We appeal to God's mercy and grace that He may protect and illumine all people involved so that no further hurt might be inflicted
The word "Advent" has its origin in the Medieval Latin word adventus, meaning "arrival." The season offers the opportunity for Christians to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah.
Eighty-two-year-old Sr. Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli face thirty years in prison for entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Let's pray with them during these advent days that Isaiah's oracle would be fulfilled and we will soon "beat swords into plowshares" and "study war no more."
How do we live with our reluctance to engage in family and faith rituals that once gave life, and the season, meaning?
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Just in case a voice of reason might prevail where a petition of thousands did not, I sent this open letter to Bishop Johnson and any others in the Methodist hierarchy who are judging Rev. Schaefer. Here is my letter to her, and her kind and pretty amazing response back.
National Council Of Churches,
Bread For The World,
Circle Of Protection,
National Association Of Evangelicals,
Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.
While the content is fairly predictable, a couple things stand out that scream "new religious right."
Here was a woman who epitomized what I was trying to infuse into my journey: love and kindness. She was someone who walked the walk.
David is one of the most prominent figures of the Bible, a person whose life and lineage shaped both Judaism and Christianity in crucial ways. So when I discovered a new book called The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero, I was fascinated.
I used to get peeved when one town after another would outlaw their Christmas display, then I started to see news reports of how Christians are being treated in other parts of the world and suddenly it all seemed so stupid.
My eyes filled with tears thinking about the many miracles that had to transpire to make this moment possible: a young nation imperfectly fighting its way toward a more perfect union, expanding circles of freedom, a deep commitment to religious liberty and diversity.
Nelson Mandela inspired people throughout the world like few others in history. His passing provides a rare opportunity to mark the impact of a man who transcended all limits placed upon him and yet became a symbol for humility and grace.
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It was because of this beauty, along with Joseph's attendant arrogance and Jacob's favoritism, that Joseph's brothers hated him with a hatred like a thick, dark shadow eclipsing the light of this dazzling boy.
It is a true disservice to the diversity amongst Muslim American women to simply tear down the efforts featuring a group of women, and leave in its space nothing but critique and commentary.
As Christmas approaches, I'd like to remind my fellow Christians who need the reminder: Please embrace nuance. Realize that precisely because folks vary even among those in your own denomination is exactly why we should mind our own business when it comes to our faith.
My question is this: Where is the Spirit of Christmas in aggressively posited greetings, especially when done with the intention not to spread good will but to antagonize?
American leaders are obsessed with their legacy. Second-term presidents make a mad dash to do something, anything, that will allow history to judge them favorably. Mandela never stooped to this. If he made history, it was as a healer of souls.
The true greatness of Mandela, the most profound miracle he performed, was that he made his supporters, his enemies, and his admirers around the world believe that the world could change and be redeemed; he made all of us believe that "the way things are" is not the way things have to be.
It's the first Friday of the month, and that means it's time for a new Diffused Congruence podcast! Our special guest for this episode of the show is Hollywood writer-producer
Why must Muslims be so quick to tear each other down? A look at the YouTube comments on the video offer a quick snapshot of the criticisms that Muslims like to fire at each other, the most common of which, is the simple assertion that something or everything about you is "not Muslim enough."