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Wayne Meisel

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Easter: Opening Day for Reclaiming the Radical Message of the Gospel

Wayne Meisel | April 15, 2014 | Religion
Lent, which I have described as Spring Training for Christians, is about preparation, about getting into spiritual shape. It is a time of turning inward, looking under the hood and doing a gut check. Where have I been? Do I like what I am doing? Do I like what I have become?
Rev. Susan Russell

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For Holy Week: The Gospel According to Debby Boone

Rev. Susan Russell | April 15, 2014 | Religion
I'm not sure what finally convinced me to click on it but I did. And what I heard was a red carpet interview with Debby Boone about why she was there in support of the GLAAD Awards and her own journey toward embracing the full inclusion of LGBT people.
Lillian Daniel

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The Life-Saving Work of Interfaith Conversation

Lillian Daniel | April 15, 2014 | Religion
We found ourselves confronting a sometimes tragic history between our faiths. We asked some piercing questions. We found ourselves learning from one another.
Thomas Worcester

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Saint John XXIII

Thomas Worcester | April 15, 2014 | Religion
On Sunday April 27 Pope Francis will formally declare that Pope John XXIII is a saint. It is now more than fifty years after Pope John's death (1963); his reputation for holiness has stood the test of time in a way that cannot yet be said for Pope John Paul II, also to be canonized on April 27.
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

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Fresh Grief: Thoughts of Easter

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | April 15, 2014 | Religion
There's nothing and no one to fear. Light prevails, not darkness. Death's relentless furrowing will subside, it will not always overwhelm. We will catch our breath again, one day.
Simran Jeet Singh

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Contextualizing Anti-Semitism in Modern America

Simran Jeet Singh | April 15, 2014 | Religion
We are mistaken when we try to make this a story of the past. No matter how much we wish it wasn't true, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and domestic terrorism are all realities in modern America. This is precisely why visiting the Holocaust Museum has meant so much to me.
Derek Penwell

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Prophets in Stolen Bowling Shoes

Derek Penwell | April 15, 2014 | Religion
The world groans with the voice of those who've been too easily ignored -- they are poor, uninsured, immigrants, women, children, gay. Those who follow Jesus -- that creative band of radicals and troublemakers -- we have to find our voice to speak up for them.
Gidi Grinstein

The Secret of Jewish Adaptability: Small-Scale Networks

Gidi Grinstein | April 15, 2014 | World
The interplay among many interconnected and interdependent "small units" that operate in a transparent environment and on a leveled playing field, where none is allowed to dominate, is a fundamental requirement for pragmatism, prosperity and resilience in both economics and politics. This insight is ancient to Judaism and has been highlighted by modern thinkers such as Nasim Taleb in Antifragility.
Zach J. Hoag

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How to Be Evangelical After World Vision

Zach J. Hoag | April 15, 2014 | Religion
I want to suggest an evangelicalism that truly values mercy over sacrifice, restorative justice over religion, neighbors-as-people over theological gnats. In other words, an evangelicalism after World Vision.
Mache Seibel, MD

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8 Steps to Exodus From Your Bondage

Mache Seibel, MD | April 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
If you feel immobilized, stuck, captive or feel you do not control your life, it doesn't have to be that way. You can live both free and freely. It just requires reframing your beliefs to release the shackles that bind you. Since Passover lasts for eight days, here are eight steps to exodus from your bondage using Passover as an acronym.
Pastor Rick Henderson

Did Jesus Die Singing?

Pastor Rick Henderson | April 15, 2014 | Religion
There is something in the account of Jesus' time on the cross that has always bugged me. There is an unanswered question that I've been lugging around for years. In that time, I can't remember a single person who resolved this nagging question.
Michael W. Waters

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Christ, Coachella and a Call to Creative Cyphers: A Holy Week Contemplation

Michael W. Waters | April 15, 2014 | Black Voices
Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.
Dave Pruett

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America by the Numbers: Part I

Dave Pruett | April 15, 2014 | Religion
Our bridges are collapsing, our highways and railways are crumbling, and our schools are failing because too much money that should go into education and infrastructure continues to finance the implements of war.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

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Marathon Bombing Anniversary Demands Interfaith Response

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | April 15, 2014 | Religion
Any violence that is committed in the name of religion comes from extremists. These people masque their political or power agendas in false religious doctrine. We must make that distinction - between religion and extremists -- and combat the extremists.
Dr. Robert M. Myers

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What Do You Think About? Maybe It's Time to Take Out the Trash

Dr. Robert M. Myers | April 15, 2014 | Religion
Have you watched the news recently and just been depressed when it ended? I was recently looking at the headlines and remembered again why I don't spend much time there. I sure don't find many stories that make my life richer.
Greg Carey

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Seeing and Believing at Easter Time (John 20:1-18)

Greg Carey | April 15, 2014 | Religion
Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian year. In Easter services all over the world, trumpets and organs blast. Flowers transform churches with their brightness. Worship leaders boldly proclaim: 'Christ is risen!'
Michael Marissen

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Handel's Messiah: See No Evil, Hear No Evil?

Michael Marissen | April 15, 2014 | Religion
Rejoicing against Judaism is -- thank God -- neither the whole nor the primary story of Messiah; it is, however, I'm suggesting, a significant forgotten secondary aspect.
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

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The Church Is a Whore, but God Loves Her Wounded, Resurrected Body Faithfully: A Queer Holy Week Meditation

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | April 15, 2014 | Religion
Why are our religious communities today divided by "the gay issue"? God seems to give us a clear answer through the little prophetic book of Hosea.
Carin Davis

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Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors' Candy

Carin Davis | April 14, 2014 | Religion
For one week each spring, grocery stores display both a Passover aisle and an Easter aisle, stocked with colorful baskets and a mountain of candy. And at the top of that confectionery Mt. Sinai? The Cadbury Creme Egg.
Broderick Greer

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Black Rage Is Christian Rage

Broderick Greer | April 14, 2014 | Religion
​Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.
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