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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.

Spilled Milk: Back to (Catholic) School

William Lucas Walker | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
William Lucas Walker

We figured that as Episcopalians, while we may not be Catholic, we were close enough: same pomp, no pope, less guilt. It surprises some to learn that Kelly and I actually met at church. We still attend regularly. Not regularly enough, as we were soon to find out.

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

The Manly Side of Christmas

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

I've never heard anyone point to Joseph as an icon of biblical manhood. If the Gospel according to Matthew were packaged like People magazine, Joseph of Nazareth's face would grace the cover, for Joseph is the lead story in Matthew's Gospel -- and not for chiseled abs.

Oy Vey Maria! The Virgin Birth as Mistake, Marketing, and Major Distraction

Rev. David Felten | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. David Felten

There really is something about Mary. Catholics aren't the only ones who harbor a measure of devotion to Jesus' mother that can sometimes border on the fanatic. But Mary can be a bit of problem.

A Mormon, a Lesbian and Baby Jesus

Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick

Many women facing abortion don't see a choice. They see abortion as their only real option. They don't see the possibility of a real life for their children; so why would they bring them into the world?

Luke 1:39-45(46-55): The Other Side of the Tray

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

And there is the key to Christmas joy. The little-known secret of Christmas is that our joy is full when we study and learn from Mary as servant, God as servant, Jesus as servant, and become servants ourselves. When we do, our joy will be full.

#Firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel plans, figuring out how to deal with awkward family dynamics.

God's Disguises

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

God loves disguises. So look around you today. And be a bit more curious about the characters that inhabit your life.

The Muslim Jesus

Alayna Ahmad-Benson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Alayna Ahmad-Benson

Islam rejects that Jesus is the son of God and views Jesus, also known as Isa, as a Prophet and the Messiah of the Israelites. So who was this Muslim Jesus?

How I Pray

Virginia Bell | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Virginia Bell

For years, I prided myself on being an atheist and had no interest in god or religion. Back then, the word "spirituality" wasn't part of our everyday vernacular. But all that changed during the 1970s when spirituality became a buzz word.

Mary: Modern Inspiration for Facing Difficult Times

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Mary believes, Mary ponders, Mary grieves -- an inspiration to modern people, ever experiencing extraordinary joy and extraordinary loss in the midst of ordinary life.

Pitching Baby Jesus to the Paploids: If OK! Was Around in the First Century

Angela Himsel | Posted 02.18.2013 | New York
Angela Himsel

The baby twins on the cover of Shalom! -- the top selling papyrus celebrity mag in all of Israel -- drew Miriam in.

Colm Toibin's Virgin Mary Is Far From Meek And Mild

Religion News Service | Karen Long | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

(RNS) This month, as Christians set up their creches and assemble in churches to hear the story of the Nativity, one line, from Luke 2:19, speaks part...

PHOTOS: Celebrating The Immaculate Conception Of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

Dec. 8 is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated in the Roman Catholic and related Christian churches. The I...

Demolishing A Christmas Fixation

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.23.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

My thoughts turn to God, who chose to live as a human being, beginning as a baby. God did not merely appear human or become similar to a human. God was human, stripped of divinity's power.

Birthing New Life in the Midst of Despair

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Our redemption comes from another direction. The first step is to look within, to recognize our own interior "Grinch thoughts" that act as a thief in the night. These self-critical, self-doubting beliefs end up robbing us of our birthright to live freely as we are.

Who Was Mary Magdalene?

Bruce Chilton | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
Bruce Chilton

Mary Magdalene's three gifts of Spirit are her inheritance: dissolving what is impure or evil, offering ointment for sickness and discernment, and vision to perceive the spiritual truth of resurrection.

My Other Calling? Coaching Jack and Luke

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.31.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I know baseball well enough to teach and coach the kids, but the skills have never been my strength as a coach. Rather, I bring the qualities from the rest of my life as a speaker, preacher, and pastor to my Little League team.

The Fall Of 'Mary'

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Philip N. Cohen

For the first time in the history of the United States of America, the name Mary is not in the top 100 given to newborn girls.

After Christmas, How Is God With Us?

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

While Christians put decorations away, vacuum up the tinsel, and find places to put our new toys, I often wonder what it all means. After the pregnant longing, after the birth, how do we understand that God is with us?

A Christmas Card From A Muslim Daughter

Kari Ansari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kari Ansari

The fact that Muslims accept and believe in the virgin birth of Jesus has been a golden thread that links my childhood Christmas memories to my very fulfilling adult life as a Muslim.

From St. Nicholas to Santacon

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Margie Goldsmith

Here's something you probably don't know about Christmas: there really was a St. Nicholas. If you're wondering why we hang up stockings, there's a story for that too.

Bearing God: Advent from the Eyes of a Pregnant Pastor

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

There was that morning I will never forget, when I stood in the sweet sanctuary. I was at the table before the bread and the wine, saying those ancient Words of Institution, when my belly began shifting around with those smooth oceanic movements.

RELIGIOUS ART: Portraying Jesus and Mary: Picturing The Bible's Ethereal And Human Prophets

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Brenner

Prophets are men of passion. They radiate great force. They fire the spirits of their followers. They are charismatic in the true sense. But there is no blaze in the eyes of the Jesus typically depicted in art.