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:


Religion and politics
The Economist
Some religious folk fear that the state is meddling with their faith. The city of Houston, for example, has served five pastors with subpoenas for copies of sermons they have preached about homosexuality. “If this reckless violation of religious ...
Freedom of religion and the government “qualified” churchCanada Free Press

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National Post

Is Islam inherently violent? Quest for power — not religion — motivating ...
National Post
But is Islam inherently more violent than any other religion? In her new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, respected historian and author Karen Armstrong explores the roots of bloodthirst and prejudice – and finds it not any ...


Birmingham Mail

Brad Pitt Views Religion as 'People's Opium' & 'Marxist'; Actor Trades ...
BREATHEcast
... about the family he came from and what he was using to get through the day," LaBeouf went on to say. In the past Pitt admitted that he was probably "20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic." Watch the video below of Pitt talk to Bill Maher about ...
Walker: Art, Religion and 'Fury'The Morning Sun

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Jackson Clarion Ledger

Religion news in brief
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Religion news in brief. The Clarion-Ledger 4:40 p.m. CDT October 24, 2014. United States North K_Bail.jpg. Jeffrey Fowle, center, smiles as he stands with his family and with attorney, Timothy Tepe, far right, at his home in West Carrollton, Ohio, on ...
Guest: World must pressure North Korea on human rightsThe Seattle Times

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BBC News

Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?
BBC News
A question on religious belief had been asked for the first time in a census and Jedi - from the cloak-wearing, lightsaber swishing rebels in the Star Wars films - was a tongue-in-cheek response. It was a post-modernist Star Wars joke by atheists. Or ...

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'Don't Throw Religion Out of the Mix': Maher Clashes with Cornel West over Islam
Mediaite
He ended up clashing with guest Cornel West over the same issue he's dealt with before: whether Islam is uniquely violent among religions. And Maher was perfectly willing to concede that there are other factors to consider in these nations, but “don't ...

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Patheos (blog)

Why Religion Needs “Nones”
Patheos (blog)
In 2012, a Pew Foundation Survey on religion revealed the rising number of religiously unaffiliated Americans — sometimes referred to as “the rise of the Nones” (not to be confused with “The Rise of the Nuns,” a movie script that's been floating ...


Christian Post

Is Islam a Religion? Christian Seminary Debates Accusations of Islamophobia in ...
Christian Post
... been asked repeatedly. Numerous academics have weighed in on the question of whether Islam is truly violent and an authentic religion; three professors, along with one activist, came together at Union Theological Seminary to examine the issue further.


Religion events from around the Washington area
Washington Post
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Stephen Ministry introductory workshop. This half-day, three-session workshop is designed to help congregations catch a vision for strengthening their caring ministry through equipping laypeople as caregivers. Participants ...
Religion newsThe Morning Sun
Religion BriefsThe Times (subscription)
Religion calendar, Oct. 24, 2014Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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Tallahassee.com

Mark Hohmeister: Sorry, my religion says no can do
Tallahassee.com
A year or two ago, I might have doubted whether my new religion would draw much of a congregation. I mean, what are the chances that government would let you ignore a law just because you say you have a moral objection to it? When the draft was in ...

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A Call to Action

Over the last week I have received dozens of heart-rending... Read More

Growing in the Knowledge of God

This first verse completely sets the stage for you to... Read More

The Exodus

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Does God Promise Long Life?

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

The Power of Stories and Testimonies

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The Women Issue

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

Ultimate Truth:The Invitation

Religion is so many things. From what we can see... Read More

Women as Catholic Priests: The Time for Change is Now

In ancient Rome, the cradle of democracy, women had no... Read More

Have You Neglected This Righteous Cause Of God?

As believers, we have a responsibility to care for those... Read More

Gods People Are Destroyed For Lack of Knowledge

These next two verses are extreme - and I mean... Read More

Universal Salvation: Gods Love and Grace Will Overwhelm All Men!

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me,... Read More

Sins and the REAL Demons

We all must know that the Catholic Church has used... Read More

Moslem America Part 2

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

The Purpose of Creation: the Kabbalah of Transformation

"I want to know how God created this world. I... Read More

British B. S.

CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE: -MacDari was a Mason but his Masonry deplored... Read More

Praying Hands - Are You Using Yours Correctly?

Do you find prayer intimidating? Have you ever said, "I... Read More

Priesthood is Not a Profession - Does this Attest for Unprofessionalism?

1 INTRODUCTIONAS IN THE ABSTRACT2 WHY PRIESTHOOD IS NOT A... Read More

Muhammad

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

Letters from Christ: the Calligraphy of the Spirit

Their reasoning must have been, "This is the precious gospel... Read More

Story of Solomon

Without question, the greatest story in the Bible of someone... Read More

The Emmaus Journal ~ Strangers In A Strange Land

The Emmaus Journal Strangers In A Strange LandDo you often... Read More

End of the World | Predictions Prophecies How and When

It's the End of the World as we know it...When... Read More

Salvation of the Jews to Determine the Lords Return: the Churches Greatest Prayer Responsibility

Jesus won't come until the Jewish people are saved.Why the... Read More

Smith Wigglesworth on the Power of the Word

You have all heard me talk about Smith Wigglesworth. He... Read More

The Story of Joshua and Caleb

The story of Joshua and Caleb is one of the... Read More