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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.

A Letter To Myself Two Years Ago

Heather Lens | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

You think you love your husband right now, but you have no clue how much your definition of love will change. When your daughter is placed in his arms for the first time, not until then, will you know what true love is.

The Trinity, 'Heavyn,' and an 8-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

I was helping my granddaughter Peyton clean out her closet the summer after third grade when we found an old school project toward the bottom of the p...

A Pope and an Atheist Sit Down for a Chat

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Eugenio Scalfari and the Pope reflected together on the nature of the divine -- "God is Love," the two men agreed, with the Pope connecting that point to the Incarnation. The two men went on. Believers and non-believers are alike called to work for the common good.

Irreverence Is the New Reverent

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

While I agree there's a social maturity required in expressing irreverence through appropriate channels, the Church is missing out on a deep authenticity of the human experience if we continue to fear irreverence, instead of finding beauty in it.

I Don't Have My Shit Together

Micah J. Murray | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

Do I need to censor this, because I'm a Christian writer? No. A thousand times no. If that's what it means to be a "Christian writer", count me out. I'm done with writing from the heart and then hitting backspace until it feels safe again.