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Getting Through Your Gethsemanes

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

The final week in Jesus' life included especially great depths and heights: He faced a dark night of the soul in Gethsemane, a torturous cross and, ultimately, a glorious resurrection. Identifying with Jesus in His journey keeps us focused and faithful in ours.

Broken People Apply Here

David Wilson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
David Wilson

Jesus came to rescue the broken ones, the downcast and the hurting ones. He came to rescue you and me. With many of us battling for the title of chief, we are all in desperate need of forgiveness and healing.

Finding Moosewood, Finding God

Jack Perkins | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Jack Perkins

In moments of prayerful reflection, I have come to understand that my whole life has been leading to this: From reporting other people's biographies for A&E, to confessing my own in a new book. From broadcasting the news to broadcasting the The Good News.

'All The People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

My friend was having trouble reconciling the fact that I am both a scientist whom she respects and someone who calls himself a Christian. How do I tell my friend that being a Christian has not always been foundationally defined on belief, but a transformative way of newly living, a faith?

Rick Warren's Grief: The Comfort And Cruelty Of Speculating On Suicide

Kristen Howerton | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours I've seen both individuals and news outlets posting speculations about Rick Warren, his son and their relationship, with what I perceive to be an attempt at figuring out what went wrong. This is an awful but real human impulse.

I Believe: Words To Honor The Martyrs Of The Holocaust

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

There are simply no words to describe the atrocities of the Shoah. There are no explanations. It is so challenging to even know what to feel. That is why my second visit to Babi Yar was so much more powerful than my first. It was the singing.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Story of the Common Good (Video)

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.

April 4, 1968: Honoring the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr., 45 Years Later

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Binta Niambi Brown

To ensure the vitality of our nation, it's continued progress, to more fundamentally remember who we are and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and all those who died fighting for us, we must remember....we all have a role to play.

Who Is Winning The Competition Between Sports And Religion?

David Briggs | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Survive and advance is one mantra of teams in the NCAA basketball tournament culminating in the Final Four. One strategy for churches struggling in a sports-obsessed culture may be a similar strategy: Adapt and advance.

Steeple Chase

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

BROOKLYN'S FAITHSTREET BRINGS TECH TO CHURCH One sector has been largely immune to the enthusiasms of tech - religion. It's understandable: spiritual...

Teaching My Son To Appreciate The Glory Of Spring

Sheila Quirke | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Long story short, if I am doing my mothering job properly, my boy will some day come to recognize and appreciate the glory of Spring himself. He will know that life is universal and that its cyclical nature is confirmation of something to be celebrated.

Ever Seen A Real Miracle?

Christine Wicker | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Christine Wicker

They asked about the preacher's affairs. About the money he made. They asked if Donna Johnson, the woman who considered the preacher her stepdad, had forgiven him. But what they really wanted to know was had she ever seen a miracle that she believed was real?

The Three Nails In Christ's Cross

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

There is so much to consider and experience at the Cross. So much we cannot afford to miss. Unless we look long enough at the Cross, the Resurrection will never mean nearly as much to us as it did to Christ.

My Easter Question: Is Yoga Making Me Christian Again?

James Brown | Posted 05.31.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

I have found that one of the most challenging parts of my job is to get people to look for similarities at least as zealously as they look for differences. The more we identify as different, the less happy we are because we are denying the nature of the world. We are not separate.

A Tribute To My Evangelical Leader Mom-- Edith Schaeffer RIP

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.30.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Mom was a wonderful paradox: an evangelical conservative fundamentalist who treated people as if she was an all-forgiving progressive liberal of the most tolerant variety. RIP Edith Schaeffer

Crossing Your Own Red Sea: How Will You Get Through?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Life is designed to test us in many ways. Sometimes the tests are small and seemingly inconsequential. At other times, the significance of the test is obvious and terrifying.

Bringing The Bible To Life At Home

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Many parents feel that they should have in place a consistent time of strengthening their family spiritually, but often they just don't know where to begin or how to continue with it.

What Baseball Can Teach Us About Faith And Belief

Christine Organ | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

In the Church of Baseball, there are a million different kinds of strike-outs, homeruns, curve balls, fastballs, bunts, stolen bases, pitching changes, errors, pop outs, grounders and foul balls. And without a doubt, every season will have its share of rain delays.

Turning The Tables

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Those of you familiar with Gospel readings may have noticed that Jesus often turns the tables on his questioners. People come to him with a question that is framed by their fear-based thinking, and he answers these questions from his love-based life.

Jay DeFeo's Rose Has Wings

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

The story of Jay DeFeo and The Rose is both a cautionary tale of obsession and an act of faith. For eight years, she did little else but sit on a stool in her studio, smoking cigarettes, drinking Christian bothers brandy while she painted and scraped away at her vision.

The Season Of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth. It's the counterpart to the reawakening of humanity. I am comforted that the darkness in the church is being rooted out. I still have hope that one day it will again feel like home to me.

We Need Help Supporting LGBTQ Couples to Not Only Get Married But Stay Married

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The public debate and spotlight on same-sex marriage will die down and fade, and what will remain will be our gay and lesbian neighbors, friends, and church members who need support to live their public promises to one another.

When Life Tells Us Otherwise, How Should We Accept Ourselves?

Raymond Torres | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Raymond Torres

Everyone lives with weaknesses and insecurities. Life is too rich with variety for this not to be the case. Our task is to accept ourselves in the vast sea of life's storms so that we anchor the truth of who we are amid the strong tide.

10 Years After The Iraq Invasion, We Are Still Morally Responsible For War

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Unfortunately the Iraq War isn't over. Not only is the Iraqi insurgency still going strong and wreaking havoc, but the American veterans returned home from duty are still dying, still suffering, still looking to God for answers.