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Teachings of Jesus

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.

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.