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

More Americans Support Mixing Religion and Politics
Wall Street Journal
Many religious leaders—including U.S. Catholics such as Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles and Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley —have become prominent voices for changes to immigration law, and have advocated for the rights of recent waves of ...
Americans fear religion losing influence, say churches should speak out moreLos Angeles Times
More Americans want religion in their politicsCBS News
Americans Feel Religion's Influence Is Declining... But They Wish It Wouldn'tHuffington Post
Pew Research Center -Columbus Dispatch -CBS Local
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USA TODAY

Pope Francis Slams Extremists Who 'Pervert Religion' On Trip To Mainly Muslim ...
Huffington Post
"May no one use religion as a pretext for actions against human dignity and against the fundamental rights of every man and woman, above all to the right to life and the right of everyone to religious freedom," he said. Francis, on his first trip as ...
Pope condemns extremists for 'perverting' religionUSA TODAY
Pope Francis: You Can't Use Religion To Justify ViolenceThinkProgress
Pope Francis Condemns Those Who Use Religion to Promote ViolencePoliticusUSA
CBC.ca -Yahoo News
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“Islam is not even a religion; it is a social, political system that uses a ...
Washington Post
So says Oklahoma state legislator John Bennett — using logic under which much of Christianity would have not even been a religion for much of its history. I'm delighted that modern Christianity prefers to advance its agenda of global conversion ...


Post-Gazette honored for religion coverage
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Post-Gazette took top honors in its circulation category in the 2014 awards for excellence in religion reporting, issued by the Religion Newswriters Association last weekend at its annual meeting in Atlanta. Post-Gazette religion editor Peter Smith ...

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USA TODAY

Disputes over religion return to Supreme Court
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — A Muslim prisoner in Arkansas, a Christian pastor in Arizona and an 11-year-old Jewish boy born in Jerusalem will present the Supreme Court with three chances in the next few months to rule on cases with religious overtones. It won't be ...

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It?s Official: Religion Doesn?t Make You More Moral
Daily Beast
That angel probably wouldn't tell you anything you didn't already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our everyday lives suggests that religious people are no more moral—or immoral—than nonreligious ...


Public Sees Religion's Influence Waning
Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project
Washington, Sept. 22, 2014 — Nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now thinks religion is losing influence in American life, up 5 percentage points from 2010 to the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past decade. And most people who ...


Detroit Free Press

Survey: Americans fear religion is losing influence
Detroit Free Press
WASHINGTON – Six years into a Democratic administration widely seen as pushing a secular agenda, nearly three-quarters of Americans say religion is losing influence in American life and about half say churches and other religious institutions should ...


Group targets Mississippi State's religious practices
Jackson Clarion Ledger
STARKVILLE The Freedom From Religion Foundation is investigating the religious habits of Mississippi State about a week after the group questioned Ole Miss. The non-profit organization, focused on ensuring the separation of church and state, filed an ...

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Chicago Sun-Times

Americans say they want more religion in their politics
Chicago Sun-Times
Americans say religion is losing its influence in politics, and they'd rather have it be the other way around, a new study shows. The study, from Pew Research, shows that nearly three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) say religion is losing its ...

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Compassion and Plenty

He Showed 'Compassion'He made lots where there was only little.... Read More

Fruit-Bearing Christians

This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much... Read More

Moslem America Part 2

2 Corinthians 2:6-2:14Moslem America part 2. Behold, the days come,... Read More

Peaceful Religions?

If you say that Christianity is a peaceful religion according... Read More

Gays and Lesbians Attempt to Distance Themselves From Catholic Priests

There is a new term being thrown around "phenophilia", no... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part One

Several weeks ago, while shopping in a grocery store, my... Read More

The Goodness of His Strength

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

The Blessings Of God

As discussed in the "The Gospel of Convenience", and "Investing... Read More

Finding Christian Love Online

Finding Christian singles online.One of the many types of singles... Read More

The Women Issue

The following message entitled THE WOMAN ISSUE is a study... Read More

Religious Tolerance and the Internet

The internet is a great resource of information on all... Read More

Mindset - Being Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

The Bible tells us that one of the main goals... Read More

What Is The Most Important Righteous Requirement Of Gods Law?

To live "under the law" is to live under the... Read More

The Great White Throne Judgment

Before we get the new heaven and new earth, there... Read More

Smile! God Loves You!

There is a greater sin than not obeying Jesus; it... Read More

A Strong Anchor

Stories have been told about the only thing that saved... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 3

Instead of being passive consumers of Biblical commentary, we can... Read More

Women in Religion

During the debate in the Episcopal Church over whether or... Read More

Kabbalistic Chanukah: The Downloading of Primordial Light

God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.(Genesis... Read More

Gods Favorite Religion

What does your church teach regarding the subject of Widows... Read More

For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves: My Own Abortion Story

(Parental discretion advised)Please forgive me if you find any part... Read More

Battle of Armageddon

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

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

In a time when public scrutiny is becoming tighter and... Read More

Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes

When the Lord was showing John on Patmos what the... Read More

God is not a Homicidal Maniac

One day on the listserve for my support group it... Read More