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So What's 'New' About the New Testament?

Neal Wooten | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

Believe it or not, the answer can be summed up in one word. Unfortunately it is the most misunderstood word in the English language. It is simultaneously the most fragile and the most enduring trait of human nature.

12 Biblical Principles You're (Probably) Not Living By

Zack Hunt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm drawing from both the Old and the New Testaments to offer 12 biblical principles you're probably not living by, but should be if you're really being faithful to everything the Bible says.

Listening to Jesus: The Waste of Worry

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The hiking path meandered through the forested moutainside. My companion and I kept pushing up the hill. It was a steady incline and my legs were beginning to feel the burn of my effort.

Hobby Lobby to Improve Work Performance through Biblical Punishments

Chris Michael | Posted 07.05.2014 | Comedy
Chris Michael

Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit businesses with religious objections are no longer required to abide by the laws of an enlightened, first-world society. Emboldened by the decision, Hobby Lobby says it's eager to unleash even more religious freedom on its employees.

The Perils of Trusting the Trustworthy

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The Bible often warns against trusting the wrong sources (e.g., false prophets). But in the story of Balaam, the Bible warns against placing too much trust in the right sources -- in this case Moses. The Bible's warning is particularly pertinent to us today, since we are particularly prone to the error of excessively trusting our sources.

At War With Ourselves

Greg Carey | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Paul's examination of the conflicted self stands as one of the classic statements in Western culture. Borrowing from Jesus, we often say something similar: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.

4 Reasons I'm Not Going to Heaven

Micah J. Murray | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

I recognized all the Bible verses, the step-by-step, point-by-point sales pitch for an eternal destination. But now, I have no interest in buying what they're selling. If this is the way to Heaven, I'm not going.

Standing With Kate

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

Although not a member of the LDS church, as a Christian who desires equality for women in all strands of the tradition, I stand in solidarity with Kate Kelly.

Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters (Genesis 22: 1-14)

Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson

Abraham -- the father of Jews, Christians and Muslims -- is heralded for his willingness to sacrifice, to give up his son, Isaac. After all, to love God so much to be willing to give back to God that which you have longed for, prayed for and cared for is no easy matter.

Letter to the Intolerant Posse

Scott Terry | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Terry

Does your God still condone slavery? No? Your God has changed over the centuries, hasn't He? Why haven't you?

Religion Has No Answer for Sectarianism

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

The phenomenon of intra-religious strife highlights the key problem with using religious texts and doctrines to address ethical issues in general, and in particular, how we treat other human beings. All holy texts, and the doctrines derived from such texts, are infinitely malleable.

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

Talking With Strangers About God

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

This young man arrived at the beach that Sunday with beat up sneakers and circles under his eyes. Call it proselytizing, but he wasn't getting anything out of this other than the pleasure of talking about God.

What the Bible Says About Gay Rights

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

In my reading of scripture, God simply does not have a lot to say on the specific topic of marriage. Marriage in the Bible is just a part of the stories, not the moral of them, and it was a completely different institution from our modern images of just, loving, equal romantic relationships.

What Did Dave Brat Learn in Seminary?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

In fact, everything I learned at Princeton Seminary points me away from what I see as the moral laziness of libertarianism, in which I take care of me and nobody else.

The Anatomy of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.17.2014 | Small Business
Joe Boyd

After a successful one-man show in Cincinnati in April we wanted to take that show on a national tour and put up four new shows over the next year. So we went for it. Here's why I think it has worked.

Slavery, Surrogacy and Society: Making a Future in the Wilderness

Anathea Portier-Young | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Anathea Portier-Young

Unfortunately, slavery is hardly new. It is at the heart of Israel's founding story. The Exodus story showcases Israel's liberation from forced labor in Egypt. Hagar's story shows us slavery in a less visible form and closer to 'home.'

Clinton Reveals What Book Influenced Her The Most

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up about the book that she says made her who she is today: the Bible. In an interview published in...

Gender Neutral and Father's Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

With the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and the enactment of more and more laws permitting same-sex marriages, are we beginning to see the breakdown of the role of both mothers and fathers in the lives of the family?

Trigger Warnings

Martin Marty | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Informed students know about the "Trigger Warning"-inspiring texts. Religious scholars know that religious texts treat the extremes of existence, of life and death matters, of love and hate, care and brutality, and not only do they not shy away from discussing them but that they can also promote depth of understanding, care, solace, and healing.

Eternal Truths Need Unpacking, Not Defending

John Backman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

For many believers, the notion of rethinking eternal truths is not only unsettling, but wrong. After all, if we rethink them, we run the risk of throwing them out completely.

Developing a Moral Vision for Climate Change: Overview of the Planet

Ingrid Lilly | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Ingrid Lilly

If we could zoom in on Genesis 1, perhaps we could extend its vision of the morality of the spatial: Sea is for fish and sky is for birds and coral reefs are for urchins. Deep sea trenches are for bioluminescent fish. Arctic ice sheets are for polar bears.

Managing the Potholes of Life

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.07.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Last week when my wife and I were in the car, I was zigzagging down the road, having difficulty dodging all the potholes left over from winter, not ye...

The People Factor by Van Moody Book Review

Suna Senman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Books
Suna Senman

As there are certain laws of physics, like gravity, there are fundamental principles of relationships. This is the premise of The People Factor by Pastor Van Moody.