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:


It is about religion, Obama
New York Post
In reality, a fundamentalist interpretation of any religion can open the door to murder and massacre. The problem isn't just literalist interpretations of the Koran: The New Testament, the Jewish Torah and many other religious books contain explicit ...


Extremism, not religion, to blame in Mideast
DesMoinesRegister.com
14 column ["Religion: The Root Cause of the Crises in the Middle East"]. It is Muslim extremism that is the problem in the Middle East. If his thesis was correct, then the Communist countries should have been models of tranquility. Instead, they, like ...


Patheos (blog)

Generalizing about Religion
Patheos (blog)
Religions around the world nurture conflict and are used as tools for great suffering and nonsense. But religion can also be used in wonderful ways. It is thus a mistake to speak about spiritual and religious traditions as if there existed some ...


Race, Religion and the Denial of Class
CounterPunch
Tribalism, strong in-group loyalty (Webster), as in today's manifestation, the response of the black and Jewish communities respectively to events in Ferguson and the Gaza Strip, reveals the solipsistic, myopic self-regarded mindset, beyond these ...

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International Business Times UK

Obama: "ISIL Speaks For No Religion"
RealClearPolitics
They abduct women and children, and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims -- both Sunni and Shia -- by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when ...
ISIS and Islam: Detaching Religion from TerrorismInternational Business Times UK
Obama claims ISIL speaks for no religion. Then what's the “I” in “ISIL” stand ...Patheos (blog)
Obama On Beheading: Islamic State 'Speaks For No Religion' [VIDEO]Daily Caller
Religion News Service
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Losing My Religion
Huffington Post
I began to think maybe Jesus was not the answer. I think I was 12 when I went to the library and started reading other religious books. From Enke to Jehovah, I read them all. I began to wonder if anyone had the answers. I finally read the Bible, cover ...

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Burying Your Dead Without Religion
The Atlantic
Not all religions do death the same way. "There are certain denominations within Christianity and certain religions in general that do a better job of remembering the dead," said Cann. "Like the Catholics: There's a very set calendar for remembering ...


Christian Science Monitor

Teaching kids about religion: Where to start and what to say
Christian Science Monitor
A majority of Americans believe in God, but the way in which they recognize a higher power varies significantly. How can parents take an active role in teaching kids about religion, and allowing them to draw their own conclusions?


Opinion: Confronting ISIS and Religious Homogenization
Asharq Alawsat English
It is almost as if Iran and its Shi'ite religious establishment are rubbing their hands in glee at the prevailing discourse taking place in the world today, a discourse which holds “Wahhabism” responsible for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS ...


Spectator.co.uk

Romance isn't a religion. Stop looking for The One and join The Queue
Spectator.co.uk
It might have seemed all fun, fine and dandy deconsecrating and deconstructing marriage, getting spliced on theme park rides and underwater, but removing the religious (I hate the word 'spiritual'; it denotes a sad-sack who doesn't inhale and drinks ...

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Give Him a Stone

Luke 11:10-11:13I was raised up in the rural parts of... Read More

Like a Flood: What The Church does with Killers like Katrina

Isaiah 59:19 declares: "...when the enemy comes in like a... Read More

Freedom of Religion

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

Sealed With the Holy Spirit

At the moment of salvation when we accept Jesus as... Read More

God Uses Internet People

So often I am asked, "How do you know that... Read More

The Dangers of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter book has just been released in the... Read More

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement

Rebuilding society and the tax protest movement: A Biblical Opinion... Read More

Jesus as a Philosopher

Why does every one believe that Jesus is the son... Read More

The Catholic Obsession with Martyrs and the Question of Pain and Suffering

The Catholic Church is kind of like a forest sometimes.... Read More

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami

Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this:... Read More

Mexican Catholics Forgotten

Many Mexican and Latin Catholics are dismayed that the Cardinals... Read More

Is Buddhism A Religion?

Buddhism is a teaching which has spread worldwide absorbing the... Read More

What is Love?

Now many confuse love with admiration and most commonly sexual... Read More

Why Cardinal Ratzinger Chose the Name Pope Benedict XVI

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the papal throne on... Read More

Living By the Truth, the Word of God

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

What I?m Giving Up for Lent?

Don't worry I'm not going off into religious rantings. ?Having... Read More

Why Christian and Atheist Libertarians Get Along

I'm the most religious guy in the Libertarian Party. At... Read More

Heretical Chinese House Churches

One of the more insightful warnings Christians can receive bears... Read More

Housing Katrina Victims!

Information many have been looking for!On Franklin Graham's website for... Read More

The Kabbalah Kraze!

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

As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me... Read More

Truth or Consequence

Prime probability:You have been and are being deceived by those... Read More

Pagan Philosophy, Unbelief, and Irrationalism

Biblically speaking, holding philosophical beliefs that contain internally self-refuting contradictions... Read More

Jesus Christ, King of the Jews

In 132 CE, Simon Bar Kosiba organized and led a... Read More

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

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