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Reimagining Lent By Rethinking Repentance

John Thatamanil | Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion
John Thatamanil

Might Lent be reimagined as a season of joy? Yes, but only if we rethink "sin" and "repentance."

Virtual Vices Show Shift In American Morality

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and...

The Generals' Affairs Shouldn't Surprise Christians

Richard Brand | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The fact that we see the sinfulness of others ought to remind us again of our own sinful nature, our own potential for such actions and evoke from us a little humility and compassion for all.

Reframing The Seven Deadly Sins

Laurie Israel | Posted 11.15.2012 | Religion
Laurie Israel

Perhaps my pondering on repentance during September led me to think of the sins that I've committed during the past year. I started wondering, could the Seven Deadly Sins could be reframed into something more positive?

God As Heart Surgeon

Max Lucado | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Max Lucado

Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart -- poisoned as it is with pride and pain -- and replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change.

Both Sides Of Sin

Richard Brand | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

There is a prayer of confession of sin that asks for forgiveness for "those things that we have done that we ought not to have done and for those things that we have not done that we ought to have done." There are glaring examples of both in the news.

Sin in Aurora, Colorado

Michael Pettinger | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Someone will object that all this talk about sin ignores the obvious fact that someone like James Holmes is plagued by delusions. No doubt, but so are we all. The stone throwing has already begun.

Sin And Chewing Gum

Derek Flood | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

We need to care about hurting each other, we need to be active in making things right. Because, to paraphrase Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount: You are worth much more to God than chewing gum.

4 Cringe-worthy Claims Of Popular Penal Substitution Theology

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Problems in popular penal substitution theology might be a reflection of the "juvenilization" of American evangelical Christianity. When church becomes youth group for adults, explanations that speak on a teenage level become the norm for everybody.

An Open Letter To Piers Morgan

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

I believe you have been promoting bigotry and helping to perpetrate a fraud. During both of your interviews with Pastor Joel Osteen, you let the religious leader tell your audience that Scripture calls homosexuality a sin. But you didn't ask him where the Bible says that.

Bristol Palin And The Blind Man Healed By Jesus

Michael Pettinger | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Sin is not about breaking rules. Rather, it is resistance to the creative power of God. Those who thought that they were on the side of God are revealed to be profoundly wrong. We might even call them hypocrites.

John Edwards Is A Sinner, Yes. But A Criminal?

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

As a husband, he failed. As a father, he failed. Yet these seem to be issues best left to be resolved between Edwards and God, not a court of law. There is every reason to believe the case against Edwards is overreach.

Remember That You Are Divine

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

For some people, every day is already a painful reminder that they are made of dust. For these people, sin is not so much about pride, but rather the failure to have a healthy sense of self-esteem and love for oneself.

The Irony of 'Love the Sinner But Hate the Sin'

Aaron Anson | Posted 03.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Aaron Anson

Should we love both the sinner and the sin? For Christians to hate either one or both is to hate oneself. Our greatest enemy is the one we look at in the mirror each day.

A Bad Year For Bad Men

Richard Stearns | Posted 03.01.2012 | Religion
Richard Stearns

We best resist evil not by ordering drone missile strikes. The best weapon against evil is good.

Broken In Fact, Beloved Indeed: Meditating On Sin At The End Of The Year

Lisa Anderson | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Lisa Anderson

I began to starve myself to death, and with an experience of sickness that infiltrated into every fiber of my physical, mental and spiritual being. 'What is sin' and 'what does it mean to be a sinner' became intensely personal questions for me.

Political Words From God With Pastor Jim Miller

Susie Sampson | Posted 02.06.2012 | Comedy
Susie Sampson


Bring Jesus and the GOP to Thanksgiving! A Music Video Viewing Guide for the Whole Family

Katie Halper | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy
Katie Halper

Since the liberal media refused to show the tender face of the Family Leader Thanksgiving GOP debate on national television, most Americans missed out.

Why Americans Dismiss Sin

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Fresh from the jarring experience of Yom Kippur prayer, I find myself wishing that we would struggle with sin more than we do.

Did Jesus Really Die For Our Sins?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Why would God send Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb of God, dying for the sins of the world, instead of just destroying sin, or perhaps offering grace and forgiveness to the very ones created by God?

An Environmental Confession For The High Holidays

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

The Jewish concept of repentance is called Teshuvah ("return" in English) and one of the critical aspects of repentance is the act of confession.

Welcome Those Returning To Integrity

Brad Reid | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Individuals who return to integrity may find themselves forever stigmatized, set apart, and not welcomed back into relationship and community. Sometimes the harshest critics are themselves lacking integrity.

The Ten States That Profit Most From Sin

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen, Charles B. Stockdale, Michael B. Sauter | Posted 07.14.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: As state budgets strain under huge debt loads, they are counting increasingly on "sin taxes", one of the few reliable sources of r...

Sin, Redemption And The Path Of Healing

Becca Stevens | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Becca Stevens

Jesus through his action and words reminds us all that the issue of morality and culpability lies in our response to suffering and in our ability to love with compassion, not judgment.

Who's to Blame for Human Suffering?

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

I daresay that if the innocent suffer they do so because one of us -- you or me or some other thug -- now or in the past has set their pain in motion.