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Teachings of Jesus

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.

Google Couldn't Teach Me To Be A Christian Mother

Julie Elsdon-Height | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Julie Elsdon-Height

When I first turned my life over to God and accepted Jesus into my life, I thought was faced with a hefty learning curve. I felt like I had a mountain of change to make before I could actually be a good Christian role model for our daughters.

12 Ways To Bring Joy To The World

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

In order to tap into the joy supply that Christ has secured for us, it will require some discipline. Joy is not only something felt within, it must be cultivated and practiced.

On The Fiscal Cliff With John The Baptist: Luke 3:7-18

Carolyn Sharp | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Sharp

There I was, making our end-of-year donations to charities and development organizations, when I heard the voice of John the Baptist, sardonic and insistent: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"

Putting Ourselves In The Line Of Fire, Part II

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Faith means taking action. Spirituality without action is fruitless and social action without spirituality is heartless. At All Saints, we are boldly political without being partisan.

Pushing Tiny Tim Over Fiscal Cliff

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Strangely, those who most want us to "remain" a Christian nation are those most opposed to the principles of Jesus: Welcome strangers. Love your neighbor. Feed the hungry. Care for the battered and sick, those with disabilities, the outcast, the imprisoned and the oppressed.

Preparing For Christmas

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

The actual message of Jesus was so urgent that we can not allow the great feast of Christmas, and its preparation in Advent, to be watered down in any way.

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?