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How Can People of Faith Help Students Achieve Their Potential?
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Children from all racial and economic backgrounds have God-given potential and are truly “made in [God’s] image and likeness.” If given the opportunities and support, they will achieve. ...

8 Ways to Survive Christian Culture
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 7:20am | Type: Blog

Christian culture, along with the spiritual leaders, churches, institutions, communities, and other entities it consists of, are supposed to make our faith stronger. But in many cases the opposite happens, and ...

Replacing Faith with Curiosity
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Rather than trying to claim, and lean on, a steadfast and immovable certainty about the existence and nature of God, and the existence and nature of Jesus, I find myself more curious about them – in an active, ...

Meet the ‘Nominals’ Who Are Drifting From Judaism and Christianity
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Meet the “Nominals” — people who claim a religious identity but may live it in name only. They’re rarely at worship services and indifferent to doctrine. And they’re surprisingly  ...

Meet the Nones: Jewish Americans Increasingly Disaffiliating
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

About 22 percent of Jews now describe themselves as having no religion, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews. The top religion story of 2012 was the “rise of ...

Help Thou My Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Ahlgrim A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt. LAST YEAR on NPR’s “All Things Considered ...

Science vs. Religion: A Race to Destruction?
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Science for the sake of science, or religion for the sake of religion, nearly always possesses within it the potential for great danger, especially if the humanity that both were meant to serve comes second to ...

Christianity: Has Education Replaced Transformation?
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

This infinite God can rarely be summarized by a quick theological question or answer, and this God cannot be completely understood merely by words, definitions, and data. American ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

Study: Too Much Religion Can Harm Economy
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Too much religion can harm a society’s economy by undermining the drive for financial success, according to a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. ...

The Revolving Door of Church 'CEOs'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

From major corporations to startups led by visionary leaders, from universities to churches, the departure of the top leader can stop momentum and usher in months, perhaps years, of uncertainty. ...

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

Christian congregations in America are dying for many reasons — smugness, excessive infighting, fear of change, aversion to risk, perpetuating ineffective practices — but one reason is this reality of imprint. ...

Steve Jobs: Prophet of a New Religion
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

The truth about Jobs and religion may be that, in this arena as in others, he was ahead of the cutting edge. The new movie about Steve Jobs is short on anything explicitly religio ...

Why Wild Goose Matters
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

It's not every day that you can walk by a makeshift tent and listen to Phyllis Tickle succinctly summarize the history of Christendom in 45 minutes, and then wander over and pick up a vegetarian pita sand ...

ACLU Says Magistrate Can’t Order ‘Messiah’ Name Change
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. NASHVILLE, Te ...

The Fake Church v. the Real Church
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Our faith in Christ gives us hope and strength and courage, but it doesn’t erase reality, and it isn’t meant to create a flawless utopia where we can escape from the world’s problems. But many churches attempt ...

In God We (Don’t) Trust
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

The truth is that our faith and spirituality is often dependent on hundreds of different relationships, factors, institutions, and circumstances that we directly correlate with God. ...

Have I Become the Christian I Can't Stand?
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

Being aware of my faults, I will continue to strive to live out the Gospel message as faithfully as possible, and along the way I hope to bring others to know the same God of love and acceptance that I do. ...

The Church of the Long Haul
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C WHICH SCRIPTURES WILL our biases tempt ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

There’s Something in the Air: Grace
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Rather than a Third Great Awakening I believe we are standing in the threshold of a Great Grace Awakening. It’s a move of the Holy Spirit drawing people away from legalistic and fear-based beliefs to a place s ...

Reza Aslan on Fox News: Punch, Counter-Punch
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Despite what Ms. Green and Dr. Aslan want us to believe, our choice is never between a biased point of view and the unvarnished truth. Our choice always involves which interpretative lens we are going to use t ...

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: The Surfer Boy and the Receptionist
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What’s sinful is comparing Christianity with other religions in a way that is dishonest, untrue, or misrepresents other religions or the followers of those other religions. In other words, it is a sin to bear ...

'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Shares Story of 'Rediscovering God'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Hollywood producers often break every rule when it comes to publicizing faith and politics. But A&E’s smash hit reality show, Duck Dynasty, puts it front and center. Hollywood ...

