Amy on Texas Faith: What is the point of ecumenism?

Amy on Texas Faith: What is the point of ecumenism?

Question by Rudolph Bush Published: April 15, 2015   Every couple of weeks, we gather here on our blog to discuss matters of life and afterlife, of faith and struggles with faith. We have a polite community of dialogue we all enjoy. But, if we’re being honest, we acknowledge that we have among us fundamental disagreements about faith and salvation. …

Texas Faith: Who inspires you?

Texas Faith: Who inspires you?

Question via Rudolph Bush Last week, I had to scratch my head and admit to my friends who contribute to this blog that the well was dry. I had no questions that I thought were worth asking them. So I asked them to submit questions. And good friends that they are on our journey, several quickly chimed in. I chose …

Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

TEXAS FAITH: Why should the government say whether churches can preach politics from the pulpit? Question by Wayne Slater   That’s this week’s Texas Faith question. Is it time to repeal the law forbidding churches engaged in partisan politics from the pulpit? Our Texas Faith panel of experts weighs in. Read the panel   AMY MARTIN, director emeritus, Earth Rhythms; …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world?

TEXAS FAITH: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world? Question by Wayne Slater Image by Todd Slater   The military crisis in Iraq is typically described in religious terms – a millennia-old conflict between Sunni and Shia. No doubt the sectarian divide has fueled tensions and defined the war. It has given critics ammunition to argue against sending …

Amy at Texas Faith: In love and marriage, do different faiths really matter in America?

Amy at Texas Faith: In love and marriage, do different faiths really matter in America?

Texas Faith: In love and marriage, do different faiths really matter in America? Question by Rudolph Bush   Recently, I attended the beautiful wedding of two friends, one from a Jewish family and one from a Christian family. The ceremony largely followed the Jewish tradition with occasional mention of the bride’s Christian upbringing. I began to wonder, witnessing this blending …

Amy at Texas Faith: What’s the best way for people of one faith tradition to engage people of another?

Amy at Texas Faith: What’s the best way for people of one faith tradition to engage people of another?

TEXAS FAITH: What does Southwestern Baptist acceptance of a Muslim student say about one faith engaging another? Question by Wayne Slater The decision by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to admit a Palestinian Muslim to the school’s Ph.D. archaeology program has stirred attention. For one thing, the decision was an exception to the seminary’s admissions policy. Southern Baptist seminaries have historically …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is President Obama part of reinventing American civil religion?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is President Obama part of reinventing American civil religion?

TEXAS FAITH: Is President Obama part of reinventing American civil religion – God and the public square? Question by Wayne Slater   Author and speaker Diana Butler Bass suggests that we are in the process of reinventing American civil religion, the way we think about God and national purpose. And she says President Obama is part of that process. Obama, …

Amy at Texas Faith: The religion and faith issues that will be the big story in 2014

Amy at Texas Faith: The religion and faith issues that will be the big story in 2014

  TEXAS FAITH: The religion and faith issues that will be the big story in 2014 By Wayne Slater 11:14 am on January 7, 2014 | Permalink To start the year, let’s take a look ahead. What issue dealing with religion do you think Americans — or people around the world — will be talking about in a year that …

Texas Faith: Is Christmas a religious holiday or a cultural one?

Texas Faith: Is Christmas a religious holiday or a cultural one?

  TEXAS FAITH: Is Christmas a religious holiday or a cultural one? question by Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist Editor’s Note: This entry marks my last one as co-moderator of this wonderful blog. As this column explains, I am making a move to the George W. Bush Institute. After getting settled, I look forward to becoming a panelist and contributing …

Amy at Texas Faith: Are Interfaith Marriages Good for Couples?

Amy at Texas Faith: Are Interfaith Marriages Good for Couples?

TEXAS FAITH: Are Interfaith Marriages Good for Couples? By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist wmckenzie@dallasnews.com 4:59 pm on June 18, 2013 | Permalink         Naomi Schaefer Riley has a new book out with the title Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America. You can read about that book at this link and then …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is it time for religions to double-down on evangelism?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is it time for religions to double-down on evangelism?

AMY MARTIN, Executive Director, Earth Rhythms; Writer/Editor, Moonlady Media We can only lead and inspire by example. As a Bible church reverend relative says, “The worst advertisement for Christianity is Christians.” As long as people promote values that they don’t live by, no amount of evangelism will help. And that applies to any faith. But it is important to allow …

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