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Apostle Paul

A Polite Tribute To Alan Segal

Robert Orlando | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Alan Segal graced us for a while -- to teach and inspire, but, most of all to befriend those who shared his mortal journey. Whether or not he was conscious of it, he did his part to heal, repair and transform this world.

Dear Angry Evangelical, Have You Prayed For Your President Today?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

We can assume that a stout majority of evangelicals voted for Mitt Romney. Their candidate lost and today they almost assuredly wrestle with crushing disappointment. Perhaps intead of rising up, they need to kneel down. Maybe rather than protest they need to pray.

Homosexuality And The Bible: An Election Day Appeal

Jack Levison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

On Election Day, voters in Maine, Minnesota, Washington and Maryland will decide the future of same-sex marriage. Many of them will cast their vote based upon what they think the Bible teaches about same-sex marriage. But how many actually know?

The Bodhisattva's View Of Same-Sex Marriage

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Tenzin Norbu

Bodhisattvas must challenge the conservative ideology that the institution of marriage -- defined as a relationship between a man and a woman -- is unalterable.

Why And How Christians Should Stop Being Jerks About Politics

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

In the midst of the wall-building that is going on all around, those of us who claim to be followers of Christ should be about the divine work of reconciling people, of tearing down the walls of hostility.

Man Does Not Live By God Alone

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Most conservative scholars will view the money transaction through a mythical lens and argue that Paul's collection given to the Jerusalem Apostles was not a "bribe" but an attempt to unify the church. But is that all it was?

How The Apostle Paul Transformed Christianity

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Paul is the "shadow behind all four of the Gospels" and the key light illuminating the Empty Tomb stories, a main source of revelation when there was no core understanding of Jesus.

Who Was The Apostle Paul's Thorn?

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

For centuries, Scholars have debated Paul's mysterious "barb." It has been the source of much speculation, including Paul's lusts, sexual preference or physical ailments, including malaria and eye disease.

Yes, James the Brother of Jesus!

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Paul, in his Galatians autobiography, identifies James as a man who replaced Peter as the head of the early Church. Additional apocryphal and secular sources assume James as heir to the church and rightfully so as his brother.

The Apostle Paul Was Not A Misogynist Homophobe

Aaron Taylor | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion
Aaron Taylor

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "To be great is to be misunderstood." If Emerson was right, then the Apostle Paul might be one of the greatest men to ever live. Few religious leaders have been as grossly misunderstood as Paul.

A Polite Bribe: Paul's Final Journey To Jerusalem

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Had the Roman army not pulled his bloodied frame from the mob, Paul would have died. Even his ironic journey to Rome as a prisoner -- rather than apostle -- would not have occurred.

What Really Happened To Paul On The Road To Damascus?

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

It is not that Luke lacks correct information about Paul. It is that he interprets all he has from the viewpoint of at least two generations after Paul.

Jesus, Paul, Sex And Family Values

Robert Orlando | Posted 05.18.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

How has Christianity come to be understood as the harbinger of traditional family values? Why do political parties still invoke Jesus as leader of these traditional ideas, when He, Paul and the other apostles never embraced them?

What Does The Bible Really Say About Love?

David Lose | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Love in the Bible, like love in our everyday lives, is important, complicated, and too powerful and mysterious to be fully defined or grasped by any of us.

What's St. Paul's Beef With Oxen? Animal Compassion In Light Of 1 Corinthians 9:9-10

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

My question is whether or not there is a way to read 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 that does justice to Paul while minimizing bias against nonhuman species among his readers?

Paul And The Ghost Of Christian Past

Robert Orlando | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

During this holiday season, let's remember that ghostly sources are valued for how they help others. Messages from other worlds that lose sight of this are not a worthy source for peace on earth and goodwill to men.

A New Narrative For Paul And The Early Church?

Robert Orlando | Posted 02.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

The Apostle Paul was, for much of his life, and abject failure who never knew the success of his Christianizing mission. And yet, Paul was incredibly talented in one key measure: being divisive.

What Does The Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?

David Lose | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
David Lose

There are really only seven passages in the Bible that refer directly to homosexual behavior, and none of them are associated with Jesus.

The Search For The Historical Paul: How To Read The Letter's Of Paul

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

The only way to understand a letter not intended for you is to imagine its narrative. What, then, is the story behind Paul's Letter to Philemom?

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the Death of the Gentleman, Sportsmanship, and Class in American Society

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Michael W. Waters

But this is much bigger than boxing. What happened in the ring Saturday night is a microcosm of what is taking place within this country. The state of manhood in America is increasingly troubled.

This, Too, Shall Pass: Southern Baptists, Women And The NIV Bible

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For many who accept gender parity as the norm in contemporary culture, debates such as this appear quaint or even irrelevant. But the tension lingers over the role of women in church.

Beyond Adam And Eve

David Lose | Posted 10.17.2011 | Religion
David Lose

Why should anyone be dismayed that all the evidence ever collected points to the implausibility that two persons named Adam and Eve once lived in a paradisiacal garden and gave birth to all humanity?

Celibacy And The New Testament

Greg Carey | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

What would it look like if Protestant churches encouraged members to consider celibacy as a temporary or lifelong vocation?

The Search For The Historical Paul: Which Letters Did He Really Write?

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

After Paul's death, followers imagined him in new situations and had him respond to new problems. Well and good, but, even if correct, so what? And why should anyone care?

I Don't Own Jesus

Carl Medearis | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Carl Medearis

My entire life and identity was wrapped around being a missionary. Every day I was either passing out gospel tracts or doing some other type of outreach directed towards converting Muslims to Christianity. That was 20 years ago.