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Pondering Religion's Absence as Son Turns 13

Steph Thompson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Steph Thompson

There was no bar mitzvah, no ceremony where a rabbi and temple congregants congratulated him, no family and friends invited from far and wide. I am sad about this and, yet, here we are, a couple days away from the sleepover and paintball party that will mark my son's coming of age.

How to Master Time: 5 Steps to Living a Timeless and Powerfully Creative Life

Howard Falco | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Howard Falco

Mastering the precious commodity of time is not as much about the organization of time, but rather, it's much more powerfully about the attitude you hold about yourself and how this attitude affects every happening in your life.

Grandchildren: A Shift in Focus

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.24.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

My first grandchild, Cameron John Shanahan, was born on April 8, 2014. I was looking forward to his arrival from the moment my son, Brian, and his wife, Pam, told me they were expecting.

What Being a Christian Means to Me: Don't Worry About the Rules; Just Love

Bustle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Bustle

I was a troublemaker in Sunday school. No, not because I was passing notes (though they were passed, discreetly). I was a troublemaker because I did the worst thing a young Southern Baptist born and raised girl can do: I asked questions. The big questions.

Noah: It's Time for Righteous Anger About the Silent Genocide of Species

Rabbi Warren Stone | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Rabbi Warren Stone

The recently released film Noah likewise is a call to all viewers to tread gently on the earth and to treat our environment with care, raising a moral parallel between the flood and the continuing onslaught of climate change on our earth.

Faith in Action: Spending Holy Week at Zanmi Beni Haitian Children's Home

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

Children, women and a scattering of men, who have endured unspeakable violence and anguish, loss and horror, agony -- biblical in force and nature -- and have responded with unbounded love. Redemption. Resurrection. Faith. I leave Haiti with these gifts in abundance.

Awakening

KidSpirit | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

I wondered how I could be certain I wanted to be a Catholic when I didn't know anything about other religions. I recalled my mother telling me that I should always read the fine print before signing up for things.

The Other Resurrection

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Hope is never more needed than on the Saturdays we face. Something has gone. Something has died. Something or someone that once filled a great place within has left us just as empty as we were once full, just as lonely as we were once befriended, just as uncertain as we once were so sure.

Easter Week for Stoics: Why I Love Jesus But I'm Kind of 'Meh' About Easter

Kristen Howerton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

The idea of forcing myself to enter into a certain mindset because of the date on the calendar just doesn't jive with my personality.

The Easter Moth

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

Leaning in for closer review, Sadie and I both catch a slight body quiver, but our excitement dissipates as we realize its leg is broken. The two of us make a grim, silent eye pact to do what we can to save it, or at least make it more comfortable dying.

Life Lessons From a 4-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

My daughter-in-law was doing a much better job in the "Christian" parenting department than I ever did -- that was painful to admit, but at the same time, it was so uplifting.

Tombstone Jesus

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Some years ago, during a visit to Jerusalem, I went to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, reputed to be on the place of Jesus' tomb. I was rather underwhelmed, and wondered where Jesus really was amid all of the tourists and souvenirs.

To the Mother of My Patient

Kateri Allard | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

Because of you, I am beginning again to believe in miracles. Because in the depth of despair over losing your beloved son you took me into your arms and guided me back onto a track where love is real, positive thinking is a choice that saves us, and miracles do happen.

Om in the Time of Lent

Ko Im | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ko Im

I went on a yoga retreat during the Lenten season. and I reflected on finding solace in both practices. One can strengthen the other. Here are five parallelisms from a Catholic yogi.

The Good Son Comes Home to Inspire All Our Sons

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 06.14.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.

Mother Of Gunned-Down Kansas Teen: 'I'm Strong Because I Have Faith'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion

She lost her 14-year-old son and her father to an apparent act of hate this past weekend, but when Mindy Corporon stepped forward to address the world...

Stephen B. Steward Unleashes a "Whole Heart" in Debut Album

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.14.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

It took 53 years for Smithville, Mississippi native Stephen B. Steward to know when he hit "the right time." While many men his age are looking for...

God in a Starfish

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

It's that rare hour when the evening crowd melts into chilly solitude, the rest of the world not quite ready to greet the day. The beach is mine. T...

What Is a 'Christian Movie' Anyway?

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.12.2014 | Entertainment
Joe Boyd

When you ask me my favorite Christian movies, I might say The Apostle, Leap of Faith, Sister Act, Lars and The Real Girl, The Matrix, Wall-E, Elmer Gantry or Les Miserables. Are these Christian films? Does the film need to clearly address God or Jesus?

'Noah' - Epic Filmmaking That Will Test You

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.11.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

This film has been greatly criticized for its deviation from the Biblical story. It's good to remember that it is not a documentary. It is a Hollywood film and, as such, a great piece of filmmaking.

Lean In, Take a Leap

Mable Chan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Mable Chan

When I was young and restless about my future after high school in Hong Kong, I leaned into the headwinds and dropped the "A-bomb" on my mom one night after dinner. "Mommy, I want to go to America."

A Diamond in the Dust

Melanie Young | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

If you look hard enough and stay focused you will find diamonds in the dust. You may need to clear out the debris to find the brilliance. And you should never lose your sparkle.

The Big Picture: Perspective Is Everything

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

My sister Ann passed away, without warning, on the morning of Oct. 9, 2008. An undiagnosed heart condition, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, took her life. How could that be?

Have Faith to Face the World

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The act of praying itself has the power to bring about transformation. Realize that you are not alone in these difficult times. There is always an unseen hand working for you.

Ann Murray Paige: The Story of Amazing Light and an Unfinished Box

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

Breast cancer claimed and lost an activist on March 16th, but God Himself knows she was so much more than that. A loving family surrounded by scores of close friends lost a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter and cherished friend.