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Teachings of Jesus

Is Tim Tebow A Hypocrite?

Skye Jethani | Posted 03.08.2012 | Religion
Skye Jethani

Tim Tebow's behavior on the field does raise important questions about prayer and how Christians ought to practice it.

On Keeping Christ in Christmas

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I'd like us to realize that keeping Christ in Christmas has nothing to do with what others choose to do, and everything to do with who we choose to be.

John 1:1-14 -- "The Word that Walked Around"

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.17.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If Luke tells of a young mother, of angels and shepherds and a manger; and if Matthew lets us in on a visit from wise men; and if Mark is silent about the whole thing; the writer we know as John seems formal and dull.

Banned From The Table

Palmer Chinchen | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Palmer Chinchen

Jesus loved to compare the kingdom of God to a dinner party, and everyone was invited; a scandalously open invitation. Jesus shares a story to illustrate the inclusive nature of his kingdom.

War On Christmas?

Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick | Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion
Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick

It has been suggested that Christmas was, in fact, a strategic act of tolerance, allowing harmless traditions to take on religious meaning and enable the conversion of Northern Europe to Christianity.

On The Death Of My Mother And The Nature of Love

Andrew Himes | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Andrew Himes

That's the image of Mom that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. She was a woman who bore up through terrible pain, who was damaged by that pain and lived through it.

Matthew 22:34-46: On Loving God, Neighbor And #OWS

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Whatever the final outcome of #OWS, it's encouraging to find ourselves in dialogue about the common good once again. Our neighbors are starting to have faces, and that's crucial.

Matthew 22:15-22: The Heavy Cost Of Paying 'The Emperor'

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

It couldn't hurt for Jesus to show up and weigh in on America's current economic and political challenges. It might be helpful if he issued a declaration about who should pay taxes, and how much.

The Death Penalty Is Political Sport At Its Most Barbarous

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

When the audience cheered the death penalty accomplishment, I felt like I was at the Colosseum surrounded by Romans giving thumbs down to a beleaguered Christian before the lions. It is barbaric.

Emerging from Fundamentalism

Andrew Himes | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Andrew Himes

I entertained the illusion that I was free of my grandfather altogether - free of his religion, free of his politics, free of his culture, free of his belief in God, and free, almost, of my family.

Killing the Church by Denigrating the Immediacy of God

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

We are smothering God. And our church. We're engaged in an unholy combination of implicit theocide and communal suicide.

Why Young Adults Are Walking Away From Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Call it cynical, iconoclastic or even destructive to the fabric of society, but placing humanity above ideals seems the only hope we have for living out Christ's call to love one another as ourselves.

The Search For The Historical Paul: How To Read The Letter's Of Paul

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

The only way to understand a letter not intended for you is to imagine its narrative. What, then, is the story behind Paul's Letter to Philemom?

The Power To Choose Life

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Troy Davis issued a statement this morning saying, "I will not stop fighting until I've taken my last breath." What Troy knows is that all of us still have the power to choose life.

The Church, Repentance, And Racial Reconciliation

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

Whenever whites and blacks build a bridge of love, respect and true appreciation for one another, it is a miracle. If the church cannot forge the path to racial reconciliation, it will not happen anywhere.

Tough Minds And Tender Hearts: An Open Letter To Young Clergy

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 11.05.2011 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Soft-mindedness and hard-heartedness are afoot in America, even in the Church. In the spirit of Rev. Martin Luther King, let us redouble our effort to love intently and think critically.

Doubt: A Scientific And Religious Perspective

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.03.2011 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Science is naturally skeptical, initially couched in doubt. Though doubt might be a stumbling block for science, it is a stepping stone for faith.

Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders And Outsiders

Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

For Christians today reading it as insiders, the text may evoke nods of approval at some memorable statements by Jesus. Start poking around a bit, though, and a host of questions arises.

5 Myths About Forgiveness In The Bible

Maria Mayo | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Maria Mayo

It may well be true that "Forgiveness sets you free." However, the idea of forgiveness as a psychological or emotional condition traces to 18th-century moral philosophy, not first-century Christian writings.

The Christianized Jesus

Reverend Billy | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Reverend Billy

Jesus of Nazareth was not a Peak Performance Strategist as the prosperity preachers would have it. Nor was he an foreigner-hating patriot as the Tea Party would argue.

Nature And The Soul

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 10.07.2011 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

Creation is our first and final cathedral. Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing.

A Christian Response To The Ongoing Enslavement Of America's Poor

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

The church is the social institution that should deal with the social ills of society. It has a long history of providing for those in need.

Matthew 14:22-33: Faith Within The Chaos

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Now more than ever, churches that have never done so need to devote talents and money to begin the harder work of imagining new ways forward, new conceptions of what's possible.

What Does The Bible Really Say About Forgiveness?

Maria Mayo | Posted 09.28.2011 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Everyone is sure that the Bible is full of messages about forgiveness, but when it comes down to it, few people can identify exactly what the text actually says about it.

How To Love Your Enemies (Really)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Saintliness becomes realistic by seeing it as a state of higher consciousness. "Higher consciousness" isn't a religious term, even if Christ does point to the kingdom of heaven being within.