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Teachings of Jesus

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.

How To Find Relief From Grief

Raymond Torres | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Raymond Torres

When drastic events unfold and shake the ground under our feet, the pain we experience can make us think life is unfair, fragile and without meaning.

Why Christians Need To Quit Whining About 'Freedom of Religion'

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The cry that "my freedoms are in jeopardy" just sounds like whining to the rest of the world when it comes from people who've historically occupied the cultural driver's seat.

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.