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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Fox News

Chinese police remove church's cross amid apparent crackdown on religion
Fox News
July 16, 2014: A man stands near the razed remains of a Catholic church in a village in Pingyang county of Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Across Zhejiang province, which hugs Chinas rocky southeastern coast, authorities have toppled, ...
Chinese police tear down church cross in religion crackdownWashington Times

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Religion Remains a Strong Marker of Political Identity in US
Gallup.com
PRINCETON, NJ -- Even as overall party identification trends in the U.S. have shifted over the past six and half years, the relationship between religion and party identification has remained consistent. Very religious Americans are more likely to ...
Religious Americans more likely to be Republican, poll showsCBS News
Know their religion, know their politicsCentral Valley Business Times
Poll: Most Religious Americans Still Identify as RepublicanNewsmax.com
TheBlaze.com
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Study Says Children Exposed To Religion Can Have Trouble Separating Fact ...
BuzzFeed
The authors found that when presented with stories that included “ordinarily impossible events brought about by divine intervention,” children who had been exposed to religion were less able to differentiate the made-up elements, like talking animals, ...
Religious stories benefit childrenPacific Daily News

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Religion On Wikipedia Is A Recipe For Controversy As 'Edit Wars' Rage On
Huffington Post
The problem confronting many Wikipedia editors is that religion elicits passion — and often, more than a little vitriol as believers and critics spar over facts, sources and context. For “Wikipedians” like Willey, trying to put a lid on the online ...

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BREAKING: Rabbi David Saperstein tapped as first non-Christian to serve as US ...
Religion News Service
A Reform rabbi and lawyer, Saperstein, 66, has led the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for 40 years, and has spent his career in Washington, focusing on social justice and religious freedom issues. He was instrumental in the 1993 passage of ...
2013 International Religious Freedom ReportUS Department of State (press release)
Report: Religious freedom in peril in large part of the worldMilwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
Rabbi David Saperstein will be first non-Christian to serve as US ambassador ...Washington Post
BJC Blog from the Capital (blog)
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A Love Ignited By Golf, Sustained By Religion
Hartford Courant
"She was from a very religious family," he says. Irene was Catholic and John was Greek Orthodox. "She taught me how to say the rosary with her," after which "I would get one or two kisses before we said good night." In August the following year, John ...

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TheBlaze.com

Terror in Iraq, Historian Fact-Checks Famous Singer's Religion Claim, a ...
TheBlaze.com
It's time for this week's faith recap — our biggest and most important stories about religion and culture that you won't want to miss. To begin, Iraq's prime minister recently spoke out against extremist attacks on Christians in areas controlled by ...

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1914: War, religion, grasshoppers and rain make news
Pueblo Chieftain
In religious matters, locals flocked to Mass in relation to the 25th World International Eucharistic Congress, being held in Lourdes, France, that week. As the European conflict ignited, “Servians” and Croations announced a meeting to form companies to ...


10 New Yorker religion articles to read while the archives are free
Vox
I thought that was a great idea, and put together my own collection of their fantastic religion writing. My background is influenced by American evangelicalism, so the list is heavily weighted in that area; but I've included some great articles about ...


USA TODAY

Is religion good for kids? Column
USA TODAY
Young children exposed to religion had a more difficult time distinguishing fact from fiction than their less-religious counterparts, according to a study in the July issue of Cognitive Science. This was true even when it came to distinguishing ...

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3 Clues To Know Where You Fit In Ministry Part 2

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What Is The Most Important Righteous Requirement Of Gods Law?

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

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

Tongue of the Power

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

War in Heaven

This next event, a war in heaven, will not be... Read More

Spiritual Healing or Spiritual Malpractice?

Christians with chronic illness need to know there is a... Read More

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The Word: What has it Changed in You Lately?

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

Moslem America Part 2

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

Are You Doing the Good Part?

Just compare yourself to these two sisters.Even though they were... 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

The Kabbalah Kraze!

I remember hearing a minister years ago as he quoted... Read More

What Is Perfect Love?

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

Do You Know What It Takes To Crucify The Flesh?

The flesh is the part of us that resists our... Read More

No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events... Read More

Lutheran or Catholic Church; Choosing the Religion that is Best for You?

Many cities have large Catholic Church presence and well-established Lutheran... Read More

Moses v. Jesus: Why do Conservative Christians Prefer Moses Commandments to Jesus Beatitudes?

Why are conservative Christians so concerned about displaying the Ten... Read More

Public Spectacle

Do you sometimes wonder how did Jesus make a Public... Read More

Living Proof: We are Living in the Days of Noah

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

Surely Not ALL Evils!

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

Resurrection Faith (Part 1)

At the heart of Christianity is a cross; and one... Read More

Amos and Social Justice - Part 1

Amos was a shepherd who lived in the region of... Read More

Powerful Powers

Have you ever wondered what is power and where does... Read More

British B. S.

CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE: -MacDari was a Mason but his Masonry deplored... Read More

Belonging to Jesus Christ

In the name of Jesus, what shall we do in... Read More