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Teachings of Jesus

The Dangers Of Evangelism

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sometimes our zeal for sharing something that's important to us blinds us to the havoc we can be wreaking in the process. We're so intent on the end result we seek that we'll say or do a lot of things we shouldn't to get what we desire.

Advent Resolutions For A New Church Year

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Will we let such resolutions go the way of so many of our new-calendar-year's resolutions? Or will we take seriously the liturgical cycle that provides us with the Gospel model for making and sticking with what we set out to do as recommitted Christians in our age?

Experiencing The Passionate, Honest Love Of Jesus

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus expressed a wide range of emotions with his followers, but love was the foundation of them all. It was easy and honest and clear. It was fervent without shame or restraint.

A Tale Of Two Fridays

Matt Litton | Posted 01.23.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

As the celebration of American consumerism once again draws near, there's a question we need to ask of ourselves: Which religious Friday are we going to celebrate this season?

Reframing The Seven Deadly Sins

Laurie Israel | Posted 11.15.2012 | Religion
Laurie Israel

Perhaps my pondering on repentance during September led me to think of the sins that I've committed during the past year. I started wondering, could the Seven Deadly Sins could be reframed into something more positive?

Half Empty Or Half Full?

Brad Reid | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Brad Reid

Certainly strong arguments may be developed for both sides of the debate. One may assert, however, that religious doctrines are inherently optimistic.

Meeting The Surprisingly Real Jesus In The Pages Of The Gospels

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

It is difficult to sense the passion behind his words and deeds when reading the black and white texts in the Bible. But the Jesus we meet in the four Gospels is a man of sorrows, but also a man of joy.

A Call To Humility And Repentance

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

No politician can heal our nation. It's going to require a much more tremendous transformation than that. If Christians become the people of humility and repentance that Jesus died to make us, then we will be able to contribute to the transformation that is necessary.

Jesus And The Bible

Greg Carey | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

When we Christians are tempted to lob Bible verses at one another like hand grenades, we might do well to consider Jesus' example.

The Value of Chump Change: Mark 12:38-44

Greg Carey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

The widow we encounter in Mark 12:38-44 provides a case study in poverty and oppression. Unable to confront poverty, we have turned her into something safer -- an example of generosity.

Jesus for President 2012

Shane Claiborne | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

We have to engage. After all, Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the real stuff of his world -- day laborers and unjust judges, widows and orphans, strangers and immigrants, abused women and exploited workers, redistribution of wealth and reconciliation with enemies.

Voting In Hope

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

The ballot we each cast tomorrow is extremely important. We can vote for hope without having to believe that our vote represents HOPE.

Life's Race: Thoughts From A Sociologist On Election Day Eve

Jordan Colosi | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Jordan Colosi

Some people -- some children -- are born at the starting line without shoes, without warm-up pants, and without a nice bowl of pasta-carbs and a bed to sleep on the night before.

Faith And Political Rhetoric

Michael Jinkins | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

This political season, we've heard politicians argue that if persons do not have the means to afford health insurance society should, essentially, let them die. This unyielding position is correlated with the rise of politicians who refuse to work together.

Death, Christ and California's Prop. 34

Mark Osler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Given that the central narrative of the Christian faith is an unjust execution, to separate faith from our discussions about the death penalty is to guarantee an incomplete consideration of Proposition 34 for most voters.

Beyond Tolerance To Tenacious Love

Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made clear in his Christmas sermon just months before his death, we must match intolerance and hate with love to build the beloved community, where the victory for the oppressed becomes a double victory that includes all people.

Bad Theology

Scott Cairns | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Probably the most frustrating thing about Christians these days is that their theology is so often far from Christian. How does such a deep misunderstanding develop?

How to Vote Like a Christian: Mark 12:28-34

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Voting should be an easy affair: people of faith should vote for the candidates whose policies would most embody a love of God and neighbor. It seems so easy, but it isn't if we are honest with ourselves and gracious toward those who disagree with our political persuasions.

Hope In The Midst Of Storms

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

It is easy and natural and human to be frightened. It's not a sin to be frightened. Listening to the rising wind outside my own window is not the most comforting thing in the world. But there are resources for those who fear.

Jesus: The Very Human, Very Single Savior

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Christianity often forgets that our main man was a single, 30-something-year-old man. While his family was still a part of his life, his central support system was his friends and followers. So why is there such a large disconnect between single young adults and Mainline Protestantism?

Only Love Can Heal Our Prison Problem

Ted Dekker | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Ted Dekker

Behind tall concrete walls and high voltage electric wire fences hides a secret that few lawmakers want to talk about for fear of public outcry: America is fast becoming a penal colony. The statistics are staggering.

On Being An Offended Christian

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

As Christians, what should offend us? And how should we react to being offended? In considering these questions, I want to look at three stories from the Gospels.

Open Questions For Peace

Victor Udoewa | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Peace, conflict resolution and reconciliation have been on my mind a lot lately. The more I learn, the more I realize I don't have any answers.

You Believe In Karma

Tullian Tchividjian | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Tullian Tchividjian

When you and I insist on that all-too-comfortable paradigm of cosmic score keeping, we're no longer talking about Christianity. In fact, what we reveal is that we've adopted (unwittingly) a Westernized form of Hinduism.

Christ In The Cotton Patch: Clarence Jordan And Koinonia Farm

Casey N. Cep | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Casey N. Cep

This is a Jesus who, like Jordan, would not tolerate segregation. A Christ who, like Clarence, would not abide economic injustice.