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

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David Cameron Christianity claim backed by religious groups
BBC News
Hindu Council UK said it was "very comfortable" with the description. The Muslim Council of Britain said the UK was a largely Christian country. He said the UK must be "more confident" about its Christianity, a view Downing Street says he has stated ...
Mercury opinion: Religion still plays big role in UKLeicester Mercury
David Cameron: bringing God into politics Photo: ReutersTelegraph.co.uk
Brits Get A Dose of Christian Nation PolitickingReligion Dispatches
The Guardian -Washington Post (blog) -Gospel Herald
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New study by sociologist Mark Regnerus suggests religion can predict sexual ...
Religion News Service
Mark Regnerus is a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin who spoke at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission sexuality conference on April 22, 2014. Photo courtesy of Kent Harville, ERLC ...

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Old world wars
The Economist (blog)
Does it have any kernel of truth? This much is true: in most European countries there is no obvious equivalent of the American religious right in which a large standing constituency spoils for a fight over hard ethical issues. Those kinds of issues ...


Blair Says Countering Islamist Extremism Needs Focus on Religion
Bloomberg
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair will say that world leaders need to engage with the religious aspects of Islamist extremism rather than concentrating on its political causes. Blair will tell an audience in London today that governments must ...

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Religion's Social Goods
First Things (blog)
A growing number of legal scholars question whether a justification exists for protecting religion as its own category. Yes, the text of the First Amendment refers specifically to religion, they concede, but that's an anachronism. As a matter of ...


NPR (blog)

America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet
NPR (blog)
America is less religious than ever before. The number of Americans who reported no religious affiliation has been growing rapidly, doubling since 1990. That kind of rapid change matches another societal trend — growth in Internet use. The percentage ...
Is the Internet bad for religion?Baptist Standard
Study: Internet users more likely to be religiously unaffiliatedThe Independent Florida Alligator

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New Yorker (satire) (blog)

Supreme Court Calls Lying by Politicians an Expression of Their Religion
New Yorker (satire) (blog)
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States declared on Tuesday that lying by politicians is protected by the First Amendment because it is an expression of their religion. By a 5–4 majority, the ...

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COMMENTARY: If millennials leave religion, then what?
Washington Post
As the Pew Research Center recently found, today's young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” The question is whether this trend is a good thing or a bad thing. If you are a person of faith, you may worry ...
Faith isn't declining among millennials — religion isVox

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COMMENTARY: If the Internet isn't killing religion, what is?
Religion News Service
The decline of mainline churches began in 1965, not in the 1990s when the Internet became commercially available. It would be more accurate, from a timing standpoint, to say that the American League's designated hitter rule (1973) caused religion's ...


Creationists Say Smithsonian Is Pushing "Religion of Naturalism"
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Young-Earth creationist Ken Ham—whose non-profit organization has benefited from millions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks—says that the Smithsonian's recent acquisition of a nearly complete T-Rex fossil is an egregious use of American tax ...

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A Powerful Word For Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones

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To be awakened to the realization of one's True Self... Read More

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What They Mean By Child-Like Faith

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In our last study, we looked at understanding prayer. In... Read More

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The western church is seen by the world as anything... Read More

Why Me

Why MeAs a Christian I feel the need to say... Read More

The Rapture, A coming Event; Part 2

The Rapture. Part 2.Revelation 3:10-22:19So far we see in looking... Read More

Battle of Armageddon

This will be last and final event of the Great... Read More