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Teachings of Jesus

A Muslim Pluralist Celebrates Easter

Mike Ghouse | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Whether Jesus was buried and resurrected, or taken up by God, faith in him is shared by more than half of the world inclusive of Muslims and Christians. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, his message of love thy enemy, love thy neighbor and forgive the other will set us free.

Does Matter Matter? Reflections On The Bodily Resurrection Of Jesus

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

If Christians believe that salvation concerns only a state of mind, then what does it matter if we feed the hungry, or take care of animals or practice chastity?

Love One Another -- Even Those Who Hate

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

Those of us in the Christian tradition are mandated to love one another. Period. But Jesus pushed the issue: "You have heard it said, 'Love your neighbors and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..."

Turning The Tables

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Those of you familiar with Gospel readings may have noticed that Jesus often turns the tables on his questioners. People come to him with a question that is framed by their fear-based thinking, and he answers these questions from his love-based life.

An Easter Message For Muslims

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

One of the great themes of the Christian Easter story is that the love of God can overcome the worst of human folly, wickedness and weakness. This idea, if taken seriously, would be a tonic in many parts of the world today, but perhaps nowhere is it more desperately needed than in the Muslim world.

The Greatest Comeback Of All Time

Rick McDaniel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Jesus died on a Friday. Some women went to the cave where he was buried on Sunday morning and found the stone in the front of the tomb rolled away. Jesus was not dead but had risen from the grave. The greatest comeback in history had taken place!

Why Christ Needs Christianity

Tyler Blanski | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Tyler Blanski

To say Christ does not need Christianity is like saying a farmer does not need agriculture. If by agriculture we mean Monsanto and McDonald's, then perhaps the statement is true. But if by agriculture we mean the practice of farming, then the statement is an oxymoron.

A Good Friday Reflection On John 19:28-29: 'I Am Thirsty'

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Like Jesus, we thirst for God's healing, restoring presence in our own pain-wracked lives. Our souls are parched and dry for it. God willingly quenches it -- abundantly, fully, now and forever.

Maundy Thursday And The Love Mandate

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Tonight, as we eat the bread and drink the cup, as simple as it seems on the outside, know that we are choosing no less than to feast upon Christ's love for us, and to bring that feast out to others.

God's Earth is Crying Out; God's People, Responding, Must Prepare for Jail

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Today, religious folk face modern plagues imposed upon our countries and our planet by a new kind of Pharaoh. All of God's creation -- both humankind and the web of life upon our planet -- are endangered by the overburning of fossil fuels.

Pope Francis And The Argentinian Junta: Has He A Case To Answer?

David Quinn | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
David Quinn

We can only guess at the motivation of Pope Francis while he was Jesuit provincial during the years of the junta. Maybe be believed open confrontation would make things worse.

The Door Gordon Cosby Opened

Dee Dee Risher | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Dee Dee Risher

Gordon was the first spiritual mentor to tell me that the way did not have to be about suffering, but joy. He was insistent that our true call from God would not feel burdensome, but like something we had waited all our lives to do.

The Liturgy Of The Passion

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

As we ponder in Lent the conflict of Jesus with the empire, we readily see how disturbingly contemporary the issue of this text is. The empire will hardly ever tolerate such a well-instructed, obedient advocate of alternative.

3 Ways Pope Francis Will Emulate His Namesake

Stephen White | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Stephen White

Francis of Assisi is among the most beloved saints of the Church. In taking the name Francis, the new pope has signaled to the world something of his intentions for his papacy.

The Bible And Iraq War 10 Years Later

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

We can commit to being peacemakers and creating the kingdom that God envisions. We can commit to supporting our military families in every way we can. We can commit to holding our government and military leaders accountable for the decisions that they make about war and conflict. On this 10-year anniversary, isn't this is the least we can pray for and work for in the world?

The Truth About The Lord’s Prayer

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

As a praying person, how could you honestly say you were going to pray for one group and not another? What kind of prayer would that be? It's "Our Father," not "My Father" or "His Father" or "Her Father." Prayer can't limit itself to one small universe.

Beer, Conversation And God

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

When we gather, the point is not for me to have them drink enough beer so that they're all ready to pray and receive Jesus at the end of the night. The point, as far as I'm concerned, is that we create a space together in which we all learn from each other.

Attacked By Evil, Healed By God

Beverly Donofrio | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Beverly Donofrio

In the midst of the terror, in the void of his howling absence, in my absolute lack of control, God had been hotly present. Shaken out of myself by the visitation of horror, the world slowed enough for me to really look at it.

Pressing On Toward Higher Goals

Efrain Agosto | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Efrain Agosto

Putting aside worldly status and "earthly" credentials is not all that big a deal for Paul. He has always had high regard for the traditions that made him who he is and in fact depends on them. At the same time, his experience of Christ has led him to understand his past in a new light.

Another Way To Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

Craig Considine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Amid the fanfare and elation on this Saint Patrick's Day, we would be wise to honor the patron saint of Ireland by also adhering to his moral teachings and by personifying his exemplary character.

10 Things Church Can Learn From Geeks

Mark Sandlin | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I won't actually go as far as to say that there was a misquote in the Bible, and it should have read, "The geek shall inherit the Earth," but maybe it's something worth looking into?

The Best Path To Reconciliation Is Through The Stomach

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Obama is using hospitality as a way of breaking partisan gridlock on new taxes and spending cuts. Wasn't that what Jesus was trying to do when he invited himself to the home of Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector and notorious sinner?

The Surprising Thing I Miss After I Left My Religion

Christine Organ | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

There is one ritual, one sacred physical activity that I still miss from my inherited faith, and it surprises the hell out of me: Head bowed, eyes closed and knees pressed into the God's holy ground, so that I can surrender myself in prayer physically, mentally and soulfully.

Christians And The American 'Baby Bust'

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

People concerned about falling birth rates could more constructively spend their energy loving the neighbors they already have.

When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

The story of the prodigal is about God's ever expanding grace, a grace that will offend our sensibilities and our collective sense of fairness. God's grace cares little for our reputation in this world.