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Affirming All Women In Church On Mother's Day

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

We remember the women with many children, young children, a child who has recently died, those who have experienced miscarriage, infertility or painful births, those who have broken relationships with children and women who have not experienced motherhood at all.

10 Lies Christians Believe About Interacting With the Opposite Sex

The Good Women Project | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
The Good Women Project

The sexual tension that pervades even the simplest campus ministry meeting is a pungent and thick as smoke. I can't help but think that these problems wouldn't be problems if we were OK with casual mingling.

Christians, Fish And The Removal Of Hats

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As the old saying goes, the fish is the last to see or even feel the water because it is so pervasive. By analogy, what many within our society consider "normal" and appropriate, upon critical reflection, may be perceived as (re)enforcements of mainline Christian standards.

No One Prays Better Than Anyone Else

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Spirituality and religion are enmeshed in a global struggle that involves new definitions, fresh "Mission Statements," and taking an unabashed closer look at things like truth, worship, who's welcome, what's defined as sin -- and the very nature of prayer itself.

Church Clothes

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Is our communal worship experience supposed to be nothing more than a fashion show with religious music playing, as we two-step down the sanctuary?

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.

The Problem With Preaching

Rev. Mary M. Brown | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Rev. Mary M. Brown

For a sermon to be a public discourse, it takes a pastor and a congregation. In a community of faith, trust and openness, the conversation will develop organically between pastor and people.