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Teachings of Jesus

Can 'Liberal' Christianity Be Saved? It Already Is.

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

To measure the vitality of "liberal Christianity" as one might measure the robustness of a business -- in terms of number of consumers, conversions, baptism and vocations -- is to miss the point of what a church actually is.

Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Rev. Eric C. Shafer | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eric C. Shafer

Jesus Christ's compassion does not wear thin, even as he must repeat his saving activity for us again and again as we all fall short of his hopes for us. But like the disciples, we are not Jesus.

Physical Churches: Do They Matter Anymore?

Jeremy John | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

If there are so many churches here, why does America look so unlike the Kingdom of God? Why are we strangers to our neighbors? Why do we have homeless poor among us? Why do sweatshops produce the majority of our goods?

Saving Christianity Through Love Of God And Neighbor

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The trouble has nothing to do with lacking biblical grounding. It has nothing to do with lacking an identity. The trouble comes with putting these theological tenets into practice.

Will the Real Ms. Middle Class Please Stand Up?

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

While Jesus loves everybody, there is no Christian tradition of teaching God's "preferential option for the middle class." For Christians, it's still about the poorest and most vulnerable, and here is why these tax issues matter to those Jesus called "the least of these."

What Did Exorcisms Really Mean To Jesus?

Greg Carey | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus, it seems, frees people not only from their individual afflictions but also from social and communal exploitation.

10 Cliches Christians Should Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching the words most commonly associated with "Christian," the list ain't pretty.

Public Jesus: Missional Politics For The Local Church

Tim Suttle | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Whether measured by representation and votes or bullets and bombs, politics is always a struggle for power. Since Jesus taught that the last shall be first, it seems evident that if power is the goal, then as Christians we lose the moment we agree to play the game.

Health Care And Judgement Day, Revisited

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

The Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens the health and care worthy of every human being made in the image of God.

Sin And Chewing Gum

Derek Flood | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

We need to care about hurting each other, we need to be active in making things right. Because, to paraphrase Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount: You are worth much more to God than chewing gum.

Sex And The Affordable Care Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Supreme Court affirmation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a moral victory -- and a victory for sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a religious leader, I believe that access to health care is a fulfillment of the Biblical mandate to take care of all of our neighbors.

Preach The Gospel At All Times?

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

St. Francis recognized that the Gospel was all consuming, the work of God to restore all of Creation unto Himself for His glory.

Christian Leaders As Servants

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Much of our servant ministry comes from the biblical image of the shepherd leading his sheep. The shepherd will do and should do anything, including laying down his life, for those he has in his care.

Taking Jesus Seriously: Mark 5:21-43

Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway

It is a tale within a tale. It begins with a desperate father, a leader of the synagogue, pleading with Jesus to come heal his critically ill daughter. It is no laughing matter.

What (on Earth) Was Jesus Doing?

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

What was Jesus doing here on Earth? Well, my guess is He was trying to show us how to live. The whole "free will" part means it's up to us whether or not we choose to listen.

The Unforgivable Sin

Greg Carey | Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

The unforgivable sin certainly hurts other people. We can influence others to reject God's work, and we can curse people who are just beginning to experience grace and freedom. But this sin's primary danger lurks in its capacity to corrupt the self.

Where Is The Love Speech?

Trey Lyon | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Trey Lyon

In the wake of these most recent verbal attacks, one must wonder what is the oppsoite of hate-speech? What would it sound like and who would speak it?

Witness For The Execution

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

It's not an easy route because not everyone can stand the sight of blood. But if we do enter God's house by this grisly path, this choice makes an enormous difference.

When The Atheists Are Right

Mark Osler | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

If religion, my religion, can twist the truth, the Gospel of love, to the point where a man expresses such hate to his own dying child, I despair of that religion.

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven. Nobody Wants to Die

Jeremy Courtney | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Courtney

Why do so few Christians sign up for this Christ-like preemptive love in protracted foreign affairs? When the war drums start banging, why do so many fall in line?

The Next Big Decision on Health Care May Be Your Own

Russ Gerber | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Russ Gerber

As a mental practitioner who helps people change their mental state from the consciousness of sickness to one of health, I've seen again and again how the removal of fear and fixation on the images of disease positively affects one's well-being.

What Makes A Family? Mark 3:20-35

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Can only certain kinds of families reflect or promote God's will, as Jesus articulated it in terms of mercy, love, justice, protection, holiness and well-being? Can only certain families express the belonging and solidarity that God desires to share with humanity?

Hey Vatican: Lay Off My Sisters!

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Rather than publicly chastising nuns, the Catholic Church should be thanking God for every single compassionate, thought-filled and selfless one of them.

The Price Of Being Prophetic: Isaiah 6:1–8 And John 3:1–17

Sze-kar Wan | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion
Sze-kar Wan

The would-be prophet cowers before the throne and whimpers, "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips." No posturing. No preachiness. No self-righteousness.

Pentecost For The Rest Of Us

Jack Levison | Posted 07.26.2012 | Religion
Jack Levison

A violent, rushing wind. Fiery tongues. Foreign languages. The spectacle of apparent drunkenness. Peter's successful debut. These are the accouterments of Pentecost that leave most of us out of this story.