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:


Wall Street Journal

Why the Future of Religion Is Bleak
Wall Street Journal
Religion has been waning in influence for several centuries, especially in Europe and North America. There have been a few brief and local revivals, but in recent years the pace of decline has accelerated.

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Cincinnati.com

Religious Views On Same-Sex Marriage Have Radically Changed
Huffington Post
Now, more than a decade later, religious attitudes toward LGBT rights have shifted dramatically. Not only are people of faith more vocal about their support for marriage equality, but they are, at times, willing to contradict official church doctrine ...
Gay marriage splits area's religious communityCincinnati.com
Gay marriage splits Ohio religious communityUSA TODAY
Poll shows growing religious support for same-sex marriageCNN
IVN News -Washington Post -ThinkProgress
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TIME

Why I Left My Religion (and Arranged Marriage) Behind
TIME
Melissa Weisz is an emerging actress, with a current role in the movie Félix & Meira. The film, which tells the story of a young woman in a traditional Hasidic household who leaves her faith and the strict circle of her community when she falls in love ...

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The Age

Jimmy Carter's message on women and religion goes viral
The Age
We at The Age may have found the answer in a former US president, the Bible and women. An article penned by former US president Jimmy Carter titled Losing my religion for equality has been the highest rating story ever published on theage.com.au.


ThinkProgress

Court Says 'Religious Freedom' Gives T-Shirt Company The Right To ...
ThinkProgress
A Kentucky judge has validated a printing company's discrimination against an LGBT group under the state's “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA). The case in question dates back to 2012, when Hands On Originals and its owner, Blaine Adamson, ...
How The Religious Right Is Conspiring to Put Discrimination Back Into LawAdvocate.com
RFRA controversy unites businessesBenefitsPro

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South Bend Tribune

Pastors protest religion law fix
South Bend Tribune
Mike Pence and legislative leaders failed to protect religious liberties by approving a change to Indiana's religious objections law, conservative religious leaders said Monday. Members of the Indiana Pastors Alliance gathered at the Statehouse to ...
Conservative pastors slam religion law fixThe Herald
Conservative pastors slam Bosma, Long over religion law fixChicago Daily Herald

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Middle school teacher who questioned Obama's religion yanked from Dublin ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
“It is not the place of teachers to attempt to persuade students about religious or political beliefs,” Ledbetter said in the release. “In doing so, the teacher was wrong and that has been communicated to her.” He also said system-wide training will be ...

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Spectator.co.uk (blog)

We're all Freddie Gray now: is racial tension America's civic religion?
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
'One might have said once upon a time that Christianity did — that's what Tocqueville saw — and later, one might have said civic religion (generic Christianity + “Americanism”). These were ideals we held in common, and they served as shared ideals ...
Looking for pastors on Baltimore front lines and, back at church, on their kneesGetReligion (blog)
Latest on police-custody death: Congressman at Gray funeralTown Hall

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International Business Times

Catholic Religion Is 'Not At Odds' With Climate Change Science, UN Leader ...
International Business Times
Religion is "not at odds" with the science on man-made climate change, the top U.N. official told Catholic leaders Tuesday. "Indeed, they are fully aligned," Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, said at the Vatican during a conference on ...
'Science and religion are not at odds on climate change': Pope, UN chief urge ...Raw Story
UN, Vatican team up for climate change agendaOdessa American
The UN Parks its Tanks on St Peter's SquareBreitbart News
Smithsonian -New York Times
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Salon

Bill Maher, American hero: Laughing at religion is exactly what the world needs
Salon
No matter what anyone says, religion is a deeply, if darkly, hilarious topic, and the sundry tomes of the sacred canon read more like joke books than anything else, albeit sick joke books. How can we, in the 21st century, having mapped (and even edited ...

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Purity

Is being purified only for the men of the cloth?... Read More

A Comparison of ISLAM and CHRISTIANITY

Hi,(Salaam to You: Peace be Upon you) (What a great... Read More

Being In-Between Religions

Who said religion has to last a lifetime?When I was... Read More

The Goodness of His Strength

The dictionary explains strength as being endurance, force, bravery, spirit... Read More

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this:... Read More

God is God

God is God and besides Him, there is no other.... Read More

Ministry Of Absence

I was meditating the other day and contemplating the thousands... Read More

Left Behind! Who Me?

The popularity in the past few years of the apocalyptic... Read More

Be Careful How You Live -- Ephesians 5:15-20

There is a sharp contrast in Ephesians between the "light"... Read More

The Snake Charmers - Part 1

2 Kings 9:30-9:36. How many her today believe in the... Read More

Christians in Peril.

Romans 7:8-7:25. The Christian today has become a people without... Read More

Whats A Single Christian To Do?

It's Saturday night. You're sitting at home. Your phone has... Read More

Judgement Day

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

As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me... Read More

We Must Be Ready. But How?

Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto... Read More

Fundamental Church Failures

Every great human movement toward freedom, whether commercial, political or... Read More

Possibilities in Prayer

Prostrateology is the theological term for the doctrine of prayer.... Read More

Praying Effectively ? Understanding How To Pray Part 2

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

Call No Man Father

Matthew 23:5-23:10Call no man Father A look at deception and... Read More

Pomes II

Here are a few pomes that may encourage you to... Read More

Does God Promise Long Life?

Over the last 10 years or so I have met... Read More

Your Focus Determines Your Reality

"Your focus determines your reality", this famous line was spoken... Read More

White Sun - Tao of Heaven; What is Wisdom?

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

Union with Christ Unites Us to One Another

Jesus knew He would be abandonedOn the night He was... Read More

Jesus is Lord: Lets Stop Usurping His Roles

In five words Paul enunciates the basic principle of the... Read More