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:


Raw Story

'Boys are curious': Meet the Duggar defenders using religion to excuse ...
Raw Story
'Boys are curious': Meet the Duggar defenders using religion to excuse fondling your sleeping sisters. Travis Gettys · 22 May 2015 at 11:20 ET. Josh and Anna Duggar (Facebook). Don't miss stories. Follow Raw Story!
Josh Duggar Resigns From Antigay Family Research Council Amid Sexual ...Advocate.com
Josh Duggar's Sexual Assaults: Guilt By AssociationChicagoNow (blog)
Evangelicals Want Us To Forgive Josh Duggar,...Vocativ

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USA TODAY

Cannabis church could test Ind. religious freedom law
USA TODAY
INDIANAPOLIS — To some observers, the newly formed First Church of Cannabis appears to be an excuse for potheads to get together and light up. But the "grand poobah" of what followers describe as a new Indiana religion insists sacramental smoke has ...


Voice of America

China Aims to Break Foreign Influence on Religion
Voice of America
BEIJING—. Chinese President Xi Jinping this week asked religious groups to pledge their loyalty to the state and warned that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence. At a time when China's Christians now outnumber the membership of ...
China insists religion must be free from foreign influenceMercatorNet (blog)
Keep religious freedom, guard it from foreign interferenceGlobal Times
Communist Party targets religious members in 'China's Jerusalem'Vancouver Desi
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The Economist (blog)

Johnson: Religion and language
The Economist (blog)
Christianity is a translating religion. Jesus preached in Aramaic, but in Roman Palestine, the language of prestige and commerce was Greek (not Latin, a flub made by Mel Gibson's film “The Passion of the Christ”). As a result, just a few of Jesus's ...


Religion News Service

How religion and high school peers shape when people marry
Religion News Service
Uecker found that adolescents who are Mormon or conservative Protestant are more likely to marry early than other religious traditions. These religious differences hold up even when he took into account other aspects of religion—church attendance ...


When Religion Fails, Economics Becomes Demonic
Huffington Post
Carbon pollution is undeniably the material cause of Earth's climate breakdown, but what is the root cause? Blaming our growth-dependent economic systems does not, in my view, go deep enough. Ultimately, religion is responsible -- but not in the way ...


VICE News

Hostage Takers in France Rarely Motivated by Religion or Ideology: Study
VICE News
Turn on the TV and you see reports of a hostage taker, or someone who's barricaded himself inside a building, and the first thing that pops into your mind is that there's a religious or political agenda, however twisted, in the mind of the perpetrator ...


Washington Post

After court-martial, this Marine cites religious freedom in her continued ...
Washington Post
A court case working its way through the military justice system raises a basic question: Should a member of the military be allowed to post a religious passage in her place of work? The case involves Monifa J. Sterling, a Marine veteran who was ...

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The Economist (blog)

Ireland, religion and gay rights
The Economist (blog)
ACROSS the island of Ireland, long regarded as western Europe's last bastion of traditional religious power, a huge change is underway in the way issues of personal and sexual behaviour are handled by society and the state. Voters in the Republic of ...
Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake ruling 'banishes religion from commercial world'Telegraph.co.uk

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National Catholic Reporter (blog)

A religion journalist comes out
National Catholic Reporter (blog)
This week on "Interfaith Voices," I had a personal interview with Kevin Eckstrom, who this week is leaving his post as editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. He has taken a position as chief communications officer at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Living By the Truth, the Word of God

Let's be honest: Too many Christian books are nothing but... Read More

Killing Red Heads

"With regard to the ancient Egyptians we have it on... Read More

Crazy in Love

Several years ago my cousin was pleased to find out... Read More

War of the Worlds: Signs of the End of the Age

Jesus said there'd be days like this.The disciples came to... Read More

As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

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

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 3)

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

Getting Your Money Out of Israel: The Presbyterian Church (USA) Recipe

Recently, the Presbyterian Church (USA) beat a drum for justice.... Read More

White Sun - Tao of Heaven

Tao exists before Heaven and Earth. It will still exist... Read More

The Tsunami: A Wake-up Call

In looking back on the year that has just ended-a... Read More

Living Without Blueprints

Some people look at the biblical book of Revelation as... Read More

All Knowledge and Wisdom Comes Direct From God

These next set of verses are the heart and soul... Read More

The Catholic Obsession with Martyrs and the Question of Pain and Suffering

The Catholic Church is kind of like a forest sometimes.... Read More

Do We Really Need God?

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

Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes

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

Teach Your Child to Pray

There are so many books out there on being a... 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

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

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

The Fruit, the Whole Fruit, and Nothing but the Fruit

Once we become a new creature in Christ, we are... Read More

How to Handle Negative Feelings When Wronged by Someone Else

How does a Christian really handle negative feelings and emotions... Read More

Surviving Eternity

Matthew 24:34-24:35 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall... Read More

The Rise And Fall Of Babylon

According to the Book of Revelations, the city of Babylon... Read More

The Basics of Salvation Through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The one key central message of the entire Bible is... Read More

Possibilities in Prayer

Prostrateology is the theological term for the doctrine of prayer.... Read More

Crucification

Most of know how Jesus was crucified. Do we ever... Read More