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Can A Community Of Faith Decrease Recidivism?

Gina Ryder | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Gina Ryder

"We talk about something they lived out. It's not based on academic ideas," says Jed Brewer who is the program director for The Bridge service, which is where he hopes people have an authentic, free, positive experience. One major hindrance to that experience is the struggle for men and woman coming out of prison to believe that anyone wants them around.

Faith And Mercy: Who Among Us Is Most Likely To Forgive?

David Briggs | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Many religious people count on God's forgiveness, but it is far more difficult to put aside human feelings of bitterness and resentment to pardon others. New research, however, shows the two spiritual goals are related.

What Binds Us

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

In houses of worship, we share so many important milestones of our lives. We are a community, unlike any other. This amazing, intangible, but palpable, "mystery" of the Holy is what gives us common ground on which to stand.

The Ikea Effect, Slow Church And Laboring Our Way Into Love

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We have succumbed to the trends of the surrounding culture, employing professionals to prepare the perfect space and the ideal services to accommodate all comers. All you have to do is show up. But if I don't have to invest anything into the community, the community doesn't really matter.

Opening 1,000 Doors: Houses Of Hospitality And The Promise Of The Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Houses of Hospitality will deliver the powerful message of welcome and inclusivity to a generation and it will make churches a central part of the service movement, which is where it needs to be. All it takes is a desire to do it and the decision to follow through. It is called the Gospel.

Gangs Or The Gospel: Competing For The Lives Of Our Youth

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

In order to connect with youth in our communities, we have to walk outside the church doors everyday and let the community know who we are and what we have to offer so they will choose us instead of a gang.

Lights, Camera.. Church! Lifting Up The Prophetic Voice Of Film

Wayne Meisel | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

When a church provides the space for showing films discussing the issues, it becomes more relevant by becoming a catalyst for coalition-building.

The Death Of Chris Kyle Is A Call To Congregations To Support Veterans

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Without adequate ways for veterans to process their war experience, reflect on its moral and psychological impact, and restore them to civilian life, we fail as a society to bring them all the way home.

A Conspiracy We Can Aspire To

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

The word conspire means "to breathe with." My hope and belief is that everyone can experience the beauty and healing power of Community. By embodying love actively and engaging the Beloved within ourselves, we can conspire to transform the entire world into a love-based Community.

The Power of Love: How A Texan Town Of 600 People Took In 76 Foster Care Children

Guideposts | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Everybody knows everybody and we look out for each other, especially one segment of our little community: 76 foster kids Possum Trot families have taken in. Not bad for a town of 600, right? Some people say it's a miracle.

We Never Come To The Bible Alone

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

We do not come to Scripture alone, but do so with the Holy Spirit who helps us discern God's truth and will within. This same Holy Spirit is the Spirit who unites us as God's people, the community that is the Body of Christ.

Let Us Break Bread Together: Table Talk On Thursdays

Wayne Meisel | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

A year from now, let's have more than 100 congregations and other groups follow Wesley Seminary's lead and gather folks around the table for food, fellowship and conversation.

WATCH: What Is Church?

Phil Shepherd | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

Life In The Trinity Ministries, where Brian McLaren is the "Resident Theologian," proposed this question as their conference theme this past weekend here in Fort Worth. In the latest episode of "Outlaw Theology," McLaren answers.

Giving Thanks For Shared Meals

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Americans have a deep desire to gather around tables with loved ones, even if relationships are sometimes strained by the experience. Deep inside us, we sense the importance of shared meals.

How I Explained To My Children The Reasons Our Family Goes To Church

Christine Organ | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Christine Organ

Last Sunday morning began like most other mornings around our house. The mood was carefree, relaxed and lazy. Until, that is, I announced that it was time to get dressed so that we could leave for church.

FaithStreet: A Company Connecting Communities

Diana Mao | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Diana Mao

FaithStreet is doing something right: connecting people to churches and empowering churches to serve even more people in the community, increasing the common good.

Thank You, God, For Cancer

Rev. Catherine B. Dempesy | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Rev. Catherine B. Dempesy

My prayer, as I was listening to the doctor say the words, "invasive, lobular carcinoma," came suddenly and clearly: "Gracious God be with me through this journey, allow me to walk it with dignity and grace. And help me to be grateful, whatever may be."

Physical Churches: Do They Matter Anymore?

Jeremy John | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

If there are so many churches here, why does America look so unlike the Kingdom of God? Why are we strangers to our neighbors? Why do we have homeless poor among us? Why do sweatshops produce the majority of our goods?

What Are 'Church Shoppers' Looking For?

Richard Brand | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

It is not just our small rural county that knows about church shoppers. Even big cities and large communities have lots of churches and lots of competition for new members.

Being A Mom, Being The Church

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

When I am asked why I go to church, I pause. I go to church for many reasons. Church reminds me of God's on-going activity, God's word to us in countless forms. Church helps me reorder things, reprioritize.

The Boy With A Broken Heart Is Born

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I wrote a story a while back about a family in our church back in Pueblo whose baby was due just after we left town. There was a good chance he'd need surgery in utero or immediately after being born.

Why Young Adults Are Walking Away From Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Call it cynical, iconoclastic or even destructive to the fabric of society, but placing humanity above ideals seems the only hope we have for living out Christ's call to love one another as ourselves.

The Importance Of Being Spiritual AND Religious

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.05.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I get why people would create the dichotomy between spirituality and religiosity. But, as a Christian, it is by living with both the beauty and the brokenness of humanity that we discover who we are.

Finding The Spiritual Paths Of Rhythm In New Orleans

Michael W. Waters | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
Michael W. Waters

What better place to engage in theological reflection than along well-worn paths trod by previous generations of travelers who undoubtedly did the same?

Two Minutes Of Wisdom With Shane Claiborne (VIDEO)

Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion

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