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:


Andrew Keegan starts new “weird” religion
Religion News Service
I'm a little behind on the news cycle these days. The last few weeks have been full of travel and a cold and other delights, so you may have already heard about the fact that Andrew Keegan started a new religion. You probably haven't, because who keeps ...


Religion events from across the Washington area
Washington Post
Sundays, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.: Bible study will focus on the Gospel of Matthew, the primary source for Gospel readings at Sunday worship this year. The historic, religious, cultural and political situations of the community in which Matthew lived will be ...


It is about religion, Obama
New York Post
In reality, a fundamentalist interpretation of any religion can open the door to murder and massacre. The problem isn't just literalist interpretations of the Koran: The New Testament, the Jewish Torah and many other religious books contain explicit ...


Keep state out of religion
mySanAntonio.com
Southern Baptists make up approximately 16 percent of believers and form the third largest group after Catholics and non-believers (nearly 20 percent). They might have an inside edge on becoming the country's official religion. I suspect that many of ...


St. Mark Lutheran
Fremont News Messenger
Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. led by the Rev. Keith Koppenhofer. His sermon is “Chosen,” and the children's sermon is “Back to School.” Tuesday Prayer Breakfast is at 8 a.m. at Bob Evans. AA meetings are offered at 8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays.


5 “Simpsons” religion episodes that are worth another look
Religion News Service
Some years ago, I was on a panel with The Gospel According to the Simpsons author Mark Pinsky to talk about religion in pop culture, and Mark noted how consistently smart and even wise The Simpsons was. It showcases America's religious diversity while ...


Losing My Religion
Huffington Post
I began to think maybe Jesus was not the answer. I think I was 12 when I went to the library and started reading other religious books. From Enke to Jehovah, I read them all. I began to wonder if anyone had the answers. I finally read the Bible, cover ...

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Extremism, not religion, to blame in Mideast
DesMoinesRegister.com
14 column ["Religion: The Root Cause of the Crises in the Middle East"]. It is Muslim extremism that is the problem in the Middle East. If his thesis was correct, then the Communist countries should have been models of tranquility. Instead, they, like ...


Faith and Values: Shared memories, experiences in religion
Allentown Morning Call
In a religious community, we speak of the history of our people, how they suffered for their beliefs and their ultimate faith in God's goodness. In our sacred books, there are descriptions of miracles and fantastic feats. All this is part of our shared ...


International Business Times UK

Obama: "ISIL Speaks For No Religion"
RealClearPolitics
They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims -- both Sunni and Shia -- by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when ...
ISIS and Islam: Detaching Religion from TerrorismInternational Business Times UK
James Foley's parents draw on faith after journalist son's executionReligion News Service
James Foley's prayers and the dark side of faithCNN (blog)
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Believing

It is written in Proverbs 14:2 There is a way... Read More

The Oldest Concept in History

I find it funny that one of the oldest concepts... 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 Rapture of the Church

The Rapture of the Church will be the most startling... Read More

Books of the Living and Dead

Revelation 20:12 makes a powerful claim: "And I saw the... Read More

Accountability and Such Nonsense

From the late 1970's through the 1980's, my wife and... Read More

The Stilling Of the Storm: In My View

Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25.In my view, the significance... Read More

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

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

Planetary Alignment

Planetary Alignment is said to have magical powers. Some believe... Read More

The Judgment Seat of Christ

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

Philippians 2:1-18 -- Seek Unity Through Humility

This passage begins (2:1-4) with a call to unity that... Read More

Judgement Day

For it is written in Matthew 12:36 But I tell... Read More

A Common Sense Approach to Religious Freedom

Down through the centuries and all over the world, the... Read More

Jesus Our King: Priest Forever After The Order Of Melchizedek

Much confusion surrounds the person of one "Melchizedek" found in... Read More

Is God Prejudiced?

The first thing I would like to do is give... Read More

Living Proof: We are Living in the Days of Noah

A familiar phrase used in Bible prophecy is the term... Read More

Your Focus Determines Your Reality

"Your focus determines your reality", this famous line was spoken... Read More

Witnesses, Mormons, Masons and More

The founding of the United States went along with the... Read More

Surely Not ALL Evils!

Surely, Not All Evils!(circa 2000)St. Paul wrote a letter to... Read More

Moslem America Conclusion

Isaiah 55:7-55:9Moslem America conclusion Let the wicked forsake his way,... Read More

The Need for Biblically Minded Engineers

There is a great need in the world today for... Read More

Battle of Armageddon

This will be last and final event of the Great... Read More

Slaves Songs and Freedom

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

Praying Hands - Are You Using Yours Correctly?

Do you find prayer intimidating? Have you ever said, "I... Read More

Salvation of the Jews to Determine the Lords Return: the Churches Greatest Prayer Responsibility

Jesus won't come until the Jewish people are saved.Why the... Read More