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:


Minneapolis Star Tribune

The world as it is: The influence of religion
Minneapolis Star Tribune
But deeply held religious identities and military loyalties are less common. Few educated Americans have any direct experience with large groups of men gathered in intense prayer or battle. Like other citizens of the globalized corporate/consumer ...

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Where college football is a religion, and religion shapes college football
Washington Post
“It's amazing to see how religious they become when their team is down by two points and there's a field goal to be made,” says Ole Miss chaplain John Powell, who has an office in the Rebels' football building, “and they're praying to God that, if ...


Stuff.co.nz

Is coffee your religion?
Stuff.co.nz
Have you ever woken up and thought today is going to be a drug-free day, then 20 minutes down the line you find yourself sitting in front of the TV with a huge cup of coffee in your hand? What is so delectable and compelling about this bitter black ...


On football and religion
Barrow Journal
And so it's no surprise that an atheist group has accused a nearby Hall County high school of violating the First Amendment by allowing its coaches to infuse its football program with Christian religious overtones. The matter made national news last week.

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After Baha'i: In search
Jakarta Post
As with any other “non-mainstream” faith, there are many questions as to whether Baha'i deserves to be acknowledged as a “religion”. Recently, for example, Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy secretary-general KH Tengku Zulkarnain argued that Baha'i ...


Letter: Elected officials lack religion to help rule
St. Cloud Times
Our Constitution was written on religious principles by God-fearing men who loved Jesus. Our Constitution states that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is legal to destroy the life ...


The Age

My Muslim religion has problems that need fixing
The Age
The issues that we face within our religion range widely from individuals brutally beheading people in the name of establishing an Islamic Caliphate to, at a local level, female genital mutilation. Muslims need to be able to discuss these issues openly ...
Abbott on Iraq: 'Doing nothing means leaving millions exposed to death'The Guardian

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The Daily Star

Salam: Don't classify Lebanese captives by religion
The Daily Star
“In whose interest is it to classify soldiers according to their Sunni, Shiite, Druze and Christian religions?” Salam asked in remarks published Monday by local daily As-Safir. “Where will this act take us?” “If the gunmen were acting in this manner ...

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ThinkProgress

The Politics Of Every Major U.S. Religion, In One Chart
ThinkProgress
For many political analysts, it's an established truism that religion — for better or worse — is a force to be reckoned with in American politics. The religious affiliation of candidates (or lack thereof) is at least a minor point of discussion in ...
Religion And Politics: Chart Shows Political Stance Of Every Major Religion In ...The Inquisitr

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Economic Times

President Obama: ISIS religion undetermined
DigiNews
President Obama seems reluctant to inform the American people if there is any possible religious connection to these murders. While many people on the battlefield belong to various religions, most of the people being targeted for beheadings seem to be ...
ISIS territory not an 'Islamic State': Egypt's top Muslim leader aims to ...National Post
Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria MuslimsReuters
Najib condemns Islamic State militantsThe Malaysian Insider

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How the Christian Right is Blowing It

I am not a particularly pious person and I certainly... Read More

A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams

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The Rapture

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Christian Universalism, Calvinism, and Arminianism: Where Do You Fit In?

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One reason the rescue and relief effort regarding Katrina has... Read More

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Whether you are in the process of formulating a screening... Read More

Thank Catholic Schools For Faith in Every Student

Their high achievement comes as they spend half the money... Read More

End-Times and the Other Bible

Can you imagine Biblical "End-Times" prophecies happening in your lifetime?... Read More

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Recently I met an interesting Gentleman at a Coffee Shop,... Read More

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Organized Religion has served mankind well, by uniting civilization and... Read More

Gods Armorbearer & The Ministry of Details

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles,... Read More

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In the year 2005, the American Constitution has put into... Read More

Gay Marriage Hitting Resistance

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