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Teachings of Jesus

Is the Culture War Over?

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented that conservative Christians are losing the culture war. Brooks suggested that conservative Christians shift focus and "nurture stable families." But Brooks is wrong; the culture war isn't over. Conservatives are stuck in a war they can't win.

If You Love the Duggars But Not Caitlyn Jenner, What Credit Is That to You?

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

We're quick to love like Jesus when the people who need that love are already one of us, but when the people who need loving are people we don't like, people we're afraid of, or people whose lives we "don't agree with," we quickly and unapologetically exchange that love for wrath.

Where's My Pile of Stones?

Zack Hunt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

If we insist on continuing to equate stone-casting to simple, yet critical accountability, particularly when children are abused and neither their abusers nor those over them are held accountable, then I have just one question. Where's my pile of stones?

Would You Call Jesus 'illegal?'

Rev. Ryan M. Eller | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Ryan M. Eller

As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible tells us to welcome strangers in our land and to love them as we love ourselves. That's why the media and all Americans should immediately stop referring to our undocumented brothers and sisters as "illegal."

What Really Hurts The Church's Witness

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

What really hurts the Church's witness is proclaiming that all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord while working hard to pass laws that exist for the sole purpose of discrimination.

What If Nothing About You Needed Fixing?

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Ingrid Peschke

We all have something about ourselves that we probably want to fix -- and that includes both men and women. But what a relief to discover that what we seek is right within us. Beauty, joy, light, harmony, balance are all qualities that can't be bought or created out of thin air.

The Journey of a Gay Jesus

James Brandon | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
James Brandon

Could Jesus have been gay? This is not a new question for many theologians, and certainly not for me. I've played the central role in Terrence McNally's gay passion play Corpus Christi for the past nine years now. And with that exploration has come this beautiful yin and yang of backlash and catharsis that has transcended art and completely transformed my life as I knew it.

When It Came Time to Deny Myself

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Indeed, I had to deny myself my earthly desires, my earthly wants, and take up the "Preaching Elder Cross" and follow Jesus, whom I had already loved, and who wished to call me to this service using the spiritual gifts he gave me.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd died last week at the age of 91. Accolades began popping up, but many do not know how Boyd shaped a generation of seekers in the 1960s to understand that unless Christianity was about justice and inclusion, it was just blowing smoke.

Mormons and 'Religious Liberty' -- Wolves in Sheep's Clothing?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Sincerely held beliefs can be wrong -- even in light of core tenets of a person's faith, let alone constitutional laws. Equality before the law does not infringe on any core religious belief in any religion. All religions teach that others should be treated with kindness and respect.

Prisons in Sunny Florida

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

My home is in Florida and I am proud to say that just a few weeks ago, equality came to Florida in the form of legal marriages for same sex couples. But just when I thought it was safe to celebrate, I started reading about the prisons in Florida.

When Will Religious Leaders Start to Act Like Religious Leaders: Reflections on the LDS Press Conference

Sharon Groves | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Sharon Groves

Perhaps rather than holding a press conference on the right for religious people to discriminate we might have one on a shared commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of all our people. Now that would be a news conference I would want to attend.

Jesus and American Sniper: A Call to Resist

Michael G. Long | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

That's what Hollywood would have you believe as it entices you to leave your home on Christmas Day so you catch the release of its new blockbuster about a Navy SEAL sniper who kills so-called bad people.

Terrorists, Thugs and the King of the Jews

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

As Christians, we can't preach about the cross as a life-giving moment, while continuing to participate in the same dehumanizing, degrading, and justifying of violence that allowed Rome to nail our Savior to the cross. This must stop.

Considering the 12 Sides of Jesus #MyJesusProject

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Not surprising, this whole endeavor to understand what it really means to follow Jesus in today's world is proving to be nothing short of overwhelming.

Ferguson and Racism: An Epistle to America

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Dear America, we greet you as Christians who believe that freedom in Christ means that all persons deserve respect and equality before God and the law.

The Conspicuous Absence of Biblical Values in the Immigration Debate

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While we are quick to appeal to biblical values in order to marginalize others, when that same Bible calls us to love those folks we want to marginalize, all of our talk about biblical values suddenly and conspicuously disappears.

Ebola: Stop the Blame Game

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, we like to think people of ancient times were ignorant to blame blindness on sin. Not so fast! The issue then and now is less ignorance and more political opportunism.

Sure, the Pharisees Preached Original Sin -- But Jesus Preached Original Innocence

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the reasons Jesus got a bad reputation amongst the religious community of his day was because he was not afraid to associate himself with mankind, all of mankind: The best and worst, the clean and unclean, the accepted and the rejected.

Why Jesus Taught With Questions Instead of Answers

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Jesus talked a lot in parables, in little short stories. He also seemed to be more interested in questions then answers. When people asked Jesus a question, often he gave them a question back.

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?

Do Religious Classes Focus Too Much on Fantasy?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
John A. Tures

Last month, a study in the Cognitive Science journal found that kids exposed to religion struggle with distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Are lesson plans geared toward kids to blame?

Race and the Soul of the Country -- An Open Letter to People of Faith

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, I write a letter from the jailhouse of race. This jail has no visible walls, but there are walls nonetheless. If we do not rise up against them and tear them down, we will remain trapped and afraid.

Religious Freedom On My Mind

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

It is time to blow the whistle on religious demagogues who say they are victims if they are not allowed to take away the rights of others.

10 Things Jesus Wasn't

Kristie Christie | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Kristie Christie

The truth is, you're loved, you're seen, you're not worthless. You're valuable. You're precious. Easter is about making sure you know that.