When I was very young I slept next to my parents' room. Every night they listened to an album of Gospel music. It was an Englishman with a piano. He would tell the story of an old hymn and then sing it. I seem to remember "It Is Well" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus." It's possible the singer was someone who traveled between churches in the 1970s?
Family member asked me to help Christian dude struggling with gay feelings. After agreeing to meet him I see his beliefs are way more extreme than I'm comfortable with. What do? [more inside]
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!
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]
If you converted from Catholicism to a Protestant denomination (or vice versa), what swayed you? [more inside]
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?
Who are the most reputable Biblical scholars, from various schools of thought (liberal, conservative, skeptical, etc.) [more inside]
So I'm looking for some good Christian folk, bluesy, or bluegrass music and have a few specific styles in mind... [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend a Christian book for men, that contains a humorous collection of short stories? [more inside]
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).
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]
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]
For my next viewing project, I was thinking of watching everything which appears in Christian Marclay's The Clock in order. Very slowly, obviously. Does anyone have a definitive list? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Bible filter: Question on biblical interpretation [more inside]
I want to move out of Portland. Where should I go? [more inside]
I have heard of a calendar depicting Christian Martyrs, and the ways they died (e.g. St Stephen/stoning) including paintings. Any ideas?
Ideas for a wedding Bible reading that isn't 1st Corinthians 13? [more inside]
I am looking for YA books with a female main character, that will pass muster with very conservative Christian parents. [more inside]
Former Christian, happily married to a lifelong atheist for over two decades, considering returning to church. Very apprehensive. [more inside]
What does the man being the head of the household mean for a Christian husband and wife? [more inside]
Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900? [more inside]
Need some input on this relationship issue [more inside]
I'm looking for challenging, daring books about the Christian faith. [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for good dispassionate history of the Christian church. I love to read history, and would like to go on a tangent. [more inside]
Religious preschool options. We are not religious. Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
Trying to remember a trance artist from back in the MP3.com days. [more inside]
Looking for specific quotes from Buddhist and Christian scripture on two particular themes. [more inside]
I'm looking for short Christian/theological readings for a weekly group I'm facilitating this semester. [more inside]
Calendar/ diary question.... I am in search for a 2011 replacement for the 2010 My Daily Walk Calendar [more inside]
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]
Where are the liberal, progressive, Christian blogs and media? [more inside]
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]
How does an agnostic write an encouraging note to a religious relative? [more inside]
Where can I donate my extra, used Bibles? [more inside]
I need help finding Christian (preferably Catholic) sources for the idea that freedom comes from submission to the will of God. [more inside]
I'm looking for some Christ-centered sex-positive how-to books. For a friend. No, really. [more inside]
Comparing controversial sections of the Qur'an (Koran), and of the New and Old Testament sections of the Bible. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
How do you deal with ethnic stereotyping from a colleague in the form of innocent questions? [more inside]
Any books out there that give advice about dating a divorced mother? [more inside]
"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?
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]
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