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Jimmy Fallon & the Joy of the Lord

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

This post first appeared at A Deeper Story. I'm not a super disciplined person. But recently I've taken up a new spiritual discipline, and I'm qui...

Pennies From Heaven and Plums That Fall From the Sky: What a Wonderful World It Is

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Is goodness tossed at me every day, all day long, and if it is, how often do I miss it, step over it or look past it? Regardless of my state of mind, every time I do stop and see a plum on our walkway, I feel as though someone has given me a gift.

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

Put On Your Armor of God

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

Here is how I've learned to control how I react: I take a pause and put on the armor of God. Reacting emotionally means we are allowing the situation, or other people, to dictate how we feel and how we act. And if we do that, we will never come out of a bad situation victorious.

My Proudest Parenting Moment I'll Never Share With You

Stephanie Gates | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Gates

My children mean every prayer they utter. They also mean it when they cry in despair because they are too tired to brush their teeth. It's not that their faith isn't real. It is. But it is too immature to be held out for the world to see.

Pentecost: Unusual Allies and the New Faces of Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Next week is General Assembly. Like many other meetings of this kind, these national gatherings often become public displays of division and discord rather than being a time of affirmation and unity.

You Are Not Defeated: There Is Still Hope

Tenille Livingston | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tenille Livingston

From the outside looking in many households have it all together, but yet many are living above their means. Families all across the country are strug...

Ancestor Deficit Disorder

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

A tree without roots cannot grow. When we humans lose our roots, we too begin to wither -- losing our balance, our health and our spiritual foundati...

Tonya L. Moore Is All F*d Up in Phenomenal New Self-Expose

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.10.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

In the media landscape of Karrine Steffans and Kim Kardashians, who exploit their lives for profit and social capital, Moore's memoir serves a unique purpose and sets a standard of values that comes with time, growth and maturity.

5 Life Lessons From Running An Ultra-Marathon

Nicole Scott | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Scott

Each step I took was just one step closer to crossing the finish line of my 50-mile dream. Take your first step and see where it takes you.

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Summer Camp Is Critical to Faith: An Interview With Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

This summer approximately 11 million children and adults will attend camp. Does going to camp matter? Last year I interviewed Kenda Creasy Dean who...

Learning From Maya

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Knowing of all the strikes that had been against her, assured me that that kind of love is available to everyone. If bidden and allowed, it will hold anyone's head high and move through them to fulfill their life's purpose.

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

The Art of the Pivot

Karen Talavera | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Talavera

When we want something, why is it so easy to actually drive it away instead of nurturing it into reality? Attracting anything into being involves thr...

Searching for an Answer: What I Believe

Abby Draper | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Abby Draper

This weekend, something really shitty happened in Santa Barbara, when a man who reportedly was seeking a vengeance on women who had "starved him of se...

Studies: It Is Most Blessed to Give and to Receive

David Briggs | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Congregants who only gave help to other members were twice as likely to fully trust their fellow worshipers as participants who neither gave nor received help. Members who only received help were nearly three times as likely to have the same high level of trust. But it was the combination of both that made the biggest difference.

4 Steps to Manifesting a Life of Bliss

Cali Gilbert | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Cali Gilbert

I'm here to tell you, you don't have to know. You just need to do your part and have unwavering faith that the right people, the right situations will present themselves to support your dream. Don't give up just because of circumstance. Dreams do come true. I'm living proof.

Where Faith Still Thrives! Summer Camps and the Future of the Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Christian community was synonymous with everyday living at camp. I didn't have to sit still, dress up, listen to organ music, or sing in youth choir.

Coincidences: We Are Never Alone

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Reading When God Winks gave me hope that there is a Higher Power who loves his children (me included) unconditionally. The notion that he puts serendipitous events on our paths to lift our spirits was a lovely concept to me.

A Case Against Certainty

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We've become intolerant of doubt, especially self-doubt: we don't know how to live with the notion that we might be mistaken while continuing to strive to be reasonable.

The Unshakable Faith That Trekking to Magical Places Makes a Difference

Bridget Fonger | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Bridget Fonger

New Year's Eve 1982: holiday break from our junior year abroad in Paris. A friend's parents had invited us to Sri Lanka and one of their magical gift...

A Miracle, a Wedding and a Baby

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I trusted in God's timing, in my daughter's family planning, and in my husband's wishes, and this brought us the gift of life and expanded our family, just as I had always wanted.

Environmental Injustice and Economic Issues: WCC's Working Group on Climate Change

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is becoming ever more important to recognize the urgency of climate change within our religious outlook on life. We cannot continue to ignore the topic of climate change while all of God's creation is suffering.