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Teachings of Jesus

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.

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.