Questioning the Bible: What I Would Have Said to Bill Maher
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

It matters how we read the Bible. So as someone who has focused on confronting those "bad parts" in Scripture, I wanted to take a stab at addressing Maher's questions. ...

10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 8:28am | Type: Blog

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Sadly, the reality is the answer to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. The Christian church is full of ...

13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones. During the Ch ...

The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Loving Our Country By Facilitating Opportunity
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

I love our country and the people in it. I admit that I have received many more opportunities than I deserve. I am ready to facilitate opportunities for others. When I first met ...

On Scripture: Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Eleven legislators, all white male Christians, backed a bill to codify Christianity in state law, saying the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not trump the state’s rights. The effort died a quick ...

Should a Christian Watch 'Game of Thrones?'
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Is there anything morally redeeming about Game of Thrones? Does the hit HBO series even have a moral vision? Is there anything morally redeeming about  Game of Thrones ? Does t ...

Marks
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Editor’s Note: The following poem by Trevor Scott Barton was written while he was living in Africa and reading The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi. Editor ’ ...

My Messy Faith
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Truly, the more God's Kingdom comes and the more God's will is done, the messier life gets and the more beautiful this world becomes. The more I study theology and the ...

The Megachurch vs. Minichurch: Do Popularity and Growth Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In a Westernized culture captivated by success and money, we often make judgments based on the size of a church — or organization, ministry, and community. But our preconceived opinions are often wrong. ...

Canadians Turning Away from Organized Religion
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

TORONTO — A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Results from the 2011 National Househo ...

Paved with Good Intentions
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The beginning of wisdom proposed in the best documentaries is simply this: telling the truth, to ourselves and others, as ...

From Diversity to Pluralism
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them. THE TERM “DIVERSITY” in professional and ...

We Don't Need Your Cookies
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

When we complete a task, it is good to celebrate the end result, but what do we really remember? Is it not the people, the things we did, and the lessons learned in the process of completing the task? ...

Post-Boston Bombings, Female Converts to Islam Face Growing Scrutiny
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Converts to Islam are as diverse as the rest of America, racially and ethnically, as well as in their interpretations of the faith. Some female converts wear a headscarf; some don’t. What they share is the per ...

Boston Bombings Bring Chaplains into New Ground
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

In a week when Boston hospitals cared for more than 170 bomb victims, staff chaplains were suddenly in great demand. They moved calmly from emergency departments to waiting rooms and employee lounges, offering ...

Atheists Find a Sunday-Morning Connection with Other Nonbelievers
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Sunday mornings at Houston Oasis may look and feel of a church, but there’s no cross, Bible, hymnal, or stained glass depictions of Jesus. There’s also nary a trace of doctrine, dogma, or theology. ...

Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million 2013 Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his battle against apartheid, has won the 2013 Templeton Prize, which is billed as the most significant ...

VIDEO: The Story of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

I invite you to watch this short video, and to engage in the discussion as we move forward, toward our common good. Years ago, I tutored inner-city kids from my Washington, D.C., ...

The Political Subversion of the Cross
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

My fear as we remember the horrible and horrific event of the crucifixion, is that we have forgotten much of its significance, both historically in Jesus’ time and for us today. ...

The God of Jesus: Beyond Religious Tribalism (Rob Bell Blogaglogue, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell isn’t making up new ways to talk about God. Throughout the book, Rob explores what God has done in the past and how God continues to pull all humans into a global future that has “greater and greater ...

CrossFit: A Secular Church?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

I think CrossFit is like secular church. It offers more than weight loss or fitness. It speaks to our innate desires for community, purpose, and transformation. The first Christma ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

One Woman’s Journey Out of Faith, Family, and Fear
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

There were at least 5,000 honor killings in 2000, according to a U.N. report. In 2010, a British newspaper estimated the number as high as 20,000. Most honor killings involve the murder of one family member — ...

Christianity Is Not a Club
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

The Gospel is public truth, available to everyone, that reveals to all flesh who it is who rules all things by love, who holds all things in the grip of grace, who is making all things new by Christ's res ...

Oscar Spirit: Faith, Values, and the 2013 Best Picture Nominees
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

The fragility of life. The servanthood of love. The (im)morality of war. The fundamentals of mercy and justice. The power of grace and forgiveness. The oneness of creation. The personal (and spiritual) toll of ...