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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.