Let us pause and consider all of the things Jesus could have possibly said -- and yet didn't -- to the Centurion who loved his pais enough to debase himself in front of the traveling Galilean prophet.
You go on the Internet to find just the right image to add to it, typing in an obvious, safe phrase like "pictures of women on their knees" -- but you don't get images of good Christians praising God!
After Rob was peppered with questions and challenges regarding his view of culture shift and homosexuality, were his answers sufficiently biblical, or did they simply accomodate the culture?
Forgiveness is hard, and sometimes seemingly impossible. However, before we decide that we cannot forgive, we should consider the price of not seeking forgiveness: Without it, there is no future.
Over the past 10 years I have found myself doing two things over and over again: Coming out and having conversations about the so-called "clobber passages" relating to homosexuality and the Bible. I have grown weary of those conversations.
When I was a little girl, I asked my Dad why he did not beat my Mom, or discriminate against his daughters in education like the other men in our community. He said that it was because of Jesus.
No matter what denomination or faith tradition, organized religion is declining. And yet people still yearn for a connection to their spiritual core, a relationship with the reality beyond themselves.
When we encounter others who are in pain, we do not know what to do. We do not know how to comfort them. And so we say things to make a really awkward moment less awkward. When we do that, we're actually trying to comfort ourselves, which is understandable, but not helpful.
It is imperative that Jewish communities address the morality of investing in fossil fuel companies, whose fundamental operations imperil humanity and functional ecosystems.
Paul's vision was to make his brand of Judaism -- with the recognition of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah -- a world religion easily accessible to everyone. At no time did he repudiate Judaism or declare that he represented a new religion.
Our lives begin to end the day we fall silent on the things that matter. Like Mahatma Gandhi once said, we do not need to wait to see what others do, but we ourselves must to be the change we want to see in the world.
Adult children doing what their parents think they ought to do, seeking their approval at all costs, doesn't bring honor to anyone. It is ultimately only by honoring God that honor is bestowed on one's parents.
None of us know what the future holds, so we need to make the best decisions possible to spare ourselves problems and difficulties.
Korach is joined in his rebellion by Moses' life-long antagonists, Doson and Aviram. Will Moses jump at his big chance to get rid of them forever?
We need such prayers today, not because prayers "do" anything but because our prayers are given to the God who answers us with something vastly larger and more concrete than we alone could imagine.
I want to have known the charisma of the rabbi who was Jesus. I want to have been among the first to hear his words on justice and the Kingdom of God spoken over and over and over again.