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:


TIME

Religion, Hypocrisy, and Obamacare
TIME
First and most important, they are a reminder of a simple religious truth: If you don't care about the poor, the suffering, and the sick, you cannot be a good Christian — or a good Jew, or a good Muslim. You may pretend to be a good religious person ...


The Jewish Week

Atheists For Religion
The Jewish Week
They are assembled to learn more about the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, which supports science education as an antidote to religious fundamentalism, broadly defined. Roemer, a Jewish atheist representing a mostly Catholic country, ...
Richard Dawkins Meets Students' Questions Head-onKSU | The Sentinel Newspaper

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Religion in IDF sparks heated debate between national-religious, secular MKs
Jerusalem Post
The arguing began before the meeting officially did, with MK Yoni Chetboun (Bayit Yehudi) protesting the wording of its topic, which used a Hebrew term that he felt means a religious takeover, but Dr. Reuven Gal, a researcher on religion in the IDF ...

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MLive.com

When does religion become idolatry? Ethics and Religion Talk
MLive.com
The person I'm thinking of in particular, the way she idolizes God, her religion, and her faith (which causes her to be a pretty undesirable person to be around, for Christians and atheists alike) borders on mental illness, but it's not. I know that it ...


'“God can't be owned or contained in one religion,' speaker tells prayer ...
Youngstown Vindicator
Dr. Campbell said the young man told the pastor he had been tempted to believe that his religion was the only one. “In the midst of tragedy, his life changed,” Dr. Campbell said, noting he realized that people of different faiths prayed to the “God of ...

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The rise of religion in politics
Hurriyet Daily News
Perhaps it sounds irrelevant to mention the Pope's visit to the European Parliament and the Jewish State bill in Israel at a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been shocking the world with its violence in the name of religion ...

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Minimize religion in public office
The Citizen.com (blog)
Two of those tidbits on the subject of religion are: “I respect the religious beliefs of others, right up to the time when they decide their views are ideally suited for me,” and, “You can't reconcile differing religious beliefs, so don't make things ...

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Naples Daily News

Brent Batten: School policies on religion a matter of note
Naples Daily News
Should a student be able to opt out, citing reasons of religion, of an after-school event that's part of their coursework? A half-dozen school policies nibble at the edges and hint at what the answer might be, but without a clear-cut policy to lean on ...

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Incorporating Religion and Spirituality Into Healthcare
Huffington Post
Religion and spirituality are an important, if often private, part of many Americans' lives. According to a poll from Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans identify themselves as religious and 18 percent describe themselves as spiritual. Yet ...


Israeli-Palestinian conflict was always about religion
Los Angeles Times
To the editor: Anyone who thinks the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just now starting to turn into a religious one doesn't understand the true nature of the conflict. It is and always has been a religious conflict between the Jews and the Muslim world.

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Don't worry I'm not going off into religious rantings. ?Having... Read More

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In this first verse, God says He will allow all... Read More

Theres No Time Like the Present

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The Exodus

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