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Teachings of Jesus

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.

Bridging The Gap Between Hinduism And Christianity

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Although there exist several differences between the two traditions, if we hope to love our neighbors as ourselves, then collectively we need to make an attempt to cross these bridges instead of just standing on one side looking across.

Frankincense, Myrrh And A Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12

Lisa Hickman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

The gifts to Jesus of frankincense and myrrh from the wise men were practical forms of dentistry. Even today, gifts of dental healthcare for those in need continue to be vital.

The Un-resolution

Rachel Olsen | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Rachel Olsen

Six years ago, I ditched New Year's resolutions in favor of choosing one word to be my focus for the year. Just one word that represented what I most hoped God would do in and through me in the 12 months to come.

The Challenge Of The Manger In Bethlehem

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Advent should be the season for us to reflect, not just on the tenderness of the manger scene, but of what that scene represents below the surface. It should push us to understand that God became incarnate in the world of the poor and oppressed and shared intimately in that reality.

Anger In The Service Of Justice: Following Jesus' Example

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus showed us that there are times when we must stand up and express truth to power in constructive, meaningful, unyielding ways despite the possible consequences. Just as God is righteously angered over oppression and injustice, so should we be.

What Would Jesus Say To The NRA?

Shane Claiborne | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

When soldiers come to arrest and execute Jesus, one of his closest friends defensively picks up a sword to protect him. Jesus' response is stunning: He scolds his own disciple and heals the wounded persecutor.

The Apocalypse Is Coming, And I Can’t Wait

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

I want to be the kind of person who awaits the end of the world like a little kid waits for Santa Claus. If you have that kind of hope, then the only thing funny about the apocalypse is the idea that anyone could predict when it might happen.

My God Lives On The Street

Adam Bucko | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Adam Bucko

Where is God? He is here on this street, laying naked in the gutter. He is here on this street, homeless. He is here on this street, in all the lonely and unwanted, waiting for our love. I wonder, what will it take for us to notice Him?

Darkness Doesn’t Win

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

Parents, children and teachers woke up last week in Newtown, Conn., and had no idea that life as they knew it was over. But what I must say this morning is this: Darkness does not win. Jesus was born, lived and died so that darkness does not win.