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:

Huffington Post

Oregon Shooter Asked About Religion, Another Survivor Attests
Huffington Post
<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption">Bonnie ASSOCIATED PRESS Bonnie Schaan, second from left, speaks about her daughter Cheyanne Fitzgerald, who was critically wounded in Thursday's shooting, outside Mercy Medical ...

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KPRC Houston

Possible role of religion in Oregon shooter's motive
KPRC Houston
As the community of Roseburg, Oregon mourns, more is being learned about the shooter and what role religion may have played in the tragedy. On social media, Chris Harper Mercer, 26, posted he was not religious, and witnesses have come forward, saying ...

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The Guardian

Why James Bond is a religion
The Guardian
I think that a convincing case can now be made for James Bond having become a religion. You would have to be retired to remember a world without Bond films, and very long retired to remember a world without the books. When the new film, Spectre, opens ...

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Washington Times

W. Scott Lamb: 5 religion stories worth your time
Washington Times
And speaking of hair, religion and NYC, in (3) Donald Trump's Outreach to Heretics (Christian Post), we see that 40 folks got together to pray over Donald Trump. And someone labeled all these folks “evangelicals”—forgetting how the battle to define ...

Wall Street Journal

How to Defeat Religious Violence
Wall Street Journal
It happened because of a blind spot in the secular mind: the inability to see the elemental, world-shaking power of religion when hijacked by politics. Ever since the rise of modern science, intellectuals have been convinced that faith is in intensive ...

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Columbia Journalism Review

Why the religion beat poses unique challenges for some reporters
Columbia Journalism Review
As countless others before her have done for centuries, Michelle Boorstein recently sought rabbinic advice on a difficult decision she faced. Boorstein, who has been the religion reporter at The Washington Post since 2006, needed to choose whether to ...

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Daily Beast

Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer Hated Religion Online
Daily Beast
According to a student at Umpqua, Mercer demanded to know his victims' religion before killing them. Anastasia Boylan, who was shot multiple times, spoke to her father before entering spinal surgery. Boyland's father, Stacy, told CNN that his daughter ...
'You're going to see God': Oregon killer quizzed victims on religion before ...National Post
Chris Harper Mercer: Shooter Advertised Distaste for ReligionBreitbart News
Oregon Shooting: Umpqua Community College Gunman Talked
Patheos (blog)
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Richard Dawkins suspects religion 'dying' in NZ
New Zealand Herald
Richard Dawkins has become a controversial figure because of his views on religion. Photo / Supplied. Evolutionary biologist and writer Richard Dawkins says he suspects religion is "dying" in New Zealand and that's a good thing for science and ...

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Hollywood Life

UCC Shooting: Eyewitness Says Shooter Made Victims State Religion Before Firing
Hollywood Life
Why did a gunman open fire on the campus, leaving at least 13 dead and so many more wounded? An eyewitness to the slaughter may have the answer, as a survivor claims the attacker targeted victims based on their religion. Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old ...

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Quad City Times
"On Care for Our Common Home," the encyclical by Pope Frances, is the topic of discussion for the Rev. Bud Grant, a Catholic priest who will speak on Oct. 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities. The church, located at 3707 ...

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Fruit-Bearing Christians

This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much... Read More

White Sun - Tao of Heaven. Showers of Wisdom ( Part 3 of 3 )

Everything one does in his life, irrespective of whether he... Read More

What is Love?

Now many confuse love with admiration and most commonly sexual... Read More

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

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

Meaning and Marketing - The Will

You are now inside one of the top theological schools... Read More

Jesus Christ, King of the Jews

In 132 CE, Simon Bar Kosiba organized and led a... Read More

Moslem America ,Part 1

Daniel 12:7-12:12Moslem America ,Part 1. Aljazira, is the propaganda machine... Read More

What Is Perfect Love?

Today, sitting in my pink armchair, reading about how a... Read More

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 1)

The modern historical era of liberal theology basically encompass four... Read More

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 3)

As senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New... Read More

Russia and Her Allies Will Attack Israel

This next event will be a major one! The Bible... Read More

Islamic World Domination

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

Choose Your Friends Carefully

For those of you who have entered into a true... Read More

Divine Power/Jesus is over Everything

Divine power is so great, Paul an apostle of Christ... Read More

Harry Potter To Christians: Its Not Good To Hear Voices

That is the popular and, thank God (if you'll pardon... Read More

Comparative Religion 101 ? What They Wont Tell You in That Class

If your view of religion is like most people, you... Read More

Amos And Social Justice Part 2

Amos was summoned by God to warn the Northern Kingdom... Read More

Loyola the Luciferian

Ignatius Loyola ? Luciferian or Heliopolitan:I kid you not! Lucifer... Read More

Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes

When the Lord was showing John on Patmos what the... Read More

The Judgment Seat of Christ

The thought of a public examination before the Judgment bar... Read More

The Kabbalah of Love: Part One

(This is the first article in a new series on... Read More

Rapture and the United States in the End times Explained

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

Sins and the REAL Demons

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

An Open Letter to Pope Benedict

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

3 Clues To Know Where You Fit In Ministry Part 2

Clue Number 2: You Have Spiritual GiftsIn part 1 you... Read More