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Sacrificing of Myself Rather Than Animal This Eid al-Adha?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.

What If the Earth Was God's Vineyard? (Matthew 21:33-46)

Shanell T. Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Shanell T. Smith

Dare to go there with me, if you will. What if we imagine God's vineyard as described in Matthew 21 to be this beautiful world we inhabit? What will happen if we reject it -- if we continue to treat it with disrespect, fail to listen to its natural woes, dismiss the warning signs it gives us?

Shmitta: The Bible's Solution to America's Debt Problems?

Ari Hart | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Ari Hart

Where are we now? Income disparity soars, student loans threaten to be the next subprime mortgages, and millions of Americans struggle daily to make ends meet. Unmanageable, crippling debt is still harming millions of American families.

This Woman Spent 40 Years Thinking She'd Lost Her Dad's Special Bible

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

It’s been decades since her father’s death, but a Tennessee woman has finally found a way to be close to him again. Thanks to the kindness of s...

A Queer Climate Change?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The streets of New York were thronging with people in the first ever Climate March on September 21. Demonstrators had a message for world leaders at t...

In Compassion and Sympathy: A Christian Response to Religious Violence

Jacob D. Myers | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Jacob D. Myers

Christ-followers are given another angle of vision, another mirror into our souls, in the person of Jesus Christ. No passage of Scripture points more acutely to this image than one of this week's lectionary texts: Philippians 2:1-13.

Isaac and Ishmael: A Rereading for This Jewish New Year

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

The Torah portions for this holiday tell the distinct tales of Abraham's two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. The texts themselves are simultaneously tragic and heroic. They raise hard-hitting ethical questions and uncomfortable dilemmas. In other words, they are real.

The Ancient Musical Instrument That Will Sound For Rosh Hashanah

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

The Jewish New Year begins with the resounding cry of the shofar, an instrument made of ram's horn that has been in use for centuries. In Bamidbar ...

A Memorable Melody Through the Proverbs

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 09.17.2014 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

Singing helps many of us learn and remember lessons. Think about how we all stored the ABC's in our minds -- with a song. Acclaimed children's music group Slugs & Bugs is taking that approach with their new CD.

Impossible Ideals

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Ideals are tools, and tools can be misused. The unscrupulous use them to bilk people. "Buy my diet drug, and you'll look like Barbie." "Buy my book and master mindfulness in 6 weeks."

Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

It is certainly curious that we would decorate baby nurseries with images from the story of Noah's Ark. The smiling elephants in the comically tiny boat must always be blocking out the mass of humanity and animal life drowning under a seemingly never-ending deluge.

An American Talks Turkey About the 'Intolerant' Chicken

Bethany St. James | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Bethany St. James

Here in America, we have a knack for twisting around the meaning of a word and molding it into something we can get a bit more use out of. Americans are good at capitalizing on opportunities. In fact, we founded our country on that exact ideology.

Ridley Scott Disses the Jews

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.12.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

My point is, the world expected more from Ridley Scott's Moses than an actor with great abs. Well, maybe not.

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Are We Living in 'Biblical Times'?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

I hear this phrase frequently, and think, are these times inherently different? Larger than life? Miraculous? Or like the great flood, globally destructive? Whether you're religious or not, 'Biblical' evokes images of a strategic shift.

10 Signs You Take The Bible Too Literally

Pete Enns | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

1. You laugh when you read about dinosaur fossils, because you know they are really God's little inside joke to confuse atheists.

Daily Meditation: Night

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)

Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D.

Like the testimony of Jesus on the cross, the headlines about Gazan children, South American refugees, and the police killing of unarmed juveniles -- far too often African American male juveniles -- are dismissed as a foolish waste of our time.

Just Shut Up!

Neal Wooten | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Neal Wooten

Phil Robertson simply can't let it go. He keeps trying to explain his homophobic rant to GQ magazine, which might be partly to blame for the falling ratings for the hit reality show, Duck Dynasty.

Historical Jesus? Not So Fast.

Chris Sosa | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science
Chris Sosa

In recent days, protesters have taken to defending opposing moral positions by claiming Jesus held their viewpoint. Aside from the obvious problem of using a single historical figure as a moral barometer, there's another troubling issue at hand.

Three Answers to Good and Evil That Were Cut From The Bible

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Scripture once offered five answers to good and evil, but only two of them made it into the Bible as we now know it. The other three were cut as an accidental side-effect of bookmaking technology.

Ancient Christian Charm Discovered In University Library

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion

A recently re-discovered papyrus amulet dating from the 6th century may offer a fascinating glimpse into early Christian life. Lecturer Roberta Ma...

A Strange Summer Vacation (Romans 13: 8 - 14)

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

'What did you do on your summer vacation?' Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. No matter what you did or where you went this past summer, it was almost impossible to escape the heaviness of the headlines.

Imagine a World Without Israel - Part 2

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Given the amount of news print, UN resolutions, radio and television air time spent commenting, discussing, attacking, challenging and reviling Israel...

Christian Conservatives Ponder A ‘Babylonian Exile' To Save Their Faith

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” throu...