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What Blogging on The Huffington Post (and God) Taught Me

Rumni Saha | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Rumni Saha

Recently I wrote a simple piece titled "Where Is the Faith?" that made it onto The Huffington Post. What ensued as a result of this rhetorical debate were discussions and experiences that led to a higher education that I had not bargained for. Here is what I learned.

Danny Cortez Is a Dangerous Man

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Darkness filled the sky and night was upon me. Throughout my drive to the airport, I thought about the death of my grandmother. I was hurting.

Are Christian Podcasts Replacing Church?

www.slate.com | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion

In 1921, Scientific American published a story titled “A New Era in Wireless,” reporting that radio was no longer just for experts and tinkerers, ...

Rough, Intimate, Tragic, Redemptive: Calvary and the Call to Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I knew why Bill wanted me to see this movie. He wanted me to see it because in the character he saw a figure living out the life that I have long sought to live. Now having seen the movie, I feel like I have a better chance of doing just that.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Two Florida Churches Merge With Hope Of Bridging A Racial Divide

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices

Two Florida churches are soon expected to undergo a merger that pastors hope will help send a message on race relations throughout the state -- and be...

The ER: Holiday Sanctuary for the Broken

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Where our patients sometimes live in darkness, squalor, danger and hunger, whether run-down trailer, homeless tent or government project, the emergency departments are different. They are places of bright lights and warmth, safety and relief; where beds are clean and food is available. And if nothing else, places where there are people who are interested and polite.

How To Ship An Entire Church Building From Rural Nova Scotia To Small Town Louisiana

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly | DAVID TERESHCHUK | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

Pastor Jerel Keene of Louisiana Church in Abita Springs, Louisiana needed a permanent church building for his Southern Baptist congregation. The searc...

WATCH: Amazing Story of a Church's 2,000-Mile Journey

David Tereshchuk | Posted 11.16.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

A really odd thing once happened to my journalism. And then, equally oddly or more so, it happened again.

Have a Little Faith

Phu Nguyen | Posted 11.13.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Phu Nguyen

What this world has become is something so undefinable and sometimes scary that I don't think anyone would make it without the belief in something bigger than themselves and people in general.

15 More Years: A Sermon on 2 Kings 20:1-7

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

I wonder if you would work very differently than you do now if you knew that your end would come in just 15 years. I wonder if you would spend time with your loved ones, invest in others' lives, and carry yourself very differently than you do now. I wonder if you would slow down in some things and speed up or be more committed in other things. I wonder.

What Christians Need to Know

Tara Hedman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

I don't believe Christian ministry leaders and pastors intend to injure others. Regardless of intent, damage often occurs. The hearts and souls they hope to nurture and influence become collateral damage in the name of pastoral counseling.

5 PR Lessons Conservative Catholic Cardinals Can Learn From Pope Francis

Karen Hart | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Karen Hart

When you are going into battle, you don't show your opponent the chinks in your armor. Word choice, tone, humor all make a difference when you are talking to the press and making public statements. Being reactionary or accusatory never moves the ball down the court with the media.

Won't Someone PLEASE Think of the Candy?

Kathleen Gordon | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Kathleen Gordon

Interestingly, my parents think the kids are cute in their costumes and don't have a word to say about whether I should let them trick or treat. I'm baffled that they ever saw evil in innocent childhood fun, and maybe they are, too.

What the Church Can Learn From Our Grocery Store

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

If congregations are serious about wanting to reach out to others, they might want to explore the power of the "reset." The methods of welcome in a congregation can be perfunctory, habitual, and lacking energy.

Is There Room in the Church for Non-Believers?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

I believe there is something about experiencing the ancient liturgy that can take us to another part of our being, deep into our spiritual selves -- whether one can recite the Nicene Creed in good conscience or not.

After Gaining Paranormal Fame, Ghost Hunting Spirit Summoners Burn Historic 'Ghost Church' to the Ground

Roadtrippers | Posted 12.24.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

It's a good time to remind people what happens when paranormal investigation goes wrong. There's no better demonstration for the dark side of supernatural obsession than what happened with St. John's Anglican Church.

7 Reasons Why This School Is Banning Halloween

Karyn Pickles | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

This gem scrolled through my Facebook feed yesterday: A friend's children's school has decided to forgo Halloween this year in favor of... I don't know... Friday, I guess. The decision was attributed to the "staff" and the reasons behind it were given as follows.

Southern Clergy Voices Signal A Shift Throughout The Black Community

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

For many, the very idea of an African American pastor or clergyperson publicly embracing LGBT equality is unimaginable. You know the story; the Black Church is conservative and homophobic. That story is shifting.

Why Don't We Listen to God?

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

If we follow Christ like we follow the latest food phenomenons or workout routine (to say nothing of our obsession with material things), we would each lead much more meaningful and happy lives.

What Makes for a Stable Marriage?

Randy Olson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Divorce
Randy Olson

I found a study that basically lays out what makes for a stable marriage in the U.S.

Animals and the Church?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Animals are everywhere in the Christian Bible and yet the erasure of the nonhuman from theological contemplation has been commonplace from the earliest days of the church.

'Mass Mobs' Are Taking Over Detroit's Catholic Churches

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

It’s a plan with mass appeal. With all the fervor of a typical “flash mob,” faithful Catholics in Michigan are joining "Mass Mobs" to fill th...

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

A Story of Acceptance in an Unlikely Place: How Coming Out for the Second Time Renewed My Faith in People of Faith

Lauren-Joy Goss | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren-Joy Goss

I connected immediately to the messages of strength, forgiveness, love and finding wisdom. I got involved in the vocal team and started singing during service on Sundays. It wasn't until a few months in that I realized I had never mentioned I was gay.