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Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

In the realm of biblical arguments in support of same-sex relationships, I’ve always found one — “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality” — to be particularly weak. In th ...

According to the Bible, You Might Be a Christian If …
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

To be human is to be imperfect, and although we shouldn’t glorify sin or purposefully live in sin, we need to be careful about labeling others at “heretics,” “unbelievers,” and “sinners.” Because in reality, c ...

Beyond Fire and Brimstone
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian McLaren Jesus' teaching about hell flipped popular imagery of the afterlife upside down—and offered a radical, transformative ...

The Parameters We Prefer Jesus to Work Under
Originally Posted: 08/27/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

I’m really grateful that Jesus has always tended to disregard people’s preferred parameters for how he should do things, and that he always just seems to keep seeing people, touching them, healing them and the ...

Christians: It's NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high ...

Toward the House of Levi
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was invited to be the guest preacher one Sunday this summer at a church in a suburb of my city, Denver, Colorado. I was invited to be the guest preacher one Sunday this summer a ...

Speak Evil of No One -- Really?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I live, eat, breathe, and drink the New Testament. I love the New Testament. I think it's fair to say that I liv ...

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union Coll ...

What Sustains Me: Lectio
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's note: In </em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0907&amp;article=what-sustains-me"><em>"What Sustains ...

Are Single Moms the New Widows?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout the Bible, God's people are instructed to care for those who often cannot thrive on their own, most often widows and orphans. Throughout the Bible, God's peop ...

Rising Up to Heal a Sick Global System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It would have been the last thing they expected. They thought this was their chance to discredit him on a point of law they thought was safe ground. It would have been the last t ...