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Teachings of Jesus

A Christian Pastor's Thoughts On Same-Sex Marriage

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

Jesus was more interested in love than he was in rules. That was what got him into so much trouble with the fundamentalists of his day

Why Christian Activism Against Gay Marriage Is Not Very Christian

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

If the church is to be faithful to Christ, then our political action should focus on what the kingdom of God is all about: sheep and goats, not gays.

Acts 10: 44-48: Holy Calamity

Rev. David Lewicki | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Rev. David Lewicki

After a resurrected Jesus leaves the scene for good, the first disciples are hanging out, waiting for God-knows-what. What, exactly, does one wait for after you've just seen your dead friend come back to life and eat a piece of fish?

Time The Church's Old Story Of Jesus Dies

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Jesus is vastly more beautiful without the baggage of killing and bloodshed. It is time for a new reading of the redemption story. It is time the church allow the old story of Jesus to die.

Mary, Martha And The Masters

Lisa Hickman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

What would Jesus do at the Masters? For Luke, the story of Mary and Martha is the answer to that question. While the reception history of this text has relegated it to the kitchen, the original intent of Luke was much more revolutionary.

A Prayer To Jesus From An Admiring Skeptic

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Jesus, if you are truly divine, all knowing and omnipotent, please do something about these so-called Christians. I know it's a bit presumptuous of me to be petitioning you this way, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Chuck Colson: A Redemption Story

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

This past week Chuck Colson passed from this life to reach the destination of his faith, to be embraced by Jesus who redeemed him from pride and prejudice and the pit of prison. He will be greatly missed.

Enough With Co-opting Jesus For Every Political Agenda

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Much like the many portraits of Jesus over the centuries, we should never underestimate the ability of human beings to rewrite Jesus' words into their own ideologies.

The Day Clare Divorced Her Family In Order To Follow God

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Eight hundred years ago, 18-year-old Chiara Favorone, whom we now know as Clare of Assisi, went to church in the morning with her family. It was a Sunday, but not just any Sunday.

Jesus, Paul, Sex And Family Values

Robert Orlando | Posted 05.18.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

How has Christianity come to be understood as the harbinger of traditional family values? Why do political parties still invoke Jesus as leader of these traditional ideas, when He, Paul and the other apostles never embraced them?

What The Bible Says Depends On Where You're From

Jonathan Dudley | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Dudley

As the election season heats up, let's stop pretending our ideology comes straight from what the Bible says. The reality is, "what the Bible says" comes straight from our ideology.

When Will The Christian Right To Return To The Teachings Of Their Gospel?

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Social Gospel Christians have been replaced by an extreme right-wing obsessed with obliterating women's medical and reproductive rights, denying equal treatment for gays, demonizing scientific findings, and otherwise attempting to impose their fundamentalist beliefs on everyone.

How Jesus Launched "Occupy Temple" Protests

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 05.11.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

I wonder what Jesus would do if he were to walk through our church doors some Sunday morning and see the merchandise we sell in our church and the clothes we wear there. Have we become so materialistic that we have turned our houses of prayer into dens of robbers and markets?

John 2:13-22: Where Can God Be Found?

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

For some Christians, the radical accessibility of God in all arenas of life is consistent with an expectation that politicians wear religious commitments on their sleeves. For others, membership in a pluralistic society demands more humility and tolerance.

3 Simple Ways To Be Nicer To Others This Lent

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Instead of giving something up for Lent, do something positive: Be kind.

The Heresy Of Religion

Carl Medearis | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Carl Medearis

It's simple. A Christian sounds like someone who has converted to the religion called Christianity. But Jesus wasn't a Christian and he didn't start a religion.

Same-Sex Marriage Equality A Goal For D.C. Methodist Church

Rev. Dean Snyder | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dean Snyder

Although the campaign launched just recently, the movement for full LGBT inclusion and equality within the United Methodist Church (UMC) has been building for decades.

Lead The Change

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

It is not easy, nor simple for churches to "preach brotherhood and make it a reality within its own body." But the church is the place and our faith is the source with which we may be instruments of change.

WATCH: The Fascinating Story Behind President Jefferson's Secret Bible

Harry R. Rubenstein and Barbara Clark Smith | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion

The first presidential candidate to face attack for his religious beliefs was Thomas Jefferson, in the campaign against incumbent John Adams in 1800. ...

Occupy Nonviolence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

t's easy to forget that we are up against something bigger than flesh and blood people. And it's particularly easy to forget that people are not the enemy when people are shooting pepper spray in your face.

Why Evangelicals Must Defend Muslims

Skye Jethani | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Skye Jethani

As Christians, we cannot demand that everyone share our beliefs. But we can demand that everyone share our freedom. For where this freedom exists, we can be sure that Christ will be lifted up.

Jesus, The Dead Dog, And Recognizing The Presence Of God Everywhere

Omid Safi | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Omid Safi

There are many tales about the life of Christ that never made it to the canonical Gospels. Some of the loveliest of these tales remained oral for centuries, and eventually came to be told and retold by both Christians and Muslims.

Jesus Concerned About The Poor? You Must Be Joking, Says The Christian Right

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

When President Obama used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to say that for the fortunate to pay a little more to help the less fortunate "coincides" with Jesus' teachings, he must have touched a nerve.

Mark 1:40-45: The Inconvenient Truth About Taking Care Of The Poor

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

God suffers some of the effects of human brokenness. In Jesus, God doesn't just come near. God doesn't just lend a hand. God experiences solidarity with those who suffer, taking their place.

Jesus And Religion's Relationship Status -- It's Complicated

Mike Morrell | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Mike Morrell

You've seen it by now, surely you have: By the time I finish writing this post, I'll bet Jeff Bethke's viral YouTube phenomenon "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" has likely garnered 12 million views.