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:


Indianapolis Star

Gov. Mike Pence signs 'religious freedom' bill in private
Indianapolis Star
Senate Bill 101 prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person's ability to exercise their religion — unless the government can show that it has a compelling interest and that the action is the least-restrictive means of ...
Gay rights groups criticize Indiana religious liberties lawWashington Post
Pledges to boycott Indiana grow after religion bill passesNew York Daily News
Religious freedom bill becomes law in IndianaMSNBC
The Guardian -Religion News Service -Huffington Post
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Indianapolis Star

Here it is: The text of Indiana's 'religious freedom' law
Indianapolis Star
Here is the full text of Indiana's “religious freedom” law. SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101. AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: SECTION1.IC34-13-9 IS ADDED TO ...

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The New Yorker

Indiana Defines Stupidity as Religion
The New Yorker
INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—In a history-making decision, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has signed into law a bill that officially recognizes stupidity as a religion. Pence said that he hoped the law would protect millions of state residents “who ...

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The Federalist

Remember When Democrats Used To Support Religious Freedom?
The Federalist
Let me especially thank the Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion for the central role they played in drafting this legislation and working so hard for its passage. It is interesting to note, as the Vice President said, what a broad coalition of ...


The Economist (blog)

Religion and speech
The Economist (blog)
The National Secular Society (NSS), whose declared aim is to fight religious privilege in all forms, has said the case vindicates its long-running campaign to safeguard free speech from sloppy legislation that supposedly "protects" people from robust ...

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International Business Times, India Edition

What Religion was Andreas Lubitz? Debate Grows over Germanwings Pilot's ...
International Business Times, India Edition
Since it emerged that Germanwings airlines' co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately 'accelerated' the plane after locking out the captain to crash the jetliner into the French Alps, there have been many who have raised questions on his religious background.
Andreas Lubitz Religion Debate: Germanwings Crash Raises Questions Over ...International Business Times
Flight 9525 Crash: What's Religion Got To Do with It? German Co-Pilot as TerroristCenter for Research on Globalization
Co-pilot, alone at controls, 'intentionally' sent plane crashing into the ...Washington Times
Christian Examiner -New York Daily News -Telegraph.co.uk
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Advocate.com

Immediate Examples of Backlash to Indiana's 'Religious Freedom'
Advocate.com
Supporters of the new law — including the governor — claim that the RFRA strengthens and protects the free expression of religion, but opponents have consistently blasted the law as a thinly veiled effort to give businesses and individuals a "license ...

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KTLA

Religion Behind Bars
KTLA
Chris Hoke is a prison chaplain and pastor to Mexican gangs in Washington's Skagit Valley, and through his work with the organization Tierra Nueva—a Christian ministry catering to immigrants, inmates, ex-offenders, and the homeless—he co-founded a ...


MassLive.com

Smith College religion professor, historian says US should stay out of Middle ...
MassLive.com
And while some Congress debate whether to send in ground troops, Smith College religion professor Suleiman A. Mourad believes the United States should not be involved. In fact anger against the United States is fueling the antagonism and serves as a ...


Candidate's Faith in the 'American Religion' Transcends Sectarianism
New York Times
The world over, a person's religion, or lack of religion, is central to their identity, the meaningful belonging that makes us who we are. People elsewhere want to know what a candidate believes, or disbelieves — because that indicates what their ...

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The Right of Passage

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

Freedom of Religion

True freedom of religion must include an individuals right to... Read More

The Power of Love

There is no doubt in my mind that the quality... Read More

Consider, The Past, Present and Future?

Consider the past. A time when we were prosperous and... Read More

Bible and Kabbalah: The Hardening of Pharoahs Heart

There is continuous creation, out of the new ideas discovered... Read More

Paul?s Letter to 21st Century Christians

Dear Readers, I received a letter this week that is... Read More

Slaves Songs and Freedom

It may seem trite and nave to suggest we can... Read More

A God I Can Live With

God, the Puzzle MakerWhile some rise before the sun to... Read More

Mahavira | 24th Tirthankara of Jainism His Teachings and Essence

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

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 3)

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

Religion and Social Engineering - Part of an Introduction

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

The Power of Stories and Testimonies

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

The Rapture, A Coming Event; Part 1

Daniel 2:44-11:35To begin with, what is prophecy? It's the study... Read More

Choose Your Friends Carefully

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

The Christian Community Tries To Take Back What Belongs To Them!

"See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs... Read More

The Wisdom of this World is Foolishness with God

Once you start to receive the knowledge and wisdom of... Read More

Finding God in the Clouds

It was a cool August night during the Summer before... Read More

Jesus Christ, King of the Jews

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

The Unjust Steward

In my opinion, this story has two very powerful spiritual... Read More

Christian Universalism, Calvinism, and Arminianism: Where Do You Fit In?

All of the various denominations of professing Christians may be... Read More

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

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

Fruit-Bearing Christians

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

Early Spring Cleaning

Has anyone noticed how fast 2004 is going? Hey, we... Read More

In The Beginning Christ!

As I was doing my studies, the Lord put something... Read More

Should Professional Athletes Be Glorifying God And Jesus On Their Public Platforms?

Recently I have run across quite a few Christians who... Read More