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:


Minneapolis Star Tribune

The world as it is: The influence of religion
Minneapolis Star Tribune
But deeply held religious identities and military loyalties are less common. Few educated Americans have any direct experience with large groups of men gathered in intense prayer or battle. Like other citizens of the globalized corporate/consumer ...

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Where college football is a religion, and religion shapes college football
Washington Post
“It's amazing to see how religious they become when their team is down by two points and there's a field goal to be made,” says Ole Miss chaplain John Powell, who has an office in the Rebels' football building, “and they're praying to God that, if ...


Stuff.co.nz

Is coffee your religion?
Stuff.co.nz
Have you ever woken up and thought today is going to be a drug-free day, then 20 minutes down the line you find yourself sitting in front of the TV with a huge cup of coffee in your hand? What is so delectable and compelling about this bitter black ...


On football and religion
Barrow Journal
And so it's no surprise that an atheist group has accused a nearby Hall County high school of violating the First Amendment by allowing its coaches to infuse its football program with Christian religious overtones. The matter made national news last week.

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After Baha'i: In search
Jakarta Post
As with any other “non-mainstream” faith, there are many questions as to whether Baha'i deserves to be acknowledged as a “religion”. Recently, for example, Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy secretary-general KH Tengku Zulkarnain argued that Baha'i ...


Letter: Elected officials lack religion to help rule
St. Cloud Times
Our Constitution was written on religious principles by God-fearing men who loved Jesus. Our Constitution states that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is legal to destroy the life ...


The Age

My Muslim religion has problems that need fixing
The Age
The issues that we face within our religion range widely from individuals brutally beheading people in the name of establishing an Islamic Caliphate to, at a local level, female genital mutilation. Muslims need to be able to discuss these issues openly ...
Abbott on Iraq: 'Doing nothing means leaving millions exposed to death'The Guardian

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The Daily Star

Salam: Don't classify Lebanese captives by religion
The Daily Star
“In whose interest is it to classify soldiers according to their Sunni, Shiite, Druze and Christian religions?” Salam asked in remarks published Monday by local daily As-Safir. “Where will this act take us?” “If the gunmen were acting in this manner ...

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ThinkProgress

The Politics Of Every Major U.S. Religion, In One Chart
ThinkProgress
For many political analysts, it's an established truism that religion — for better or worse — is a force to be reckoned with in American politics. The religious affiliation of candidates (or lack thereof) is at least a minor point of discussion in ...
Religion And Politics: Chart Shows Political Stance Of Every Major Religion In ...The Inquisitr

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Economic Times

President Obama: ISIS religion undetermined
DigiNews
President Obama seems reluctant to inform the American people if there is any possible religious connection to these murders. While many people on the battlefield belong to various religions, most of the people being targeted for beheadings seem to be ...
ISIS territory not an 'Islamic State': Egypt's top Muslim leader aims to ...National Post
Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria MuslimsReuters
Najib condemns Islamic State militantsThe Malaysian Insider

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No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events... Read More

The Face of Deceit

Jeremiah 14:14-14:14. What is Deceit? The intentional misleading or beguiling... Read More

Have You Neglected This Righteous Cause Of God?

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

White Sun - Tao of Heaven: The Relationship Between Tao and Mankind

The shapeless and formless Tao brings about various elements and... Read More

John Roberts and Madalyn Murray ? The Turtle and the OHare

Although I've never met Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, I... Read More

The Rapture: A Twinkling of an Eye

A father savagely murders his nine children. A stay at... Read More

What about the 4400?

Murders are so frequent in our country that a single... Read More

What Is True Egalitarianism?

Why did the founding fathers of the United States consider... Read More

Who Me? Wear a Clerical Shirt?

Clothing says a great deal about one's profession, and this... Read More

Imagine

Some people imagine what glory will behold them at the... Read More

What If We Are Getting Paid For Prayer (Salat)...

What will be the effect on general public if the... Read More

Why The Devil Is He Out To Get You?

The devil's agenda for tricking Adam and Eve into eating... Read More

Mahavira | 24th Tirthankara of Jainism His Teachings and Essence

Vardhamana Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism was the last... Read More

For Sale - God

A few days ago, I was watching TV, and I... Read More

For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves: My Own Abortion Story

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

Catholic Hierarchy: The Nobiliary Element in the Catholic Church

It seems to me that some of the oldest still... Read More

Truth or Consequence

Prime probability:You have been and are being deceived by those... Read More

The United States of Europe is a Joke!

French & Dutch Reject EU Constitution & British Table It-We... Read More

The Apocalypse

Revelation 6:2-6:8.I will bring thee down, saith the LORD. ... Read More

The Right of Passage

The Right of Passage. by Rev. Anthony SmithIsaiah 64:6-64:6 In... Read More

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this:... Read More

Making Merchandise of Christians ? Prosperity Gospel Blight

Anyone who has read their Bible would have to concede... Read More

What Did I Do To Deserve This?

"You must have done something awful for this to happen... Read More

Why Me

Why MeAs a Christian I feel the need to say... Read More

The Power of Thankfulness and Vice Versa

We are soon to celebrate once again the National Holiday... Read More