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Teachings of Jesus

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.

A Witness To Testimony

Bethany St. James | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Bethany St. James

We need to stop pretending the past didn't happen and start sharing our stories, openly and honestly with each other. Honesty breeds trust and trust leads the brokenhearted to Christ.

Clean God, Dirty Gays

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

Would Johnnie Moore, the guy who believes God entered into a relationship with dirty humans, be willing to enter into a discussion about gay Christians? Or would that be too dirty?

Get Your Beard On: A Call To Untrimmed Spirituality In A Clean-Shaven World

Tyler Blanski | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Tyler Blanski

Find inspiration in those apostles and saints who have gone before us, and may your faith grow as long as their beards. Let it grow long and white. Leave it wild and untamed.

What Would Jesus Do About The Catholic Church?

Cathy Cash Spellman | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Cathy Cash Spellman

The Faith He envisioned was not the hierarchical structure of a Church that has so often in the past made wrong decisions and said it was doing so in His name.

Was Jefferson For Jesus?­­­ Our Founding Father's Religious Resume

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Jefferson, much the deist, held to the idea of a "designer" to explain the scientific origin of the universe. Enlightenment thinkers called this designer the "great clockmaker," but he was not the same God that interceded in the cosmos.

What Jesus Can Teach Us About Emotional Authenticity

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

God forces us to choose whether to hold tight to a stifling, unfulfilling emotional life, or to let go in the liberation of genuine wholeness.

Guns According To Jesus

Kristen Marble | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Discussions about guns and Jesus rarely fail to mention the Jesus-commanded purchasing and carrying of swords. But that command must be held in tension with his rebuke of the sword's use on the Mount of Olives and his admonition to pray for, rather than hate, our enemies.

Giving Up Literalism For Lent

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Just as Jesus refused to let the devil tempt him with Scriptural Literalism in the first century wilderness, we must resist the same temptation in the 21st -- because it makes no more sense now than it did then to take the Living Word of God and misuse it as the Literal Words of God.

Lover Of The Light

Glennon Melton | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Glennon Melton

I assume that there are thousands of women like me out there. Women who woke up one day and found themselves in the middle of their worst nightmare. And who decided not to sit inside that nightmare. Women who are moving wearily but boldly back toward the light.

A Different Approach To Valentine's Day

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you are so fortunate, as indeed I am, to have a special person with whom you share life, why not BE CHRIST to him or her, if you're a Christian. Or, if you are a Buddhist, why not BE THE Buddha to the person you love?

It's Not About Me: A Lenten Challenge

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

While the stores start stocking plastic eggs and Easter baskets, we do something on Ash Wednesday that is completely counter-cultural: We go to church, smear ashes on our foreheads and remind one another that everything we know is only temporary. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Giving Up Guns for Lent

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

A fast from guns might bring some of the clarity we need. And perhaps this fast would lead us to a place of wisdom, compassion, graceful listening and even peace.

Solving The Priest Shortage

Garry Wills | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Garry Wills

We live in a time when Catholic priests are an aging and shrinking group, damaged in morale and reputation, overstretched in their monopolization of all sacramental services. What we really need are no priests.

The Culture Of Violence And The Beloved Community

Tom F. Driver | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Tom F. Driver

The Beloved Community is not a place. It is people marching without guns. The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., should serve to enlist us in that nonviolent army to which God has been calling us since the beginning of the world.

The Prayer Of Quiet

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

When Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount, tells us to "pray in secret," we have our first clear hints that Jesus' own prayer, and the prayer he taught to others, was first of all a prayer of quiet, a prayer beyond words, perhaps the attainment of a deep inner silence itself.

Are Christians Christianity's Worst Enemy?

Justin Lee | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Justin Lee

If there's nothing I can say to convince you to tip well, then at least do me this one favor: Don't go out to eat after church, don't pray before your meal, and don't sign your receipt with the word "pastor." In short, don't let people know you're a Christian.

Immigration Reform And The Challenges Of Generosity

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

When we extend generosity and justice to others, it alters our relationship to them. Especially when those "others" are foreign to us. Hospitality has ways of making the people who receive it come inside and stick around, whether we really want them to or not.

Picking Jesus' Super Bowl Team

Carrie Gerlach Cecil | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Carrie Gerlach Cecil

I'm not trying to be flippant about faith, but if the total viewership for the Super Bowl in 2012 was an estimated 113 million, and we all know that the Super Bowl will dominate television sets this coming weekend, don't you think God might want to see what the hubbub is all about?

Is Justice Just A Fad?

Ken Wytsma | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Ken Wytsma

Globalization, the ease of international travel, and the ubiquity of social media have all helped shape a generation more aware of what is happening in the world than any before it -- a generation some have dubbed "the social justice generation."

'So What?' The Nightmare Christians Should Be Having

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

What if part of the reason the "Nones" are so underwhelmed by organized religion isn't because they don't find Jesus interesting, but because it appears to them that Christians don't find him sufficiently interesting enough to take seriously?

The Confusion About Souls: Mind, Body And Spirit

Stephen J. Iacoboni, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Stephen J. Iacoboni, M.D.

There remains to this day an irreconcilable impasse between what religion tells us and what science tells us about mind/soul. It tears at the fabric of our culture.

Dr. King's Dream Realized When We Embrace Others

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Dr. William J. Carroll

In designing us incomplete, God has forced us to find our completeness in others -- those who do not look or believe the same as us. As Abraham experienced so long ago, God comes to us in the stranger. He came to Jesus in the others and so to us in a similar way.

Christianity Without Arrogance

Mark Osler | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

It might be that our first job in responding to the rise of the "Nones" is that we should stop creating so many of them through our own arrogance and our attempts to judge others, contrary to Christ's express instruction.