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My Nine Eleven

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

God, why would you let this happen? It does not make any sense. He could have run home to his family, but ran into the building instead. He laid his life down for the world, and I just watched. Why?

Satan and the Demons

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Being tempted by the devil was the first incident in Jesus' ministry following his baptism, and since it was initiated by God, it should be taken as a foreshadowing of Jesus' lifelong battle with Satan.

Jesus, That Was An Awkward Lunch

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.03.2013 | Comedy

What's making this lunch so awkward? Oh, that. ...

Back to School and Ahead to...?

Jack Levison | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

So much of school seems to consist of teaching kids to listen for hours on end. Instructing them in the art of large group compliance. Training them to relent. Kids should be relentless--not behaviorally modified to relent, to give ground, to concede and cave.

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?

Speak Up. Speak Love.

Adam Bailey | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Adam Bailey

I write off protesting in and of itself because of the street preachers on campus or by the Mall in DC a few summers ago, forgetting that it was a protesting preacher at the front of that Mall 50 years ago who revolutionized the world. We don't want to seem too fringe, so we mainstream the radicals of history and don't get too risky ourselves.

Why the Dream Has Been Deferred

Morgan Guyton | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

We do not fulfill Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream by being a people who don't say the N word or officially discriminate on racial terms. Only a culture of genuine solidarity in which we are proactively seeking the shalom of all people, and not just the purity of our nuclear families, is a culture that is living his dream.

Syrian War Is Not A Prelude To The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Instead of praying for the annihilation of the Arab cultural center, why not try saying: we will not tolerate these human rights abuses.

Know Why You're Here: The Point of Human Existence

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My friend, you did not show up to be a pastor or a lawyer, journalist, or missionary, or a mechanic or server at Waffle House. You are here instead to awaken out of all illusions. The illusions cause the suffering.

The Gospel for Recovering Pleasers

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Kat Katsanis-Semel

Claim the truth that it is better to "get it right" with God (based on your heartfelt knowledge of what God wants for you), and to "get it wrong" with others, than it is to "get it right" with others and not be able to stand before God with dignity

'Whose Banquet Is it Anyway?' (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

Shanell T. Smith | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion
Shanell T. Smith

What if America was a banquet, and at this banquet the servings were fair wages, just trials, civil rights and liberties, but offered by invitation only? According to those who "March(ed) on Washington," this was exactly the case.

7 Obnoxious Jesus Jukes

Morgan Guyton | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Jesus jukes are moves that you make in online conversation to showcase your superior Jesus-ness at the expense of other people who have said something, often in banter or jest, that is inadequately theologically correct (or TC for short, the Christian version of PC).

Chucked Out of Sunday School

Carl Pettit | Posted 10.21.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

My experiences in the pews, and in the classroom, taught me that adults often profess knowledge about subjects they know very little about, and that my mind was prone to an enormous amount of speculative wandering.

The Power of Love (Luke 13: 10-17)

Paul Lutter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Paul Lutter

Sociologists are quick to point out that in situations where the oppressed are set free, it is often the case that those who were oppressed turn into oppressors. Yet this is not the kind of love that Jesus, or his community, exercises.

Rembrandt, Jews and Jesus: Putting Judaism Back in the Picture

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
Bernard Starr

The artworks of Medieval and Renaissance painters will stand forever as masterpieces. But there are omissions and misrepresentations of biblical history in the depictions and content, which enormously impact the Christianity and Judaism divide.

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?

Is God Angry? Depends On How You Sing It

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a multi-denominational tussle, with Baptists ...

5 Ways Jesus Was a Millennial

Mark Osler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

Millennials are right in accusing the church of shallowness, and once again Jesus made the same criticism. His message almost always was jarring to his audiences.

Searching For WeHo Jesus

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 10.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Gabrielle Canon

Then, as if my prayers had been answered, I saw him. Through the honking cars that whizzed past on Hollywood Blvd he waved blithely. Long brown hair. Neatly trimmed beard. Flowing white robe. Sandals. Was he the real deal?

Religion Becoming Obsolete? It Could Happen!

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Steve Siebold

Religion will continue to be popular in a world that's addicted to the emotion of hope. Critical thinking says people don't believe in the Bible because it's believable; they believe it because they want to believe it. They need to believe it.

Rumi and Emerson: A Bridge Between the West and the Muslim World

Craig Considine | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Jalalud'din Rumi and Ralph Waldo Emerson's love for everyone and everything, regardless of who or what they were, shows that non-Muslims and Muslims are not as different as many people imagine.

Reza Aslan's Zealot: Religious Extremism Then and Now

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Well before Zealot, whole libraries of books have made a strong case that Jesus was a revolutionary, a political insurrectionist or dangerous man, and feared by the Romans. So what was it that sparked the re-emergence of this redundant religious argument?

The Folly of Forgetfulness (A Sermon on Psalm 50:22-23)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Forgetfulness is a destructive phenomenon that slowly gnaws away at life, stunting our growth individually and en masse. We are, and hopefully shall forever be, "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

Reza Aslan: Why Aren't You a Jew?

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

If you reject the virgin birth, Jesus' divinity, and the resurrection -- as Aslan does -- what remains is Judaism.

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.