Forgiveness and faith

By Jeanne Torrence Finley
The difficulty of forgiveness In her book “My Grandfather’s Blessings,” Rachel Naomi Remen tells about going to a Yom Kippur service at which the rabbi was to… read more

‘Tonight, I'm not homeless’

By LinC (Living in Christ), Paul Bonner
Have you ever sat down for dinner with a complete stranger? Better yet, have you ever paid a lot of money to eat with someone vastly different from you? At one hundred dollars a… read more

Substitute turkey

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Our oven died. Again.It seems that holidays take a toll on our poor old oven. Last year it died halfway through roasting the Thanksgiving turkey, which was supposed to serve 24… read more

Why I can no longer defend the church

By Dave Barnhart
“The name of God is discredited by the Gentiles because of you.” Romans 2:24 I can’t be an apologist for the church any longer. In the past, when anti-religious… read more

Forget Santa Claus, Virginia. Was there a Jesus Christ?

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) As another Christmas approaches and the usual holiday laments are unpacked like so many old ornaments — too much commercialism and too little faith, too much food and… read more

Identity in Christ

By LinC (Living in Christ), Samantha Tidball
Online personality quizzes from sites like Buzzfeed and Zimbio are dominating on social-media feeds. While these quizzes are often based on pop-culture references (such as… read more

Irrational hope

By Matt Rawle
I’ve heard faith described as, “hope in things unseen,” which suggests that hope is faith’s active agent. It makes sense. Hope is the expectation of… read more

Wait! An apology for Advent

By Daniel Childs
On November 1, the day after Halloween, I found myself in Target picking up a few household items. As I browsed the toothpaste aisle hunting for the best deal, I subconsciously… read more

Alan Gross release hailed as Hanukkah ‘miracle,’ first step in ‘normalized’ U.S.-Cuba relations

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Alan Gross, the Jewish international aid worker held for five years in Cuba on charges of spying, was freed Wednesday (Dec. 17) — what some are calling a… read more

Worship for Kids: January 25, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-5, 10. Many children know the story of Jonah's encounter with the fish. If that story is briefly summarized with attention to … read more

Hanukkah, the minor Jewish holiday that’s a major deal

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) You may know the basic props of Hanukkah: a menorah, a dreidel and chocolate coins. But here’s the inside story on Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday at sundown (Dec … read more

3 principles for giving beyond Christmas

By Lindsey Foster Stringer
Seven red kettles ringing. Six email campaigns dinging. Five Gofundme requests! Over the last two weeks, I've received each type of request for monetary donations listed above and … read more
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