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:


Salon

Why rape is so intrinsic to religion
Salon
The story may come from an Eastern or Western religious tradition, pagan or Christian. But these encounters between beautiful young women and gods have one thing in common. None of them has freely given female consent as a part of the narrative.


Salon

Religion's smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of ...
Salon
Should you believe in a God? Not according to most academic philosophers. A comprehensive survey revealed that only about 14 percent of English speaking professional philosophers are theists. As for what little religious belief remains among their ...


Salon

We're putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the ...
Salon
The best-sellers written by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris—as well as the irreverent impiety and flagrant mockery of religion by the likes of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, House, South Park, and Family Guy—have had ...


BBC News

Will religion ever disappear?
BBC News
It's impossible to predict the future, but examining what we know about religion – including why it evolved in the first place, and why some people chose to believe in it and others abandon it – can hint at how our relationship with the divine might ...
Will Climate Change Make Us More Religious?io9

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'The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume II'
New York Times
At a time when religious faith is coming under intense scrutiny, “The Norton Anthology of World Religions” is presenting a documentary history of six major faiths with sufficient editorial explanation to make their major texts intelligible across the ...

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The Economist (blog)

Atrocities, culture and religion
The Economist (blog)
That point was made vividly in London this week at a House of Lords event organised by Elizabeth Berridge, a lawyer and peeress who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom, and Walk of Truth (WOT) a Hague-based ...


The Economist

The dark side of religion
The Economist
In her zeal to play down religion as a cause of war, Ms Armstrong also espouses a kind of technological Marxism. She stresses that certain forms of violence are endemic to conservative agrarian societies, others to industrial societies as they innovate ...


War on Christmas a threat to public expression of religious beliefs: Chris ...
cleveland.com
Atheist legal groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ACLU, and People for the American Way believe it is open season to attack public expression of faith with their relentless lawsuits and letter campaigns of intimidation to city ...


Reuters

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions
Reuters
Religious conversions are a hot button issue for Hindu nationalists in India, which was colonised for centuries by Muslim and Christian invaders. Some hardliners want the entire country to become a land of Hindus. Earlier this month, Muslim slum ...
India's BJP Struggles Between Development and ReligionThe Diplomat
Four Varnas Of BJP: One Book, One Religion, One Language And One CultureMorungExpress

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Voice of America

Religion Aside, Christmas Gains Popularity in Communist Vietnam
Voice of America
Christmas is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam, a communist country where one might not expect a religious holiday to gain so much traction. Yet the ever-wealthier Vietnamese are embracing Christmas precisely because of its non-religious glamor ...

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Gays and Lesbians Attempt to Distance Themselves From Catholic Priests

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The Basics of the Christian Walk

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Isnt There But One God?

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

The Holy Spirit is our Teacher

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An Encouraging Moment / Pomes for the Heart

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The Gospel Of Convenience

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

In Divers Places

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Kingdom of Heaven

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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 Two

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A Call to Action

Over the last week I have received dozens of heart-rending... Read More

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Some may ask, why can't I have a lot of... Read More

Christian Leaders: Nazi or Mass Murderer? A Fun Who?s Who Quiz

Figure out which Christian Leader goes with which description ?A.... Read More

Christians versus Mormons

Please read the passage carefully and note all the pejorative... Read More

The Athiests Enigma

As an ancient African-American gospel song laments, life is filled... Read More

Under Siege!

This Article is the result of another hard night of... Read More

For Sale - God

A few days ago, I was watching TV, and I... Read More

Mindset - Being Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

The Bible tells us that one of the main goals... Read More

The Rise And Fall Of Babylon

According to the Book of Revelations, the city of Babylon... Read More

Biblical Hermeneutics ? Part 3

Instead of being passive consumers of Biblical commentary, we can... Read More