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Losing My Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Karl Wilder

I don't remember the first time Bob hit me. My life was suffering. Our entire family suffered. When the abuse was not physical it was verbal, mental and all-consuming. I learned the commandments and the Lord's prayer, and always I prayed.

Religion Is Alive and Well in Contemporary Art

S. Brent Plate | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On a breezy summer day, I joined a group of artists and writers in the basement of the Liberty Bar in midtown Manhattan to discuss the many places religious life meets the visual arts.

67 Years of Independence: Pakistan's Past and Present

Mariam Khan | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Mariam Khan

Despite the perpetual obstacles that Pakistan encounters, the citizens of the nation find a way to stand back up. Only if tolerance is practiced by the public, and education becomes common, will the public be able to make Pakistan prosper and make it rank amongst the list of successful states of the world.

Essential Steps to Success in Life

Anush Kostanyan | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Anush Kostanyan

We only have to seize them and be open for accepting the amazing gifts of life. The steps below will help you go forward to your greatest dreams and feel the glory of true success.

Death, Modern Families and the Saga of Casey Kasem

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

I also spent more than a decade in hospice care, where our care team sought to companion families, many like Kasem's, in finding sacred consonance in the midst of fear, pain, death, and grief, all inherently dissonant experiences.

Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

Does God REALLY hear my prayers?  And if God REALLY did hear my prayers, how come nothing has happened? How prophetic can one golf commentator be?  ...

Switchfoot's Album & Movie "Fading West" -- It's Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not...

Connection and Reflection for Healthy Aging

Rachel Verlik | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

I worry that this is a dying art -- the ability to be unconnected to technology, and to instead focus on in person relationships, prayer, connectedness, and reflection.

13 Steps to Recover From Betrayal

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Betrayal leaves us at a fork in the road. We can choose to act in ways that either favor or impede personal growth: we can become stuck in a bad moment forever or we can put it behind us for good. We decide our path.

We Spend Lifetimes Striving to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace. Why?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

A spiritual non-material-based way of life turns out to be the actual way we live no matter what we say we believe. We live by ethics not found in nature and we enrich our lives with art. That says something to me.

Sometimes, Street Photography Is About Having Faith

Joe Newman | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts
Joe Newman

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On Bedside Baptist

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

I recognized the heaviness and sadness to be a tremendous feeling of guilt. Guilt that I would somehow impairing or negatively impacting my children's spiritual development all in the name of a few extra winks.

Does Evolution Explain Human Nature?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Perhaps at the heart of this question are really two deeper questions. First, are humans special and unique, above and beyond other animals? Second, is the specialness or unique nature due to a God? In other words, is there a God?

Interviewing the Gospel Ambassador: How Bobby Jones Impacted the Culture of Television

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.05.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Standing atop a stage dressed in a jeweled suit with custom designer shoes, an electrifying roar automatically fills the studio. It feels as though a rockstar has just surprised the crowd, but this is no new face.

Was Rialto Unified School District's Holocaust Assignment Really About Critical Thinking?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Mark Baer

Although a great deal has been written about the "critical thinking" assignment given to eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District on whether or not the Holocaust ever occurred, I feel compelled to provide my perspective.

Progressive American Muslims Challenge Taboos

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 08.03.2014 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay. Akersim, 26, is part of a smal...

'Out of Many, One'

Trey Lyon | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

In 1782 an act of Congress determined that the latin phrase "e pluribus unum" would become the motto of a fledgling nation.

Comfort Our People, Compassion for All God's People

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

This year, amidst the war that rages on the ground, in the shattered remnants of our hearts, we believe the world needs an extra Shabbat of Comfort, an extra dose of compassion, an extra week to seek comfort for all of God's fragile creation.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

My Prayer "Invasion"

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Thir...

It Is the Responsibility of Religion to Inspire Global Solidarity

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We must cultivate our souls and do the necessary spiritual work to sustain our holy efforts to transform the world. The task is so great. We are not only charged to create a more just world for ourselves but even for our enemies.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

The Material Is Immaterial

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

The words we use to describe things are as inexact and conceptual as the things they describe. In other words, the words we use to describe things are not the things they represent. Words merely stand imperfectly for the things they represent in our minds.

Why Being You Rocks

Chris Deaver | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Deaver

Create a purpose that gets you up in the morning and makes you dream dreams at night. Ground your goals in service so you become a force of nature, lifting yourself and others to higher levels than you've ever been before, innovating everything in your life to become more uniquely powerful in the universe.

Losing My Religion and Getting It Back Again

Thom Nickels | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Indifference, I've found, rarely lasts forever. Two years ago when I gave one of my sisters an Icon of the Theotokos for Christmas, she looked at the icon and burst into tears. While I'm not sure what the tears meant, I felt that something within her was beginning to change.