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Holy Spirit

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

Eternal Truths Need Unpacking, Not Defending

John Backman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

For many believers, the notion of rethinking eternal truths is not only unsettling, but wrong. After all, if we rethink them, we run the risk of throwing them out completely.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

Strutting With the Spirit: A Proposal for Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

However we preach, whatever we teach, whenever we speak, we should be prepared. How? Through a life of study, the practice of learning, even the discipline of memorizing.

Out of Darkness, a Light Breaks

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Davis

Such cruel tragedies are never easy to handle, and doubly so when the victim was a young woman whose spirit brightened the lives of all around her. But Ben was a contemporary Christian artist and worship leader at a large church. How was this soul-rending tragedy going to square with his faith? How could a loving God allow such things?

Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.

Mainline Churches: Past, Present, Future

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

What is in store for the Mainline Protestant churches, as well as for the more evangelical, fundamentalist, and/or charismatic Protestant denominations and independent churches? Reason might suggest that both groups should move a little to the religious middle.

I Don't Get It

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The base of the GOP is supposedly rooted in evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics, people who say they forgo bread to live on the Word of God. When I see this part of the GOP base giddy about whatever issue du jour the GOP has dreamed up, I walk away thinking: I don't get it.

Does the Holy Spirit Inspire Violence? Obama, Syria and the Days Ahead

Jack Levison | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

Does the Spirit inspire violence? Well, yes, but only in a single set of circumstances: when the restoration of solidarity for oppressed peoples requires violence.

Pentecost: the Salvific Mission of the Church Begins

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Celebrated on the Seventh Sunday (50 days) after Pascha and 10 days after the Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost -- also referred to as Trinity Sunday -- marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on about 120 disciples.

Christian Salvation As Pentecost

Morgan Guyton | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

In the prophecy from Joel that Peter quotes on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, God makes an incredible promise: "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh." What if this statement is taken as the centerpiece of God's salvation of humanity and the world?

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.

A Non-Traditional Advent Story ... From Postmodern Negro

Steve Knight | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Steve Knight

Anthony Smith, a.k.a. Postmodern Negro, talks about the non-traditional Advent story in the Gospel of Mark.

Escape From The Busy Trap

Jack Levison | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Jack Levison

What do we get for slowing down, for sitting peaceably at summer's end, talking of poetry? We get called an idler by the noisy set, the productive people, the bankers, the schoolmasters, the clergy, the active folk, the busy people.

Yes, Call Him Bishop Romney, Seriously

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

A number of times online I have suggested that people begin to call Mitt Romney "Bishop Romney." Many times met with derision or as a joke, I mean th...

Pentecost: When Christians Dream

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Christians will look back in time on Pentecost. But they'll also need to be looking at the present, dreaming with their eyes open and daring to consider where God may be found today.

Divine Earth, Divine Mother

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Lately I've been on a kick: I'm reading books set in the 1940s and earlier. They detail the stories of the lives of their times. I've recently noticed, though, that no one ever mentions the environment. It wasn't on their radar.

Earthquakes and Cancer: Ain't No Use To Sit And Wonder Why

Elizabeth E. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth E. Evans

How can one American be particularly touched by God's grace -- and an equally devout (or secular) Japanese family be taken up by a huge wave and tossed like rubbish in the wreck of their home?

The Holy Spirit, Jesus And Social Justice In Black Churches: Making Noise Or Making A Difference?

Brad R. Braxton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad R. Braxton

Has our style of worship become more important than the substance of worship? Has having a good time in church become more important than living a good, disciplined and empowered life?

Dear Sarah Palin, Please leave - we don't need your sort in Ohio!

Steven Denlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Denlinger

In the old days of the West, when someone did irreparable harm to a community, the Sheriff took the culprit to the edge of town. He told that person ...