My wife and I are relocating to Tricities, Washington, for a new job at Pacific Northwest National Lab. Our Christian faith is really important to us and we're looking for recommendations for culturally diverse, Spirit-led churches. We're coming from a smaller church, so I think we'd prefer something along the same lines, and we'd like to find opportunities to serve. Does anyone have recommendations for the area? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani
on Aug 10, 2014 -
My friend, a music-performance major in college, has been offered a full-ride scholarship (with room and board) to a four-week Christian performing arts festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. Are they likely to have a good experience? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit
on May 16, 2014 -
If you converted from Catholicism to a Protestant denomination (or vice versa), what swayed you? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Apr 13, 2014 -
On late night tv earlier this month I saw a 50s or 60s educational documentary about bees that was made in affiliation with a christian college in America. And it was hilarious. The first half was sort of straight-forward science about how bees work, and then toward the end it takes this turn about how we should all follow the old testament which would make us happy and productive like bees. And now I can't remember the name of the film company (which was named after the college) which apparently did many such educational shorts in that time (either 50s or 60s I don't remember which). Does this ring any bells with anyone?
posted by supercrayon
on Mar 30, 2014 -
So I'm looking for some good Christian folk, bluesy, or bluegrass music and have a few specific styles in mind... [more inside]
posted by dr handsome
on Nov 8, 2013 -
I need advice for gracious, loving, kind, and assertive ways to deal with a very specific type of bullying. I don't really know what to call it, but I will describe it as best I can. [more inside]
posted by windykites
on Jul 19, 2013 -
Hello! I'm looking for a new Bible. I thought that with the myriad of editions available it'd be easy to find something that meets my criteria but it's actually harder than I thought!
Here's what I'm looking for:
NIV translation, large type (at least 12 pt font, preferably 14), single-column, and minimal see-through to the other side of the page ("ghosting").
I also prefer something cloth bound (basically sturdy and not just bound by glue!).
Here's one Bible that comes close to what I was hoping for
but the pages are a bit too transparent to be easily read (like the Norton anthologies to literature).
posted by lirael2008
on Jun 13, 2013 -
I received a gift from my boyfriend's mother that is at best in poor taste and at worst extremely offensive. How do I proceed? Super-fun cultural/religious beanplating inside. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss
on Mar 28, 2013 -
I’ve become a person of (some) faith in the past year, and my life has been better for it. But it feels lonely not to fit into either the secular or religious communities—I'm not far enough along the spectrum one way or the other. Is there any way I can meet other people in a similar place? (Sorry, a little long and snowflake-y.) [more inside]
posted by honey wheat
on Mar 4, 2013 -
Roomies' religious convictions are colliding with my lifestyle. They're saying no sex in the house, period. They want overnight guests to sleep in a separate room. I really need the house. How do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 15, 2013 -
I grew up in an atheist household and have never read the Bible. I would like to tackle that beast and start wandering through various branches of Christian theology, with my main goal to start in on Barth's complete works.
Can you recommend a good Academic primer or companion to the Bible and general theology that doesn't try to convert me? I am interested in the topic in a scholarly/philosophic sense. I do have a good understanding of the Old World and its various empires and wars, but I am still in the shallow end as far as biblical knowledge is concerned.
posted by Think_Long
on Feb 4, 2013 -
Despite having no ties to the community beyond a few old facebook friends and the blogs they link to, I'm fascinated by the language quirks of modern conservative Christianity. Less so the specifically theological terms (washed in the blood, new life, etc.), but more how particular words and turns of phrase mark the speaker as belonging to the community even when they are not talking about premillenialism. [more inside]
posted by heyforfour
on Jan 17, 2013 -
I have heard of a calendar depicting Christian Martyrs, and the ways they died (e.g. St Stephen/stoning) including paintings. Any ideas?
posted by ebesan
on Jun 3, 2012 -
Former Christian, happily married to a lifelong atheist for over two decades, considering returning to church. Very apprehensive.
