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Teachings of Jesus

Did Jesus Celebrate Hanukkah?

Craig S. Keener | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

We might not always agree on the meaning of Jesus' participation in Jewish festivals, but we can agree that Jesus honored these traditions of his people. For Christians, this model should invite an appreciation for Jewish tradition.

Holiday Retailers Discover Lost Materialistic Sayings of Jesus

James Napoli | Posted 02.04.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

In an announcement that many sources are calling "vaguely opportunistic," a large consortium of retail organizations have claimed to be in the possession of ten never-before-seen inspirational messages from Jesus Christ.

How Christianity Lost Its Voice In Today’s Media Driven World

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Early in the 20th century, the Church embraced motion pictures, radio, then television and now the Internet and social media. But in the vast majority of cases, we're not using those platforms to engage the greater culture, we're living inside a bubble.

WATCH: Parker Palmer: The Risk Of Incarnation

Travis Reed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Travis Reed

Author, educator and activist Parker Palmer on Advent and the Word made flesh.

Advent: Asking For A Sign

Alan Jones | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

The problem is that Christmas has lost it's shock value. One of the great purposes of Advent is to help us recover that shock.

Christianity Before Paul

James D. Tabor | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

The fundamental doctrinal tenets of Christianity can be traced back to Paul -- not to Jesus. In contrast, the original Christianity before Paul is somewhat difficult to find in the New Testament.

Churches Must Help Nation From Falling Off The Cliff

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Falling off the cliff would mean that we would not only stop progress toward faithful goals but that we would fall further behind as the nation returns to recession and economic turmoil.

After The Chaos Ends: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Amy Erickson | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Amy Erickson

Jeremiah preaches that the end marks a beginning. In the waste, he sees an opportunity for a fresh start.

The Dangers Of Evangelism

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sometimes our zeal for sharing something that's important to us blinds us to the havoc we can be wreaking in the process. We're so intent on the end result we seek that we'll say or do a lot of things we shouldn't to get what we desire.

Advent Resolutions For A New Church Year

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Will we let such resolutions go the way of so many of our new-calendar-year's resolutions? Or will we take seriously the liturgical cycle that provides us with the Gospel model for making and sticking with what we set out to do as recommitted Christians in our age?

Experiencing The Passionate, Honest Love Of Jesus

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus expressed a wide range of emotions with his followers, but love was the foundation of them all. It was easy and honest and clear. It was fervent without shame or restraint.

A Tale Of Two Fridays

Matt Litton | Posted 01.23.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

As the celebration of American consumerism once again draws near, there's a question we need to ask of ourselves: Which religious Friday are we going to celebrate this season?

Reframing The Seven Deadly Sins

Laurie Israel | Posted 11.15.2012 | Religion
Laurie Israel

Perhaps my pondering on repentance during September led me to think of the sins that I've committed during the past year. I started wondering, could the Seven Deadly Sins could be reframed into something more positive?

Half Empty Or Half Full?

Brad Reid | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Brad Reid

Certainly strong arguments may be developed for both sides of the debate. One may assert, however, that religious doctrines are inherently optimistic.

Meeting The Surprisingly Real Jesus In The Pages Of The Gospels

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

It is difficult to sense the passion behind his words and deeds when reading the black and white texts in the Bible. But the Jesus we meet in the four Gospels is a man of sorrows, but also a man of joy.

A Call To Humility And Repentance

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

No politician can heal our nation. It's going to require a much more tremendous transformation than that. If Christians become the people of humility and repentance that Jesus died to make us, then we will be able to contribute to the transformation that is necessary.

Jesus And The Bible

Greg Carey | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

When we Christians are tempted to lob Bible verses at one another like hand grenades, we might do well to consider Jesus' example.

The Value of Chump Change: Mark 12:38-44

Greg Carey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

The widow we encounter in Mark 12:38-44 provides a case study in poverty and oppression. Unable to confront poverty, we have turned her into something safer -- an example of generosity.

Jesus for President 2012

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

We have to engage. After all, Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the real stuff of his world -- day laborers and unjust judges, widows and orphans, strangers and immigrants, abused women and exploited workers, redistribution of wealth and reconciliation with enemies.

Voting In Hope

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

The ballot we each cast tomorrow is extremely important. We can vote for hope without having to believe that our vote represents HOPE.

Life's Race: Thoughts From A Sociologist On Election Day Eve

Jordan Colosi | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Jordan Colosi

Some people -- some children -- are born at the starting line without shoes, without warm-up pants, and without a nice bowl of pasta-carbs and a bed to sleep on the night before.

Faith And Political Rhetoric

Michael Jinkins | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

This political season, we've heard politicians argue that if persons do not have the means to afford health insurance society should, essentially, let them die. This unyielding position is correlated with the rise of politicians who refuse to work together.

Death, Christ and California's Prop. 34

Mark Osler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Given that the central narrative of the Christian faith is an unjust execution, to separate faith from our discussions about the death penalty is to guarantee an incomplete consideration of Proposition 34 for most voters.

Beyond Tolerance To Tenacious Love

Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made clear in his Christmas sermon just months before his death, we must match intolerance and hate with love to build the beloved community, where the victory for the oppressed becomes a double victory that includes all people.

Bad Theology

Scott Cairns | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Probably the most frustrating thing about Christians these days is that their theology is so often far from Christian. How does such a deep misunderstanding develop?