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4 Teachings of Jesus That His Followers (Almost) Never Take Seriously

Brandan Robertson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

There and hundreds of teachings contained in the 4 Gospels of the New Testament, teachings that, if we obeyed, would absolutely flip our lives and world upside-down for the glory of God and the good of all people.

Who Would Jesus Waterboard?

Kelly James Clark | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

Ben Franklin once wrote that "it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer." Dick Cheney, on the other hand, said: "I'm more concerned with bad guys who got out . . . than I am with a few that in fact were innocent."

Atlanta's Mo'Dest Volgare Serves the Most Offensive Holiday Drag Performance (NSFW VIDEO)

Matthew Terrell | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

At the season finale of Dragnificent, Atlanta's premier drag competition, I saw the most offensive number I believe exists. Celeste Holmes, host of Dragnificent, introduced the performer by telling the audience, "You are not prepared for this." Celeste was right.

Why I Choose to Live My Faith Outside of Organized Religion

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

While some say only one religion leads to God, and others might say all religions lead to God, I would say the opposite: That no religion leads to God.

Jesus and American Sniper: A Call to Resist

Michael G. Long | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Michael G. Long

That's what Hollywood would have you believe as it entices you to leave your home on Christmas Day so you catch the release of its new blockbuster about a Navy SEAL sniper who kills so-called bad people.

I'm With Stupid: Jesus and Marijuana Chain of Offense

Todd Hartley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Answer this question truthfully for me: Who's worse these days, people who say or write offensive stuff or the people who get really offended by it? Once upon a time, I imagine the obvious answer was the offenders, but with the way things are now, I honestly think the offended may have become the bigger problem.

73 Percent Of Americans Believe Jesus Was Born To A Virgin

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

A full 65 percent of American adults believe in the four of primary elements of the Christmas story -- the virgin birth, an angel announcing the birth...

Pope Francis and the Catholic Crisis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It is fair to describe Pope Francis's summons as a call to Christian adulthood, but not in some superficial or trite sense. Rather he expects all Catholics to show a spirit of leadership, independence, and good judgment.

What This Gay Atheist Learned From Being an Evangelical Christian

Chris Sosa | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Chris Sosa

After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.

Celebrating Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Actually, we will never know the exact birth date of Jesus. But that really doesn't make any difference, for we know that Jesus was a real person who is still alive and is a very real presence in our lives today. Let us focus on that as we prepare for a blessed Christmas celebration.

Why Does Jesus Hate December 25th?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 12.12.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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Terrorists, Thugs and the King of the Jews

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

As Christians, we can't preach about the cross as a life-giving moment, while continuing to participate in the same dehumanizing, degrading, and justifying of violence that allowed Rome to nail our Savior to the cross. This must stop.

Welcome Home! Amidst Torture and 'Man's Inhumanity to Man'

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Advent reminds us we once welcomed Jesus home to earth, and it didn't go so well. Humanity messed up. We're still messing up. To become human is to risk two things: to risk being inhumane to others, or to risk being treated inhumanely.

Handel's Messiah, Jesus, and the Old Testament

Greg Carey | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

In the Messiah the Jesus story begins with Israel's prophets. They anticipate the savior's arrival, which finds its fulfillment in the gospel stories. Israel's anticipation and Jesus as its fulfillment: that makes the story.

Keeping the Light Alive

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

As we mark the anniversary of that heart-breaking event of Dec. 14, 2012, her words echo in my mind and prompt me to re-post the meditation I wrote at the time, "Light in the Darkness."

The Feinstein Torture Report

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.

Jesus: The Original "New Age" Thinker

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I think a second reason Christians label me as a "New Age" person is because I frequently refer to God as "she" about as often as I do "he." Why? It is because God is neither.

Ferguson, Staten Island and Golgotha

David Carr | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
David Carr

The early Jesus movement was almost broken by an ancient, distant parallel to Ferguson or Staten Island. From the vantage point of the Roman Empire, Jesus was seen as a member of a notoriously troublesome and rebellious group. In this way, the historical Jesus was an ancient counterpart to a black man in white America.

How to Be Free in Faith Instead of a Slave to Religion-Made Certainty

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Fundamentalism pushes for conformity to their religious status quo, and that push is rarely seen by them for what it actually is: bulling and judging of others based on false, self-created assumptions.

Weeping at the Manger

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

As we move toward Bethlehem this Advent season, in the wake of the grand jury rulings in Ferguson and Staten Island, I'm reminded of the rarely preached upon section of the story of the Wise Men.

About Isolation, Race, Relationships and Friends

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

There are real people really hurting. Turn on our customized media and we see what might spin into a race war over men being killed and the accused walking away. No matter what sources of media you are using, we are seeing it.

Jesus Is Dead, and So Are We. Eric Garner Is Our Only Hope for Resurrection.

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

We must continue to breathe life into his story and case. We must use the details of the horrific tragedy of Eric Garner's death to shock life into the people of this nation. We must keep demanding justice. Do not ever stop telling the story of Eric Garner. Get out into the streets and breathe the breath of life into this dead, racist nation.

I'm With Stupid: No, Really, You Just Bought a Box of Poop

Todd Hartley | Posted 12.05.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

It's finally happened, people. We've finally passed the stupidity tipping point. We are now so irretrievably idiotic that some of us are paying for feces. That's right: feces, poop, dung, stool, whatever you want to call it. Apparently, people have been buying it online.

My Very Personal Happy Christmas Story

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide question was: "Mom, who's going to be in our house for Christmas?" The answer never varied: "The guests God brought to us this year, my dear."

Love-Based Activism

Stephanie Mott | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

If my purpose is to create change, to help bring about the end of legalized discrimination against LGBT people, my actions should be such that they are effective at bringing about that change.