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Milestones: Marking Way Stations on the Journey

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

I never met Mr. Seeger, but in my journey as a writer, I've been privileged to meet and befriend other artists. Two of them, Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell, are national treasures in their native England and Canada respectively. Both are musicians and poets -- and both are marking milestones just now.

A Christian Response to ISIS (According to Jesus)

Carl Medearis | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Carl Medearis

Forgiveness, love, choosing to lay down our lives is the most difficult path in the face of real enemies. Evil is real. But love is far more powerful.

Pannenberg's Passing

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Leona Foxx

The twentieth century is now over. The giants are dead. Long live the giants! I'm talking theologically here. In intense times the Holy Spirit raises...

Proclaiming a Theology After Ferguson

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

I have always contended that we must both proclaim and do theology in public. For theology to mean something, it must become a public theology.

How Westminster Theological Seminary Came to Define Fundamentalism for Me

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Would you be surprised to learn that a tenured professor of the Old Testament is the center of controversy at a Christian seminary? What if I said he's "retiring" by action of the school's board--another way of saying "terminated," according to a former department chair? No? I didn't think so.

Love Wins: The Shifting Landscape on LGBT Issues in the Evangelical Church

Rod Snyder | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Today I identify as a gay evangelical Christian, and I have a unique understanding and perspective from both sides of an issue that has become the cultural flashpoint of our generation.

Are You 'Spiritual' but Not Religious?

Peter Baksa | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Peter Baksa

So what is the difference between being spiritual and being religious? One includes the other, right? Well, yes and no.

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

Biblical Hospital Advertising: Message of Hope or Despair?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Maria Mayo

"At times of great spiritual anguish for patients and families, I find it completely inappropriate that the hospital that is charged with their care would make promises about God they simply cannot keep"

My Mother's Creed Was 'Create Beauty, Give Love, Find Peace'

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

(Right) Mom and Dad (Edith and Francis Schaeffer) in L'Abri 1972 "The very fabric of the universe is unknowable and stranger than we can imagine and ...

Reading Maimonides in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

Reading Maimonides in Beirut reminded me that beyond right and wrong, reason and faith, belief and unbelief, we are perhaps most alive and wise when we strive to become conscious of the "self."

What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

The Bible and Lethal Injection: Why the Man Who Wrote Oklahoma's Law Opposed the Death Penalty

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

Bill Wiseman dreamed of America embracing the Bible's counter-narrative, rejecting blood vengeance, admitting that we sometimes get it wrong, and sending a clear message that we are a people of mercy and redemption.

Environmental Injustice and Economic Issues: WCC's Working Group on Climate Change

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is becoming ever more important to recognize the urgency of climate change within our religious outlook on life. We cannot continue to ignore the topic of climate change while all of God's creation is suffering.

How George Fox University Created a Double Standard of Exclusion for Transgender Student

Jake Dockter | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Jake Dockter

GFU should not get to respect a student on paper, in press releases, and in letters by using their preferred pronoun but then in practice and policy choose not to. If you choose to see Jayce as he is in one context, you must see him as he wholly in all situations.

Sacred Space in an Unlikely Place

Phil Shepherd | Posted 07.07.2014 | Taste
Phil Shepherd

On what I like to call my "free days," I do essentially anything I want... within reason, of course (insert evil grin here). But honestly, the crazies...

Go and Learn What This Means: I Desire Honesty, Not Christianity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I am a Christian. I love Christians. I have great hope for the Christian church. But throughout my journey one thing has repeatedly frustrated me.

Hamlet, Faustus and Luther: Founts of Hilarity in Wittenberg

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.14.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Friendly antagonists: Dan Hiatt, right, as the pious Martin Luther, Michael Stevenson as the irreverent Doctor Faustus Alas, poor Hamlet! Metho...

The Bible Is Not a Sword

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

I think the Bible is a great read, but it's not a sword. The sword of the Spirit is way more dangerous than our petty arguments about which political position the Bible supports.

Embraced by the Virtual Body of Christ

Deanna A. Thompson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Deanna A. Thompson

We who care about religious communities must also pay close attention to ways in which online religious ideas and practices--even the virtual presence of the one Christians call Christ--manage to make real bodily difference in the actual world.

Theology, Taboos, and Creative Thinking

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In two very different surveys, Protestants who expressed more anxiety about depravity and taboo emotions ended up choosing the most creative careers and having the most creative achievements. This was not true of Catholics or Jews.

The Problematic Message of the Story of the Man Saved From the Malaysia Airlines Flight by Shabbat

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm still awaiting word on what actually happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight #370. While there will be those who find the 'miraculous' story of the man who didn't get on that flight because of his Shomer Shabbos travel agent to be inspirational, I remain troubled by its message.

The Doniger Controversy and the Need for Hindu Theologians

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The need for Hindu theologians is indispensable. In their absence, the gap will be filled by many who lack training -- classically or academically -- who do a disservice to the theological universality.

On Being Weak

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

We're afraid that everyone will know we're an impostor, a fake and a weakling. But here's the thing: I am weak. And that's not something I need to be ashamed of. What is shameful is pretending I'm not.