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:


Wall Street Journal

'An Incorrigibly and Confusedly Religious Nation'
Wall Street Journal
The raging debate about the religious underpinning of Islamic State, and the president's divisive habit of invoking Christianity in other misdeeds along the way, reminds us that Catholic thinker Richard John Neuhaus was basically right when he said in ...


NPR (blog)

Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities
Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project
Restrictions on Religion, by Year Worldwide, social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 after reaching a six-year peak the previous year, but roughly a quarter of the world's countries are still grappling with high levels of ...
Pew Study On Religion Finds Increased Harassment Of JewsNPR (blog)
Q/A: How Pew Research measures global restrictions on religionPew Research Center
Study: China Most Restrictive of Religious FreedomBreitbart News
Pakistan Today
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CNN

Supreme Court to hear religious freedom case
CNN
Washington (CNN) Samantha Elauf was apprehensive to interview for a sales job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch in 2008 because the 17 year old wore a headscarf in accordance with her Muslim faith. But a friend of hers, who worked at the store, said he ...
At Supreme Court, Fashion Collides With Religion In Headscarf CaseNPR
Religion & commerce can coexist: ColumnUSA TODAY
Supreme Court takes up religion in the workplaceThe Hill
The Guardian -National Journal -Christian Science Monitor
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The Atlantic

When Your Religion Makes You Too Uncool to Work at Abercrombie
The Atlantic
The legal question at the center of the case is this: If a job applicant would need some sort of exception to be made to a company policy because of her religion, is it her obligation to mention that in her interview, even if she doesn't know about the ...
Religion, the workplace and the Supreme CourtLos Angeles Times
Did Abercrombie Discriminate Against an Applicant Because of Her Religion ...Daily Signal
Religion and commerce can coexistVineland Daily Journal

all 90 news articles »

Washington Post (blog)

The religious states of America, in 22 maps
Washington Post (blog)
America's religious landscape is changing. Last year, for the first time ever, Protestants lost their majority status in an annual survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. Only 47 percent of America identifies as Protestant, with ...

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The Guardian

Why journalists can't afford to ignore religion - Media Society debate
The Guardian
Ed Stourton, the BBC broadcaster who presents Radio 4's programme Sunday, will chair a panel to consider that question by looking at how the media report on faith and the role religion has in world affairs and Britain. The panellists will be: Dame Ann ...


NBA Analytics Debate: Folk Movement Presented as Science Or, Worse, Religion
Forbes
Unfortunately, most of what I know about analytics comes from the press which tends to approach it as a science, or worse, a religion requiring unquestioned belief–especially ESPN, which is to advanced stats what Rome was to the Catholic Church. Take ...

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The Federalist

Is Islam A Terrorist Religion?
The Federalist
In truth, the Islamic State's (ISIS's) religious nature is banal because it is so obviously true. The Islamic State is difficult to comprehend only for secularists who believe religion is an aberration in the modern world. It isn't: they are. Ignoring ...
The true religion of the Islamic StateWest Virginia MetroNews
On Religion: Americans still confused about the many different IslamsThe Star Democrat
Germany seeks to undermine Islamic extremists with religious educationKERA News

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Mic

I'm a Devout Atheist — Here's What I Love About Religion
Mic
I took a great deal of pride in my conversion, and I was devoted to the cause. I relished debating the nature of the cosmos with religious family, friends and strangers, and consistently held that society would be enriched by the decline of organized ...


5 key findings about global restrictions on religion
Pew Research Center
A little more than a quarter of the world's countries (27%) experienced high or very high levels of religion-related hostilities by individuals or social groups in 2013, down from 33% in 2012. Meanwhile, restrictions on religion imposed by governments ...

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Not Just Hearing the Word

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Living By the Truth, the Word of God

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

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