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Jihad For Peace

“What is ‘jihad?’” one of the Christian women asked. We were gathered in the basement of the masjid, a handful of Christian women among more than a dozen Muslimas of all ages and nationalities. The sisters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glen Ellyn, IL were hosting a women’s interfaith fellowship event centered around the topic “Keeping the Faith In the Face of Hate.” The atmosphere was warm and joyful ...

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My Brainiac Faith on the Resurrection

For a long time I thought I was too smart for the resurrection. My progressive UCC congregation made a comfortable home for my intellectual faith – I wasn’t letting anyone force me to leave my brain at the sanctuary door. If my head couldn’t come along for the ride, my faith wouldn’t go there. And so my rational, scientific brain did away with miracles of all kinds. They were too easy to explain as metaphor ...

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Advent: The Faith to Scream “It’s Not Okay!”

She sat in total shock. Her head rested in her hands as her long hair hid her face. She was silent for forty-five minutes. And then the river of tears began to flow. It was the most traumatic event I’ve experienced in ten years of ministry. The pain and distress of a murdered family member were unbearable. As she wept uncontrollably, her sister stepped into the void to hold her. “It’s okay. It’s okay,” her ...

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America’s Leading Historian on the First Thanksgiving and Faith

We recently had the great honor of talking with Dr. R. Tracy McKenzie about his book The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us about Loving God and Learning from History. Read my review of Tracy's book here. Tracy McKenzie is professor and chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College. His book The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us about Loving God and Learning from History ...

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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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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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The Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 3: What Do You Mean, “Open,” Rob?

Rob is desperately trying to help us get past the false dichotomy of head and heart. Did you know that the head is part of the body? Did you know that the heart is part of the body? It's rather difficult to think without the heart and to feel without the brain. There are some basic biological principles at work here that are hard to deny. Yet, we are quick to take up these dichotomies. Rob is trying to help ...

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Science vs. Religion: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation

Will science someday rule out the possibility of God? That was the sensational title of a recent MSNBC article by Natalie Wolchover. Wolchover interviewed Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist working at the California Institute of Technology. Carroll “says there’s good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever.” “N ...

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Theologian Brian McLaren on Voices of Peace Talk Radio

Recorded on September 6, 2012 - Best-selling author, activist and public theologian Brian McLaren has never been afraid to ask Christians difficult questions, and his latest one gets to the heart of Christian identity in a divided world: How should followers of Christ treat members of other religions? That’s the subject of his new book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad Cross the Road?: Christi ...

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Discovering God at an Atheists’ Convention

Sometimes you discover God in the most unlikely places. This belief was confirmed as I listened to an episode of NPR’s program “All Things Considered.” The particular episode was called “From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith.”  NPR’s Barbara Hagerty interviewed Teresa MacBain, and, as you can guess from the title of the episode, MacBain is a former minister who became an atheist. It brings up an ...

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