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My Easter

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Paula Gordon

Easter was to my mother what Christmas was to me -- the best of the best. When I was old enough to articulate my preference for Christmas, I'd start with the unpleasantness of 'Good Friday.' How could torturing someone to death be the cause for celebration?

Can You Question The Resurrection And Still Be A Christian?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) “On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is the foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that ...

Resurrecting Jesus, The Revolutionary Mystic

Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

Adapted from Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic by Adyashanti. Copyright © 2014 by Adyashanti. To be published by Sou...

The Resurrection of Jesus

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Millions of people from all parts of the world will celebrate Easter because they, like I, believe what the early Gospel writers wrote about: that Jesus was raised from the dead and life eternal with Jesus in the kingdom of heaven is ours through faith in Jesus. Hallelujah!

Learning to Wait In the Dark

Barbara Brown Taylor | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Barbara Brown Taylor

That was where Jesus spent Holy Saturday: in a dark hole in the ground, doing absolutely nothing. It was the Sabbath, after all. His friends had worked hard to make sure he was laid to rest before the sun went down. Then they went home to rest too, because that was what they did on Saturdays.

A Contemporary View Of Jesus, The Man

OWN | Posted 04.18.2014 | OWN

Adyashanti -- born Steven Gray in 1962 -- has always been a spiritual seeker. Though he didn't grow up in a particularly religious family, the Califor...

Jesus' Sex Life on the 'Down Low'

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I just find it hard to believe that this wandering rabbi and his gang of 12 surely horny men were unmarried and celibate.

Happy Easter and Happy Birthday, Thornton Wilder!

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.18.2014 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

Thornton Wilder would tell us to get off those electronic devices of ours and take a little time to recognize the beauty of all the little moments of our lives on this planet.

Is Jesus' Message His Death or His Life?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Holy Week should not be interpreted to mean that we are responsible for the death of Christ, or that God's honor would be offended if he simply forgave our sins, or that the point of Jesus' life was his suffering and death, or that this death magically erases the consequences of what we actually have done.

Is Easter 'Happy'?

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

'Happy Easter!' You hear it everywhere, in malls, in streets, and in churches. But is the Christian celebration of Easter really a happy occasion?

The Often Untold Story of Easter

Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J.

Holy Saturday is a day when hell is emptied out, and maybe that can give us the hope that our own present personal hells can be harrowed as well.

This Is the Night: The Darkness of Holy Saturday

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Unlike the hosannas of Palm Sunday and the yearned-for glory of Easter Day, this day in Holy Week, Holy Saturday, speaks most directly to the daily reality of our lives. After the shock of death or words that bring despair -- words like cancer, divorce, terminal, downsizing -- we find ourselves entering the dark void of unknowing.

My Spiritual Greek Easter!

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Throughout Holy Week, Orthodoxy is in grieving for Christ's ascent to Calvary and his crucifixion but on the day of the Resurrection there is the cleansing from sin and the restart of the human race.

LOOK: Christians Follow The 'Way Of Suffering' In Jerusalem

AP | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusa...

The Five Lessons of Good Friday

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

So, what can the story of Jesus's crucifixion, as recorded in the Gospels almost 2,000 years ago, teach us about our own lives?

LOOK: Jesus' Crucifixion Depicted In Art Through The Ages

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Jesus Christ's betrayal, trial and crucifixion form the basis of the Christian Good Friday, which falls on the Friday before Easter. The famous st...

Let's Be Kind to Judas: John 13:21-32

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

John says that Satan was the motivator in Judas' betrayal of Jesus, but we're best to understand that to mean that despite all the time Judas had spent in Jesus' company, he had not committed his will to Jesus. Judas was not Jesus-possessed, the Gospel of Judas notwithstanding.

The Second Coming of Homeless Jesus

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.17.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

The stories sound incredible, but they're true. Too many local governments think the homeless should just go away and stop depressing everyone with their mere presence. Or at least find another town to live in.

The Meaning of Good Friday

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

What is this death? The Cross returns to us again and again in our lives. When we bear witness to the child or the teen shot dead because of the wrong time, or the wrong place, or the wrong color, or the wrong class.

Tombstone Jesus

Ron Nikkel | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Some years ago, during a visit to Jerusalem, I went to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, reputed to be on the place of Jesus' tomb. I was rather underwhelmed, and wondered where Jesus really was amid all of the tourists and souvenirs.

Daily Meditation: Maundy Thursday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The People Christians Are Allowed to Hate

Angela Jamene | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

It's hard. It takes work, and it takes a lot of practice. Loving everyone is no small goal. It's a priority though, it has to be.

Staying Awake With Jesus (a Sermon on Matthew 26:36-46)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

When the Judas' of your life betray you, showing up in the middle of the night with a "no knock" warrant, turning peace into chaos, know that Jesus is awake.

Was Jesus Really Married?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

The recent announcement that a fragment of a papyrus manuscript found in Egypt some time ago -- one that mentions Jesus having a wife -- is "authentic" has been something of a sensation in the news.

Did Jesus Die Singing?

Pastor Rick Henderson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Pastor Rick Henderson

There is something in the account of Jesus' time on the cross that has always bugged me. There is an unanswered question that I've been lugging around for years. In that time, I can't remember a single person who resolved this nagging question.