Once when I had been brought up short by lurid graffiti freshly scratched on a new bathhouse on Cape Hatteras, an old, sand-blasted woman came up behi...
Meditation, prayer, church services, fellowship and even the admission of wrongdoing -- confession -- all help train an individual's ego into seeking something more important than individual satisfaction. It takes practice, practice, practice -- both to know what's right and then to actually do it.
These are 5 verses about money that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life. Each one of them has had a strong impact on me during good times and during financial struggles as well.
'Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.' Seriously, Jesus? Have you even met some of us? Have you seen the depths of our jealousies, the breadth of our greed? Have you noticed how insatiable our egos are? How deeply insecure we all are?
Over the last few decades, whenever the notion of a harmonious Christian beginning has been challenged, there seems to have been a readily available "how-to-manual" defense against this perspective.
To stand behind this law is to stand behind discrimination, in Jesus name. And that is something His name should never, ever be used to defend.
Together, we can choose to celebrate this Valentine's Day by expressing unconditional, real love in its deepest and widest sense -- truly affirming love for our LGBTQ selves, for each other, for our allies and even for our "enemies."
Ella Baker had a 'pro-choice' moment. In that moment, she seized the opportunity and made a decision that would turn the tide of history. She chose to do what far exceeded herself. Her name, her work and her spirit thrive.
In the book of Deuteronomy, God offers Moses and the children of Israel the choice of "life and prosperity or death and adversity.
There has always been a top five percent and a top one percent in the U.S. In any free market capitalist society there are always going to be some folks who do exceedingly better than others.
Few stories or their morals are more recognizable than that of the Emperor's New Clothes. However, the Torah reading this week, Tetzaveh, turns this classic story inside out.
Timidity doesn't honor God. There, I said it. I've given a lot of thought to how often followers of Christ find themselves - or more accurately, place themselves - in the role of victim.
I often wonder, given sufficient whisky and irony and time: Has there ever been a more delightfully inept, wince-inducing oxymoron in the tortured American lexicon than 'conservative Christian?' I am almost completely serious.
God's track record to this point has not been flawless. God has been impatient, aloof, and angry; God has misjudged what the Israelites need and expressed frustration when they rebel or complain. Perhaps, too, God has misjudged God's own needs.
I know, I know. Shame on me for ordering my doctrine off the a la carte menu when the prix fixe would buy me so much more salvation, right? If only my...
We are all flesh and blood, which means we are weak and will always fall short of the glory of God. But we have to at least make an effort and seek atonement for when we fail.