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:


CBS News

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responds to religion complaint
USA TODAY
Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney has responded to the letter of complaint the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent to the university on April 10 citing "constitutional concerns about how the public university's football program is entangled ...
Clemson coach accused of pushing religion on football teamCBS News
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responds to anti-religion group's complaintWYFF Greenville
Dabo Swinney: All faiths are welcomeESPN
Greenville News -WLTX.com
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Christian Leader: Attack Not Motivated by Religion
ABC News
The leader of a Christian organization that operates a hospital in Afghanistan where three people were shot dead by a security guard says he does not believe the shootings were motivated by religion. Dale Brantner is CEO of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania-based ...

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Haaretz

Cameron's 'Christian country': What the numbers say about religion in the ...
Pew Research Center
There are different ways to measure the U.K.'s religious makeup. A majority of the population identifies as Christian, according to 2011 census results. But some surveys, including the 2012 British Social Attitudes survey (which uses different question ...
Politicians and religionThe Economist
State religion, UK StyleHaaretz
Prime Minister David Cameron tunes into religion as election loomsBelfast Telegraph (blog)
Telegraph.co.uk -Reuters UK (blog) -Worcester News
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Losing my religion: Clergy who no longer believe gather online
Religion News Service
The blog's goal is lofty: to engage and support clergy and laypeople who are not members of The Clergy Project but who doubt or reject religion and feel they cannot confide in friends, family and colleagues. Clergy Project members — all former clergy ...


Old world wars
The Economist (blog)
Does it have any kernel of truth? This much is true: in most European countries there is no obvious equivalent of the American religious right in which a large standing constituency spoils for a fight over hard ethical issues. Those kinds of issues ...


Using Texas' model, more states mull 'religious viewpoints' in schools law
Al Jazeera America
Abbott was referring to a little-known Texas law enacted in 2007, the Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act (RVAA), also known as the Schoolchildren's Religious Liberty Act. The law requires school districts to treat student religious expression ...


The Wire

The Difference Between Cliven Bundy and Phil Robertson Is That Bundy Didn't ...
The Wire
The two, you may recall, said broadly similar things about black people, but Robertson never used the word "Negro," and Bundy never disparaged gay people in the name of his religious beliefs. We'll start with what each said. Here's Bundy, from The New ...
A flaw in AdvertisercareMontgomery Advertiser

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Spiritual But Not Religious- A Sexless Marriage!
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
For many, religion blocks faith. I often hear “I am spiritual but not religious!” Spirituality without good religion is a sexless marriage. The SBNR wants to experience the mystical while protesting three imposing forces: Bad religion; Physical science ...


New Yorker (satire) (blog)

Supreme Court Calls Lying by Politicians an Expression of Their Religion
New Yorker (satire) (blog)
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States declared on Tuesday that lying by politicians is protected by the First Amendment because it is an expression of their religion. By a 5–4 majority, the ...

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'Harry Potter' religion class seeks to enlighten students on 'God, sin, and ...
Washington Times
A private liberal arts college in Kentucky has started offering a religion course based on the “Theology of Harry Potter,” which seeks to help students “develop an understanding of theological concepts such as God, sin, and theodicy.” Students at ...

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While the World is on Fire - Part Two

Luke 19:49-19:46 This world is a tender box, of political,... Read More

Conclave: Electing a New Pope

Upon the death of the Pope, a monumental sequence of... Read More

Loyola the Luciferian

Ignatius Loyola ? Luciferian or Heliopolitan:I kid you not! Lucifer... Read More

Moslem America Conclusion

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

Like a Flood: What The Church does with Killers like Katrina

Isaiah 59:19 declares: "...when the enemy comes in like a... Read More

Let Her Be Covered Part Three

Now, let's recall again the text: "Let her be covered."... Read More

How to Handle Negative Feelings When Wronged by Someone Else

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

Tongue of the Power

The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but... Read More

In The Beginning Christ!

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

Why Churches Die: Denying The Gift Of Healing The Sick

Recently a question was posted on a Christian forum asking... Read More

Jihad

Jesus spoke as much about Heaven as He did about... Read More

Fellowship Forever

Today I would like to share with you the word... Read More

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 3)

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

The 7 Trumpet Judgments

This article will deal with the next set of judgments... Read More

Jesus Our King: Priest Forever After The Order Of Melchizedek

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

Slain in the Spirit?

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

The Word: What has it Changed in You Lately?

In Matthew 13 Jesus relates a paprable to His disciples.... Read More

Whats A Single Christian To Do?

It's Saturday night. You're sitting at home. Your phone has... Read More

Teach Your Child to Pray

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

How to Study the Bible 5 Keys

This article was inspired by a book by E. W.... Read More

Worship and Praise in Charismatic Churches

This article was in response to an email about someone... Read More

Moslem America Part 2

2 Corinthians 2:6-2:14Moslem America part 2. Behold, the days come,... Read More

Octopussy

The graven image exclusion as told in the Bible certainly... Read More

7 Year Tribulation

As you will see in the Scripture verses listed below,... Read More

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

In a time when public scrutiny is becoming tighter and... Read More