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'Grace': When Faith Isn't Enough

Danny Groner | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

Thanks to stellar acting from his small cast portraying complex characters, Grace is saved. Paul Rudd may lead the way, but his character Steve is actually the least complex of them all.

Theater: Edgar Oliver Holds Forth; Grace Is Denied

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

I have little to say about Grace because it inspires very little thought. The story is a familiar one in its way, of financial crisis and faith and personal redemption.

Grace on Broadway: Let Us Now Pray

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.06.2012 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The play Grace takes stylistic liberties, showing the end at the beginning, and playing scenes in reverse, almost cinematically, so that the actor Paul Rudd walks backwards trying desperately to return to pre-cataclysmic grace.

Not Quite Amazing: Paul Rudd's 'Grace'

Hallie Sekoff | Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts
Hallie Sekoff

Cautiously (but overall) thoughtfully directed by Dexter Bullard, Grace follows an evangelical couple Steve and Sara, played by Paul Rudd and Kate Arrington, shortly after their move to Florida to open a chain of Gospel-themed hotels, their catchphrase being, of course, "Where Would Jesus Stay?"

God Loves Us F**k-ups

Derek Flood | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

It is precisely into a place of woundedness, failure, fear and brokenness that Jesus wants to come. Faith is not about certainty; it is about vulnerability. It is about having the courage to let Jesus into our screwed up lives, the courage to be loved for who we really are.

There But for the Grace of God: Craig Wright's 'Grace'

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

In Craig Wright's newest offering, Grace, four characters use the stage as a place where the rules of physics and nature of belief collide. After all, there but for the Grace of God go I.

The Single Most Important Thing To Do After Divorce

Alison Patton | Posted 11.27.2012 | Divorce
Alison Patton

How do you forgive the unforgivable?

The Myth Of The 47%: Our Original Sin

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

This myth justifies hardheartedness (or often condescending paternalism) toward those whose poverty must be their own fault, and it allows those who believe it to congratulate themselves for their hard work and responsible life choices.

I Tried So Hard To Please...

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Through much of my adult life, I tried so hard to please. Then, one day, I realized no one was watching. Correction! I realized I was no longer watching.

God As Heart Surgeon

Max Lucado | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Max Lucado

Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart -- poisoned as it is with pride and pain -- and replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change.

Can We Forgive Others As Well As Ourselves?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

God doesn't expect us to be perfect -- we are human. If we were perfect, there would have been no reason for God to give God's Son for us. But God does expect us to forgive and to seek forgiveness.

Was Jesus A Jerk? A Bible Study

David Lose | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Pious readers encountering this question may be shocked or offended. It borders on being disrespectful, even unseemly. Yet that's the question that kept coming to mind as I read the passage many preachers will be dealing with this coming Sunday.

A Personal Musing on Grieving Moms: The Destination We Don't Want on Our GPS

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

And so the days have been. It could all change tomorrow. I could be a grieving mom. I hope the day never comes. Dare I say, in a small way I grive with these moms. I am so sorry they have lost their babies. I am in awe of their courage.

Soul-Talk: How To Find Perfection In Rejection

Russell Bishop | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

Most people think acceptance has something to do with liking your circumstances. In truth, acceptance merely means recognizing the obvious, cooperating with the reality of it, and finding ways to move forward in spite of the situation.

Jeff Buckley's Grace: 10 Haikus in Honor of the Album's 18th Anniversary

Stereo IQ | Posted 08.23.2012 | Entertainment
Stereo IQ

His bravery was palpable. With 18 years in the dust, Buckley's opus hasn't lost its touch. Here are 10 haikus, one for each track on the album, to reinvigorate your listening.

How To Be A 'Good Witness' To Yourself

Anne Naylor | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Do you have the presence of unconditional support for your projects and the challenges they bring? Do enjoy the value of a good listener who offers no comment or criticism but who is simply there for you?

The Wisdom of Ignorance

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Jennifer Hamady

Just as a sponge can only take on water after being wrung out, so too must we be able -- regardless of our experience or education -- to continually renounce our own fullness, lest we become bloated and stale.

You Do Have The Power!

Anne Naylor | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

My experience is that too many of us under-value, or fail to recognize, our true worth. We do not take good enough care of ourselves, or we sell ourselves short when it comes to being true to ourselves and going for what we really want in our heart of hearts.

The Barking Dog Of The False Ego

Chris Fici | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

We have two dogs in our heart. One is our actual ego, our reality as spirit soul, and one is the false ego, or our false identification with our temporary material body. Whichever we one we feed the most becomes dominant in our consciousness.

The Amazing Grace of Same-Sex Marriage

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

Love -- whether same-sex or opposite-sex -- is a manifestation of God's amazing grace precisely because it cannot be planned or earned. Love is not just a matter of works, but rather of grace.

VIDEO: How to Take a Compliment

Gabrielle Bernstein | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Gabrielle Bernstein

After a few days in London I recognized a pattern. It seems to be a common theme that Brits are uncomfortable taking compliments. In response to this realization, I decided to vlog about it! In this video, I offer tips for how to take a compliment and practice receiving.

Grace in the Parenting Storm

Heather Choate Davis | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
Heather Choate Davis

Love is equal parts attachment and suffering, and so one needs to search for a source of truth and grace big enough to embrace them both.

The Gift of Kittens in a Flower Pot

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 07.04.2012 | Green
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

Early in my life I was told to be careful how I treated strangers because I might be entertaining angels without realizing it. A few days ago a small clan of angels arrived on my patio without my invitation or knowledge.

Harmony and Disruption Are Part of the Same Whole

Gangaji | Posted 06.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Gangaji

The word harmony evokes equilibrium and peace. When we idealize harmony we imagine the smooth melding of opposites. The music of life supporting us, internally and externally.

That Chipped Teacup Feeling: Life After Breast Cancer

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

No matter how short your life might be, or how deliciously long, why not cram in as much as you can? Sure, live in the moment, but glory in your past and plan for the future, too.