Deily Interviews Dena Johnson of Dena Johnson Ministries

Deily: Tell us a little about your background.  Why did you decide to start Dena Johnson Ministries?Dena Johnson: I grew up in small-town Oklahoma in a wonderful Christian family. I have spent my life loving God, sharing that love with others. And I've known since I was about ten years old that my entire life was meant to serve God in ministry.I spent 17 years as a pastor's wife, exactly what I had always dreamed. But, when my marriage fell apart, I lost my ministry, my … [Read more...]

How Can I Become a Christian?

Question How can I become a Christian? Answer from Pastor and Deily member Kenneth Fishman The first step to become a Christian is to understand what the term “Christian” means. The origin of the term “Christian” was in the city of Antioch in the first century A.D. (see Acts 11:26). It is possible that, at first, the term “Christian” was intended to be an insult. The word essentially means “little Christ.” However, over the centuries, believers in Christ have adopted the term “Christian” and u … [Read more...]

What does it Mean to be a Born Again Christian?

 Question What does it mean to be a born again Christian? Answer from pastor and Deily member Kenneth Fishman What does it mean to be a born-again Christian? The classic passage from the Bible that answers this question is John 3:1-21. The Lord Jesus Christ is talking to Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin (the ruling body of the Jews). Nicodemus had come to Jesus at night with some questions.As Jesus talked with Nicodemus, He said, “‘I tell you the tru … [Read more...]

What Does it Mean to “Remain” in Jesus?

Question In John 15:5-6, it says "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned." How does one "remain in him"? Answer by Deily member, Pastor Tom Goodman Reflecting on Jesus’ call for his followers to “remain” in him in John 15, a reader asked how one succe … [Read more...]

No More Silence: Fighting Islamophobia with Faith

In recent months, the question of Muslim acceptance, tolerance and immigrant admission have been buzz worthy topics. In a climate that seems to be fostering Islamophobia, Pastor and Deily member Jonathan Hamman of Grace Lutheran Church speaks out on why Christians should embrace their fellow man or woman with Christ's message in mind. Read his sermon on Muslim acceptance below. I believe there are a few thoughts that need to be shared this morning.I watched a video the other … [Read more...]

What Are You Thankful For? Three Faith Leaders Answer

What do different religious traditions teach about the concept of Thanksgiving?  We talked to three Austin, Texas area religious leaders about how they interpret the meaning of Thanksgiving and how their communities celebrate the holiday.Rabbi Amy Cohen - Temple Beth Shalom, Reform JudaismWatch Rabbi Cohen's Thanksgiving interviews on Deily. What Does Judaism Teach About Thanksgiving?Rabbi Amy Cohen: What Are You Thankful For?  Reverend Tom Goodman  … [Read more...]

How I Celebrate: A Native Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, family and faith. Typically centered around a shared meal, fellowshipping is the central focus of the holiday. For Turtle Clan Mohawk Native Danny Beaton, Thanksgiving is a time of spiritual connectivity and praise. Deily: Thanksgiving is an important holiday for Native Americans. For your culture, what is the purpose behind celebrating the holiday? Danny Beaton: As Native people we are a culture of ceremonies. That’s really where our human make up i … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Die for Martians?

Question What does the implication of finding water on Mars mean for our theology of cosmology? Did Jesus die for Martians? Answer by Deily member, Reverend Dr. David Zuniga The word theology derives from words that literally mean “God” and “discourse.” So when we engage in theology we are literally engaging in God or Gods-based talk. I say that because there is no Buddhist theology, at least in the sense of theistic-based religions. One can believe in a God or Gods, or be atheist or agnosti … [Read more...]

Is Halloween a Pagan holiday?

Answer by Carolina Amor, Pagan Priestess and founder of Circulo de Isis Halloween is based on a Pagan holiday called Samhain. Pagans celebrate what is called the Wheel of the Year or the Sabbats. This Wheel includes eight holidays and one of them is Samhain (pronounced Sow-in). Samhain marks the point when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest so it allows for spirit communication. This is one of the reasons why it is the time for celebrating our ancestral roots and honoring our … [Read more...]

Orthodox v. Reform Perspectives: Do Jews need a rabbi present to solemnize a marriage?

Question by Chris Jeffords: Do Jews need a rabbi present to solemnize a marriage? (I know they don't need one to lead prayers, and of course they can go to a JP if they want to. Answer by Rabbi Amy Cohen: According to halacha (Jewish Law) a Rabbi does not need to be present to officiate at a wedding. At a Jewish wedding, the individual who reads or chants the blessings is called a mesader kiddushin, one who “orders the ceremony.” The two partners marry one another, the officiate does not marry … [Read more...]