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Teachings of Jesus

Perfectly Imperfect

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 09.21.2016 | Religion
Mitch Rosenzweig

I think I must be flawed. I know God doesn't make mistakes but perhaps he was distracted when he was thinking me up. Maybe he figures, "What the heck, let's see how this one turns-out." I mean you have to wonder, if God is pure love, the essence of everything, surely he can make perfect.

The Politics of Jesus (Taxes)

Ryan Phipps | Posted 08.09.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

MIRRORING It's interesting when The Gospels mirror one another topically. It's also interesting when they don't. There are many well-known stories of...

Jesus's Most Radical Parable - Updated for the 21st Century

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

I've got parables on my mind. Jesus of Nazareth is known as one of the historical masters of the genre, which is odd considering his parables come to us in watered-down written forms compiled and retold decades after his death.

Islamophobia Is More About Phobia Than Islam--A Christian Perspective

John Barton | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Recently a flight from Philadelphia to Syracuse was delayed two hours, stalled on the runway, because one passenger became concerned when she perceive...

When Did Seinfeld's Soup Nazi Become Our Model of Christian Conduct (Ode to Fred Rogers)

Bert Montgomery | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

TV's Seinfeld birthed many memorable characters and phrases during its award-winning nine seasons. The Soup Nazi, and his famous line, have become ing...

Another Tip from a Messy Contemplative

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

To sit in silence in the deepest part of God invites us all to disposes ourselves of the notion that more is always better.

The Last Temptation Of America

John A. Tures | Posted 03.26.2016 | Religion
John A. Tures

This Easter, I hope you'll think about where we are, where we're going, and what we can do to, as Langston Hughes put it, "Let America be America again," instead of a path not so different from those biblical temptations.

What Would Jesus Say About Trump's Violent Rhetoric?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Those -- including Trump -- who defensively insist that his vicious verbal attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, women and others, have nothing to do with near-riots at his speaking events are fooling themselves.

'Love Trumps Hate': Jesus Goes to a Trump Rally

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.14.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

For me as a Christian, as a pastor and a seminary professor, I believe what the New Testament teaches, that love is stronger and more enduring. "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13) You will not win with hate over love, Mr. Trump. Politics aside, you will not win.

Bernie Sanders Is the Most Christian Candidate in History

Christopher Cocca | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Bernie Sanders is standing with the ancient Hebrew prophets and in the tradition of our Lord, Jesus the marginalized Jew, but, unlike some other populist candidates, he's not running a campaign of identity politics.

Pope Condemns "Apathy" of Media and World Leaders Over "Diabolical" Acts By Radical Islamist Assassins of Mother Teresa Nuns and Kidnapping of Priest in Yemen-Why the Deafening Silence?

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Vatican news reports Pope Francis' emotional admonition of "diabolical" attacks carried out by radical Islamist assassins who executed 15 innocent people including four Mother Teresa Nuns while these beloved "Missionaries of Charity" were selflessly caring for the forgotten poor, sick and dying.

Was Jesus a Reform Rabbi?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jesus lived as a Jew. He prayed as a Jew. He died as a Jew. But what kind of Judaism did he practice? That question has been asked throughout history. I ask it in my new book on the Jewishness of Jesus.

How Would Jesus Read the Difficult Verses of the Qur'an?

John Barton | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Fairness toward our Muslim neighbors requires fair treatment of the Qur'an, including its difficult passages. This can be done by considering mainstream Muslim interpretations and exploring context.

Who Was Jesus?

C. Clinton Sidle | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
C. Clinton Sidle

Since I was a boy I have been inspired by the story of Jesus, and to this day, I still want to know who he really was. I have always felt there is something beyond what we commonly read and hear, and I want to know so that it may stir the devotion necessary to access my own wisdom.

Learn How to Make Good Decisions in 2016

David D. Ireland, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David D. Ireland, Ph.D.

For decades, each new year found me ramping up a new set of resolutions. I was going to lose weight, be more patient... Then it dawned on me -- after ...

Who and What Count as Christian?

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Tthe question has been forced into the public arena by Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins's personal decision to wear a hijab in "human solidarity" with vulnerable Muslims in America as part of her observation of Advent, and by the college's hamhanded and tone-deaf meanness in fanning the flames of the ensuing controversy.

Does It Matter If There Was Really a Star of Bethlehem?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.24.2015 | Religion
The Conversation US

This does not say that the events recounted in the nativity narratives are false. It does, however, require readers to recognize that these stories were crafted to show who Jesus was and what he lived for. In them, Jesus embodies what is truly worth aspiring to in life -- not the conventional trappings of success, but a transformative relationship with God.

People Who Go for Trump's 'Hate Your Neighbor' Posture

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If a person has a hostile relationship with a neighbor, we don't know if the problem is with one of them, or the other, or some of both. But if someone has a hostile relationship with all his or her neighbors, would you not agree there must be something amiss with that person?

Questions for Jesus' Parables

Greg Carey | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus' parables -- vivid short stories and comparisons like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Laborers in the Vineyard -- make up the most distinctive element of his teaching.

Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America?

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christian...

A Terrorist, But Not a Christian Terrorist

John A. Tures | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
John A. Tures

A recent popular online column referred to Robert Lewis Dear's killing and wounding of several people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic as "Christian Terrorism." I agree that it is terrorism, but it is not "Christian Terrorism." Dear's actions just aren't Christian at all.

Do Words Kill? Is Political Rhetoric Inciting Christians to Violence?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.28.2015 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

In the aftermath of the recent shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, it's time we examine the role of words in our politics and in our society. Those who defensively insist that their vicious verbal attacks on Planned Parenthood have nothing to do with a single gunman's massacre of innocent citizens are fooling themselves.

What the Widow's Mite Tells Us About Empowerment

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

Whether you are fortunate enough to be rich and powerful like a scribe or poor as the widow, we all depend on God's grace, and we all have received what we have through that grace and not our own deserving. Let us put our resources towards those things that lift up the lowly, that empower those with no voice, and that, with God's help, will perhaps even change history.

The Lion, the Lamb and What They Show Us About Ourselves

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

When King David slept with another man's wife, a prophet came to him and told him about a rich man stealing a poor man's pet lamb who was like a member of the family. David, outraged by the story, said the rich man had no pity and deserved to die. T

Is the Culture War Over?

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.10.2016 | 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.