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:


NPR (blog)

How Do We Explain The Evolution Of Religion?
NPR (blog)
Religion is a cross-cultural universal, even though not every human being professes faith in God or some other supernatural being. Those of us who are atheist or agnostic make up 6 percent of the American population. A further 14 percent say they are ...


Religion Is a Factor, but Not the Root Cause
New York Times
Religion is an undeniable factor in the violence terrorizing central Africa. Whether it is the root of the conflict is moot. Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group that over the past four years has attacked towns and villages in the northeastern and ...

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Telegraph.co.uk

David Cameron 'fuelling sectarian division by bringing God into politics'
Telegraph.co.uk
The group, which includes writers such as Philip Pullman and Sir Terry Pratchett, Nobel Prize winning scientists, prominent broadcasters and comedians argue that members of the elected Government have no right to “actively prioritise” religion or any ...
Cameron's courting of Christianity: divisive, inappropriate, cynical and shallowNational Secular Society (blog)
British PM accused of fuelling division with Christian talkReuters UK
Is anyone really that bothered by Britain being called a Christian country?Catholic Herald Online (blog)
Huffington Post UK
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Chief Roper is practicing his freedom of religion
The Birmingham News - al.com
As for Christians being intolerant, it is those attacking religion who are intolerant. The writer says the constitution says nothing about religion. The constitution says nothing about secular either. As for whether ignorance of church and state can be ...


Ideology was Thatcher's backbone – Cameron's is religion
Financial Times
When a prime minister with a background in public relations becomes more talkative about his religion, it is tempting to dismiss his apparent candour as just another stunt. But that would be a mistake, for it is David Cameron's Anglicanism that holds ...


Belleville News Democrat

Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faith
Belleville News Democrat
And the zeitgeist of modern culture seemed to argue that the opposite is true - that religion is a vestigial institution of a less educated society and primarily the purview of the intellectually incurious. Surveys and studies seem to affirm that in ...

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BBC News

Invented tradition and the religion of the ancients
BBC News
There's much we know about the world's biggest election, currently in full swing in India - some 800 million voters, voting in nine separate stages over five weeks, before results on 16 May. But in India, there are always surprises, as the BBC's Owen ...


Dear Religion, I Quit You!
TIME
And I'm just now understanding my connection to that show. I've spent my whole life looking for grace. REAL grace. Not religion, but grace. There's a difference ya know. I found “religion” at 13. I bought in hook, line and sinker. Grace? I discovered ...


CBSSports.com

Freedom from religion group says Clemson football is too religious
NBCSports.com
Some say college football is like a religion in the south. One activist group thinks Clemson is going a little too far with that idea. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has not fostered a culture adhering to the separation of church and state, the ...
Freedom From Religion Foundation complains about Clemson football programSB Nation
Letter of complaint sent to Clemson over team's religious activitiesCBSSports.com
Group: Clemson Football "Entangled with Religion"WLTX.com
News & Observer -Yahoo Canada Sports (blog) -WIS
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The Week Magazine

Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
The Week Magazine
n my last column, I examined some of the challenges facing religion today. Those challenges are serious. But that doesn't mean that atheism has the upper hand. On the contrary, as I've argued many times before, atheism in its currently fashionable form ...

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Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 1)

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

Slain in the Spirit?

WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE?A Catholic woman reported to me that a... Read More

End Time Events and the 2nd Coming of Jesus

In part 1 of this series of end time articles,... Read More

Knowing Hinduism or Hindu Religion

Hindus are concentrated in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and... Read More

Are You Missing What It Takes To Resist Sin?

I don't care how much you go to church or... Read More

Has God Ever Disappointed You in Prayer?

Of a truth, the physical manifestations of God's answers to... Read More

Iesa and Jesus in the Pyramid

The Sun god, Mithras, was the most widely worshipped deity... Read More

Gods Breathed

For it is written in the book of 2Timothy 3:16... Read More

The Rapture: A Twinkling of an Eye

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

The Goodness of His Strength

The dictionary explains strength as being endurance, force, bravery, spirit... Read More

As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me... 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

The Toilet Philosophy

Dr. Robins' observations are beyond mere intuition, they include an... Read More

An Open Letter to Pope Benedict

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

Finding Christian Love Online

Finding Christian singles online.One of the many types of singles... Read More

Muhammad

FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS:The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is... Read More

Abraham and the Leather Scroll

The Dead Sea Scrolls continue to be found and there... Read More

Treachery in the Midst of the Land

The term Scripture uses to describe the activities of those... Read More

Keep on Singing

The prisoners of Sing Sing, one of the most repressive,... Read More

The Use and Abuse of Mysticism in The Song of Songs

The incorporation of Aristotelian thought into the dogma of Catholicism... Read More

Do We Really Need God?

The human being is endowed with ability. We have the... Read More

The Basics of the Christian Walk

Now that I am saved, what do I do next?... Read More

The Warped Psychology of Islam

The London Bombings are just the beginning. Londoners are probably... Read More

Churchless Christianity: A Move of God?

There's another "move of God" that's sweeping the nations. Have... Read More

Religion and Social Engineering - Part of an Introduction

Thomas Carlyle is just one of the interesting characters who... Read More