Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part 2

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.02.2016 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Once you begin a relationship with God based on fear, it takes years to unlearn the image of the punitive God. It was true for me. If we are really honest with ourselves, we plant fear into our children's hearts because we have not yet uprooted fear from our own.

Salvation by Joss Carter, a Review

Ken Ludden | Posted 08.30.2016 | Arts
Ken Ludden

In his recent performance art tour de force, Joss Carter presents Salvation. This work is meticulously put together, deeply researched, and brilliantly effective.

Salvationists Are Asking the Wrong Quesitons

Tom Gerdy | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Tom Gerdy

She grabbed me by the arm, almost ripping it from the socket, and pulled me into another room away from the front door as the doorbell rang. Her index finger was at her lips, and I understood that I was supposed to be silent.

Confessions of a Truthoholic: An Excerpt of the Truth

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Joanne Dagonese

All my life I've been driven by an insatiable urge to know things -- things that have always been simply dismissed as "mysteries". I displayed early symptoms of this sociological defect when, even as a small child, the plain facts were never quite enough to thrill me.

Divine Consciousness: What "Being Saved" Is Really About

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Divine consciousness is simply transformation. It is to know a salvation that is real...that is now...that is connected to the very real, and sometimes, very harsh realities of your life. Like your past you can't forgive or the future you worry about almost constantly. And, the present which you miss too frequently.

Why Is it Popular Theology to Believe Blackmail and Duress Are Central to the Gospel Message?

Mick Mooney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

A ticket to heaven, but if you refuse you'll be thrown in the eternal torture chamber, but it's your choice. Is such an offer free will? No. That's duress.

Jesus Is Dead, and So Are We. Eric Garner Is Our Only Hope for Resurrection.

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

We must continue to breathe life into his story and case. We must use the details of the horrific tragedy of Eric Garner's death to shock life into the people of this nation. We must keep demanding justice. Do not ever stop telling the story of Eric Garner. Get out into the streets and breathe the breath of life into this dead, racist nation.

Finding Sanctuary

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In the world of Christians there is a difference of opinion as to where salvation happens. Salvation is understood as reconciliation to our true state in God. For some that's all about social justice. For some that's all about personal holiness.

You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right?

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Is it possible that God has a 'Damascus Road experience' ready to give to all mankind before his throne, like he also gave to the Ninevites in Jonah's story?

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?

Cindy Jackson's Stalled Rapture

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

By turns deftly framing the problem through satire and alleviating the pressure through humor and craftsmanship, Jackson's work speaks to our yearning for salvation partly through irony and partly through love.