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Teachings of Jesus

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.

The Abortion Debate: We’re All In This Together

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

How shall we interpret what Jesus said in light of our deep divisions over abortion? Is the fetus in the womb oppressed or is the pregnant woman denied choices oppressed?

Why Am I So Scared To Admit I'm A Christian?

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Sandra Charron

For fear of upsetting those on my friend list who aren't Christians, I avoid writing, liking or sharing any cartoons, updates or Memes related to Christ. This purposeful neglect not only takes me far off the walkway, but it has me digging in the dirt, searching for redemption.

Mark Driscoll, Barack Obama And The Jealous Disciples

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Christian faith has never had much to do with following the opinions of the popular crowd, and a best selling book has never granted the author the power to discern the legitimacy of another's faith.

They Know Not What They Do: The Bombing Of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Guideposts | Posted 03.22.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Boom! The floor swayed. Glass fell at my feet. Someone shouted, "Hit the floor!" I dropped, flat on the ground. Silence. Then a stampede of feet. Police sirens. I looked up. There was a hole in the stained-glass window where Jesus' face had been.

Lance Armstrong And The Human Need For Grace

Morgan Guyton | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Even though Armstrong was insistent on maintaining a big lie as part of his public persona, that doesn't mean that everything he said when shaking hands with somebody was a lie. It doesn't erase whatever gold medals kids were inspired to win after they heard Armstrong give a speech about beating cancer.

Removing Walls And Opening The Church To The World

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

By creating welcoming threshold places and training members to practice good Christian hospitality, congregations can help people to feel comfortable as they move from the outside world to the inside of the church for the very first time.

King, Clowns And The Third Way

Mark Sandlin | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Dr. King was a living example of the kind of person who encourages the moral arc of history to bend toward justice. He is also an example of the only effective way to bend that arc: nonviolently.

My Liberal Life Among Guns

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

Like many responsible gun owners, I live in the dynamic tension between danger and necessity.

Is Religion Giving Morality A Bad Name?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

The Vatican argues that moral values are God-given and do not change as society evolves. But what exactly is God's position, if any, on sex?

Would Jesus Buy An Automatic Assault Weapon?

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

Assuming my speculation is accurate -- that gun zealots in the U.S. tend to be religious and conservative -- I wonder if they ever pause to ask themselves what would Jesus do in reaction to the sporadic, yet persistent incidents of violence in the country.

Catholic Schools, Then And Now

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Decades ago Catholic schools moved children of immigrants up the social ladder through education. Today, they provide a different form of alternative education, giving parents at all economic levels a choice to send their children to a school that is right for that child.

Was Your New Year's Resolution A Hummer Or A Buick?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Many times one's success in fulfilling his or her New Year's resolution(s) depends on the nature of the resolution and the determination of the person making the resolution.

Enough Is Enough: In Memory Of Giles Joslyn

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Harvey

If we are to save the lives of our youth, we must constantly, publicly, relentlessly challenge "Christian" teachings and the rituals that exclude so many.

Gay-Condemning Christians And Their House Of Mirrors

John Shore | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
John Shore

Challenge a Christian to make one single argument for homosexuality being wrong that doesn't quote or reference the Bible, and suddenly they're in a house of mirrors; suddenly the only thing they can only point to is themselves.

An Appeal To Christians In 2013

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Many people are leaving churches and turning their backs on Christianity. Why? Because people who speak on behalf of Jesus the Christ are dismissing the most important part of Christ's message: love.

The Two Christianities Of Les Miserables

Morgan Guyton | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

The question of whether we see the world through the eyes of Javert or Valjean amounts to our understanding of justice. For Javert, justice is retribution in the interest of maintaining an abstract order; for Valjean, justice is solidarity in the interest of personal love.