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Misreading the Gospel: The Religious Spirit

David Teems | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
David Teems

Christianity, for all the good it has done, often becomes its own worst enemy. Any hostility is understood. That is not to say that church is unnecessary. But its relevance depends on its imitation of Christ, that is, how effectively it demonstrates the heart of the gospel and not just to sustain its own sterling image.

Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd Is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It would be a mistake to call Brian Zahnd's new book, A Farewell to Mars, "a book about pacifism." It would be an even bigger mistake to call it "a book about Christian pacifism."

Matter and Antimatter: A Closer Look at Christianity's Chief Metaphor

David Teems | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion
David Teems

Most religions of the world have started with at least one powerful metaphor. Christianity is no exception. And while "simple" may not be the exact way to describe it, the first and chief metaphor in Christianity is darkness and light (the supremacy of the one over the other).

Daily Meditation: Walking, Talking And Praising

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Kareemah El-Amin Sheds 'No Tears' in Spiritually Exceptional Debut Album

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Ernest Owens

When Kareemah El-Amin became a Christian on November 17, 2010, she was not compelled to leave her devout Muslim roots from a dark and adverse place -- but from a quest to find peace within herself.

Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger

Donald Kerwin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Donald Kerwin

The debate over the large-scale migration of children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico has characteristically devolved into political theater. The evidence builds regarding the dangers that have driven the children's flight.

Let the Little Children Come to Me

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Yes, we need a comprehensive immigration reform plan, and yes, we need to strengthen our boarders for our own security reasons, but these children are here now and need to be shown compassion.

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

Daily Meditation: Swing Low

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

4 Reasons I'm Not Going to Heaven

Micah J. Murray | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

I recognized all the Bible verses, the step-by-step, point-by-point sales pitch for an eternal destination. But now, I have no interest in buying what they're selling. If this is the way to Heaven, I'm not going.

What About Hell? Fiction and Fact

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Christians who still want to preach Hell, should at least know what they're talking about.

Joy Comes in the Morning?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Courtney McKinney

Church leaders have a unique opportunity to help people heal and find comfort. I wish they would use that power to encourage people to seek help, rather than making them feel that mental illness is something that should be given time and prayer alone

Anita Wilson Takes Gospel to More Relevant Heights With New Album "Vintage Worship"

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

On June 24, 2014, music lovers around the world will hear a new sound of gospel that hasn't been experimented like this in years.

WWJK: Who Would Jesus Kill?

Kelly James Clark | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Seminary, has written an unflinching "Christian" defense of the death penalty. He was writing in resp...

Daily Meditation: By The Riverside

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Boy Sang Gospel Song Until His Kidnapper Set Him Free: Report

Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion

On the night of March 31, 9-year-old Willie Myrick was playing with his pet chihuahua outside his Atlanta home when a man grabbed him and forced him i...

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...

Daily Meditation: Celebrate

Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

World Vision: The Poor, the Gay, and the Wisdom of Solomon

Robert Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Robert Hall

When we draw lines in the sand to separate us from other believers and from the poor we purport to serve, we are like two people on the side of a swimming pool fighting over doctrine while a child goes under for the third time.

Mary Mary Singer Talks Solo Debut & Controversial Photo

Associated Press | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) -- When Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell decided to tell her sister Tina she wanted to pursue a solo career outside the Grammy-winning duo...

Safe Havens for Extreme Poverty

Richard Stearns | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

For too long we have depended on the idea of innocent suffering to provoke our compassion, while we look away from complex suffering. As poverty retreats to the fragile states, now more than ever we need to overcome suffering with understanding, generosity, and perseverance. Turning our heads away from human suffering should never be an option.

Pope Francis and Healing Love

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Ever visit an historic church after it's been refurbished? With smoky grime washed away, colors become vibrant. Sunlight brightens once hidden corners. You see the church as never before. It's an old church, but suddenly it seems new, even awesome.

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."

How Human Was Jesus?

John Backman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
John Backman

If Jesus can be this human, so can we. By living into all the facets of the human spirit, including the less attractive ones, Jesus invites us to do the same.

Miscarriages of Justice: Why the Church Should Be (and Isn't) Compelling To Rising Generations

Christopher Cocca | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Christians believe different, often contrasting things about Jesus. Even so, there are fundamental points of reference across the traditions and theo...