Is God a Republican …. or a Democrat?
In the US, the name of God is routinely invoked, even in the most partisan contexts, including political rallies at the local level and the national conventions of both parties. The intent seems to be that God will look with favor upon the cause of a particular candidate or party. At the same time, the public seems to have impossible expectations of candidates. Somehow they are expected to combine the political acumen of Machiavelli and the idealism of Moses, leading the nation towards its liberation from whatever captivity it currently faces. Expecting our candidates to exhibit qualities of both realism and idealism, we end up placing them in an impossible muddle. Disappointment and disillusionment are the inevitable consequences as any candidate for high office in this country is soon to discover.
The Gallery Tour
Whatever the skeptics and secularists have to say about it, Jesus is alive and well within popular culture. Magazines, radio, television, newspapers, billboards, roadside signs … and especially the Internet … are filled with images to satisfy the curiosity of the faithful. Pictures of Jesus proliferate and we have collected hundreds of them in our new Jesus Picture Gallery. The good, the bad and the ugly. While Muslims forbid publishing images of the Prophet: Christians, on the other hand, appear to have a ravenous appetite for images of the Savior, however tasteless. I’m not sure which is to be preferred: the feast or the famine. More on this topic.
Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ” is the most popular image of Jesus ever made. It is an icon of American culture. It also raises a host of questions about Christianity, the historical Jesus, and the faith of those who identify with this painting. Check it out now.
Can A Spiritual or Christian Weight Loss Program Come to the Rescue?
You celebrated hard … now you may be conscious of the unintended consequences. The Christian weight loss movement is booming, but can spiritually oriented weight loss programs actually help? We survey the field, recommend the the best book on the topic, and offer our own weight loss plan. Cut to the chase: The Spirit Diet
Questions and answers about the Bible with a humorous twist to test your humor, if not your knowledge. I bet you won’t get them all …
Whether you celebrate in church or at home, you might find these prayers and readings helpful. Check them out now!
The date of Easter in 2014 is April 20 for most Protestants and Catholics. This year for Eastern Orthodox Christians it is also April 20.
For an explanation of how the date of Easter is calculated and the date of Easter in future years, continue reading.
For a calculator that will help you find the date of Easter for any year, click here.
One of the most inviting aspects of Easter is the chance to get together with family after church to share love around a great meal. But you may want to refresh your recipe collection for the occasion. Here are some great Easter cook books. Easter Recipes
It is a strange holiday indeed that turns our thoughts towards love, and most often, romantic love, but at the same time bears the name of a Catholic saint and martyr: Saint Valentine.
I can think of nothing that more clearly reflects the often strained relationship between spirituality and sexuality in Christian faith and practice, than this. Read more …..