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

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Pew Research Center

5 facts about evolution and religion
Pew Research Center
Are faith and belief in evolution necessarily at odds? According to Pope Francis, the answer is no. Indeed, the pope recently reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's view that “evolution in nature is not inconsistent” with church teaching on creation ...

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Moody's Diner co-owner accused of discriminating against employee based on ...
Bangor Daily News
WALDOBORO, Maine — A Maine Human Rights Commission investigator reported finding reasonable grounds to believe that Dan Beck, co-owner and manager of Moody's Diner, discriminated against a longtime employee because of her religious beliefs.

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The Economist

Religion in China
The Economist
THE coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China's Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China's Communist leaders view with deep unease: Christianity. Most cities of its ...


A scientific study of religion? Researchers get their geek on at #SSSR14
Religion News Service
Hundreds of academics, pollsters, and other ne'er-do-wells are haunting Indianapolis this Halloween weekend. They're gathering for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) and the Religious Research Association (RRA).


Jackson Clarion Ledger

Religion news in brief
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Religion news in brief. Associated Press 5:37 p.m. CDT October 31, 2014. Vatican Pope_Bail.jpg. Pope Francis delivers his speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. (Photo: AP ). CONNECT 2 ...
Religion News Service monkeys around with Pope Francis evolution speechGetReligion (blog)
Pope Shows That Religion and Science Are Not Mutually ExclusiveCare2.com
Why Catholic Exorcists Are Seeing an Uptick In RequestsVICE News
Washington Post
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Stephen King: 'Religion is a dangerous tool … but I choose to believe God exists'
The Guardian
In a rare and lengthy question and answer session published in the print edition of Rolling Stone, King laid out how he “grew up in a Methodist church”, but how he “had doubts” about organised religion ever since he was a child, and how “once I got ...

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Weintraub to speak on aliens and world religion at Dyer Observatory Nov. 6
Vanderbilt University News
The possibility of extraterrestrial life and its impact on religion will be addressed in a free upcoming talk at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. Taking place on November 6th at 7 p.m., the talk, “Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial Life, and Religion,” will be ...


Wall Street Journal

Raimondo Loses Her Religion
Wall Street Journal
If Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo loses the governor's race on Tuesday, it won't be because she bucked the public unions by championing pension reform. It will be because she bucked her own economic principles and the Catholic Church in order ...

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Religion News Service

Text messaging project helps ease religious and tribal tensions in Kenya's ...
Religion News Service
Logo_Google_072414 NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) A conflict is unfolding in Tana Delta, a remote region of eastern Kenya where two ethnic communities are trading in harmful rumors, misinformation and hate speech. The heightened tensions and mistrust in the ...

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The Local.ch

Swiss shun religion for the supernatural
The Local.ch
The results come just days after another survey by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) found that 57 percent of the Swiss population “keep religion at a distance” and only 18 percent are “regular consumers of institutional religion ...

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Pagan Philosophy, Unbelief, and Irrationalism

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Bible and Kabbalah: The Hardening of Pharoahs Heart

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Catholics Need To Take a Second Look at Morality

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Where is God?

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(Parental discretion advised)Please forgive me if you find any part... Read More

Bang, Bang,Your Dead

Zechariah 14:1-14:12Bang, Bang,Your Dead.Preaching the Gospel is an exciting adventure... Read More

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Hindus are concentrated in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and... Read More

Do You Know What It Takes To Crucify The Flesh?

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Should we be tempted to believe that our system of... Read More

What Is Perfect Love?

Today, sitting in my pink armchair, reading about how a... Read More

Has God Ever Disappointed You in Prayer?

Of a truth, the physical manifestations of God's answers to... Read More

Catholic Hierarchy: The Nobiliary Element in the Catholic Church

It seems to me that some of the oldest still... Read More

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Lets Restore the Word of Christ

"What? Trying to spread the gospel message without quoting from... Read More

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Preachers In America Will Cause Americas Demise

American Preachers Are At The Forefront Of The Travesties Committed... Read More

Building a Church and Church Building Designs

Building a church is a large project that is more... Read More

Church Retreat and Church Retreats

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

The Gospel Of Convenience

The subject of this document is so unpleasing to the... Read More