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Billy Graham's Grandson Reveals Major Evangelical Scandal

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investig...

LGBT: What Does It Really Mean?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.

Jesus, Healing and Grace-Filled Gray Areas

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

This story in Luke makes me wonder: are we as Christians called to follow the steps of Jesus and advocate for unconventional medical treatments? What does it mean to be a person of faith and someone who thinks alternative healing options should be considered?

Loving Strangers Like Babies

Shawna Kaszer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Shawna Kaszer

Why don't I coo at these grown adults with the same unfailing love I have for babies? Shouldn't I love them the exact same way?

Seven Years to Live?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Once we experience the fragility of our lives, we realize how precious that life is. Knowing I might not see another summer, I can't tell you how much I am enjoying watching the colors on the trees and the squirrels and chipmunks playing on the ground.

Why Are Humans So Cruel?

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.07.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Recent science is shedding light on this question, and the main culprit at work seems to be envy. The more we envy someone, the more pleasure we derive when that person meets some horrid end.

My Reunion With The Open Door

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

My heart and my thoughts will always be turned toward the oppressed and the outcasts of our world. My work will always be focused upon trying to do everything possible to create the Beloved Community which will be free of racism, sexism, poverty, militarism, hetereosexism, violence and all other false constructs of polarization.

The Path of Grace

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The question is, how do we strengthen our spiritual practice of receiving grace? How do we build a heart that is open enough, empty enough, clear, and ready for grace? How do we become less distracted and more present to be awakened and loved by the many touches of grace?

Recharging Activist Batteries

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 07.10.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Kat Katsanis-Semel

Absorb daily news headlines, and one can conclude that "the common good," must be defended with great courage, wisdom and love. What is the solution? What is the remedy that can both prevent "activist burnout," and alleviate it when it occurs?

Give The News Back To God

Rick Hamlin | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

The world is full of heartache, sorrow, disasters, anxiety, tragedies in-the-making, bad news both big and small. I'm just as happy as anyone to log on to one news site after another, but if it starts pulling me down, if it makes me angry, I do just what Dad did: give it back to God.

Meet Will and Grace: How They Can Help You Direct and Star in 2013's Greatest Feel-good Film

Jennifer Grace | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Grace

During a manifestation ceremony, on top of a mountain, I made this bold statement, "I feel thrilled that I am now a Hay House published author." It was a bold statement, because I had not even written the first page of the book that had been living inside my head.

In A Self-Righteous Religious Culture, Brennan Manning Reminded Us 'All Is Grace'

Matt Litton | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

God bless you, Brennan Manning. The candid story of your life will prove more lasting and deeply affecting than all of your best-selling books and successful preaching.

Amazing Grace

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The stories behind the fight against slavery, the struggle to secure women's equality, and the bitter battle for civil rights are reminders that all the virtues implied in that term grace are within reach.

Creativity and the Three Graces

Lisa Levart | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Lisa Levart

On a recent, chilly winter afternoon, the three of us met at Grace's magical home. Clay, concrete and painted steel spheres dotted the landscape as though they had rolled down the hill in some prehistoric era, settling in gentle clumps.

A Church Of Non-Christians

Peter Rollins | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

An influential movement speaks beyond the confines of its origin, crosses tribal boundaries and touches people who might otherwise have no connection with each other. These communities do exist, they always have. But they are often hidden away and hard to track down.

The Spiritual Army of Caroline Myss

Trish Kinney | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Trish Kinney

We came alone, or with a friend, emptied our bank accounts to do so. We came for something that couldn't be explained but felt oddly familiar. No two stories were alike, and yet they all seemed connected.

Stand Tall

Laura Bushnell | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Laura Bushnell

Mothers -- you are powerful. Stand tall. You are full of grace. Stand tall. Join together and stand tall. Be as a Redwood tree. Stand tall.

What I Don't Know For Sure

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Donna Jean Freberg

I thought I knew everything. Or at least pretty close. It took a long time to become wise, and by wise I mean to realize how much I don't actually know. And for a while it's left me feeling pretty faithless and lost.

On Discovering Your Versions Of Happy

Maggie Lyon | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Given how much time I spend wandering around consumed by how stellar life will be once I lose the last five pregnancy pounds, get my book written, get the baby to sleep through the night, that to realize quite suddenly that I am happy right now is miraculous. It stops me in my tracks.

My Mom, Style Icon

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 03.26.2013 | Women
Lois Alter Mark

In all of these photos, Edith is the epitome of the fashionably-dressed woman of the '40s and '50s. She's wearing boxy jackets and pencil skirts for work, and cute little blouses with Peter Pan collars and long, billowy skirts for play. She's even donning gloves!

Happy Birthday To You: How A 6-Note Melody Connects A Family

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

Somehow, that simple melody, written in 1893 by two sisters and educators from Kentucky, now represents a lifeline to something larger than myself.

A Biological Depiction Of Grace

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 03.21.2013 | Home
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

The most basic act of Grace is the fact that we are alive. We have entered into this world through no efforts of our own. The value of this gift is inestimable.

Lance Armstrong And The Human Need For Grace

Morgan Guyton | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Even though Armstrong was insistent on maintaining a big lie as part of his public persona, that doesn't mean that everything he said when shaking hands with somebody was a lie. It doesn't erase whatever gold medals kids were inspired to win after they heard Armstrong give a speech about beating cancer.

Joy Secret Number Five: Generosity

Amanda Gore | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

Generosity, or the lack of it, plays a huge role in every area of our lives, yet we rarely openly discuss it or explore it -- or teach it specifically to our children!

Is Gratitude Good For Body And Soul?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

As religious Americans face the inevitable chaos and harshness of 2013, perhaps we should covenant together to offer thanksgiving for the gifts of grace and love and relationship hidden amid life's rubble.