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:


The Australian (blog)

Religion 'key' to same-sex laws: Tim Wilson
The Australian (blog)
Mr Wilson defends the religious objections to gay marriage as legitimate and warns that any change to the Marriage Act should not infringe on longstanding religious traditions. “Many people oppose change to the law on the basis of religion,” he writes ...

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Are religion and science mutually exclusive?
Hot Air
Once you get past the easy, low hanging fruit of attacking religion as described above, the book purports to set aside the idea that faith and science are two separate worlds where each can be left to their own devices. Why is that an outdated idea ...


Rappler

UFC boss Dana White thinks fighters should keep religion talk at home
Rappler
Keep that stuff at home; religion, politics, all that stuff. When you're out there fighting and you're being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight,” White said. "It's awesome you love Jesus; love Jesus all you want. You just don't have to do ...

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The Guardian

Tim Farron: my religion would not be an issue if I were Jewish or Muslim
The Guardian
Farron said he was happy to answer questions about his religious beliefs, but added: “As has been said to me a few times: 'They wouldn't be asking you any of these questions if you were Muslim.' And I just think there is a point where liberals need to ...

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The Recorder

Bos/My Turn: Religion and science
The Recorder
Pope Francis, in his papal encyclical “Laudato Si” (“Be Praised”) on June 18, called for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century. In the June 20 edition of ...


EJ Insight

Mainland infringing on freedom of religion in HK, pastor warns
EJ Insight
A Hong Kong pastor is warning that mainland Chinese authorities are trying to interfere with freedom of religion in the city, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday. Rev. Philip Woo Siu-hok said he was summoned to Shenzhen by officials of the Religious Affairs ...

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Marriage equality is a fight for true religious freedom
The Age
Now marriage equality is within sight, the Coalition's intemperate right is desperate to maintain the grip religion has on the rules governing civil marriages of believers and heathens alike. They might use words like "family values" – which reassures ...

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Tenth Amendment Center

Richard Eggers: Religion in the public square
Boulder Daily Camera
These Baptists were a beleaguered religious minority in a state where Congregationalists dominated political life. Though a Deist himself, Jefferson's letter simply encouraged the Baptists in their struggle to enjoy the right of conscience as an ...
Intelligent Design Is "Based on Religion"? Tell That to Thomas JeffersonDiscovery Institute

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Los Angeles Times

Religion at work
Los Angeles Times
To the editor: Would the Texas attorney general condone county clerks of one religion refusing to issue building permits to construct houses of worship for another religion? (“Vows against gay marriage,” June 30) Could a religiously pacifist clerk in ...

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The Guardian

Gay marriage plaintiff Obergefell: push for religious freedom laws is offensive
The Guardian
Many opponents of same-sex marriage have touted religious freedom laws, which allow individuals to opt out of providing certain services if those services contradict their religious beliefs, as a way to allow clerks and others to decline to issue ...
Where America's biggest religions stand on same-sex marriageMashable
God and gay rightsDaily Californian
Let's kick God off the Court: Marriage isn't the only place where the law has ...Salon
WDIV Detroit -Spartanburg Herald Journal -Forbes
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Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 2)

The American theologian Horace Bushnell also played a vital role... Read More

Gays and Lesbians Attempt to Distance Themselves From Catholic Priests

There is a new term being thrown around "phenophilia", no... Read More

A Common Sense Approach to Religious Freedom

Down through the centuries and all over the world, the... Read More

Living By the Truth, the Word of God

Let's be honest: Too many Christian books are nothing but... Read More

How Should We Pray?

Many Christians often wonder, "How should we pray?"I'm going to... 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

Finding Christian Love Online

Finding Christian singles online.One of the many types of singles... Read More

Freedom of Religion

We were all taught in school that our forefathers left... Read More

As The Storm Clouds Gather

Revelation 20:8-20:9 Jesus warned us of a time of great... Read More

The Basics of the Christian Walk

Now that I am saved, what do I do next?... Read More

Story of Solomon

Without question, the greatest story in the Bible of someone... Read More

The Armorbearer Coach & The Character of Christ In You

And even though Jesus was God's Son, He had to... Read More

The Women Issue

The following message entitled THE WOMAN ISSUE is a study... Read More

Sins and the REAL Demons

We all must know that the Catholic Church has used... Read More

The Christian Community Tries To Take Back What Belongs To Them!

"See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs... Read More

Dante and Hell

DANTE: - Dante Alighieri is the tour guide of Hell.... Read More

The Gospel According to the Americans - Our Shame

As a deist, Thomas Jefferson may have thought God was... Read More

The Oldest Concept in History

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

Spirit of Islam: A Primer

Last time I wrote a message on Islam, a Catholic... Read More

End Time Events - The Miscellaneous Signs

Per the miscellaneous signs listed in my previous article, Jesus... Read More

Jihad

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

Jesus is Lord: Lets Stop Usurping His Roles

In five words Paul enunciates the basic principle of the... Read More

The Power of Love

There is no doubt in my mind that the quality... Read More

Africa; The Forgotten Land of The Catholic Church

African Nations upset at the selection of the new Pope,... Read More

Seeking after the Knowledge of God

As you will see in the Scripture verses I will... Read More