A Fine Line (Cassandra Millis)

I don’t mean to start this blog off with a fight but I’m very opposed to tattoos… on me. It isn’t a religious concern, I’ve just had this issue since I was a kid where I really dislike pain. Somehow, for me, it hurts. So, I avoid it. But if there were some way to get a tattoo with no pain, I know what mine would be. The first bit of Romans 12:11 in some fancy font: “Be Not Slothful in Zeal.” Zeal means …

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No Sad Faces

Let’s talk about fasting. Fasting as a spiritual discipline so often connotes not eating some or all food for an extended period of time. While fasting certainly can, and often does, involve reduced food intake that is not always the case, nor is that the reason for fasting. So, let’s talk about fasting: why we do it, not what it often involves. Fasting, as a spiritual discipline, is about sel…

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Friday Poll Question

Happy weekend everyone! Today's question can be seen as a bit of a bummer, but maybe it would help us to figure out the places we need to avoid in our lives. Where are the places in your life that are the most difficult to feel God's presence? As always leave a comment below. See you on Sunday!

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Chosen People

I’m teaching the undergraduate Introduction to Religion course at Carnegie Mellon University this semester, where we’re looking at a number of traditions—Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim—and reflecting on the kinds of issues raised by religion in general. When we came to Judaism, one thoughtful student from another country asked about the idea of a “chosen people.” The Hebrew Bible focuses on …

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Clenched Fists and Open Arms

Where could I go to get away from your spirit? Where could I go to escape your presence?  God, your plans are incomprehensible to me! Their total number is countless!  If I tried to count them—they outnumber grains of sand! If I came to the very end—I'd still be with you. Psalm 139:7, 17-18 (CEB) Have you ever been anxious or frustrated about something and without realizing it your body became tense…

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