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Teachings of Jesus

Religious Freedom On My Mind

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

It is time to blow the whistle on religious demagogues who say they are victims if they are not allowed to take away the rights of others.

10 Things Jesus Wasn't

Kristie Christie | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Kristie Christie

The truth is, you're loved, you're seen, you're not worthless. You're valuable. You're precious. Easter is about making sure you know that.

New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I believe the church is in need of new wineskins. As the past few years have hinted at, and last week made crystal clear, evangelicalism is an old wineskin that is long past its expiration date. It was a new wineskin once and served the church well for a time, but it has become dry, brittle and broken.

Radical Beyond Belief

Ron Nikkel | Posted 05.04.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ron Nikkel

You say you want a revolution Well you know We all want to change the world... But when you talk about destruction Don't you know you can count me out...

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

Jesus Will Forgive You, But Santa Claus Never Will

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Santa is kind of scary, especially when compared to Jesus. Santa is judgmental. Santa gives bribes for being good, and if you're not good, Santa doesn't forgive. He just puts coal in your stocking and moves on. Jesus will forgive you. That's the whole Gospel right there.

This Christmas, Let's Bring Back WWJD

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

I know it can be easy to buy into the idea that you are pressured by someone or something to make sure you stress yourself and your finances to the limit but that is about as far from scripture as you can get without committing a felony

Human Rights Day -- A Day to Do Something

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

In the wake of Human Rights Day and Nelson Mandela's state funeral, it is more clear than ever that we are all called to be our higher selves. We are called to believe and act like our lives make a difference.

God's Antibiotics

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Jesus teaches us to do good, especially to those who spew hate. We are also taught that whatever we give to others should be given freely, out of love. Although never a popular idea in any era, we are to be walking epistles of mercy, exercising restraint because of unmerited favor we have already received.

A Methodist Inquisition

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

One more United Methodist minister, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, was convicted of performing a marriage of a loving same-gender couple -- his son and his son's beloved.

Here's Why I Love the Che Guevara Jesus Poster

Paul N. Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul N. Alexander

I love this picture. I've been showing it in my classes for more than a decade. But why in the world would I -- an activist committed to consistent nonviolence -- appreciate a portrayal of Jesus that is blended with Che Guevara?

A (Somewhat) Muslim Perspective: Why Is Reza Aslan's Jesus So Small?

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rob Asghar

Aslan is a remarkable writer and speaker. I only wish I had his talent. Yet his book on Jesus carries numerous problems.

5 Rabbis Explain Jesus

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For every complex question, as H.L. Mencken once put, there is usually an answer that is "clear, simple and wrong." His observation rings true when it comes to a question I get at least once a week. What do Jews believe about Jesus?

Grieving The Loss Of A Child On Father's Day

Greg Laurie | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Greg Laurie

We all have a course marked out for us and a race to run to the finish. We don't know how long this race is going to be; we never know when our lives will end. So we need to be ready, and we need to run our race well.

Caring For Others Will Save The World

Joseph Ward III | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

If we care enough, we can give ourselves permission to journey into the shoes and lives of others we don't understand; we can open our arms to hold and listen to the LGBTQ people of our world.

Reclaiming The Beard On Behalf Of Christianity

Craig Considine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

There's nothing wrong with being a Christian and growing a beard. We must continue to work on transcending stereotypes by learning more about our own traditions.

What's Money Got To Do With Talent?

Kalliope Lee | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Kalliope Lee

I'm no biblical scholar. I don't even read the Bible regularly -- or, shall I say, religiously. But there are passages that have stuck with me and irrevocably informed the way I negotiate life. One of the most provocative, most puzzling and a personal favorite is "the Parable of the Talents."

The New Testament In Historical Context

Greg Carey | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Misconceptions skew our understanding of the New Testament, often in ways that hinder our faith development and our ability to engage the world in constructive ways.

In Christ Or In A Jacuzzi Jesus?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

To be "in Christ" means to let the Spirit of Christ so infiltrate your being that your very essence is affected. Every cell in your body becomes permeable to Christ's spirit, transforming you from the inside out. But a transformation this complete intimidates most people.

Stop Telling Me What Is Anti-Christian

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

While I affirm the right of any Christian to boycott a product, show or the like, and even to explain why in the public square, I'm weary of the heavy-handed tendency of Christians to slap the "anti-Christian" label on anything they find objectionable.

The Institution May Be Dying, But The Need Is Not

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

No matter what denomination or faith tradition, organized religion is declining. And yet people still yearn for a connection to their spiritual core, a relationship with the reality beyond themselves.

Apostle Paul Lived And Died As A Dedicated Jew

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Paul's vision was to make his brand of Judaism -- with the recognition of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah -- a world religion easily accessible to everyone. At no time did he repudiate Judaism or declare that he represented a new religion.

Why Christians Might Have Something To Learn From The Dalai Lama

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Jesus didn't die so we could be the best, but so that we might know what it looks like to give our lives away. Were we to listen, the Dalai Lama might just be able to teach us something about that.

Witness: To Be With Jesus' Companions After The Crucifixion

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Wolfman

I want to have known the charisma of the rabbi who was Jesus. I want to have been among the first to hear his words on justice and the Kingdom of God spoken over and over and over again.

Faith In New Places

Dirk G. Lange | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Dirk G. Lange

Faith propels communities and people forward onto paths untrodden, into places unheard of, across many culturally and religiously imposed boundaries, and in that movement, faith is also discovered, the faith of others, and together, ways of reconciliation and peace are created.