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Actors of Love

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

A few years ago, I met Carlos Espinosa, the founder of Holy Wood Acting Studio in California, and commented on one of his video blogs. I was struck by his wisdom and passion for opening an acting studio in California that is faith-based.

Grace in the Media

Martin Marty | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Now and then we do stop to notice some of this "soft news," which surfaces in explicitly religious comment and, shall we call it, "theology," which is what it is.

Who Better to Teach the White Man Than the American Indian?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

This is an interview with Dr. Randy Woodley, a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian descendent, serving as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Is Barth on the Mark?

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

Like everyone, Karl Barth is limited to his historical and cultural and political context, but like all great theologians, he has the capacity to speak to universal ideals, morals and beliefs.

Searching for Sunday and Finding Home: An Interview With Rachel Held Evans

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Rachel Held Evans just released her latest book, Searching For Sunday, with Thomas Nelson. It's an excellent foray into the church's current cultural moment, seen through the lens of Rachel's own journey from evangelicalism.

Race and the Fabric of Faith: A Timely Letter From Universities and Seminaries

Jack Levison | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

Last week, the Presidents and Deans of America's 13 United Methodist Seminaries -- representing over 5,000 seminarians, including over 1,000 African-Americans -- wrote a thoughtful open letter outlining a vision from which all of us, whatever our faith tradition, can learn.

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice?

5 Things Blogging Taught Me About the Bible

Cindy Brandt | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Crafting my own words has helped me ponder the process in which the Biblical writings have come to be in the following five ways. I hope it provides an alternative viewpoint through which we can study and appreciate the Bible.

Made in the Image of God: Art, Feminist Theology and Caroline Mackenzie

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

My theological writings arise from my personal journey through faith and doubt, difficulties and joys. Many of our encounters with God inform our theology, make us who we are, and shape our living. I position my writings to reflect this part of my life that I try to live out as faithfully as I can.

The Execution of a Graduate: Struggles From Candler School of Theology

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The Candler School of Theology taught me that I was learning in order to give life to others. Today, I am struggling with the value of such education when the state is preparing to kill one of the graduates. How could this happen? Where were we? Maybe we were in prison when she was there.

The Communion Table Is Open

Tom F. Driver | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Tom F. Driver

The rear door of the chapel opened, and in came a man wearing a chef's hat and pushing a food cart loaded with hot dogs and beer. Coming down the center aisle, he called out in a loud voice: "Free food!" To me, that's what Communion is all about.

When Is Grace Enough?

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

We wonder if grace is even enough. Is the power of grace, the ability to embrace the full human experience, one that rights wrongs, one that restores and establishes people back to their rightful place before God, is enough.

ISIS, Islam, Jesus, and Practicing Theology Without a License

Leona Foxx | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Leona Foxx

What's the matter with a little misleading theology coming from the White House? After all, it's a means to a noble end, namely, world peace. Right?

Is Masturbation a Sin?

Angela Jamene | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Look. No one wants to hear what they can or cannot do with their body. We came by free will in the hardest way and we feel like we've earned it. "This is my life!" But, the whole free will thing isn't without its catches.

Obama: Sound Theology and Smart Politics

James Zogby | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

President Obama's remarks, last week, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast were theologically sound and politically smart. In spite of this, his comments set off a storm of criticism from conservative critics who took him to task for both his theology and his politics.

Theology in a Pluralistic Context

Martin Marty | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?

Who or What Is God?

Jim Burklo | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The word God doesn't refer to God: it is God. It's not a concept to be believed. As was true for them, God is in us, and we are in God, simply by invoking the word.

When You Know Your 'Good Days' Are Numbered

Karen Zainal | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

I believe there are few things more important to how we live our lives than contemplating the temporality, and fragility, of life on this side of eternity. Accepting the vanity of our present pursuits is the beginning of discovering our true purpose, and the true meaning of our lives.

Marcus Borg and the New Face of Christianity

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Why was Marcus Borg an ally for those of us who look for, and seek to bring about, a more just and generous Christianity?

That Pastor Who's Now an Atheist Kind of Has a Point

Paul Wallace | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Paul Wallace

I think Bell's onto something. Three somethings, really. First, he is right: It does take intellectual and emotional energy to believe in God. It's not at all easy to understand how God "fits into everything."

Unsettling Signs

Broderick Greer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Broderick Greer

To make the Sign of the Cross is to say that in Christ, God knows what it means to be oppressed to the point of death and that oppression of any form obscures the image of God within us.

Millet's Calf, a Newborn Jesus, God of Earth

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Maybe it's the way the light falls, illuminating the bed of straw like some upside-down and disheveled halo, all gold and shimmery, on which the baby lies - a baby cow, in this case.

Ding Dong Merrily: The Ridiculous Theology of Christmas Carols

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

This year, I've found myself focusing on the words of the songs rather than getting caught up in the emotion of them, and I can't believe what I've been singing all these years.

The Muslim, the Christian, and the Bull

Leona Foxx | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Leona Foxx

"My mother is Orthodox Christian and my father is Muslim," said my new friend, Ismail.

Race Matters in the Classroom

Deepak Sarma | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

I am successful when my students and conversation partners begin enclosing and confining these colonial categories in quotation marks, recognizing their construction and significance, historicizing them, disrupting them, and depriving them of their power.