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Teachings of Jesus

Parables Of The Not-So-Social Gospel

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The disciples were astonished by this teaching. "But Lord," said Thomas. "The crowd will go hungry." Jesus was amazed at his hard-headedness. "That's not my problem, Thomas. Better that their stomachs are empty than they become overly dependent on someone in authority."

A Call For Conversation From A Gay Christian: To My LGBT Community

Richmond Schmidt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Richmond Schmidt

It took years to appreciate the enormity of God's acceptance and compassion for me. I am a Christian because I know a very different God than who the gay community has often been shown.

A Call For Conversation From A Gay Christian: To My Fellow Christians

Richmond Schmidt | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Richmond Schmidt

Rather than talk about the freedom to eat chicken sandwiches or of my own personal salvation, I want to tell you about a few gay friends of mine. They seem to get this whole values thing.

The Dark Knight's Delusion

Kevin Miller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Kevin Miller

We think we really can win this precarious game of one-upmanship against our enemies. At what point do the violent acts done in the name of "civilization" cause us to ask whether a civilization whose existence demands such bloodshed is worth protecting?

Faith, Freedom And Guns

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We continue to defend the absurdity of assault rifles and thousands of bullets on hand because we've given up a sense of faith. It's become a sort of idolatry of power.

Go Wherever God Leads

Tanya Martin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Tanya Martin

Often times, I do not know what my future holds, but I have to trust the instructor (God) and know that He will not lead me down a path that I cannot handle.

Not Happy With Jesus

Richard Brand | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

It seems to me to be a case of delicious irony. The Olympic Committee was not happy to see the principles taught by Jesus implemented in their games.

Not Another Bread Passage.. Please! John 6:35, 41-51

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

When I read the lectionary passage from the Gospel of John for this week, I scratched my head. This week's text is the third of the "bread passages" in our lectionary cycle. There is a lot of bread this summer. And it's about now that many preachers and congregants start asking, "Bread, again?"

Why Jesus Loves LGBT People And Gay Marriage Doesn’t Exist

Mastin Kipp | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Mastin Kipp

Jesus calls us to have empathy, compassion and an open heart for all human beings. Not just people who follow Him. Not just Christians. Not just believers. Not just straight people. Everyone.

The Myth Of Redemptive Violence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It's obvious that killing folks in a movie theater is sick and deranged, but the question arises: Is violence ever OK?

What The Church Has To Offer

Mark Labberton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Mark Labberton, Ph.D.

An increasingly large number of people in the United States have come to assume that ecclesial or theological conversation has nothing to do with them. Still, there is a voracious hunger for hope.

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.