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:


Religion in Russia
The Economist (blog)
OVER the quarter-century since the collapse of the Soviet system, Russian feelings about religion have changed a lot, as one might imagine. In Soviet times, the state expected and encouraged citizens to be atheists. Now a loose affiliation to a ...


Yahoo News

Muslims in C. Africa 'forced to abandon religion': Amnesty
Yahoo News
"Having forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee western CAR, anti-balaka militias are now repressing the religious identity of the hundreds of Muslims who remained or who have returned," said Joanne Mariner, the London-based rights group's senior ...
Muslims in CAR 'forced to abandon religion': Amnestyi24news
Muslims in Central Africa 'forced to abandon religion': AmnestyThe Straits Times
Rights group says Muslims in C. African Republic forced to convert religion ...Fox News
AllAfrica.com
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Appleton Post Crescent

Baldwin's views on religion are extreme
Appleton Post Crescent
Our founders created a functional and jurisdictional separation between the institutions of church and state, in order that religion would best flourish independent of government regulation. Their private writings detail the historical atrocities ...

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Religion and faith: Sacred Space moves to new location
Arizona Daily Star
Sacred Space, a weekly nonfaith and interfaith gathering, will move to its new location in the community room of the Ward 6 City Council Office, 3202 E. First St., on Sunday. The group, which draws inspiration from the world's spiritual traditions ...


The Straits Times

More young Chinese embracing religion
The Straits Times
This finding echoes a study in 2007 by East China Normal University that found the proportion of religious believers in China is skewed towards the young, with 62 per cent aged between 16 to 39. In the previous decade, most were in their 40s or older ...


CBC.ca

Air travel and religion don't always mix
CBC.ca
Air travel, like religion, can come with a lot of rules and restrictions. There are designated times to stand, sit and eat. The seating is often less than luxurious, and the food can leave something to be desired. And sometimes, the two sets of rules ...
Porter passenger says she was asked to move for another passenger's religious ...Toronto Star

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Huffington Post

Spengler's Decline of the West Revisited: Religion to Reason and Back
Huffington Post
Oswald Spengler (29 May 1880 - 8 May 1936) was neither a religious nor secular historian, a position which in our modern bipolar world would in all probability leave most intellectuals searching for a job or even a room "at the Inn." Yet for thinkers ...


The Bard's Religion
First Things
If Zeno were to write Shakespeare criticism, he might sound a little like David Scott Kastan. The George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University's meticulous, short book on religion in Shakespeare insists that you can't be sure that the Bard ...


Religion Notes — Aug. 1
Akron Beacon Journal
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 6 p.m. Sundays. GriefShare ministries, for individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Also 6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 16, Dr. Philip Weeks will present The Other People ...

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Christian Science Monitor

Why might religion be taking back seat in Rick Perry campaign?
Christian Science Monitor
Compared with his 2012 campaign, Rick Perry is talking less about religion and his faith during his current presidential campaign. Talking to Iowa crowd, the Republican presidential hopeful and former Texas governor did not mention religion until 25 ...

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