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:


Salon

Religion's smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of ...
Salon
Should you believe in a God? Not according to most academic philosophers. A comprehensive survey revealed that only about 14 percent of English speaking professional philosophers are theists. As for what little religious belief remains among their ...


Salon

Why rape is so intrinsic to religion
Salon
The story may come from an Eastern or Western religious tradition, pagan or Christian. But these encounters between beautiful young women and gods have one thing in common. None of them has freely given female consent as a part of the narrative.


Business News Daily

Does Religion Have a Place In the Office?
Business News Daily
While discussion of religion is often a taboo subject in some businesses, it could be the secret to your employees' happiness, new research suggests. Employees who openly discuss their religious beliefs at work are often happier and have higher job ...
Workplace religion makes people happierThe British Psychological Society
Want job satisfaction? Stop shying away from discussing religion at work!The News Reports

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Religion Dispatches

Top Five Toxic Religion Stories of 2014
Religion Dispatches
At least that is my contention in considering the ways in which religion fueled still more enmity and exclusion during this anno domini 2014. I will offer five examples of religion playing the devil's part in earthly affairs. You will see that I follow ...


Religion News Service

Curia critique * Religious cop * Snaketivity Scene : Monday's Roundup
Religion News Service
Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome on Dec. 8, 2014, during the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service ...
Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucratsOdessa American
In blistering critique, Pope Francis details 15 sins of Vatican bureaucratsTampabay.com
Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocritesWashington Post
Daily Beast
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Voice of America

Religion Aside, Christmas Gains Popularity in Communist Vietnam
Voice of America
Christmas is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam, a communist country where one might not expect a religious holiday to gain so much traction. Yet the ever-wealthier Vietnamese are embracing Christmas precisely because of its non-religious glamor ...

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Salon

We're putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the ...
Salon
The best-sellers written by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris—as well as the irreverent impiety and flagrant mockery of religion by the likes of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, House, South Park, and Family Guy—have had ...


NewsBusters (blog)

Salon: Rape Is 'Intrinsic To Religion' And God Raped Mary
Daily Caller
Merry Christmas, everyone! Unfortunately, left-wing website and perpetual joke Salon believes your holiday — and all religion — is founded on rape. The article, entitled “Why rape is so intrinsic to religion,” was written by psychologist Valerie ...
A Feminist's Christmas Tale: God Raped MaryNewsBusters (blog)

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BBC News

Will religion ever disappear?
BBC News
It's impossible to predict the future, but examining what we know about religion – including why it evolved in the first place, and why some people chose to believe in it and others abandon it – can hint at how our relationship with the divine might ...
Will Climate Change Make Us More Religious?io9

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The Economist (blog)

Atrocities, culture and religion
The Economist (blog)
That point was made vividly in London this week at a House of Lords event organised by Elizabeth Berridge, a lawyer and peeress who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom, and Walk of Truth (WOT) a Hague-based ...

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Keep on Singing

The prisoners of Sing Sing, one of the most repressive,... Read More

How to Handle Negative Feelings When Wronged by Someone Else

How does a Christian really handle negative feelings and emotions... Read More

Prayer Secret #1 - Your Relationship with God

This, in my opinion, is the #1 "secret" for getting... Read More

Rapture and the United States in the End times Explained

1. Where is the Rapture in all of this? There... Read More

Praying Effectively ? Understanding How To Pray Part 2

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

Restoration of the Jewish People and The Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple

This is the event that has already occurred. In 70... Read More

Planetary Alignment

Planetary Alignment is said to have magical powers. Some believe... Read More

Muhammad

FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS:The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is... Read More

Spirituality from the Hebrew Bible: 10 Major Themes

The major themes of the Hebrew Bible (also known... Read More

The Stilling of the Storm

Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.General Pericope DistinctionsIn the gospel... Read More

The Armorbearer Coach & The Character of Christ In You

And even though Jesus was God's Son, He had to... Read More

A Comparison of ISLAM and CHRISTIANITY

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

Purity

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

Denominations Gone Wild: What Happened To Unity?

The Bible teaches that Christians ought to practice a single... Read More

The Wealth of the Wealthy

Some may ask, why can't I have a lot of... Read More

Signs and Symbols

In the year 2005, the American Constitution has put into... Read More

The Goodness of His Strength

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

The Need for Biblically Minded Engineers

There is a great need in the world today for... Read More

God And World Religion: The Secret Identity Of ?God? Exposed, Finally...

You may now have this 10,000 year Old "SECRET" that... Read More

An Open Letter to Pope Benedict

Dear Ratzy,I have a good solution to the clergy abuse... Read More

Reading the Bible

A friend of mine had asked my thoughts on how... Read More

The Apocalypse

Revelation 6:2-6:8.I will bring thee down, saith the LORD. ... Read More

Tongue of the Power

The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but... Read More

The Fruit, the Whole Fruit, and Nothing but the Fruit

Once we become a new creature in Christ, we are... Read More

Whats A Single Christian To Do?

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