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:

Huffington Post

GOP Lawmaker Wants To Cut Religion From Tennessee's World History Curriculum ...
Huffington Post
Tennessee middle school students currently read from religious texts and learn about world religions, including the Five Pillars of Islam. Butt's legislation doesn't specifically mention Islam, but said students aren't ready to learn about religion ...
Republican Lawmaker Attempts To Cut Religion From World History Curriculum To ...Opposing Views
Tenn. bill seeks to curtail teaching of 'religious doctrine'Education Week (subscription)
Bill targets teaching of 'religious doctrine'Knoxville News Sentinel
The Tennessean -ThinkProgress
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Daily Mail

Humans believe in GOD because religion fulfills our 16 basic desires
Daily Mail
Religious belief is more about meeting a complex mix of 16 basic human desires than an attempt to find a greater meaning, according to psychologist Professor Steven Reiss. He says people will seek out religion to help them feel part of a family, for ...

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Religion most talked about political topic on Facebook
The Hill
Religion was the most talked-about political topic on Facebook in the last month, according to data from the company released in advance of Tuesday night's Democratic primary debate. Between September 10 and October 10, religion topped all other ...

The Hill

Obama: Those taking religion seriously are often suspicious of others
The Hill
“How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you and you caring a lot about taking faith seriously with the fact that, at least in our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously ...
Obama wishes Americans wouldn't take religion so 'seriously'Personal Liberty Digest
Obama's paranoid view of those with strong religious beliefsAmerican Thinker (blog)
Obama: Christians who take religion most seriously 'suspicious of those notNYSE Post

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Reflections on China, Religion and High Altitude Sickness
Huffington Post
Watching Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the United States during the same week last month took me back to encounters long ago with an earlier Pope, an important Buddhist leader and a Chinese leader who got a lot less attention than he ...
Why do you follow the religion you do?LA Daily News

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Religion News Service

'God bless the military' sign can stay — for now
Religion News Service
Mikey Weinstein, the group's founder and president, has called the sign a “brazen violation” of the Constitution's protection against government-supported religion and said it “sends the clear message that your installation gives preference to those ...

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Patheos (blog)

No, Religion is Not “Bad.” You're Wrong.
Patheos (blog)
In fact, when I first read Scott Hahn's Rome Sweet Home his terse attitude towards religion, and Catholicism in particular, was deeply resonate. Hahn, who found and destroyed his grandmother's rosary, after her death, because it was too religious, only ...
Why religion still mattersChristian Science Monitor

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Tennessee lawmaker introduces bill on religion in the classroom
The first part of the bill states that religious doctrine would not be taught before grades 10 - 12. It also requires "no religion shall be emphasized or focused on over another religion." References made to religion before grades 10 - 12 cannot ...

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Salon's Richard Dawkins peace summit: “I am against all religion … I think I ...
A while back, I was having some beers with the founder of a small atheist publishing house. I'd recently savaged one of his writers in print, and I started laying out a pretty standard critique of the New Atheists — that they caricature religion, they ...

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The Daily Toreador (registration)

Students explore evidence for religion
The Daily Toreador (registration)
Kunz, as a Christian himself, said he believes those people can and should actually learn there are good reasons for believing in a religion. He said he hopes that what he will get out of the group is to make a good point about Christianity, which in ...

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For Sale - God

A few days ago, I was watching TV, and I... Read More

Conclave: Electing a New Pope

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

Brief History of Jerusalem; Part 1

Jerusalem is the eternal capital of is the city... Read More

We Are From Jesus Christ

Most people wonder at one time or another where do... Read More

Satan is Let Loose One More Time

After the 1000 years are up in the Millennium Kingdom,... Read More

Judgement Day

For it is written in Matthew 12:36 But I tell... Read More

Salvation of the Jews to Determine the Lords Return: the Churches Greatest Prayer Responsibility

Jesus won't come until the Jewish people are saved.Why the... Read More

The Unjust Steward

In my opinion, this story has two very powerful spiritual... Read More

The Oldest Concept in History

I find it funny that one of the oldest concepts... Read More

For Those Who Cannot Speak For Themselves: My Own Abortion Story

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

Letters from Christ: the Calligraphy of the Spirit

Their reasoning must have been, "This is the precious gospel... Read More

123 ABC Numbers in the Bible Simply Amazing

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

God is not a Homicidal Maniac

One day on the listserve for my support group it... Read More

Recognizing Apostasy and Deception


Consider, The Past, Present and Future?

Consider the past. A time when we were prosperous and... Read More

Resurrection Faith (Part 1)

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

Spring Into Gods Love

Spring is springing here in the Pacific Northwest the plants... Read More

War in Heaven

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

Balancing the Apple Cart

About forty women squatted in small clusters on the floor... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 1

Hermeneutics is the science and art of the interpretive process... Read More

Reflections After The Tsunami Tragedy

Over the last few months hundreds of thousands of people... Read More

Bible and Kabbalah: The Hardening of Pharoahs Heart

There is continuous creation, out of the new ideas discovered... 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

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

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

Freedom of Religion

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