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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Friday Poll Question

Greetings friends, and welcome to another Friday poll question! Today's question: How are you shining the light of Christ into the dark places in your world? Leave a comment below to join the discussion! Hope everyone has a tremendous weekend!

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God and Country

When I was in Boy Scouts I worked to earn a medal called “God and Country.” Most of the things we achieved in Scouting were either merit badges to wear on a sash or a step up in rank, where the highest rank was Eagle (I stopped at Life, just below Eagle). The fact that “God and Country” was a medal, and not just another cloth badge, suggests that encouraging devotion to both was a high priority for the…

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How to sound Christian for fun and profit (Cassandra Millis)

“Not mine, but thine.” I remember using this phrase in one of the most nervous conditions of my life. I was interviewing at my dream college and desperately wanted to make not only a good impression, but a godly impression. (Seeing as it was an Evangelical Liberal Arts school. That advice might not work everywhere else.) When asked what book I had read most recently I quipped, “Is it nerdy to sa…

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