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:


Politics and religion historically intertwined in the US, says sociology professor
The Daily Princetonian
Although the year 1964 and the revival of religious fundamentalism in the 1970s and 1980s were important for the melding of religion and politics in Kansas and Texas, one must not ignore underlying factors and events that took place before then ...

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ABC News

Religion News in Brief
ABC News
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it only joined an affiliate central Florida group's lawsuit against Orange County Public Schools last year after some of its materials were censored. A federal judge dismissed it in July when the school ...

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Anti-Gay Tenn. Billboard Stirs Religion Debate
ABC News
An anti-gay billboard is stirring a debate over bullying and religion in a rural community about 30 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1uI0KbV ) reports that the message reads: "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman.

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The Guardian

Religion still leads the way in post-Morsi Egypt
The Guardian
Though Egypt's post-Morsi constitution outlaws faith-based parties, and a Morsi-era clause about religious legislation was cut, religion has otherwise been a frequent touchstone for the various wings of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's administration.


BBC News

Pew survey exposes cultural parenting divide: Religion v tolerance
BBC News
According to a recent Pew Research study, "being responsible" is the most important lesson Americans want to impart on their children, followed by "hard work", "religious faith" and "helping others". Dig a little deeper into the survey numbers, however ...
Conservatives teach their kids religion, liberals teach their kids to think of ...Quartz
Study: How Liberals, Conservatives Split on Religion and ToleranceWall Street Journal (blog)
Poll: Liberals Ignore Religion, Value Teaching ToleranceDaily Caller

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USA TODAY College

Campus 'Diversity' Puts Religion on Probation
Bloomberg View
American colleges often praise “diversity” as one of their highest values. The term is, of course, a well-understood code word for diversity not of thought or values but of race and ethnicity. The assumption is that people of different backgrounds and ...
Cal State retracts recognition for InterVarsity on all 23 campusesUSA TODAY College

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A Religion Class Done Right
Patheos (blog)
In an introductory lecture, McIntyre stressed the importance of respecting all views, even those that reject religion. “We're not talking about agreement. We're talking about honoring the right,” she said. Gesturing around the class, she said, “We are ...


Capital Tonight Sept. 18: Changing Attitudes on Religion and LGBT Community
TWC News
On Capital Tonight: More religious communities are accepting gay parishioners into their congregations and volunteer leadership positions. We talk with Prof. Mark Chaves of Duke University about the latest results of the National Congregations Study.

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Americans' Opinions On Spanking Vary By Party, Race, Region And Religion
FiveThirtyEight
There is a large gap when it comes to religion. The subsample on religion has been included in the GSS only occasionally, yet there is a clear divergence. Born-again Christians are, on average, 15 percentage points more likely than the rest of the ...

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Salon

The Satanic Temple's hilarious response to a pro-religion court ruling
Salon
Last month a judge ruled that religious pamphlets could be distributed in a school district in Orange County, Florida, according to Raw Story. In the wake of this ruling, the Satanic Temple is handing out its own religious literature to Orange County ...
Florida schools open their doors to SatanBoing Boing
Freedom From Religion Foundation says no group should be allowed to leaflet ...Greenfield Daily Reporter
The Satanic Temple to Start Distributing Reading Materials in Florida Public ...Opposing Views

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The Basics of Salvation Through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The one key central message of the entire Bible is... Read More

Doctors of the Air

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The Wealth of the Wealthy

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The Story of Adam and Eve

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Comparative Religion 101 ? What They Wont Tell You in That Class

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Real Nobility And Gods Love

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A Call to Action

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The Right of Passage

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The Pope Hates Potter ? Both of Them

This month a court in Burlington, Kentucky issued the largest... Read More

God is God

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Gods Billboards Invade Cyberspace

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The Tsunami: A Wake-up Call

In looking back on the year that has just ended-a... Read More

Deliverance

Deliverance is to be rescued or salvation. Thanks be to... Read More

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Today we are looking at one of the most beautiful... Read More

Mexican Catholics Forgotten

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

Accountability and Such Nonsense

From the late 1970's through the 1980's, my wife and... Read More

The Warped Psychology of Islam

The London Bombings are just the beginning. Londoners are probably... Read More

The Lost and Found

When we think in terms of what it means for... Read More

Why The Devil Is He Out To Get You?

The devil's agenda for tricking Adam and Eve into eating... Read More

In Divers Places

Isaiah 65:17-65:25In Divers Places. A Look at prophecy and today's... Read More

Ultimate Truth:The Invitation

Religion is so many things. From what we can see... Read More

No Ishmaels Please

I want to say a word about faith. Recent events... Read More

Religious Tolerance and the Internet

The internet is a great resource of information on all... Read More

Rebuilding Society and The Tax Protest Movement: Part Three

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