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Sermon on the Mount

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Pope Francis: A Man of Few and Simple Words

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

I'm not a big fan of Church doctrines and dogma. It can be any religion. Doesn't matter. I think most doctrines and dogma are silly, misguided, someti...

Enjoy the Super Bowl; Be Suspicious of Its Values (Matthew 5:1-12)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Especially this week, football also provides a token of our society's obsession with power as a close partner of runaway wealth.

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

Gandhi's Daily Scripture Readings for Peace

John Dear | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
John Dear

This week, I thought we could consider two passages from the Gita, and pray over them just as Gandhi prayed through our greatest Christian teachings. I've taken these translations from one of my favorite books, Gandhi the Man by Eknath Easwaran.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

Pope Francis's Humility Does Nothing for the Poor

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

The new pope favors a modest lifestyle without chauffeured limousines or ostentatious palaces. I am sure that his concern for the poor is sincere. Yet, he is not going to do anything radical to reduce poverty.

Christians Preach Fairness But Practice Oppression

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

Religious people focus on an afterlife where the problems of inequality, injustice, and exploitation magically vaporize. This otherworldly perspective does nothing to put food on the table for hungry people but fobs them off with unverifiable promises to be delivered after death.

The Prayer Of Quiet

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

When Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount, tells us to "pray in secret," we have our first clear hints that Jesus' own prayer, and the prayer he taught to others, was first of all a prayer of quiet, a prayer beyond words, perhaps the attainment of a deep inner silence itself.

The Beatitudes And Essential And Relevant Today

Eric Simpson | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The Beatitudes express the idea that peace comes from peacemakers who are characterized by their poverty of spirit, their ability to mourn for the world and their lack of attachments.

WATCH: Jesus vs Hateful Anti-Gay Pastors Mashup

Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion

Watch what happens when you put Jesus' Sermon On The Mount against the recent rash of anti-gay pastors. ...

The Flickering Light Of America

James Robison | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
James Robison

Whatever happened to the "shining city on a hill"? Our nation, once a shining flame of freedom, is well on its way to becoming a flickering ember of debt, despair, dissension and defeat. It does not have to continue.

Young Preachers Offer Hope for the Church's Future

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

An event with such diversity isn't particularly easy to pull off. You had members of some faith traditions that believe women should not be heard from a pulpit listening attentively to gifted women preachers.

The Beatitude Attitude: 9 Tips For Avoiding Family Stress Over The Holidays

John Shore | Posted 01.22.2012 | Religion
John Shore

Here is a way of using the Beatitudes delivered by Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount as inspiration to make your family reunion something you can not only endure, but greatly enjoy.

Occupy Philadelphia: The Birth of "Peopleism"

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Having attended Occupy Philadelphia for a second visit Tuesday, October 18, this time with my friend, Carolyn, I was honored to hear two gifted orator...

Troy Davis And The Biblical Case(s) For Violence

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Attitudes in biblical texts regarding violence are complex and, at times, irreconcilable. But what, if anything, can these texts teach us today?

Arcade Fire Delivers The Sermon On The Mount

Michael Gilmour | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Arcade Fire's The Suburbs is an example of lyricists using biblical intertexts for artistic, not confessional purposes. Ideas from the Sermon on the Mount lurk in the background of the album.

The Debt Limit: Crowd-Sourcing a Miracle

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

We can get a glimpse of another way to respond to a crisis in the so-called "miracle story" of the feeding of the five thousand, one of the Jesus stories recorded in the Christian Scriptures.

Where Are Our Christian Values In The Debt Ceiling Drama?

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

At this moment, politicians, most of them Christians, are telling us that we no longer have the money to care for all Americans, including the least among us.

The Pure In Heart Shall See God

Eric Simpson | Posted 06.30.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

How do we go about having a pure heart? Jesus provides a clue. Keeping our hearts sound is key not only to seeing ourselves as we really are, but to seeing God.

The Trouble (And Blessing) Of Lent

David Lose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Lose

If Lent is in trouble, it's only because we're in trouble, so busy trying to make or keep or save our lives that we fail to notice that God has already saved us and has already freed us.

Matthew 5:22: The Forgotten Gospel Passage On Name-Calling

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

It's especially important to hear Jesus's words in our digital age, when snarky blogs, terrible texting, snotty Facebook posts and mean-spirited Tweets can cause serious harm.

Those Who Are Merciful Will Obtain Mercy

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

Showing mercy to others, like being poor, or mourning, or being meek, or like hunger and thirst, is a quality of soul that necessitates death, self-denial, perhaps even significant personal loss.

The Parables: Understanding Jesus' Strange Good News

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Jesus has his moments when he speaks plainly, but much of what the Gospels convey is a lot more elusive. That's what makes his teachings so evocative, and sometimes offensive, and sometimes restorative.

How Do You Pick Up The Pieces After Your Faith Fails?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The journey of faith is a struggle and there is no destination because (I believe) the life of the spirit is real. Therefore we never arrive because the spirit never dies.