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Teachings of Jesus

Was Your New Year's Resolution A Hummer Or A Buick?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Many times one's success in fulfilling his or her New Year's resolution(s) depends on the nature of the resolution and the determination of the person making the resolution.

Enough Is Enough: In Memory Of Giles Joslyn

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Harvey

If we are to save the lives of our youth, we must constantly, publicly, relentlessly challenge "Christian" teachings and the rituals that exclude so many.

Gay-Condemning Christians And Their House Of Mirrors

John Shore | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
John Shore

Challenge a Christian to make one single argument for homosexuality being wrong that doesn't quote or reference the Bible, and suddenly they're in a house of mirrors; suddenly the only thing they can only point to is themselves.

An Appeal To Christians In 2013

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Many people are leaving churches and turning their backs on Christianity. Why? Because people who speak on behalf of Jesus the Christ are dismissing the most important part of Christ's message: love.

The Two Christianities Of Les Miserables

Morgan Guyton | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

The question of whether we see the world through the eyes of Javert or Valjean amounts to our understanding of justice. For Javert, justice is retribution in the interest of maintaining an abstract order; for Valjean, justice is solidarity in the interest of personal love.

Bridging The Gap Between Hinduism And Christianity

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Although there exist several differences between the two traditions, if we hope to love our neighbors as ourselves, then collectively we need to make an attempt to cross these bridges instead of just standing on one side looking across.

Frankincense, Myrrh And A Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12

Lisa Hickman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

The gifts to Jesus of frankincense and myrrh from the wise men were practical forms of dentistry. Even today, gifts of dental healthcare for those in need continue to be vital.

The Un-resolution

Rachel Olsen | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Rachel Olsen

Six years ago, I ditched New Year's resolutions in favor of choosing one word to be my focus for the year. Just one word that represented what I most hoped God would do in and through me in the 12 months to come.

The Challenge Of The Manger In Bethlehem

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Advent should be the season for us to reflect, not just on the tenderness of the manger scene, but of what that scene represents below the surface. It should push us to understand that God became incarnate in the world of the poor and oppressed and shared intimately in that reality.

Anger In The Service Of Justice: Following Jesus' Example

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus showed us that there are times when we must stand up and express truth to power in constructive, meaningful, unyielding ways despite the possible consequences. Just as God is righteously angered over oppression and injustice, so should we be.

What Would Jesus Say To The NRA?

Shane Claiborne | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

When soldiers come to arrest and execute Jesus, one of his closest friends defensively picks up a sword to protect him. Jesus' response is stunning: He scolds his own disciple and heals the wounded persecutor.

The Apocalypse Is Coming, And I Can’t Wait

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

I want to be the kind of person who awaits the end of the world like a little kid waits for Santa Claus. If you have that kind of hope, then the only thing funny about the apocalypse is the idea that anyone could predict when it might happen.

My God Lives On The Street

Adam Bucko | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Adam Bucko

Where is God? He is here on this street, laying naked in the gutter. He is here on this street, homeless. He is here on this street, in all the lonely and unwanted, waiting for our love. I wonder, what will it take for us to notice Him?

Darkness Doesn’t Win

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

Parents, children and teachers woke up last week in Newtown, Conn., and had no idea that life as they knew it was over. But what I must say this morning is this: Darkness does not win. Jesus was born, lived and died so that darkness does not win.

Real-Life Advent With My Children

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

I write about real-life because that is where I live with three active boys at home -- one curious 9-year-old Gus and 15-year-old twins, Wesley and Mickael Josef. And now my college-age son Ryan and his fiancée Larissa are home for Christmas as well with my daughter Rachel and her husband!

Rush Limbaugh's War On Christmas

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Rush routinely rejects the teachings of the Christian savior even as he gives lip service to the religion that Christ founded.

Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

If we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit that our national histories, our ethnic histories, our religious histories, our family histories, our personal histories, all take precedence over the Bible.

Can We Speak Of God’s Activity, In Triumph Or Tragedy?

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, and the results are frequently terrible. The rest of the church has a responsibility to get angry and repudiate such statements.

Banishing The Darkness: Where Do We Go From Here?

Kristen Marble | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Know that you are not alone in your struggles against darkness and evil. You do not stand alone in your fear, despair and pain. Nor did the innocent victims of this week's events.

The Banquet Table of Security

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Beyond the desire to be happy, beyond the looming financial crisis, beyond the threat of the fiscal cliff, there is in each of us an insatiable appetite for security, a longing for safety, a grasping for certainty. Where does this desire get fed?

What Would Jesus Do?

Rob Taub | Posted 02.17.2013 | Comedy
Rob Taub

I was praying for divine guidance when I asked these questions and amazingly, God answered me. He told me I should stop eating green peppers. At least someone's listening.

An Open Letter To Mike Huckabee

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

You and I agree on the fact that faith can play an important role in people's lives. Where we disagree is in your assertion that to not believe in God is to put society on a path toward the kind of senseless murder we saw on Friday.

The Innocents: Luke 1:26-38

Rev. Scott Black Johnston, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Scott Black Johnston, Ph.D.

As disciples of Jesus, we promise to look after the little lambs. How can we fulfill our promises if we do not stand against the powers and principalities that perpetuate this culture of violence?

Religious Questions From Sandy Hook

Bishop Ian T. Douglas | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Bishop Ian T. Douglas

Pulling into the filling station on my way to Newtown in the early afternoon last Friday, the woman at the gas pump next to me asked: "How do we make sense of all of this?" She was a young mother, with tears in her eyes, on her way to our local elementary school to collect her children.

Why Christ Doesn’t Need Christianity

Shane Hipps | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Shane Hipps

The long slow decline of religion in America has produced much hand wringing among Christians. Oddly enough, the very religion that bears Jesus' name has often built the biggest barriers to him and the life he promised.