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:


Pew Research Center

10 facts about religion in America
Pew Research Center
It's a fascinating time for conversations about faith in the United States, with Pope Francis set to visit next month, a presidential election on the horizon and major trends reshaping the country's religious landscape. Changing U.S. Religious ...


The Hindu

Region and religion both matter for better population indicators
The Hindu
For better population indicators, region and religion both matter, suggest data from 2011 and 2001 decadal Censuses. According to the data, in the more developed southern States all communities do better than in the more backward northern States.
Religion in numbers: What 2011 Census reveals about India's communitiesFirstpost
Census data on religion: much ado about nothingBusiness Standard
Census of religion: Government sold it, media bought itDailyO
Wall Street Journal (blog) -The Indian Express -Economic Times
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Sydney Morning Herald

Census change: Is Australia losing its religion?
Sydney Morning Herald
In the last census taken in 2011, 5.4 million people picked the "Catholic" box and a total of 13.1 million Australians (61.1 per cent) said their religion was some type of Christianity. Meanwhile 4.7 million (22.2 per cent) Australians picked "no ...
'No religion' tops censusThe Australian

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PR Newswire (press release)

Will United Nations Ban Religion and Will Jesus Christ Return as a Young Woman ...
PR Newswire (press release)
MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Forgotten Word" is author Sam Jane Brown's first novel, and it has already garnered a large following because of the topical religious themes in the book including the question, "Will Jesus Christ ...

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The Post

Rethinking Religion: New column to analyze the many facets of spirituality
The Post
When it comes to religion, people generally find themselves in one of two camps. You either have it or you don't. Put another way, most people are either entrenched within a particular religious tradition or, on the other side of the coin, they have ...


Eureka Street (satire) (registration)

Religion in the state school curriculum
Eureka Street (satire) (registration)
The recent Victorian government decision to remove Religious Instruction classes from the formal school curriculum, and to only allow schools to carry out classes before or after school or at lunchtime, has reignited debates about the place of religion ...
WATERCOOLER: Is there value in religious education?Bundaberg News Mail
Parents in Australia Campaign against Special Religious Education in Public ...World Religion News

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Telegraph.co.uk

Devotees of Jain religion ask Indian judges for right to fast to death
Telegraph.co.uk
With the permission of family and religious leaders, they take a vow gradually to stop eating or drinking. Members of the Indian Jain community participate in a march protesting the Rajasthan State High Court Members of the Indian Jain community ...
Is it Suicide? Protest in India over Banning the Religious Practice of SantharaWorld Religion News

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Businessinsider India

Caste and religion: The identities that need to be relooked for development
Businessinsider India
Two recent events have a lot to offer in terms of understanding India's slow and clamorous development process. The first of these is the ghost of Mandal Commission Report haunting India 25 years on. The second is the relatively innocuous religion ...


That Old Time Religion
PJ Media
It is a yet-to-be-defined mashup of Black Lives Matter; pro-immigration activism; non-European cultural consciousness; tolerance of all religions, lifestyles and genders; genuine urgency about the fate of the planet; confidence in technology, social ...


Philly.com

Violence is our new religion
Philly.com
Jesus, look around: Violence is our religion. We worship at its altar. It's become our national devotion. We're sad, we're mad, we've been wronged, we want to get even, we want to go down in a blaze of deranged glory and we turn violent. And how we ...

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What Does The Religious Right Really Want?

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The Spreading of the Not-So-Good News

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IT IS WRITTEN. Satanic Panic and the Alien Connection -... Read More

Jesus Was a Hippie

Actually he was more appropriately called a Cynic, but that... Read More

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These next set of verses are the heart and soul... Read More

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The second chapter of John's Gospel offers a most interesting... Read More

The Gospel Of Convenience

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

The Emmaus Journal ~ Strangers In A Strange Land

The Emmaus Journal Strangers In A Strange LandDo you often... Read More

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These next two verses are extreme - and I mean... Read More

Great Seats

And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit... Read More

Is God Prejudiced?

The first thing I would like to do is give... Read More