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Teachings of Jesus

When It Came Time to Deny Myself

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 03.18.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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.

New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I believe the church is in need of new wineskins. As the past few years have hinted at, and last week made crystal clear, evangelicalism is an old wineskin that is long past its expiration date. It was a new wineskin once and served the church well for a time, but it has become dry, brittle and broken.

Radical Beyond Belief

Ron Nikkel | Posted 05.04.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ron Nikkel

You say you want a revolution Well you know We all want to change the world... But when you talk about destruction Don't you know you can count me out...

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

Jesus Will Forgive You, But Santa Claus Never Will

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Santa is kind of scary, especially when compared to Jesus. Santa is judgmental. Santa gives bribes for being good, and if you're not good, Santa doesn't forgive. He just puts coal in your stocking and moves on. Jesus will forgive you. That's the whole Gospel right there.

This Christmas, Let's Bring Back WWJD

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

I know it can be easy to buy into the idea that you are pressured by someone or something to make sure you stress yourself and your finances to the limit but that is about as far from scripture as you can get without committing a felony

Human Rights Day -- A Day to Do Something

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

In the wake of Human Rights Day and Nelson Mandela's state funeral, it is more clear than ever that we are all called to be our higher selves. We are called to believe and act like our lives make a difference.

God's Antibiotics

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Jesus teaches us to do good, especially to those who spew hate. We are also taught that whatever we give to others should be given freely, out of love. Although never a popular idea in any era, we are to be walking epistles of mercy, exercising restraint because of unmerited favor we have already received.