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:


Indianapolis Star

NFL, Big Ten reviewing implications of Indiana religious freedom bill
Indianapolis Star
A year after potential action by the National Football League hung over Arizona's veto of a religious freedom bill, an NFL spokesman said Friday the league is "studying" Indiana's religious freedom law. "We do not have a comment at this time," NFL ...
Gay rights groups criticize Indiana religious liberties lawWashington Post
Indiana's religious freedom law: What you need to knowCNN
Pledges to boycott Indiana grow after religion bill passesNew York Daily News
The Guardian -Daily Signal -MSNBC
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Huffington Post

Arkansas Senate Passes Religion Bill Called Anti-Gay
Huffington Post
... number of children (from the 2010 American Community Survey), voter registration, time and location of internet access (from the Current Population November 2010 and October 2009 supplements), interest in politics, religion, and church attendance ...
Arkansas Gov Pledges To Sign Religious Freedom Bill Despite OutcryBuzzFeed News

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Indianapolis Star

Here it is: The text of Indiana's 'religious freedom' law
Indianapolis Star
Here is the full text of Indiana's “religious freedom” law. SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101. AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: SECTION1.IC34-13-9 IS ADDED TO ...


With Gay Marriage Case Pending, Religion Bills Gain Ground
ABC News
With the nation's highest court set to hear arguments next month over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, legislation is advancing in several states that critics say gives businesses license to deny services to gays and lesbians on ...

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The New Yorker

Indiana Defines Stupidity as Religion
The New Yorker
INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—In a history-making decision, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has signed into law a bill that officially recognizes stupidity as a religion. Pence said that he hoped the law would protect millions of state residents “who ...

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Salon

Ted Cruz's religious horror: Why he's really running for High Priest of America
Salon
It is now a religion… It is not just that the Americans are God's chosen people; America itself is now perceived as a divine project.” American civil religion hinges on what Ted Cruz defined in his Liberty University speech as “the promise of America ...


The Economist (blog)

Religion and speech
The Economist (blog)
The National Secular Society (NSS), whose declared aim is to fight religious privilege in all forms, has said the case vindicates its long-running campaign to safeguard free speech from sloppy legislation that supposedly "protects" people from robust ...

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IJ Review

How Skepticism of Religion Has Grown in the U.S. - And Who are Becoming ...
IJ Review
That means the 'unaffiliated' fill up the lion's share of the supposedly 'non-religious' 20 percent. If you are religiously unaffiliated, it means you believe in some spiritual higher power, but you just don't identify yourself as being a believer of ...

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WSOC Charlotte

Religion bills gain ground
WSOC Charlotte
With the nation's highest court set to hear arguments next month over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, legislation is advancing in several states that critics say gives businesses license to deny services to gays and lesbians on ...

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Mansfield News Journal

Religion calendar | March 29-April 5
Mansfield News Journal
Sunday, March 29. Lenten Service: 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 240 S. Market St., Galion. Rev. Darrin Harvey of First United Church of Christ will minister. Call 419-468-1366 for details. Palm Sunday service: 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. (Grace and Eggs ...
Religion notes: Palm Sunday luncheon at Holy TrinityAsheville Citizen-Times
Easter Holy Week services at Grace Evangelical ChurchNewsOK.com
Religion news for Inland Mendocino County: March 29 to Holy Week Easter ...Ukiah Daily Journal
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Muslims Are Losing Ground

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Compassion and Plenty

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