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:


COMMENTARY: Is religion good for kids?
Washington Post
Young children exposed to religion had a more difficult time distinguishing fact from fiction than their less-religious counterparts, according to a study in the July issue of Cognitive Science. This was true even when it came to distinguishing ...

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USA TODAY

Is religion good for kids? Column
USA TODAY
Young children exposed to religion had a more difficult time distinguishing fact from fiction than their less-religious counterparts, according to a study in the July issue of Cognitive Science. This was true even when it came to distinguishing ...

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This Is Why Religion Is Just a Technology
TIME
Irwin Kula is an eighth-generation rabbi known for his fearless attitude about change — a rare quality among religious leaders who tend to adhere closely to tradition. Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) in ...


End of Ramadan a time to contemplate how religion can be a force for peace ...
The Plain Dealer
Perhaps this may require a reorienting of the intellect, but it could be a step in the right direction, not only in allaying prejudices concerning religion, but also those concerning race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, etc. I believe there are ...

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TheBlaze.com

Professor Fact Checks Famed Singer's Claim That 'Religion Seems...to Be at the ...
TheBlaze.com
A college professor is taking aim at singer Tom Petty's charge that “religion seems … to be at the base of all wars,” claiming that, based on his analysis of 400 years of conflict, this simply isn't the case. Professor John A. Tures, a political ...


Religion calendar, July 25, 2014
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
To submit items for this calendar, visit news-gazette.com/living and click “Add an event” under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday ...

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New Religious Affairs Minister Supports State Recognition of Baha'i Religion
Jakarta Globe
Jakarta. The new religious affairs minister has indicated that the Baha'i religion should be the seventh religion to be recognized by Indonesia as an official faith. “Baha'i is a religion, not a sect,” Lukman Saifuddin tweeted from his Twitter account ...


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Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction ...
Huffington Post
“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular ...
Study Says Religious Kids Are Easier to FoolVocativ

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Joseph Cotto: Americans losing faith in religion
Baxter Bulletin
According to statistics released by Gallup in 2012, fewer Americans than ever before have a great deal of confidence in organized religion. This is not all, though; public confidence in television news, banks, and public schools has reached rock bottom ...


USA TODAY

The Hobby Lobby Decision Makes 'Religious Freedom' A Euphemism For ...
Huffington Post
Thus, what was done in the name of protecting religious liberty inevitably turned into a tweet from one conservative pundit stating, "My religion trumps your "right" to employer subsidized consequence free sex." This statement alone speaks volumes and ...
Freedom isn't forcing religion on others: ColumnUSA TODAY
Religion and Supreme CourtThe Ledger

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

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

Behold: The Prince of Persia. . . the War in Iran has begun!

DJ VU (Where have I heard this before?)(Note: May I... Read More

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

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Some people say beauty is only skin deep, others say... Read More

The 7 Seal Judgements

These next 3 articles are going to be extremely HARD... Read More

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To learn who you are in Christ, you must know... Read More

Thought Produces Desire, Produces Results

(Channelled)Roy? this week you learned something about yourself. You learned... Read More

The Power of Stories and Testimonies

As I am sure you all can tell by now,... Read More

Holy Communion: Key to Spiritual Healing

Chronically-ill Christians who do not believe in spiritual healing of... Read More