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The Bible Lesson You Might Have Missed

John Backman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Nicodemus's night visit to Jesus is not exactly empathic, but there is an intimacy to the setting. It is a tête-à-tête: Not a Sermon on the Mount, not a raising of Lazarus, but a private conversation between people who have studied God.

GOP Dishonors Lincoln And King With Gun Raffle

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

You do not honor men killed by gun violence by putting more guns on the street. Instead you work to reduce gun violence and work to bring reconciliation to a fractured nation.

An Unexpected Servant: The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

This personal and institutional modesty appeals to many U.S. Catholics, especially those who had been put off by the seeming arrogance of the Vatican. Reflecting this change 88 percent of U.S. Catholics think Francis is doing a good job in his role as Pope.

Rising Above the Low Water Mark of 2013 (Ephesians 1:3-14)

Doug Mendenhall | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
Doug Mendenhall

O gracious God, we thank you for getting us through 2013 and we pray that you will help us to look back on it as the low water mark from which American society emerged more civil and united.

Gospel Singer Responds To Controversial Photo Backlash

Posted 12.26.2013 | Black Voices

In recent weeks Gospel singer, Erica Campbell has received an unexpected amount backlash stemming from a promotional photo taken for her forthcoming M...

#Firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel plans, figuring out how to deal with awkward family dynamics.

The Gun Lobby And The Gospel: 'What Else Did We Think We Had A Right To Expect?'

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

A year after Sandy Hook, I still believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby. I still believe that you and I people of faith should refuse to tolerate the epidemic of gun violence that is killing our children, our colleagues, our friends.

Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency.

Getting Serious With the Gospels: Chomsky on the Church

Abel Collins | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Abel Collins

I sat down to discuss a wide range of topics with the idol of my high school days, Noam Chomsky, in early October. This was before the release of Evangelii Gaudium, but after a lot of encouraging words about economic justice from Pope Francis.

Self-Help and the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

The problem with the self-help gospel is that it expects nothing from us. In the end, it leaves us unfulfilled. And it stands far removed from what it means to live in Christ.

Saint Francis, Pope Francis, and the Gospel

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

I think it's fair to say that today's off-script remarks in Cagliari, Sardinia, represents one of the most "Franciscan" actions of his pontificate so far.

The SCOTUS Decisions on Marriage: What to Do With This New Day

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

Perhaps showing compassion for those who disagree with us can help take us closer to that day when all of us will rejoice at these SCOTUS rulings and the confirmation of every American's inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

Live Into The Gospel: Stand Up Against Anti-Muslim Hatred

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

We don't have any official confirmation yet whether or not the two brothers who Boston Marathon bombers are Muslim or not. There are many reports, though, and already anti-Muslim statements are being made. Today I am praying for my Muslim friends. Because I know they are afraid.

The 5 Cs Of Christian Mansplanation

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Christian mansplanation usually involves a guy with a low social IQ whose expertise in the faith obliges him to do things like asking patronizing, predictable rhetorical questions of complete strangers in social media in order to help them become experts in Christianity too.

The Three Nails In Christ's Cross

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

There is so much to consider and experience at the Cross. So much we cannot afford to miss. Unless we look long enough at the Cross, the Resurrection will never mean nearly as much to us as it did to Christ.

5 Thoughts On Building A Faithful Church Of The 21st Century

Rev. Mieke Vandersall | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mieke Vandersall

The act of standing with same-sex couples seeking God's and their communities' blessings, coupled with the greatly changing nature of what it means to be disciples of Christ in the 21st century, has helped me think long and hard about the future of our church.

Jacquie Wayans, Uplifting Souls and Spirits Through Song

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

In sharing her story through song, she has also made her dream project a reality -- her dream was to create an album that would speak to the souls everyone who listens to it as well as speak to the human condition.

Winans Family Member Sentenced To Nearly 14 Years In Prison

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

DETROIT -- A judge sentenced a member of gospel music's Winans family to nearly 14 years in prison Wednesday for an $8 million financial scam that was...

Why Do Liberals Love Billy Graham?

Steve Posner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Steve Posner

Many folks assume that Billy Graham is a right-wing ideologue because he shares many of the most literal interpretations of the Bible espoused by Christian fundamentalists. But as an evangelical, his beliefs are more nuanced.

WATCH: Jamie Foxx Makes God and Fred Hammond Big Winners on NBC's NAACP Image Awards

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 04.07.2013 | Celebrity
Tanya Young Williams

Fred Hammond is one of gospel music's biggest stars and yet, on NBC's live broadcast of the 44th NAACP Image Awards, he was granted a mainstream "coming out party."

The Gospel Of Nudge

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

This is an essentially incarnational approach to the work of Christian theology, if only because it insists on regarding with equal seriousness the aspirations our faith teaches us to have for the fullest of our humanity, and the realities we are discovering about our essential and universal frailty.

Gospel Purée, Newtown, Little Kids And Grace

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

As I grew up and went into ministry I got a bit bothered by the purée of Gospel that is the typical church nativity play. But this week, I went to a Christmas Program and nativity play at my son's parochial school, and I survived.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Gospel Stars Mary Mary Talk Babies, Breaking Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 12.06.2012 | Black Voices

Life for Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell was starkly different in the spring of 2000. The sisters and then-roommates, now better known by their stage n...

Advent Resolutions For A New Church Year

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Will we let such resolutions go the way of so many of our new-calendar-year's resolutions? Or will we take seriously the liturgical cycle that provides us with the Gospel model for making and sticking with what we set out to do as recommitted Christians in our age?