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A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

By guest blogger Caleb Pitkin This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to ref...

Running Inspiration In The Bible

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

Survey Shows A 2014 telephone and online survey to gauge Bible trends in the United States shows that 88% of American households own a Bible and have...

What To Say, What To Do

F. Willis Johnson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Religion
F. Willis Johnson

I am a pastor, in New York City with my wife, on a few days of summer leave. Over a 24-hour period my phone, social media channels, and email blew up....

The Forgetful Sands of the Wilderness (Parshat B'midbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20)

Ariel Mayse | Posted 06.07.2016 | Religion
Ariel Mayse

God's self-revelation and the giving of the Torah at Sinai was followed by the sin of the Golden Calf, and then the command to build the Tabernacle and thus establish a dwelling place for God amidst the physical world.

Back to the Garden (Parshat Behukotai, Leviticus 26:3-27:34)

Alicia Jo Rabins | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Alicia Jo Rabins

It makes sense that the utopian promise is not heaven, but earth. Our ancestors, pre-factory-farm, understood the miraculous elegance of a functional ecosystem.

The Bells That Still Can Ring: On Rest and Action (Parshat Behar, Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

Rabbi Susan P. Fendrick | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Susan P. Fendrick

It is a year of complete freedom for the land and humanity alike, a do-over year, a time to begin all over again. In this context of new beginnings, the choice of Yom Kippur as the day on which to proclaim the Jubilee year does make some spiritual sense.


Jonathan Williams | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Williams

Literal truth is limited. It can only tell part of a story. Literal truth can only capture a small part of our reality.

The Human Soul is a Candle of God: Finding Meaning in Existence (Parashat Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

Rabbi Daniel Klein | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Klein

My wife's grandmother is 94 years old. She lives alone in the same house she has lived in for decades. She is remarkably healthy, but is at an age when many people would have already moved into a retirement community or an assisted living facility. But she has no interest in moving.

On Wisdom (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 05.16.2016 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

Wisdom identifies three relationships that are crucial to the working the world. First, wisdom has a peculiar relationship with the creator. "I was beside him" from the beginning.

Beyond Ghosts and Familiar Spirits: Finding Holiness in the Old and the New (Parshat Kedoshim, Leviticus 19:1-20:27)

Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein | Posted 05.10.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein

We are on a multi-layered journey. On the Jewish holiday calendar, after leaving Egypt two weeks ago with all the attendant fear and drama of Passover we are moving steadily toward the holiday of Shavuot--on which we celebrate the revelation of the Torah--and thus toward Mt. Sinai.

Pentecost and the Legacy of Prince (Acts 2:1-21)

Rev. Shively Smith | Posted 05.10.2016 | Religion
Rev. Shively Smith

Just a couple of weeks ago, many people were tossed unexpectedly into a spiral of shock and loss. People all over the world found themselves grieving at the same moment as news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was dead on April 21, 2016.

The Mothers of the Priests (Parshat Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30)

Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson

Parshat Acharei Mot closes with a long list of the sexual partners forbidden to men, continuing the apparent male-centric nature of the text. On its most obvious level, the women in this parashah are there mainly as passive objects, or are simply absent.

Exposing a Government's Abuse of Power, and Other Life Hacks (Acts 16:16-40)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

In the end, the story does more than show us how powerful societies -- whether ancient or modern - try to keep a grip on their dominance. While Acts 16 describes a steady stream of self-preservation that issues from the villains in Philippi, the story's main point is to celebrate a divine victory.

Violence and Vision (Passover: 7th day, Exodus 13:17-15:26; 8th day, Deuteronomy 15:10-16:17)

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

The ancient rabbis chose Isaiah's vision of peace on earth as the prophetic reading to accompany the Torah reading for the 8th day of Passover, the Festival of Freedom.

Seeking Wholeness in an Inherently Flawed System (John 5:1-9) By Dr. Raj Nadella

Raj Nadella | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Raj Nadella

John 5 tells the story of Jesus encountering many sick people, who were lying by the pool of Bethesda in hopes of getting healed. The pool, that was opposite Fortress Antonia, had a reputation for healing the sick.

How Ultrarunning Saved My Life

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

Little did I know that all my years of running had afforded me a strong immune system that conditioned me to physically and mentally survive my overwhelming life-threatening obstacle. My medical challenge was an endurance run of a different kind.

Liberation: A Sacred Moment (Passover; Readings for First Days -- Exodus 12:21-51 and Leviticus 22:26-23:44)

Rabbi Arthur Green | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Green

On the second day of Passover, Jews begin a period called sefirat ha-omer, when we publicly count off each day for the next 50, concluding with the holiday of Shavuot. (Hence the Greek term Pentecost, for the 50th day.)

Chibok Girls: We Will Not Be Quiet -- We Will Not Forget

Rev. Adriene Thorne | Posted 04.14.2016 | Religion
Rev. Adriene Thorne

Today, I shared the Chibok girl's with my little girl. I will preach again on violence towards women and girls because I must not be quiet. Through my tears, I read this article to my husband and am surprised by his emotion.

The Mitzvah of Getting Dirty (Parshat Metzora, Leviticus 14:1-15:33)

Rabbi Dr. Micha’el Rosenberg | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Dr. Micha’el Rosenberg

I am an unabashed lover of Leviticus. And not just the "Be holy," "Love your neighbor as yourself" second half of Leviticus, but especially the "slaughter the cow...sprinkle its blood" first half. "Be holy" sounds great, but what does it actually mean?

Not Just About the Future (Revelation 7:9-17)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 04.11.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Revelation is not really about the future. It's not really about tomorrow. It's a book about today. Revelation is about the here and now. Revelation is about us, all of us, in this way.

Paid Maternity Leave: Are We 'Ready'? (Parshat Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-15:33)

Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg | Posted 04.07.2016 | Religion
Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

The Torah's narrative is filled with questions, struggles, and lived reality related to maternity. Most of our biblical foremothers struggled with infertility. Great detail and attention is given to empowering women as mothers while recognizing the pain of those who are unable to give birth.

Misdiagnosing the Disordered Soul

Shayne Looper | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

I left home for a breakfast meeting early one cold morning a month or two ago, and my car refused to get up and go. A half-mile down the road and I st...

Finding Light in the Dark: Hope Inside Desperate Discourse (John 21: 1-19)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

In the midst of a dark night, they receive instruction and take it. And in the presence of Jesus their circumstances are transformed. In the presence of the Lord, all things can become new.

Strange Fire of the Heart (Parashat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman | Posted 03.30.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

We must draw boundaries around our lives, taking care of our own bodies and needs even as we attend to others. We must dwell in the eye-popping paradox that we are both totally one with God and individual human beings who are blazing with love.

Finding Hope in the Face of Loss

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

Webster's dictionary defines hope as "to expect or wish... to be optimistic... to cherish a desire of good... with expectation of obtaining it or beli...