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The Paradox of Valentine’s Day

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, […]


Prayers for the New Year

Prayers for the New Year 2017  


On Being a Jew at Christmas

The commercial Christmas is as much a problem for Christians as it is for Jews   according to a series of articles on the meaning of the holiday. On Being a Jew at Christmas


Christian Weight Loss? Fact or Fantasy?

Can A Spiritual or Christian Weight Loss Program Come to the Rescue? 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 Best […]


Abraham Lincoln’s God

Abraham Lincoln’s God During a presidential election year, when politicians tend to invoke the name of God for partisan purposes, or “explain” various tragedies by blaming both God and the victims, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address offers a refreshing alternative.


Sin?

What is Sin? Contrary to popular understanding, sin does not consist of a catalogue of “bad behavior,” rather it is a state of being; it is a condition of alienation from God, the ground of our being. Sin involves alienation from other people as well as the world in which we live. Here’s the story […]


Is Heaven Real?

What is Heaven? There are at least four major strands of thought in the Bible and in Christian tradition contributing to contemporary notions of heaven. We look at each.


Mother’s Day Prayer

Check out our lastest list of readings and prayers for Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day Prayer.


The Significance of Color in Christian Symbolism

Color plays a crucial role in the symbolism and iconography of the Christian tradition.  Here we outline the meanings associated with color in Christian worship, art, architecture and design. Read more ….


Looking Ahead: Mother’s Day 2016

Will the real Mother’s Day Please Stand Up? Many people see Mother’s Day as a secular holiday, designed by the greeting card industry, promoted by restaurants, beloved by florists. Some clergy agree, objecting to the commercialism of the holiday. Does Mother’s Day have religious meaning? If so what is it? Just consider the witness of […]