posted by anonymous
on Aug 8, 2011 -
Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900? [more inside]
posted by cda
on Jul 26, 2011 -
I want to follow more Christian tumblr blogs. Can you recommend any that have good quotes and/or write substantial blog posts? I would prefer a minimum of politics. [more inside]
posted by pecknpah
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Why was Jesus of Nazarath (also called Jesus Christ) killed? What was going on in Roman occupied Jerusalem that lead up to his death? [more inside]
posted by garlic
on Apr 24, 2011 -
Looking for good dispassionate history of the Christian church. I love to read history, and would like to go on a tangent. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher
on Mar 4, 2011 -
Religious preschool options. We are not religious. Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Feb 10, 2011 -
I'm looking for short Christian/theological readings for a weekly group I'm facilitating this semester. [more inside]
posted by pecknpah
on Jan 15, 2011 -
Calendar/ diary question.... I am in search for a 2011 replacement for the 2010 My Daily Walk Calendar [more inside]
posted by skillet
on Nov 28, 2010 -
Probably a shot in the dark, but does anyone recall a kids game show that aired (briefly) during the mid-80s, featuring teams of religious schools competing "Family Feud"-style against one another answering questions about the Bible? [more inside]
posted by The Gooch
on Nov 11, 2010 -
I've fallen in love with this song
sung on A Praire Home Companion (starts around 0:26:36). Can ya'll give me some suggestions as to similar tunes? [more inside]
posted by parkbench
on Jul 9, 2010 -
I need help finding Christian (preferably Catholic) sources for the idea that freedom comes from submission to the will of God. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek
on Jan 15, 2010 -
I'm looking for some Christ-centered sex-positive how-to books. For a friend. No, really. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean
on Nov 30, 2009 -
Comparing controversial sections of the Qur'an (Koran), and of the New and Old Testament sections of the Bible. [more inside]
posted by jcdill
on Sep 12, 2009 -
How do I convince [the more liberal] Christians to become atheists?
(Issues you have with the wording of this question are likely addressed inside.) [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Sep 3, 2009 -
I am quite taken by a very quality woman - one catch.. she has a degree in theology and is saving herself for marrage. It's early to tell, but let's say she's the one for me.. is there even hope? Advice from people in inter-faith relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 10, 2009 -
Been reading the Bible in One Year...and nearing Revelations. Can anyone recommend a book on Revelations that comes from a Reformed perspective that is for the layperson? If not Reformed, other perspectives will do if you have any suggestions. In the end, I am sure nobody understands it but I have been putting of reading it and reading about it for years.
posted by snap_dragon
on Jul 22, 2009 -
How do you deal with ethnic stereotyping from a colleague in the form of innocent questions? [more inside]
posted by evadery
on Jun 24, 2009 -
"I am a believer." What does this mean, exactly? I think it means that the speaker believes in the resurrection of Christ, but I am wondering if it also conveys more information--perhaps that the person believes generally but does not identify with a particular denomination. Or does it indicate that they are an evangelical Christian? Is this something that a Roman Catholic would be likely to say? I've only been hearing this in the past few years--is that just coincidence, or has this expression recently gained currency for some reason?
posted by HotToddy
on May 24, 2009 -
If you were writing a letter to the editor with the title, "Christian Church Mustn't Oppose Same-Sex Marriage," what facts and arguments would you include? [more inside]
posted by fogster
on May 9, 2009 -
We're trying to come up with a baby boy name we both like. It has been a challenge. I have always loved the name Christian. My husband doesn't like it because of the obvious association, even though we were both raised Christian. He says he likes the way the name sounds, but dislikes the association, even though he believes the association is a positive one. [more inside]
posted by murrey
on Apr 15, 2009 -
Bible Study Question - are there any studies that are similar in feel to a Beth Moore study but less woman-centric. Everything that I have heard about her studies are that they are amazing etc but very much geared towards an audience of women. I am looking for something a little more generic (and in depth but you do not have to be a scholar) if that exists. No Purpose Driven Life though please.
posted by GrumpyMonkey
on Mar 23, 2009 -