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:


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Meet The Press: 'Islam is a Religion of Peace'
NBCNews.com
"Islam is a religion of peace, Islam does not tolerate wanton murder." That was the message basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said he wanted Americans to understand about his religion. The outspoken sports star has come under fire by some after ...

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Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The End of Religion: Technology and the Future
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
And if science defeats suffering and death, religion as we know it will die. Without suffering and death, religion will have lost its raison d'être. For who will pray for heavenly cures, when the cures already exist on earth? Who will die hoping for a ...

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Los Angeles Times

Activist LA priest follows religion of acceptance
Los Angeles Times
Armed with a bottle of water and a baseball cap, Father Richard Estrada made his way slowly to the border in the scorching heat. After a half-hour of hiking up a steep dirt trail, he reached the massive steel fence and bowed his head to pray for the ...


CBS Local

Gay Marriage Case May Affect Discrimination, Religion Bills
CBS Local
Some supporters of a proposed state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act also say their effort to shield a person's sincerely held beliefs from government overreach could be more vital given the Supreme Court's approaching gay ...

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CNN

Saudi Arabia's New King Salman Unlikely To Change Country's Strict Religious ...
Huffington Post
Saudi Arabia's new monarch, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, comes to power at a time when blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for criticizing Islam. Will the new king usher in a more open era for religious ...
The Role of Religion in Politics: From Ibn Saud to AbdullahPakistanHerald

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Organized religion creates enemies
Quad City Times
It is my observation a similar situation applies to organized religion. I suggest bad religion is driving good religion from circulation. In my estimation, any canon that teaches God, in His infinite diversity, begets millions and billions of people ...


Jamaica Gleaner

Charles: Religion could spark World War III
Jamaica Gleaner
Charles: Religion could spark World War III. Published: Monday | January 26, 2015 Comments 0. An attendee giving praise at the Seventh-day Adventist Church and International Religious Liberty Association's Festival of Religious Freedom held at the ...

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How religion can be used to promote democracy
New Vision
QUESTION: How can we use religion to promote democracy, understanding and human rights in the world? In the face of all inequalities in the world today, how would you rate the role of religion in conflict resolution and social understanding? ANSWER: ...


Daily Northwestern

Gates: Consider a religion class to expand understanding
Daily Northwestern
Moreover, religion plays a role in the numerous political conflicts that show up in the morning headlines and on the nightly news. As the gay marriage issue heads toward the Supreme Court yet again, religion will undoubtedly be alluded to if not ...


Vouchers will spend tax dollars on religion
mySanAntonio.com
Vouchers are a terrible idea, and it is important to be engaged in this debate. If voucher proponents succeed, it will mean the inevitable dismantling of our public school system. The word that is often used is “choice.” Supporters argue that vouchers ...

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White Sun - Tao of Heaven

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

The Wisdom of this World is Foolishness with God

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

Not Just Hearing the Word

Welcome to the website: All about Jesus, I hope you... Read More

The Rapture, A coming Event; Part 2

The Rapture. Part 2.Revelation 3:10-22:19So far we see in looking... Read More

A Comparison of ISLAM and CHRISTIANITY

Hi,(Salaam to You: Peace be Upon you) (What a great... Read More

All Knowledge and Wisdom Comes Direct From God

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

Church Retreat and Church Retreats

Church retreats are an excellent way to involve the church... Read More

123 ABC Numbers in the Bible Simply Amazing

Underneath the Hebrew and Chaldee of the Old Testament and... Read More

Why Go To Church - Want To Know 13 Reasons?

It's not necessary to go to church in order to... Read More

A Worship Leader is a Spiritual Leader

This article is for worship leaders. And as such, I... Read More

Islamic World Domination

The question is not whether terrorism is now a world-wide... Read More

Women in Religion

During the debate in the Episcopal Church over whether or... Read More

Praying Hands - Are You Using Yours Correctly?

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

Following Instructions To The Letter

The dictionary explains wisdom as having good judgement, understanding, comprehension... Read More

What Does The Religious Right Really Want?

What does the Religious Right really want? Well, besides power,... Read More

Facing Our Fears

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.... Read More

Freedom of Religion

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

The Bible ? Are Some of Its Words More Important Than Others?

Is the Old Testament equal in every way to the... Read More

Restoration of the Jewish People and The Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple

This is the event that has already occurred. In 70... Read More

Jesus the Pharisee

RESPONSE TO PAULINE CHRISTIANITY: - The whole of Christendom is... Read More

Behold: The Prince of Persia. . . the War in Iran has begun!

DJ VU (Where have I heard this before?)(Note: May I... Read More

Signs and Symbols

In the year 2005, the American Constitution has put into... Read More

WARNING - Do Not Take The Mark Of The Beast

This article, on the mark of the beast, will be... Read More

The Toilet Philosophy

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

What about the 4400?

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