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Teachings of Jesus

Just Looking

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

I wonder if how I look at people and what I think of them has any relationship to justice in the world. When I look at people and make judgments about them in the privacy of my thoughts, am I just looking at them or is my looking and my judgment really just?

The Good, The Bad And The NRA

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

In opposing any and all gun control legislation, the NRA argues that we have to let the good guys have guns so they can protect us from the bad guys. Perhaps the NRA spokespeople can try to divide the world into good guys and bad guys. But Christians should not.

Soul Force In The Wake Of Boston's Tragedy

Anne Marie Roderick | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Anne Marie Roderick

In spite of recent developments and whatever new developments may come to light, the purpose for Christians remains. We must not grow fearful or suspicious of our neighbors; Jesus gives us the soul force to love our neighbors.

The New Passover

V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris

Holy Week is not a celebration of long ago events. It is the reliving of Christ's Passion and Resurrection in the present.

How Did Jesus Come To Love Guns And Hate Sex?

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

If I were a non-Christian looking from the outside in, I don't think it would be unreasonable to think that American Christians' two highest priorities right now are keeping the government from taking away our guns and stopping gay people from getting married.

Live Into The Gospel: Stand Up Against Anti-Muslim Hatred

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

We don't have any official confirmation yet whether or not the two brothers who Boston Marathon bombers are Muslim or not. There are many reports, though, and already anti-Muslim statements are being made. Today I am praying for my Muslim friends. Because I know they are afraid.

This Dude Abides

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

Some wish they could live in the time of Christ, to be a disciple and experience the moments of his life among us in Palestine. They forget how impoverished, even cruel life was for most in the first century. Still, I harbor the same fascination: What was he like out of the spotlight the Gospels cast?

In A Self-Righteous Religious Culture, Brennan Manning Reminded Us 'All Is Grace'

Matt Litton | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

God bless you, Brennan Manning. The candid story of your life will prove more lasting and deeply affecting than all of your best-selling books and successful preaching.

Trauma And Trust: The Path Toward Sanctification

Bethany St. James | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Bethany St. James

When we make the decision as adults to be baptized in water, it is then we fully commit to let go of our old life. It is then we allow ourselves to begin healing. We are proclaiming that we trust in God to wash away those things that bind us to our past.

Melissa Harris Perry, Luke 12:48 And The Power Of Public Theology

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

I've been thinking about the power of a random comment on a blog post to engender what resulted in an exercise in public theology. It started with a comment I made on the controversy around Melissa Harris-Perry's recent "Lean Forward" ad.

Getting Through Your Gethsemanes

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

The final week in Jesus' life included especially great depths and heights: He faced a dark night of the soul in Gethsemane, a torturous cross and, ultimately, a glorious resurrection. Identifying with Jesus in His journey keeps us focused and faithful in ours.

Repairing Our Grief

Greg Carey | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus confronts Peter with the moral injury of the past. Through a ritual reenactment of that scene, Jesus walks Peter through his past and ushers him into a brand new future. Somehow healing begins, and new life bursts forth. May it be so with all who suffer moral injury.

Finding Moosewood, Finding God

Jack Perkins | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Jack Perkins

In moments of prayerful reflection, I have come to understand that my whole life has been leading to this: From reporting other people's biographies for A&E, to confessing my own in a new book. From broadcasting the news to broadcasting the The Good News.

Why Our Bodies Matter

Greg Carey | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus' resurrection is not merely a spiritual thing -- the apparition of his ghost, or his ongoing spiritual influence. The Gospels all insist that the resurrection includes Jesus' body.

What Would Jesus Tax?

Bruce Chilton | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Bruce Chilton

Money and justice do not mix. That was Jesus' perspective when he said "you cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24).

When Easter Is No Comfort: A Jesus For The Darkest Times

John Backman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
John Backman

Not only does God stand with those who are suffering. God also stands with those who are suffering and cannot return the favor. Whether I could drag myself to church made not one iota of difference to this solidarity.

Breakfast: The Miracle After Easter

Mark Osler | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

Jesus tried to teach us this more than once. What he told us to do in remembrance of him was to share a meal. To break bread, sit down and eat.

Fly Specs on a Big Windowpane

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

Only mystics, saints and various kinds of "dropouts" see the underlying lie and illusion of most popular culture and current hot button issues. As Jesus predicted, it is only a minority who go into various "deserts" of clear seeing and come out the other side with an almost scary simplicity.

Thoughts On Marriage Equality From A Bible Thumper In The Deep South

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Robin O'Bryant

I know this isn't going to win me any cool points, especially in the South. In fact, it's possible that I'll alienate at least half of my regular readers, but I'm not about to sit at the table while people yell stuff at my friends and keep my mouth shut.

Cleansing The Temple: Jesus' Act Of Social Protest

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

Jesus' attack on the money changers and bird sellers was much more than an attack on simple tradesman. It was less about defiling the Temple with needed and commonly accepted money transactions and more about attacking the power structure of Jewish society at the time.

Jesus To Church Leaders: 'How Dare You In My Name?'

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The history of Christianity is marked by violent acts that do not bring to mind images of peace or love, acts that are antithetical to Jesus' life and ministry and that fly in the face of his most important teaching: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

How Long Does Darkness Last?

Rev. David Lewicki | Posted 05.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. David Lewicki

This morning, we awake, and it is still dark. But carried through the darkness on the lips of a woman who has seen and believed, comes a Word.

Yanking Us Bald Headed Into Life

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Eastern Orthodox icons of the resurrection do not show risen Jesus alone. Instead, they show Jesus reaching down to grasp Adam and Eve and pull them also from their tombs. Jesus is yanking them bald headed.

The Easter Question

Eben Alexander, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Eben Alexander, M.D.

I now find myself regularly confronted with that question I so dreaded as a surgeon: Why did my child die? Though it is asked every day, in every part of the world, by people of countless different faiths, it is a question that for Christians comes into especially sharp focus on Easter.

America And The Poor

James Robison | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
James Robison

Satisfaction with the success and wealth of personal prosperity has led far too many Americans to trust the blessings freedom made possible while forsaking the truth and the living God who is necessary to set us free and keep us free.