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Studies Find Religion Promotes Healthy Body Image for Young Women

David Briggs | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Being part of a community that lifts up the message "God made me, and he doesn't make anything bad" appears to help moderate the impact of the "body loathing" promoted by popular culture, said sociologist Andrea Henderson of the University of South Carolina, lead researcher in the study.

Why Do People Go to Church?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What are we doing in worship? We are sorting through our mixed motives and mysterious desires. We are learning God's story again. We are returning home so that we can go with power into the everyday world.

Brighter View... Bigger World... Better Year

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Unfortunately, many people today choose to view God as distant, observable and manageable. To them, he is close enough to consider, yet distant enough never to impose nor interfere.

Christmas Is for Worship

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

It's time to worry a lot less about getting Christ back into Christmas (he can't be blasted out of Christmas, no matter how hard anyone tries). What needs to get back into Christmas is worship.

The Final 6 Reasons Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Three)

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Here are a few final thoughts I have on why nobody wants to go to Church anymore and what the Church and leaders must do to reverse the decline and maybe even reclaim some of the 35 million Americans who have departed.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

The First Tawaf

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

When you see people circling the Ka'aba it may look like a swarm, a school of fish, a galaxy swirling its way counterclockwise ... just because. From overhead it's a maelstrom that never sinks into the sea. It's a powerful, living organism, a community of Babel, in which individuals experience communion with "the other."

Big Churches Getting Bigger

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.

Does Religion Increase or Decrease Parental Stress?

David Briggs | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Do religious teachings set up impossibly high standards that increase parental guilt? Or does the idea that God stands with them in times of both joy and anxiety reduce stress and lead to increased parental satisfaction?

The Altar, the Pulpit and the Clergy

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Since the founding of the Roman Catholic Church in the early days of Christendom, the altar has always been in the center of the chancel area, with the pulpit on one side of the of the chancel and the lectern (from where announcements and scripture are read) on the other side.

Squibs at Work

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

For an entire month, there was the picture of an overstuffed chair by a fireplace on a billboard located next to the busy highway going into the downt...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Latte

Kelsey Dallas | Posted 10.12.2013 | College
Kelsey Dallas

Since the genesis of my divinity school career, I have spent more Sundays in the comfort of my bedroom than listening to sermons in stiff-backed pews. This routine is less rebellion than it is the setting aside of time for another important act of worship in my life: the leisurely consumption of coffee.

In Context: The Wrath of God, the Presbyterian Church, and a New Hymnal

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

The entire conversation about "In Christ Alone" may not have occurred had the Celebrating Grace Baptist hymnal (2010) not published the piece with a verse reading, in part: Till on that cross as Jesus died the love of God was magnified.

Flash-Mob Messiah: Revelation 5:11-14

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

In recent years, flash mobs have appeared in shopping malls, and surprised people by singing the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. These eruptions of song appear to be spontaneous -- they are surprising and inspiring, bringing worship into the middle of typically secular spaces. The book of Revelation is full of surprises.

Worship in the Sunday Morning Not-Church

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Worship is really about casting oneself out of oneself in recognition of what is greater, more wonderful, awe-ful than us, and in the face of which our selves simultaneously disintegrate and are healed. What a relief, frankly, to shed the preoccupations of my life.

Vietnamese Religion Cao Dai Embraces World's Great Faiths

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion
Andrew Lam

Caodaism, in comparison with Vietnam's many other religions, is a newcomer, and syncretistic and monotheistic in nature.

7 Signs of a Gay-Friendly Congregation

David Briggs | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is difficult to stereotype. Individual congregations, not denominations, ultimately decide how they will respond to gay and lesbian worshippers.

5 Reasons to Attend Church Regularly

Rick McDaniel | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

I believe that going to church is something that is extremely valuable, is extremely important and is something that should be practiced by anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ.

Some Needed Changes

Richard Brand | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian Church has blessed and become entangled in too many marginal issues. It has become the marketing agent for Hallmark cards, the blesser of wars and military actions, the cheerleader for patriotism and the endorser of all kinds of social policies.

The Season Of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth. It's the counterpart to the reawakening of humanity. I am comforted that the darkness in the church is being rooted out. I still have hope that one day it will again feel like home to me.

Whose Faith Is In Play?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

One of the most neglected passages in the New Testament is Mark 2:1-12. This story is so rich and powerful, but so little preached about in churches.

I Want To Pay Higher Taxes

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

As a retired minister, I am not wealthy, but I pastored a large church and earned more than I needed. My job is to find the best ways to give away what I do not need, and to need less rather than more. It's a challenge, I must admit -- I live all too well.

Are Spiritual Communities Healthier?

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

For us longevity focused boomers, a return to a spiritual or worship community could represent an opportunity for renewed connection with others in a shared environment, as well as potential discernment and insight into the importance of belonging.

The Gospel Of Art

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Pierre R. Berastaín

"Art gives us access to many different way of engaging and understanding God all at the same time and I think that is really valuable when engaging with a God who is beyond our understanding. "