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 Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume II'
New York Times
At a time when religious faith is coming under intense scrutiny, “The Norton Anthology of World Religions” is presenting a documentary history of six major faiths with sufficient editorial explanation to make their major texts intelligible across the ...

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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 ...


The Economist

The dark side of religion
The Economist
In her zeal to play down religion as a cause of war, Ms Armstrong also espouses a kind of technological Marxism. She stresses that certain forms of violence are endemic to conservative agrarian societies, others to industrial societies as they innovate ...


Watch 5000 Years of Religion Take Place Before Your Very Eyes in Under 90 ...
IJ Review
Religious history is a complicated and sensitive subject. A map video of how religions have spread throughout time could certainly shed light on a lot of the issues that the world is facing today. This quick and easy-to-watch video shows how Hinduism, ...

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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 ...


Algemeiner

The Jew in Harry Potter and What it Means About Religion in the Beloved Book ...
Algemeiner
Having grown up with this book series since the first novel was released, I've always wondered about the role of religion in the series. The practice of religion or the belief in God are not explicitly mentioned in the books, although there are ...

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Reuters

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions
Reuters
Religious conversions are a hot button issue for Hindu nationalists in India, which was colonised for centuries by Muslim and Christian invaders. Some hardliners want the entire country to become a land of Hindus. Earlier this month, Muslim slum ...
India's BJP Struggles Between Development and ReligionThe Diplomat
Four Varnas Of BJP: One Book, One Religion, One Language And One CultureMorungExpress
For Christian leaders, the government needs to rid itself of Hindu radicals ...AsiaNews.it
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New York Times

'PK' Explores Religion Through an Extraterrestrial's Eyes
New York Times
That's the gist of a title card that runs before the credits in the Hindi movie “PK,” directed by Rajkumar Hirani, which states that the film doesn't intend to hurt the feelings of any community, sect or religion. And this sweet, ambling comedy about ...

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Religion Calendar
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Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook. For details, visit trinitywestbrook.com or call 854-5653. Religion calendar items must be submitted before noon Monday to be considered for the following Saturday. Mail to: Religion Calendar, Portland ...

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Popping the Balloon of Belief

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Better Worship - 12 Marks of an Effective Music Ministry

Small BeginningsMy first experience in music ministry happened fairly soon... Read More

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Islamic World Domination

The question is not whether terrorism is now a world-wide... Read More

Is Christianity Losing America?

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