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Sermon on the Mount

GOP Terrorists Blow Up Statue of Liberty

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Robert S. McElvaine

While Mr. Trump and others say "We have to be strong," they call for cowardice and giving ISIS exactly what its crazed adherents want: Americans abandoning our basic principles fundamentally changing our way of life.

Pilgrims, The Wampanoag and the Syrians

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

How many of us will notice the disconnect this Thanksgiving between the boldness and courage of the Wampanoag who aided the desperate pilgrims as they landed on America's shores and the 26 governors who recently vowed to turn away all Syrian refugees who seek passage to America?

Beyond Paris: The Life Machine

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

If more of us don't make meaningful efforts, on a massive scale, to put these words into practice, just how can we hope to avoid stumbling into a "piecemeal Third World War" -- one that promises to shake the very foundations of human civilization?

Mourning With Those Who Mourn

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In my early years of parenting, I met a man who told his terrible story of grief to every single person he met in however casual a circumstance as a k...

Did Jesus Leave Us a Mixtape?

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

If Jesus could record a mixtape to share with the world, what do you suppose would be on it? Actually, some scholars believe Jesus already made one.

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

For the Love of All Created by Thee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Looking back over almost half a century of spiritual practice, I sometimes ask myself what was the greatest challenge, the most difficult lesson. On the spiritual quest we are faced with our love and longing, our darkest fears, our failings.

The Sermon on the Mount (CCV -- Condensed CINO Version)

Neal Wooten | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy
Neal Wooten

Some people find it hard to separate faith from patriotism, the Bible from the Constitution, and especially scripture from their own personal prejudices, so here is the updated condensed sermon for today's CINO (Christian In Name Only).

Gaypocalypse Now

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

In truth, one must apply to be gay once the decision to be homosexual has been made. The process is similar to applying to college. You supply background information, transcripts, and fill out an essay.

What Jesus Really Thinks about Dying With Dignity

Cindy Brandt | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Surely there is a better way for Christian discourse than to resort to serious accusations of godlessness towards those who may have an alternative opinion, even if that opinion is in the minority.

Too Busy for Work-Life Balance?

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

Recently, I blocked out a weekday evening, which meant getting carpools for the kids and planning carefully for dinner and homework, so I could devote more time to prayer. It's making all the difference and I'm defending this commitment just like the time I calendar for daily walks.

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Pope Francis: A Man of Few and Simple Words

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

I'm not a big fan of Church doctrines and dogma. It can be any religion. Doesn't matter. I think most doctrines and dogma are silly, misguided, someti...

Enjoy the Super Bowl; Be Suspicious of Its Values (Matthew 5:1-12)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Especially this week, football also provides a token of our society's obsession with power as a close partner of runaway wealth.

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

Gandhi's Daily Scripture Readings for Peace

John Dear | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
John Dear

This week, I thought we could consider two passages from the Gita, and pray over them just as Gandhi prayed through our greatest Christian teachings. I've taken these translations from one of my favorite books, Gandhi the Man by Eknath Easwaran.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

The Supreme Court, DOMA and the Sermon on the Mount

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

The Sermon on the Mount presents a radically different agenda than what the nation of Israel expected from the Messiah. Our Supreme Court Justices overturned conventional wisdom in their ruling, and this is what Jesus did every day.

Pope Francis's Humility Does Nothing for the Poor

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

The new pope favors a modest lifestyle without chauffeured limousines or ostentatious palaces. I am sure that his concern for the poor is sincere. Yet, he is not going to do anything radical to reduce poverty.

Christians Preach Fairness But Practice Oppression

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

Religious people focus on an afterlife where the problems of inequality, injustice, and exploitation magically vaporize. This otherworldly perspective does nothing to put food on the table for hungry people but fobs them off with unverifiable promises to be delivered after death.

The Prayer Of Quiet

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

When Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount, tells us to "pray in secret," we have our first clear hints that Jesus' own prayer, and the prayer he taught to others, was first of all a prayer of quiet, a prayer beyond words, perhaps the attainment of a deep inner silence itself.

The Beatitudes And Essential And Relevant Today

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The Beatitudes express the idea that peace comes from peacemakers who are characterized by their poverty of spirit, their ability to mourn for the world and their lack of attachments.

WATCH: Jesus vs Hateful Anti-Gay Pastors Mashup

Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion

Watch what happens when you put Jesus' Sermon On The Mount against the recent rash of anti-gay pastors. ...

The Flickering Light Of America

James Robison | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
James Robison

Whatever happened to the "shining city on a hill"? Our nation, once a shining flame of freedom, is well on its way to becoming a flickering ember of debt, despair, dissension and defeat. It does not have to continue.

Young Preachers Offer Hope for the Church's Future

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

An event with such diversity isn't particularly easy to pull off. You had members of some faith traditions that believe women should not be heard from a pulpit listening attentively to gifted women preachers.