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Teachings of Jesus

Ebola: Stop the Blame Game

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, we like to think people of ancient times were ignorant to blame blindness on sin. Not so fast! The issue then and now is less ignorance and more political opportunism.

Sure, the Pharisees Preached Original Sin -- But Jesus Preached Original Innocence

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the reasons Jesus got a bad reputation amongst the religious community of his day was because he was not afraid to associate himself with mankind, all of mankind: The best and worst, the clean and unclean, the accepted and the rejected.

Why Jesus Taught With Questions Instead of Answers

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Jesus talked a lot in parables, in little short stories. He also seemed to be more interested in questions then answers. When people asked Jesus a question, often he gave them a question back.

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?

Do Religious Classes Focus Too Much on Fantasy?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
John A. Tures

Last month, a study in the Cognitive Science journal found that kids exposed to religion struggle with distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Are lesson plans geared toward kids to blame?

Race and the Soul of the Country -- An Open Letter to People of Faith

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, I write a letter from the jailhouse of race. This jail has no visible walls, but there are walls nonetheless. If we do not rise up against them and tear them down, we will remain trapped and afraid.

Religious Freedom On My Mind

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.20.2014 | 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.