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:


Raw Story

'Boys are curious': Meet the Duggar defenders using religion to excuse ...
Raw Story
Supporters rallied around the Duggar family after they admitted to keeping quiet about their eldest son molesting young girls – including his own sisters. Josh Duggar, his wife, and his parents issued statements Thursday confirming reports that he had ...
Josh Duggar Resigns From Antigay Family Research Council Amid Sexual ...Advocate.com
Evangelicals Want Us To Forgive Josh Duggar,...Vocativ
Josh Duggar's Sexual Assaults: Guilt By AssociationChicagoNow (blog)

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Las Vegas Review-Journal

Is technology good for religion?
Las Vegas Review-Journal
A 2015 Barna Group study found that 87 percent of pastors “believe it is theologically acceptable for a church to provide faith assistance or religious experiences to people through the Internet," and 86 percent of pastors believe people in their ...


Voice of America

China Aims to Break Foreign Influence on Religion
Voice of America
BEIJING—. Chinese President Xi Jinping this week asked religious groups to pledge their loyalty to the state and warned that religions in China must be independent of foreign influence. At a time when China's Christians now outnumber the membership of ...
China insists religion must be free from foreign influenceMercatorNet (blog)
Keep religious freedom, guard it from foreign interferenceGlobal Times
Communist Party targets religious members in 'China's Jerusalem'Vancouver Desi

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USA TODAY

Cannabis church could test Ind. religious freedom law
USA TODAY
INDIANAPOLIS — To some observers, the newly formed First Church of Cannabis appears to be an excuse for potheads to get together and light up. But the "grand poobah" of what followers describe as a new Indiana religion insists sacramental smoke has ...


The Economist (blog)

Johnson: Religion and language
The Economist (blog)
Christianity is a translating religion. Jesus preached in Aramaic, but in Roman Palestine, the language of prestige and commerce was Greek (not Latin, a flub made by Mel Gibson's film “The Passion of the Christ”). As a result, just a few of Jesus's ...


When Religion Fails, Economics Becomes Demonic
Huffington Post
Carbon pollution is undeniably the material cause of Earth's climate breakdown, but what is the root cause? Blaming our growth-dependent economic systems does not, in my view, go deep enough. Ultimately, religion is responsible -- but not in the way ...


Religion News Service

How religion and high school peers shape when people marry
Religion News Service
Uecker found that adolescents who are Mormon or conservative Protestant are more likely to marry early than other religious traditions. These religious differences hold up even when he took into account other aspects of religion—church attendance ...


VICE News

Hostage Takers in France Rarely Motivated by Religion or Ideology: Study
VICE News
Turn on the TV and you see reports of a hostage taker, or someone who's barricaded himself inside a building, and the first thing that pops into your mind is that there's a religious or political agenda, however twisted, in the mind of the perpetrator ...


Washington Post

After court-martial, this Marine cites religious freedom in her continued ...
Washington Post
A court case working its way through the military justice system raises a basic question: Should a member of the military be allowed to post a religious passage in her place of work? The case involves Monifa J. Sterling, a Marine veteran who was ...

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Telegraph.co.uk

Indoctrinated son 'troubled' by mother's religion is put into care
Telegraph.co.uk
A devout mother made a legally binding promise, backed up with the threat of criminal sanctions, never to talk to her son about her religion, take him to church or even say grace at meals in a doomed attempt to stop him being taken into care, amid ...

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Catholic Church Ready to Fall?

Americans waited for an explanation of the molestations of thousands... Read More

7 Bowl Judgements

There is now one more set of 7 judgments God... Read More

Surviving Eternity

Matthew 24:34-24:35 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall... Read More

The Rapture, A coming Event; Part 2

The Rapture. Part 2.Revelation 3:10-22:19So far we see in looking... Read More

Fundamental Church Failures

Every great human movement toward freedom, whether commercial, political or... Read More

Living Proof: We are Living in the Days of Noah

A familiar phrase used in Bible prophecy is the term... Read More

Amos and Social Justice - Part 1

Amos was a shepherd who lived in the region of... Read More

Why Churches Die: Denying The Gift Of Healing The Sick

Recently a question was posted on a Christian forum asking... Read More

Isnt There But One God?

I heard a pastor say, regarding people of the Muslim... Read More

God Will Forgive Your Sins

This was an article I did for a friend of... Read More

The Power Source

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized ?in the name of... Read More

Catholic Hierarchy: The Nobiliary Element in the Catholic Church

It seems to me that some of the oldest still... Read More

Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 2)

The American theologian Horace Bushnell also played a vital role... Read More

Ministry Idea: How to Stop Pre-Marital Sex

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As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory

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

Thoughts on the Road to Emmaus

". . . their eyes were opened, and they recognized... Read More

The 7 Seal Judgements

These next 3 articles are going to be extremely HARD... Read More

Preachers In America Will Cause Americas Demise

American Preachers Are At The Forefront Of The Travesties Committed... Read More

The Dangers of Harry Potter

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

The Moment of Truth

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated to all of Israel,... Read More

Why Cardinal Ratzinger Chose the Name Pope Benedict XVI

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

What Is Faith?

1. Faith is a "spiritual substance" on the inside of... Read More

Gay Marriage Hitting Resistance

Gay marriage is hitting significant resistance in Washington D.C. where... Read More

Knowing Hinduism or Hindu Religion

Hindus are concentrated in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and... Read More

Tale of an Ark

The ark must have been much larger than the dimensions... Read More