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Did Jesus Pray to Allah?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan McAnnally-Linz Miroslav Volf Several nations have recently banned non-Muslims fro ...

Meaningless Church Jargon
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

As someone who is constantly being told to “watch her language,” I offer the same. The church has some beautiful things to offer. Let’s all speak of God and faith and community in clear and simple language. ...

Please Stop Calling Your Relatively Privileged Life 'Crazy' and 'Messy'
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

What do you think about the way people use words like “bipolar,” “crazy,” and “manic” when they really mean “moody,” “energetic,” “quirky” and even “fun?" A few weeks ago, I ...

The Isolating Power of Family-Centered Language
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Until recently, I had always been in the majority. I am Caucasian, middle-class, healthy, and always did well in school. I had never had a personal label others would speak carefully about so as not to offend me. I had never been hurt by words people to ...

Moral Mondays: Clergy Are Changing Their Language
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The point is to change the language and speak in terms that hungry legislators can understand. The point is to stay in role and not go mucking around in a political or economic pragmatism, which we do not und ...

Lost and Found in Translation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Who said it was a good idea to mimic the human brain? MICROSOFT WORD is one of those computer p ...

Dropping the 'I' Word
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Those using the term “undocumented” have noted the changing circumstances within the culture and recognize that using such inflammatory terminology only adds fuel to the proverbial political fire around the is ...

Living Letters
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

Is America a place where she really can become an architect, a lawyer or anything she wants to become? And will the schools prepare her? Odeth is a living letter to me and to you. Her life asks a vital questio ...

Walking in Ruby's Shoes
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

From the first day of school until the last, our watchword is, "We use words to build up instead of tear down. We use words to help and not to hurt." Even my former students can recite this word for ...

Undocumented or Illegal?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

When people who have immigrated to another country through methods other than the official legal system are discussed, we hear quite a few words bandied about: “illegal,” “undocumented,” and “alien” just to na ...

Stop the Language of Violence
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

When you regularly use the language of violence and degradation, you soon become participants in its degradation and pain, whether as victim or perpetrator. But I tell you that ...

The Delicate Art of Persuasion
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

It’s been a mind-boggling fortnight at the Internet water cooler. Kony 2012. Mike Daisey’s dubious portrayal of Apple’s manufacturing practices abroad. Questions of whether the “Christian Movie Establishment” ...

Good Riddance to the 'War on Terror'
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reza Aslan What's in a word? Plenty. In April, a new American president—the son of a black Muslim father ...

Partial Language
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Rensberger Brian McLaren’s article “Found in Translation” offers some delightfully thought-provoking new images for God’s way and ou ...

Found in Translation
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brian D. McLaren 'Kingdom of God' is so last-century. Are there new ways to talk about Jesus' good news? ...

Can't Buy Me Love
Originally Posted: 05/06/2011 - 2:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

E.J. Dionne Jr. Why the language of the marketplace shouldn't rule our moral and political thinking. ...

Speaking in Tongues
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter The faith-based anti-globalization movement is learni ...

The Image of God's Goodness
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Rosemary Radford Ruether How language reflects our understanding of God. Wisdom shines bright and never fa ...