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Renewed Trust for a New Year: Blessed Rosh Hashanah

Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim! May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year! Rosh Hashanah commenced at sunset yesterday evening, and with it the 5775th year of the Jewish calendar. So here at the Raven Foundation we wish a Happy New Year to all of our Jewish friends, and find in this holy day an opportunity for reflection upon both our inward faith and our outward practice of shalom. Like its sec ...

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What ISIL Beheadings Can Teach Us about God and The Cross

What’s the difference between a beheading and a crucifixion? I ask the question as a Christian because we profess that a method of execution every bit as shocking, and perhaps even more cruel, than the beheader’s axe is the vehicle of our salvation. If we do not reflect upon the difference (and the disturbing similarities) between our veneration of the cross and the state support of the beheader’s axe by th ...

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Thirteen Years of Interfaith Reconciliation: 9/11 Then and Now

In the days following September 11th, in the midst of a cacophony of voices shouting for revenge in the wake of terrorist attacks, I discerned a call to interfaith reconciliation between two faiths competing within myself.  Thirteen years later, I feel compelled by the same Spirit to continue to work for interfaith healing, this time in a nation and world that bears scars of more than a decade of distrust s ...

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Book Feature Friday: Pascale’s Wager by Anthony Bartlett

"I cannot know what darkness is, because it’s just darkness, but love can know it, and love always goes on regardless. Love is searching for endless love and it searches all the way around the empty universe until it meets itself coming back."  -- Pascale's Wager Some days I am tempted to despair. As I write, massacres are taking place in various corners of the world, global warming is rapidly encroaching u ...

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What The Facebook? Interdividuality In Literary Form

Michael Hardin, founder of Preaching Peace and one of today's leading scholars in the theological application of mimetic theory, is the author of the theological tour de force The Jesus Driven Life and now also What The Facebook: Posts from the Edge of Christendom.  A friend of the Raven Foundation, Michael's work is invaluable to the study of mimetic theory and Christian peacemaking. Along with my review b ...

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Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law was Religious But Not Christian

Arizona has been in the news because of an attempt to get a law on the books that would give Christian business owners the right to refuse products or services on religious grounds. Many commentators feared it would create a right to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. A robust debate has ensued around the question of whether or not it is Christian to refuse service for any reason or more Christian to ...

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Rob Bell, Oprah Winfrey, and Christianity’s Identity Crisis

Christianity is facing an identity crisis that boils down to one question: Who is God? It’s the question that Rob Bell tackled in his latest book What We Talk about When We Talk about God and it’s the question Rob and Oprah Winfrey discussed yesterday on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. (You can watch the full episode here.) Rob and Oprah sum up the crisis at the beginning of the interview: Rob: For many people…G ...

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Nadia Bolz-Weber

One odd way that we all keep up with the Kardashians is in the extraordinary effort we put into maintaining our own personal "brand." The reaction of Khloe to recent allegations of drug addiction against her husband, NBA player Lamar Odom, is a Kardashian case in point. In reporting on this newsworthy event (sarcastic sigh), Huff Post speculated as to why Khloe was continuing with business as usual, posting ...

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Allahu Akbar! Thank God for Violence!: John McCain, Fox News, and the Liberal Media

I’m all for confronting Islamaphobia, but there is a deeper theological issue here for both Christians and Muslims that the liberal media is missing. In one sense, I agree with Kilmeade. I don’t care if you are a Muslim or a Christian; I do have a problem helping anyone who screams ‘Allahu Akbar!’ or “Thank God!” after a successful military attack. ...

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Rachel Held Evans and the Friendly Atheist on CNN: Grasping for Truth

On Sunday, CNN hosted a debate between two insanely popular bloggers. It was titled, “Debating why millennials are leaving the church.” The debaters were both born after 1980, which makes them millennials – evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans, who blogs at rachelheldevans.com, and atheist Hemant Mehta, who is the primary blogger and editor at the friendly atheist blog. As for the debate, Rachel’s best arg ...

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