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5 Innovative Christian Businesses You've Never Heard of

Cat Knarr | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Cat Knarr

You know the Christian-run businesses that are always in the headlines, like Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby. But what about the smaller businesses that are doing something remarkably creative?

Faith Leaders Call for Limits On Carbon Pollution

Molly Rauch | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

When EPA held a public hearing earlier this month on its proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, I expected to hear comments...

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

Why I Ditched a Shame-Based Faith

Heather Kopp | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Heather Kopp

I often write about the power of shame in the context of recovery. But shame is a human problem, and long-time Christians are in no ways immune. I was a Christian--and a slave to shame--for more than a decade before I became a slave to alcohol.

S. O. S.

Ron Nikkel | Posted 03.22.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ron Nikkel

Help, I need somebody Help, not just anybody Help, you know I need someone, help But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured Now I find I've ...

Sojourner's Truth

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.

Christian Women in STEM Are a Vulnerable Minority

Lynn Billman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Lynn Billman

As the President of Christian Women in Science, I hear many stories about the struggles of women of this faith who are interested or work in science, technology, engineering and math. Some stories are encouraging, but others are enough to break my heart.

Profiles in Ministry: Phillip West, Being Present by Walking the Talk

Wayne Meisel | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Profiles in Ministry is a twelve-part series from the FAITH3 initiative that lifts up courageous, creative leaders who have built innovative ministrie...

Remember Where You Come From

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Values are important because they are the things that matter. They make up the core of how we live our lives by keeping us grounded and remembering our raison d'être. Remember where you come from.

A Sin at the Intersection of Faith, Religion and Mental Health

Josh Rivedal | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Rivedal

It's easier to help a person stay alive and open the dialogue on reasons to live slowly, with a delicate pair of pliers, rather than the sledgehammer of "suicide is a sin."

Asking the Right Question

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

Giving yourself too much glory is being closed to God. Likewise, being humble is being open to God.

In Defense of Snake Handlers

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

A live and let live attitude on most matters of religion could lead to a more peaceful world, but sometimes it would also mean a live and let die attitude--including by snakes or suicide.

Why Believe in God but Not Santa Claus?

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Why do religious people trash some implausible beliefs but keep others? Perhaps they get something out of the beliefs they keep.

Is Following Your Religion a Good Way to Live?

Dirk Hughes | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Dirk Hughes

Faith is not reserved for the religious, nor does any religion have a monopoly on it. To the contrary, at one level, faith is a common and important psychological coping mechanism used every moment of our lives to allow us to function as normally as possible.

I Love You to the Moon and Back

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

"I love you to the moon and back." Hmmm, what would that look like? Would the moon be crescent shaped or full? And how does one get to the moon and back? On an airplane? A rocket ship? Or does one simply sprout wings and fly?

Why You Might Have to Choose Between Science and Faith

Ben Irwin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Ben Irwin

Depending on what kind of faith you have, you might have to choose between it and the scientific evidence for evolution. If your faith is rigid, unyielding, or inflexible, you might have to choose. If your faith is unable to cope with a constantly changing world, you might have to choose.

How to Be Happy When Life Is Tough

Erin Cox | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

I have friends who have lived through cancer, divorce, and other substantial losses who claim that periods of expansive growth, newfound gratitude, and authentic happiness followed their deepest and darkest times.

Faith in the Streets

Sara Miles | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Sara Miles

In the years I've been a Christian, a lot of other Christians have left the building, too or, more accurately, they have found ways to encounter God outside the boundaries of what happens inside churches on Sunday mornings.

The Rise of the Allies

Marina Gomberg | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Marina Gomberg

Gone are the days when American men and women could not serve their country openly as lesbians and gays. And gone are the days when the majority of Americans did not support fairness and equality for LGBT people.

Screenwriter of My Girl Writes First Novel About Faith: An Interview With Laurice Molinari

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The novel chronicles a young boy's discovery and the training he receives in a mystical place called The Ether, as well as the battles he fights in that pit good against evil.

Pipe Organs as a Niche Market

Martin Marty | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

The son and brother of three teachers who played the organ in worship as part of their call and calling and someone who haunts sanctuaries when organists are noisily practicing in the quiet of a Saturday afternoon, I have a (literally) life-long passion for the instrument.

In Praise of the F Word

Joan Barthel | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Joan Barthel

Still, a daughter of charity warned me, "The word can turn people off." Too many folks view feminists as a bunch of strident, humorless women alienated from anything spiritual.

Science vs. Faith

Neal Wooten | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

Holding yourself up to be the ultimate authority is not Christian. Drawing a line between yourself and others is not Christian. Mocking, scoffing at, and arguing with others are not Christian traits.

Through the Corridors of All Human Experience Has This Truth Been Echoed

Neale Donald Walsch | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Neale Donald Walsch

As we approach Valentine's Day, I thought it might be helpful for us to look at this business of love as it is seen in the eyes of God, from what I have come to understand as a result of the Conversations with God dialogues.

Why Do We Trust Ourselves So Much?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

One of the primary functions of religion is to help us live in the present, that is to stop and immerse in the power of the moment. One of the other functions is to pull us out of the moment to see the bigger picture.