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Teachings of Jesus

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.

Parables Of The Not-So-Social Gospel

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The disciples were astonished by this teaching. "But Lord," said Thomas. "The crowd will go hungry." Jesus was amazed at his hard-headedness. "That's not my problem, Thomas. Better that their stomachs are empty than they become overly dependent on someone in authority."

A Call For Conversation From A Gay Christian: To My LGBT Community

Richmond Schmidt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Richmond Schmidt

It took years to appreciate the enormity of God's acceptance and compassion for me. I am a Christian because I know a very different God than who the gay community has often been shown.

A Call For Conversation From A Gay Christian: To My Fellow Christians

Richmond Schmidt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Richmond Schmidt

Rather than talk about the freedom to eat chicken sandwiches or of my own personal salvation, I want to tell you about a few gay friends of mine. They seem to get this whole values thing.

The Dark Knight's Delusion

Kevin Miller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Kevin Miller

We think we really can win this precarious game of one-upmanship against our enemies. At what point do the violent acts done in the name of "civilization" cause us to ask whether a civilization whose existence demands such bloodshed is worth protecting?

Faith, Freedom And Guns

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We continue to defend the absurdity of assault rifles and thousands of bullets on hand because we've given up a sense of faith. It's become a sort of idolatry of power.

Go Wherever God Leads

Tanya Martin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Tanya Martin

Often times, I do not know what my future holds, but I have to trust the instructor (God) and know that He will not lead me down a path that I cannot handle.

Not Happy With Jesus

Richard Brand | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

It seems to me to be a case of delicious irony. The Olympic Committee was not happy to see the principles taught by Jesus implemented in their games.

Not Another Bread Passage.. Please! John 6:35, 41-51

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

When I read the lectionary passage from the Gospel of John for this week, I scratched my head. This week's text is the third of the "bread passages" in our lectionary cycle. There is a lot of bread this summer. And it's about now that many preachers and congregants start asking, "Bread, again?"

Why Jesus Loves LGBT People And Gay Marriage Doesn’t Exist

Mastin Kipp | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Mastin Kipp

Jesus calls us to have empathy, compassion and an open heart for all human beings. Not just people who follow Him. Not just Christians. Not just believers. Not just straight people. Everyone.