No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe. Just like Abraham of old, we often try to bring about results through our own efforts. For those of... Read More

The Greatest Love and Self-image

The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic.. This was, of course a purely selfish love. Then there was "Phileo" (Philadelphia), or "brotherly love" This is the love of one family member for another. But the Bible added a new one--"agape"... Read More

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas... Read More

What about the 4400?

Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news. It takes multiple murders to make the headlines, CNN, and the network evening news.The Oklahoma bombing of... Read More

What Jesus Expects of You and Me

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do. Until you can find the specific purpose God has for you there is still work we... Read More

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)

"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." --... Read More

About The Spiritual World of Madonna

Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish... Read More

Popping the Balloon of Belief

I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.You may remember I was recently talking about how beliefs are at the core of our conflicts, yet those beliefs are built upon less-than-complete information.... Read More

Here?s Help for the ?I Can?t Say ?No? Blues?

I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed. "I almost dread going to PTO meetings or church services anymore because I just know somebody else is going to ask me to help with something," they say. "Don't... Read More

Your Mission Field At Work

One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching. Are they seeing Jesus in you? Do they see you handle... Read More

In The News:


Religion and Revolution: The Promise of a Fresh Look
Huffington Post
For students of religion and students of revolution, the upcoming dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian should be a valuable lesson. Taking place at Riverside Church in New York City, this meeting of the minds has tremendous potential to advance ...


Religion, War and Atrocity
Huffington Post
The grisly deeds of IS in Iraq and Syria evoke once again the question as to the connection between religion and organized violence. Its companion question asks if Islam has a special affinity to such acts. Since the militants of IS, like their al ...


Patheos

Keep religion out of schools
News24
Some organizations insists that certain religious values be kept in schools. The ACDP wants Christian values to remain and when I hear that, I wonder if its fair to force-feed those values to children who aren't Christians. Should Pagan/Wiccan/Hindi ...
What Christianity-bashing “independent thinkers” might thinkPatheos (blog)

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Huffington Post

Religion Unites and Divides
Huffington Post
Headlines about these and others point to realities which often have religious dimensions. One of them is posed in a featured interview with Jodi Picoult, the novelist author of Leaving Time, in the New York Times Book Review (Oct. 9, 2014). She was ...

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Religion News Service

Religion and the midterm election vote
Religion News Service
What do we know about how the vote by religion is shaping up for the midterm elections two weeks from now? Unfortunately, not very much. In contrast to the midterms four years ago — and especially eight years ago — those conducting state surveys aren ...


Labor vows to get tough on religious discrimination at school
The Australian
Mr Clark had promised to restore the rights of freedom of religion and freedom of association for faith-based schools and other groups by removing the “inherent requirements” test, enacted by Labor before the 2010 election. Labor said the repeal of the ...

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Patheos (blog)

Religion Without Dogma…
Patheos (blog)
Pope Francis criticized this type of religion in his recent speech concluding the Synod on the Family. He spoke of various temptations that distort the fullness of the faith, mentioning a religion of niceness “that in the name of a deceptive mercy ...


Opelousas Daily World

Science, religion, history intersect with upcoming event
Opelousas Daily World
The university community and general public will have the opportunity to learn more about the Shroud of Turin, one of the most analyzed artifacts that remains a mystery, at the Catholic Student Center at Our Lady of Wisdom Church at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23.


Odessa American

Finding healing and acceptance after same-sex love collides with religion
Washington Post
It's hard to come out as gay. It is even harder when your parents are profoundly committed conservative Catholics, your brother is a prominent priest who represents traditional church views on Fox News, and you were raised to believe that everything ...
5 Things to Know about Pope Paul VIOdessa American
Five things to know about Pope Paul VINew Zealand Herald
Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decisionTengrinews
Fort Worth Star Telegram
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Joplin Globe

Danya Walker: Book has plenty to say on politics, religion
Joplin Globe
Hannah, raised by fundamentalist parents, has never questioned their beliefs in politics or religion, which have become intertwined. That is, until she finds herself seeking help after becoming pregnant — not because of the impact it would have on her ...

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Unholy Shadows: Gnosticism

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A Common Sense Approach to Religious Freedom

Down through the centuries and all over the world, the... Read More

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The Green Cross

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The shapeless and formless Tao brings about various elements and... Read More

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Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)

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Jesus is Lord: Lets Stop Usurping His Roles

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Philippians 2:1-18 -- Seek Unity Through Humility

This passage begins (2:1-4) with a call to unity that... Read More

Living By the Truth, the Word of God

Let's be honest: Too many Christian books are nothing but... Read More

Christian Universalism, Calvinism, and Arminianism: Where Do You Fit In?

All of the various denominations of professing Christians may be... Read More

Jesus Was a Hippie

Actually he was more appropriately called a Cynic, but that... Read More

Judgement Day

For it is written in Matthew 12:36 But I tell... Read More