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:


The Economist (blog)

India, America and religion
The Economist (blog)
BARACK OBAMA had quite a lot to say about religion, and religious tolerance in particular, when he was in India earlier this week. And he put his point in almost pietistic terms, declaring: "Our nations are strongest when we see that we are all God's ...
President Obama Talks Religion, Race in India FarewellABC News
Religion BriefsTheadanews
India's success depends on not letting religion splinter country: ObamaABP News
Pune Mirror
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The Christian Times

New Religion and Science Study Reveal 'Post-Secular' Rejection Of Evolution
Huffington Post
(RNS) Meet the “Post-Seculars” — the one in five Americans who no one seems to have noticed before in endless rounds of debates pitting science vs. religion. They're more strongly religious than most “Traditionals” (43 percent of Americans) and more ...
Science vs Religion? Meet The 3rd Group – The 'Post-Seculars'The Christian Times
Science vs. religion? There's actually more of a three-way splitCrux: Covering all things Catholic
Science vs Religion: Paradoxical American 'post seculars' believe in bothInternational Business Times UK
Medical Daily
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Most white Americans say satirizing religion is OK
Press Herald
A survey released by the Pew Research Center this week found that Americans, by more than 2-to-1, believe it's OK to publish cartoons poking fun of religion, such as those printed by the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. But that seemingly ...

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Telegraph.co.uk

BBC accused of sidelining religion by axing top post
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Ahmed has been a vocal critic of “religious illiteracy” in modern Britain. While pushing for greater coverage of religions other than Christianity in BBC coverage, he has strongly supported programmes such as Songs of Praise remaining exclusively ...
BBC shakes up religious programming in drive to cut costs that sees religion ...The Tablet (subscription)

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Montreal Gazette

US support for satirizing religion breaks along racial lines: Pew
Raw Story
WASHINGTON — To the issues dividing Americans by race, add the publication of satirical cartoons about religion. A survey released by the Pew Research Center this week found that Americans, by more than 2-to-1, believe it's OK to publish cartoons ...
After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for ReligionPew Research Center's Journalism Project
Freedom of the press trumps respect for religion in a new surveyReligion News Service

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World Magazine

Weekend Reads: Religious violence and revival
World Magazine
Karen Armstrong has written a finely wrought book, packed with information and guaranteed to spark stimulating conversations. Fields of Blood: A History of Religion and Violence (Knopf, 2014) takes its name and much of its material from the Bible ...

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Jackson Clarion Ledger

Spirit of religion not about condemning others
Jackson Clarion Ledger
The spirit that inspired religions isn't about being better than anyone. The spirit that inspired religions isn't about excluding someone. The spirit that inspired religion is about acceptance, love, mercy, inclusion and compassion. If the religion we ...


ChristianToday

BBC to axe head of religion post
ChristianToday
The BBC is to axe the post of its head of religion as part of a move to streamline commissioning and cut costs. The commissioning role of Aaqil Ahmed is one of four jobs that will go under a restructuring that will also see three new jobs created ...


Christian Science Monitor

Laser pioneer Charles H. Townes sought to fuse science with religion
Christian Science Monitor
A devoted member of the United Church of Christ,Townes drew praise and skepticism later in his career with a series of speeches and essays investigating the similarities between science and religion. "Science tries to understand what our universe is ...
Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99NPR (blog)

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Religion calendar: 1-31
Toledo Blade
The deadline for news items for the Religion Calendar is noon Tuesday. Mail items to the Religion Editor, The Blade, 541 North Superior St., Toledo, Ohio 43660; fax to 419-724-6439; or email to religion@theblade.com. For a listing in the Directory of ...

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