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Teachings of Jesus

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.

Why Are We So Angry About Hell?

Carl Medearis | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Carl Medearis

Our motivations for wanting hell to exist (or not) might expose something inside of us that needs to become more like Jesus.

Celibacy And The New Testament

Greg Carey | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

What would it look like if Protestant churches encouraged members to consider celibacy as a temporary or lifelong vocation?

A Post-Hell Christianity?

Posted 09.14.2011 | Religion

By Kim Lawton Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) For millennia, people have been trying to imagine what happens after death. I...

Blamed, Shamed And Framed

Lillian Daniel | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Jesus once said, "I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."

Gay In The Pew: LGBT Catholics And Church Teaching

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.08.2011 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

We should choose to stay in the Church while embracing Christ's guidance -- ask questions, seek answers and never stop knocking -- because one day the door will be opened.

Can The Death Penalty Deliver Justice Or Peace?

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

While I find it almost impossible to sympathize with Humberto Leal García Jr.'s suffering, I believe, as a person of faith, it is unjust and immoral for any state in the United States to put this killer to death.

What Does The Bible Actually Say About Marriage?

Greg Carey | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

If neither Jesus nor Paul preferred marriage for their followers, why do some Christians maintain that the Bible enshrines 19th-century Victorian family values?

Is Jesus The Only Way To God?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I carried this question with me through college, seminary and 20 years as a pastor. But I never publicly admitted to having doubts or questions.

Taking My Grandmother Into My Heart

Andrew Himes | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Andrew Himes

At the age of 39, after my Gram's funeral, I took my grandmother into my heart. What would my life be like if I showed other people the same unconditional love she showed me?

Southern Baptists Look To Minorities To Jump-Start Growth

Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists meeting in Phoenix adopted a plan Tuesday (June 14) to try to boost minorities in th...

Not Just Another Manic Monday: Pentecost And The Reconciliation Of Humanity

Shane Claiborne | Posted 08.13.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

What happened at Pentecost runs much deeper than peaking in a charismatic "tongues-of-fire" prayer language. It was a divine moment of reconciliation among people.

Worshipping The Irrational Jesus

Mark Osler | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

Much of American theology, high and low, seems devoted to making Christianity unthreatening to our base desires, our culture and our economy. This project is nothing less than a denial of God.

Holy Water In Phnom Penh

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

Ek Sonn Chan is not merely providing for the bodily thirst of the people of Phnom Penh and Cambodia. His offering is Holy Water.

Many Mansions In Whose House?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

What else do we need to trust God for? If he has prepared a place for us for then, what about now? If we are willing to trust about our death, what about our life now?

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Worth It?

Dennis J. Horton, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2011 | Religion
Dennis J. Horton, Ph.D.

Some who have studied the issue say the money might be better spent giving directly to a country's Christian partners to spread the Gospel, or to offer medical aid or construction assistance.

Not Ashamed Of Jesus

Anthony B. Robinson | Posted 07.24.2011 | Religion
Anthony B. Robinson

Over the years, I've continued to ponder my initial reaction to that church and particularly to the hymns. What was it that I found difficult, even embarrassing?

The Religion Of Fear Is Growing

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 12.16.2011 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

What surprises me most is that in the 21st century there are thousands of people on this religiously motivated train ride of despair.

Who Can Lead The Local Church?

Brady Boyd | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Brady Boyd

What qualifies someone to be a leader in the church? Can someone just announce to the rest of us that "God called me" or "God spoke to me"?

Abuse Crisis Pits Church Honesty Against Lawyers' Caution

Posted 07.15.2011 | Religion

By Peter Eisler USA Today VIENNA, Va. (RNS) When officials at Vienna Presbyterian Church decided to acknowledge the church's failures in handling rep...

Serving Others To Change The World

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

Think what could be accomplished if everyone spent an occasional weekend helping a neighbor or volunteering our time.

Gay Pastors, Female Clergy And The Gospel

Christopher Cocca | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

For too long, many Christians have used spot-checks in Scripture to exclude groups from the radical equality and freedom before God that serve as the base of Jesus' Gospel message.

Should My Kids Learn About The Devil And Sin?

Jane Crockett | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Jane Crockett

I wonder if our post-modern, neo-Christian, progressive church is shortchanging the Christian religion. Is this cause for a sit-down with the pastor, a committee, national church leadership?

The Curious Connection Between Lady Gaga And The Quran-Burning Pastor

Lamar Vest | Posted 06.21.2011 | Religion
Lamar Vest

The controversial actions of both Terry Jones and Lady Gaga have succeeded in generating attention. But have they achieved the results intended?