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Teachings of Jesus

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.

Prophetic Recoil And The Need For Boldness

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I have this tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice that is causing others real harm or pain. I have this tendency to function prophetically -- and to then pull back out of fear, out of self-doubt and second-guessing my motive or mood.

When The Great Physician Makes House Calls

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

If you're near the breaking point, remember: The Great Physician has lots of resources in His little black bag and lots of reassurance in his little black book.

Jesus Loves Gay People

George Elerick | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

We know the Church has had a bum rap in how its dealt with outsiders. But maybe this critique is founded in the fact that the Church fears outsiders, whereas Jesus has something to say about "others."

Congressman Quotes Jesus In Bid To Gut Food Stamps

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

While Fincher cites chapter and verse to prove that it is immoral for out of work folks to mooch off government largesse, he fails to mention that his own fingers have been observed in the public till.

Tale Of A No-Tell Motel

Jim Burklo | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The courtyard was barren with dry crabgrass; the deafening roar of the Bayshore Freeway next to it drowned out conversations. But we were thrilled at the opportunity to have a place to send homeless families with kids.

Our Dangerously Safe Jesus

Mark Osler | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

I read the Gospels, deeply and often, and each time I am struck by the revolution Jesus urges. He unsettled nearly everyone who came to him. But when I see people leave church today, I rarely see anyone who is amazed or disappointed or angry or unsettled at all.

A False Gospel Of Reconciliation

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

There's a false gospel on the loose in the evangelical church. And it is nothing less than a diabolical doctrine that comes clothed in a bright, angelic, counterfeit message of "reconciliation."

Jesus, Baptists And Jews -- Oy Vey!

Bert Montgomery | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

True friendship requires a lot of hard work, not to mention trust and respect. Sometimes it's just easier to fall back on easy-to-spout doctrinal judgments rather than to invest in learning and understanding others.

Onward Christian Hell-Busters

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Hell-busters exude the Spirit. They give off a Christ-like spirit. When you're in their presence, you can almost smell holiness. But the holiest of holy smoke has a tinge of the burnt smell with it. It's a smell that tells you it's been slightly singed near the fires of burning flesh and souls on fire.

Why Christians Were Denied Access To Their Bible For 1,000 Years

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Wouldn't you assume that the newly established Church would want its devotees to immerse themselves in the sanctioned New Testament, especially since the Church went to great lengths to eliminate competing Gospels?

The Answer To The 'Christian Right'

Timothy Kurek | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Timothy Kurek

In a country that is increasingly polarized politically and religiously, it's always a breath of fresh air to encounter a group or a movement that strays from the social norm. Enter the Facebook page/movement "The Christian Left."

It's Time For A New New Testament

Hal Taussig | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Hal Taussig

More than 75 otherwise unknown documents from the early Christ movements of the first and second centuries have been discovered in the past 150 years. As they have been translated and studied, it's become clear that many of them belong to the very heart of Christian beginnings.

The Madness That Must End Among Christians

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

In our increasingly scientific and pluralistic world, fundamentalist theology unravels at almost every seam.

Crucifying Terrorists

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As Jesus hung upon a Roman cross, he forgave one of those with him and promised him a place in paradise. This challenges our tendency to think of terrorists as pure evil, unrepentant and undeserving of good will.

Just Words, You Say

Ron Nikkel | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

It was said of Jesus of Nazareth that he was the ultimate Word of God -- the flesh and blood embodiment of God's love and justice, "full of grace and truth" (St. John 1:14) -- and what he said, is what he meant, and what he lived.

The Eyes Of Faith

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Many choose to view God as distant. Observable. Manageable. Close enough to consider. Distant enough to never impose nor interfere. From a distance, no wonder is ever too wonderful, no power too powerful, no master ever too masterful.

Is God REALLY Speaking To You?

Brian Moll | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Brian Moll

With a myriad of voices competing for the decisions we make each day, how do we distinguish God's voice from all the others? Throughout my life I've asked four questions that have helped me to discern. I believe they must be asked in tandem, though, never one without the others.

Christian Hospitality Is Key To Being An Inviting Church

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Extending an invitation, setting up an appropriate site, preparing food and drink, and planning a program at home are all aspects of home-based hospitality that translate very well into church-based hospitality.

When 'Homeland Security' Keeps Us From Encountering God

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

To arm ourselves to the teeth and make self-protection our greatest value makes it harder to love, at least to love those most different from us. The result could be our inability to be swept into the breadth and fullness of love residing in the heart of God.

5-Year-Old Killers And Our Unhealthy Attachment To The 2nd Amendment

Derek Penwell | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

It takes an exceptionally pliable hermeneutic to read the Gospels and come away thinking that the one who abjured violence and commanded his followers to love their enemies was, you know, cool with the Second Amendment.

Bad Government, Bad Religion And Tony Perkins

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Someone shared with me a fundraising letter in which Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, claimed, "not only did Jesus tolerate weapons, he instructed His disciples to buy them!" Given the devastating consequences of gun violence, Perkins should be ashamed of himself.

Orthodox Easter Resurrection: The Gift Of Liberation And Call To Compassion

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew | Posted 07.04.2013 | Religion
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

The Resurrection challenges us to reflect on where we most deeply experience hostility and disunity. Images of this reality abound: Within the space of only a few weeks, in America alone, we have painfully witnessed the loss of children to gun violence, the loss of life to religious radicalism and the loss of residents to a plant explosion.

Idolatry Of The Written Word

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Christianity is shipwrecked on the rock of "biblical authority." Twelve hundred people a day leave the church. The Bible, once an asset, has become a liability.