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Teachings of Jesus

Bad Theology

Scott Cairns | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Probably the most frustrating thing about Christians these days is that their theology is so often far from Christian. How does such a deep misunderstanding develop?

How to Vote Like a Christian: Mark 12:28-34

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Voting should be an easy affair: people of faith should vote for the candidates whose policies would most embody a love of God and neighbor. It seems so easy, but it isn't if we are honest with ourselves and gracious toward those who disagree with our political persuasions.

Hope In The Midst Of Storms

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

It is easy and natural and human to be frightened. It's not a sin to be frightened. Listening to the rising wind outside my own window is not the most comforting thing in the world. But there are resources for those who fear.

Jesus: The Very Human, Very Single Savior

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Christianity often forgets that our main man was a single, 30-something-year-old man. While his family was still a part of his life, his central support system was his friends and followers. So why is there such a large disconnect between single young adults and Mainline Protestantism?

Only Love Can Heal Our Prison Problem

Ted Dekker | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Ted Dekker

Behind tall concrete walls and high voltage electric wire fences hides a secret that few lawmakers want to talk about for fear of public outcry: America is fast becoming a penal colony. The statistics are staggering.

On Being An Offended Christian

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

As Christians, what should offend us? And how should we react to being offended? In considering these questions, I want to look at three stories from the Gospels.

Open Questions For Peace

Victor Udoewa | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Peace, conflict resolution and reconciliation have been on my mind a lot lately. The more I learn, the more I realize I don't have any answers.

You Believe In Karma

Tullian Tchividjian | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Tullian Tchividjian

When you and I insist on that all-too-comfortable paradigm of cosmic score keeping, we're no longer talking about Christianity. In fact, what we reveal is that we've adopted (unwittingly) a Westernized form of Hinduism.

Christ In The Cotton Patch: Clarence Jordan And Koinonia Farm

Casey N. Cep | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Casey N. Cep

This is a Jesus who, like Jordan, would not tolerate segregation. A Christ who, like Clarence, would not abide economic injustice.

Breaking Down Barriers Through Christian Hospitality

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

In a violent and polarized world, I am convinced that God wants -- and the world needs -- churches that are truly welcoming.

Our Life Is Our Ministry

Raymond Torres | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Raymond Torres

If you are a living person you need never second guess or question the worth of your existence. Your worth was "created in God's own image."

Jesus' Nonviolent Resistance For The Marginalized

Craig S. Keener | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If Jesus' preaching of an imminent kingdom sounded too political, it would arouse Roman concern. Jesus probably did not simply predict his death: He provoked it.

A Gospel Score Card For The 2012 Elections

Bishop Wayne Wright | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Bishop Wayne Wright

With bullet point accuracy, political score cards aim to size a candidate up depending on a specific vote on this or that issue. Their purpose is to help voters sort who are the political sheep and who are the goats. We need a gospel score card.

Cardinal Dolan Misses The Point

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

When I read Cardinal Dolan's budget deficit message, I wept for St. Francis. Cardinal Dolan has domesticated this great Saint, tamed this wild man, reduced him from a radical, destabilizing force of nature into the patron saint of household pets.

On Loving The Unlikeable Neighbor in J.K. Rowling's New Novel

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

It was hard for me to love these characters. More than once, I thought of putting the book down because these characters are so real, so raw, that they become dislikable and at the same time, curiously familiar. They remind me of the neighbors Jesus calls me to love.

Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There is within this new emergence an affinity for those matters of social and personal justice, compassion, spiritual wholeness and unity within and among all people and faiths. These were the obsessions of Jesus while here on earth.

Let's Stop Our Unchristian Politics

Greg Garrett | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Our process of making decisions that involve our faith and our civic life is flawed almost beyond repair, and our focus on what we consider Christian issues instead of on doing politics in a Christian fashion has brought us to this point of division.

Jesus Was Otherwise Engaged: Impacting All Women, Not Just One

John Ortberg | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
John Ortberg

Although the Coptic text may be too dated to reflect Jesus' marital status, it is a reminder of his unusual ability to shape cultural conversation -- not least of all where women are concerned. Perhaps the world is still waiting to catch up to this man.

Tupac Shakur, Jesus And Resurrection Power

Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D.

Jesus' resurrection must not be limited to the Christian narrative of death, burial, resurrection, ascension and promised return. Jesus is resurrected every time someone like Tupac can see a reason for his pain and persecution and decide to persevere. Tupac literally saw himself as Jesus.

Just Because You Love Jesus Doesn’t Mean You Have To Disrespect The Buddha, Dishonor Muhammad Or Disregard Moses

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

On this 11th anniversary of 9/11, it's a good day for us to look back and assess the damage. As a Christian, I've certainly seen it and felt it in the Christian community.

Mother Mary Comes To Me

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

When I come to work in the overburdened criminal courtrooms of Cook County, Ill., I can spot them immediately among the people lining the hard wood benches. Their faces are taut with worry. Their clothes are modest, their shoes a little worn. They are the mothers.

Loving Men: Jesus, Homophobia And Male Spirituality

Rev. Jarrett Kerbel | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jarrett Kerbel

Let's examine the following propositions: I love Jesus. Jesus is a man. I am a man who loves a man named Jesus. How could homophobia not affect that most intimate relationship between my Savior and me?

The Next Great Awakening

James Robison | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
James Robison

We must have a great spiritual awakening. There is no substitute for what God can do. Men and women filled with all the right desires and goals cannot accomplish the necessary and significant transformation without wisdom that comes from above.

What Happens When You Put The New Testament In Order

Marcus Borg | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Marcus Borg

A chronological New Testament is different from and yet the same as the New Testament familiar to Christians. It contains the same 27 documents, but sequences them in the chronological order in which they were written.

Lip Service, But Where Is the Heart? Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Dirk G. Lange | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Dirk G. Lange

The astonishing (and scary) aspect of religion turned into legal or ritual or cultural (patriotic) observance is that Jesus, as marginalized one, as crucified one outside the city walls, is once again left out of the picture! God is abandoned. There is only lip service.