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Faith

15 Things Not to Say to a Recovering Fundamentalist Christian

Samantha Field | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Samantha Field

There have been plenty of things I've heard since I left Christian fundamentalism after spending 14 years (more than half my life) in it, and most of them make me want to tear my hair out.

Why Weight Loss Depends on Your Faith

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

There are a lot of pieces of the weight loss puzzle and you'll need them all in place to make it work. But your faith is a big piece of the puzzle. Having the right faith will open the door to them and set you on the path to their fulfillment.

Faith in Action: When #NeverForget Becomes Remember to Live Your Dreams

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Cecilia T. Capers

My friend put her dream on hold because of financial concerns hoping that time and the right circumstances would eventually work in her favor. Her life and untimely departure from this world left an indelible impression on me to pursue my aspirations.

Fresh Air: Sukkot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

It's time to leave our homes and head outside to our Sukkot. What exactly are we commemorating?

Immigration Reform Now: The Intersection of Religion, American Political Will and Reason

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Rabbi Steve Gutow

Across race, religion, gender and geography, the American dream holds us all together. We believe that even the most disadvantaged can come to this country and thrive. Keeping the undocumented in the shadows cuts against our founding principles

Can There Be a Decent Human Civilization Without Religion?

Robin Ince | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Robin Ince

The roots of charity, empathy and altruism are not in religion, they are in our evolution -- these are the roots, but we can rise above them. We have begun to. Isn't it time we grew from our adolescence to the young adult stage of our existence?

I Know What God Looks Like (Luke 15:1-10)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Do you want to see what God is like? It just got harder to do so on Wikipedia. Wikipedia still has an article called "God," and it hosts a range of ever-changing perspectives.

A Revolutionary Sermon

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

For a deeply faithful person, in any major religion, there can be no enemies. This is a radical way of life and it requires a language that can convey its power and relevance even to non-believers.

Homecoming Sunday: When Opening Our Doors Isn't Enough

Wayne Meisel | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Anyone reading the religion section or blogs and posts knows that there has been a lot written about why Millennials don't go to church. Rather than ask for an explanation, my question is: why isn't the church reaching out, and supporting, and loving on the Millennials?

The End of An Era: Can We Embark on a New One?

Satpal Singh | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Satpal Singh

For centuries, women have been looked down upon in almost all cultures, societies and countries. We forget, or ignore, that women are children of the same God as men.

A Crisis of Faith

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

What then are the root causes which are at the heart of a crisis of faith? We can see these in the lives of five great men of God in the Old Testament. Men who did some of the greatest exploits that have ever been done in the name of God.

Does the Free Market Corrode Moral Character?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Victor Udoewa

I actually do not know what system would be better, though I am willing to work with others to create one. Perhaps, a possible solution is more subtle than a change of systems. One of the communal moral corrosions that I see all around will help explain this -- a lack of satisfaction.

Ready To Be a Hero?

Deborah King | Posted 10.30.2013 | Good News
Deborah King

Despite Antoinette Tuff's own personal challenges, she was grounded in her faith, and when she had the opportunity, was ready to shine her own light and make a difference in the lives of others.

Lisa Ray: A Story of Hope

Rumeet Billan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

When diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009, Lisa Ray began a blog -- a scrapbook -- as a form of expression. She shared intimate moments, ones that some of us would find difficult to relate to, but wanted to understand.

Discerning God's Will in Three Questions

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

As a lesbian, I am often faced with people who are certain that I am living "outside" of "God's will" for my life -- simply because of my sexual orientation.

Not Another Recovery Memoir

Heather Kopp | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Heather Kopp

I needed to read a recovery memoir that was actually about recovery. I was desperate to hear a newly sober person talk about joy. And if possible, to hear from a person of faith who had succumbed to addiction, quit, and come out the other side without losing God in the process.

Getting to Know You (Thoughts About Death and Dying)

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Death is the great universal in all our lives. We are all going to die. How will we do it? A deep search for ultimate meaning will touch a large number.

This Time It Was Different: Antoinette Tuff and the Use of Non-Violence

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

For those who follow the Christian faith, as Ms. Tuff does, she anchored her faith not in a violent response, but remembering her pastor's teachings (you hear that pastors!) she empathized with Mr. Hill and related to him by reflecting on her own life and the lives of her children.

The Suprising Story Behind the World's Most Expensive Violin

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Ask yourself what accomplishments in your life would give you the most spiritual satisfaction. Use your answers as a guidepost each day to ensure that you give your best to achieve these personal aspirations in your life.

Simone Weil's Selfless Devotion

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Our quests to achieve our own ultimate potential chart many different routes through the world, and Weil's self-sacrifice was one of the most difficult and inspiring. Is there a way of learning from her example while continuing with the lives we're living now?

Chucked Out of Sunday School

Carl Pettit | Posted 10.21.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

My experiences in the pews, and in the classroom, taught me that adults often profess knowledge about subjects they know very little about, and that my mind was prone to an enormous amount of speculative wandering.

What I Learned On My 26th Birthday

Gina Ryder | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Gina Ryder

Intimacy is often thought of as a term to describe romance. It is still that. However, I'm learning to think of it in a new way. It can mean being close to the dreams we value most. It also can mean being emotionally connected to those we share our lives with. Intimacy can be closeness to who we really are. I don't want to lose touch with myself again so I made a list of what I have learned in my life over the past 26 years.

This Is Your Mother (Earth) Calling!

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Even though you can't define what the words beauty and love mean, if you'd only judge everything you do to me and to each other by first asking if what you're doing is beautiful, you'd have more to love and live longer to love it.

Meet The Bible B.A.B.E.S.

Guideposts | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Where I'm from, we love God, music and food. All that food got to be a problem.

Success and Leaps of Faith: Part 2

Steve Robertson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Robertson

In the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the actor Harrison Ford, who plays the role of Indiana Jones (Indie), leads a team of fellow adventu...